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Electric Daisy Carnival rave on track to return to L.A. Coliseum in June

Electric Daisy CarnivalThe Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission signaled its intent Wednesday to bring back a controversial large-scale rave in June, an event that would fall near the one-year anniversary of the death of Sasha Rodriguez, a 15-year-old who died of an Ecstasy overdose after attending the massive dance party.
 
The commission’s movement came as Sasha’s aunt, Eva Rodriguez, told commissioners she felt uneasy about raves continuing at the Coliseum.
 
“Raves aren’t safe,” Rodriguez said in an interview.
 
The commission decided to move forward with the Electric Daisy Carnival, purportedly the largest two-day dance music festival in the nation, after a joint presentation by Coliseum managers and the rave organizer, Los Angeles-based Insomniac Inc. The presenters promised to air anti-drug advertisements, hand out fliers warning about unsafe behavior, step up identification checks and eject intoxicated attendees.
 
In addition, the promoter has agreed to cap attendance at 75,000 people a night, which would be below last year’s attendance of 85,000 on June 25 and 100,000 on June 26. About 100 Los Angeles Police Department officers are expected to patrol the inside of the Coliseum’s grounds –- an increase from 85 at last June's rave. About 300 officers will patrol the exterior.
 
The Electric Daisy Carnival “will be an incredible safe event,” Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac’s founder, told commissioners.

Two commissioners, however, said that all the preparations signaled an underlying problem. The implication, they said, is that raves are so integrally associated with the use of Ecstasy, they are too dangerous to put on.
 
“With the amount of preparation that has gone into making this event safe and successful, it’s also kind of creepy. You sit here and think, here, we’re doing all of this, and it makes you feel good. But it also just scares you, like you are preparing for something that’s really bad,” said Commissioner W. Jerome Stanley.
 
Stanley waved a flier that is to be distributed at the June rave, which he read aloud, “How to minimize potential harms.” “We’re giving it out because we’re expecting people to get in trouble,” Stanley said.
 
Commissioner Rick Caruso suggested that the sheer number of police and fire resources at the rave could put residents in other parts of the city at risk from diminished resources.
 
“What we’re doing is shifting city resources for a group of people, some of which, when they come here, they come here to do drugs,” Caruso said.  “It’s a little bit ironic so much effort is being made at this event because we know it’s a problem, versus having  a discussion, which I endorse, [to say] let’s not have this event.”
 
“I don’t like these events. I think it’s a harmful culture,” Caruso said. “I think the risk does not outweigh the reward by any stretch of the imagination. And God forbid that something happens to someone.”
 
The Cow Palace, a state-owned venue south of San Francisco, has put a moratorium on raves, and legislation is being studied in Sacramento that would ban raves at public venues.
 
When asked if raves were dangerous, Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief Michael Bowman said, “Inherently, they are high risk.” Bowman added that the additional safety measures gave him confidence that the June event would be “a lot safer.”
 
Commissioner Bernard C. Parks defended the events, which he said brought mainstream performers to the region. He said it’s not unusual for the city to spend money on additional police and fire for large events like the Olympics or the L.A. Marathon.
 
“When we talk about why people come to events, we have to realize that we don’t encourage people to bring drugs, and we’re not their parents,” Parks said.
 
Some members of the public expressed opposition to raves at the Coliseum.
 
“It’s not safe for the kids,” said Ana Magaly Mezanazi, who lives nearby.
 
“I never knew what ‘E’ was until I was offered one inside a rave,” said Kimberly Keith of Tarzana. Ecstasy, she said, is “the normal thing here. The music is enhanced by the drugs.”
 
Despite the heated rhetoric, a commission majority expressed support for continuing plans for the June rave.
 
Commissioners initially rejected a proposal by Caruso on Wednesday to require the commission to approve the contract between Coliseum managers and Insomniac. After a meeting in closed session, they reversed themselves and unanimously backed Caruso’s motion.
 
In other action, the commission approved an environmental impact report that would permit demolition of the 52-year-old Sports Arena and its replacement with open-air space or a major league soccer stadium. The Coliseum, however, has no money to either raze the arena or build a replacement and would need to seek a third-party investor before proceeding, according to Pat Lynch, the Coliseum and Sports Arena’s general manager.
 
The Coliseum is failing to meet financial expectations. Between July 1 and Dec. 31, it had a net income of $1.2 million, far below its goal of $2.3 million.
 
-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Photo: Crowds rush a fence at the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival. Credit: Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission signaled its intent Wednesday to move forward with a new massive rave in June, which would be held near the one-year anniversary of the death of Sasha Rodriguez, a 15-year-old who fatally overdosed on Ecstasy at the massive dance party.
 
The commission’s movement came as Sasha’s aunt, Eva, told commissioners she felt uneasy about raves continuing at the Coliseum.
 
“Raves aren’t safe,” Eva Rodriguez said in an interview.
 
The commission decided to move forward with the Electric Daisy Carnival, purportedly the largest two-day dance music festival nationwide, after a joint presentation by Coliseum managers and the rave organizer, Los Angeles-based Insomniac Inc. The presenters promised to air anti-drug advertisements, hand out fliers warning about unsafe behavior, step-up identification checks and eject intoxicated attendees.
 
In addition, the promoter has agreed to cap attendance at 75,000 people per night, which is below last year’s attendance of 85,000 on June 25 and 100,000 on June 26. About 100 Los Angeles Police Department officers are expected to patrol the inside of the Coliseum’s grounds – an increase from 85 at last year’s June rave. About 300 officers will patrol the exterior.
 
The Electric Daisy Carnival “will be an incredible safe event,” Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac’s founder, told commissioners.
 
Two commissioners, however, said that all the preparations signaled an underlying problem with raves – that, because raves are so integrally associated with the use of drug Ecstasy, they are too dangerous to operate.
 
“With the amount of preparation that has gone into making this event safe and successful, it’s also kind of creepy. You sit here and think, here, we’re doing all of this, and it makes you feel good. But it also just scares you, like you are preparing for something that’s really bad,” said commissioner W. Jerome Stanley.
 
Stanley waved a flier that is to be distributed at the June rave, which he read aloud, “how to minimize potential harms.” “We’re giving it out because we’re expecting people to get in trouble,” Stanley said.
 
Commissioner Rick Caruso suggested that the sheer number of city police and fire resources at the rave could put residents in other parts of the city at risk from diminished resources.
 
“What we’re doing is shifting city resources for a group of people, some of which, when they come here, they come here to do drugs,” Caruso said.  “It’s a little bit ironic so much effort is being made at this event because we know it’s a problem, versus having  a discussion, which I endorse, [to say] let’s not have this event.”
 
“I don’t like these events. I think it’s a harmful culture,” Caruso said. “I think the risk does not outweigh the reward by any stretch of the imagination. And God forbid that something happens to someone.”
 
The Cow Palace, a state-owned venue south of San Francisco, has put a moratorium on raves, and legislation is being studied in Sacramento that would ban raves at public venues.
 
When asked if raves were dangerous, Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief Michael Bowman said, “Inherently, they are high risk.” Bowman added that the additional safety measures being taken gave him confidence that the June event would be “a lot safer.”
 
Commissioner Bernard Parks defended the events, which he said brought mainstream performers to the region. He said it’s not unusual for the city to spend money on additional police and fire for large events like the Olympics or the L.A. Marathon.
 
“When we talk about why people come to events, we have to realize that we don’t encourage people to bring drugs, and we’re not their parents,” Parks said.
 
Some members of the public arrived to express opposition to raves at the Coliseum.
 
“It’s not safe for the kids,” said Ana Magaly Mezanazi, who lives near the Coliseum.
 
“I never knew what ‘E’ was until I was offered one inside a rave,” said Kimberly Keith of Tarzana. Ecstasy, she said, “it’s the normal thing here. The music is enhanced by the drugs.”
 
Despite the heated rhetoric, a commission majority expressed support for continuing plans for the June rave.
 
Commissioners initially rejected a proposal by Caruso Wednesday to require the commission to approve the contract between Coliseum managers and Insomniac Inc. After a meeting in closed session, commissioners reversed themselves and unanimously backed Caruso’s motion.
 
The commission also approved an environmental impact report that would permit the Coliseum to raze the 52-year-old Sports Arena and replace it with open-air space or a major league soccer stadium. The Coliseum, however, has no money to either demolish the Sports Arena or build a replacement, and would need to seek a third-party investor before proceeding, according to Pat Lynch, the Coliseum and Sports Arena’s general manager.
 
The Coliseum is failing to meet financial expectations. Between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2010, the Coliseum has earned a net income of $1.2 million, far below its goal of $2.3 million.
 
-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission board room
 
 
Comments () | Archives (25)

This excites me greatly!

Raves sound super lame now. Thanks to all the mainstream kids for wrecking it.

Oh, good. Just what we need. More drunk, high, idiotic people let loose on the streets to cause mayhem. Anything for a buck I guess.

Just because someone was irresponsible it doesn't mean they need to cancel the event. I am happy they are continuing with this. "raves aren't safe", well if the person's aunt actually talked to her niece about drugs they wouldn't have had to worry about this. Not only that, the security could have been watching. If people are so worried, making the event 18+ but don't blame what happened at EDC on EDC.

It is a very sad situation, don't get me wrong, but it's not right to blame EDC for something that was out of their control.

I 23 years old. If I were dealt with these circumstances, I would ban raves at our historic coliseum. I mean, it's a historic land mark. Well what's next, The Lincoln Memorial?

As much as I love attending electronic music festivals, I have to say-- Isn't it funny how at the end of the day, the almighty $$$ takes precedence?

This will once again be a spectacular two days of music and friends! If you're too young to play, STAY HOME!

The Coliseum makes a boat load of money off these events. Ban it? Never. The mighty dollar has spoken.

Parks is right, it's not the planners' responsibility to be parents, it's to run a facility. Leave the enforcement of lawful conduct to police. As for moral conduct, that's personal, you're not going to change it by banning music, dancing, or other scary young-people stuff.

And what kind of dingbat, on a planning commission for a large-scale event facility, is surprised that when planning for large groups of people, you prepare for those who'll get in trouble?

"Raves are dangerous."
So are house parties that your kid sneaks out to. So are clubs that your kid decided to go to with a fake I.D. It doesn't matter where you go, kids are always irresponsible.

Stop blaming the venues, and point the fingers at those not responsible enough to weigh out the risks of doing drugs.

On a higher note: They are moving forward with EDC... AWESOME!

Yikes. They should pull the plug on this. No-brainer.

This always attracts the scum of the earth to the area, ties up the streets for hours and hours, and people die.

I say let the raves continue... they are an excellent experiment in social darwinism!

Like the Darwin Awards that are given posthumously to people who die in incredibly stupid ways, we should allow the incredibly stupid ways and avenues for them to help the gene pool by eliminating themselves from it.

If they gave away free Ecstasy to attendees of these raves it would probably accomplish a similar goal because the incredibly stupid will most certainly overdose. Perhaps this would help save taxpayers money by removing the burden of the truly stupid.

BTW... I'm just being cynical and snarky. I'm totally kidding! lol

I HEART RAVES! I HEART RAVES! I HEART RAVES!

Greed

Raves arent the problem && the music isnt to blame for what happened last year,,
Its the people that go to these events,,
Ther was never a major problem with the events till last year when it became main stream,,
18+ all the wayy,,
But if you want to ban raves then ban rock concerts && the hip hop && other mainstream Events there are,,
Just cause nobody died at any of those events doesnt mean the people there arent doing drugs,,
You can smell marijuana throughout a rock concert & at the other events,,
So its not the companys fault or the performers,
Its the irresponsible people that go to the events!!

People need to get over the fact that one fifteen year old died out of 100,000 people. They wont cancel EDC because it brings in too much money for the city. Of course, the more they try to regulate it and throw more authority figures into it, the more people are going to want to riot and rebel against them. Idk for sure if any of these new rules are going to be put into full effect, but I'm sure that if LA and Insomniac keep putting more and more rules on MUSIC FESTIVALS, more and more people will stop going.

People really thought the $$$ would mean nothing?

Bravo Insomniac. I'm very impressed that you played the game properly. Keep it up, and people will keep paying ;)

It's not like you want to keep EDC at that location forever anyway, but this was an important time for you to step it up.

Thank you.

I went to EDC this year, as a 16- year old and i had a wonderful time! i thought it was a great experience, and because i had both my parent's permission to go, and friends over 18 who wen with me, i had a safe and fun time.

I think that if the company is worried about irresponsible teens entering the event, they should make it necessary to have parents or guardians sign admission waivers, and/ or make the minors enter the event with someone over 18 that the parent/guardian has approved in said waiver.

I believe that making the event an 18+ experience will only encourage people to try to break in, use fake id's, and steal other's identities.

Los Angeles is already a very dangerous city, and what will happen to those teens who buy tickets, travel to LA, and get hotels? when they are not allowed admission they will be spending those two nights, not in a secure event, but out on the streets of Los Angles, where they could suffer much more terrible events than in a controlled environment full of security, paramedics, and watchful eyes of fellow ravers.

i believe that the event should remain 16+

“Raves aren’t safe,” Rodriguez said in an interview.
... That's just one person's point of view. Of course she would think the rave is dangerous because her FIFTEEN year old girl died due to drug overdose. I believe that is her own fault, not the rave's fault. Whether one takes drugs at rave or not, that is all up on that one person's responsibility, not rave's.

So the argument is that EDC puts others around the city at risk because EDC depletes our law enforcement services. Umm.... doesn't the city go into riot mode every time the Lakers are in the finals? So should we cancel those as well? Just saying..

I love how people act like Raves are the only musical events that have drugs present. The first time I was ever offered Mushrooms & Acid was at a Dave Matthews concert. The big problem with Raves in LA, which has now been taken care of, is the "all age" policy that used to exist. Raves, nor hard rock concerts for that matter are no place for children. If a person is over the age of 18 and they wish to attend a dance music event, then that is their right. If they choose to break the law and consume drugs then it is up to the hired law enforcement officers to seek them out and deal with them accordingly. Electronic music is the largest universal form of music in the world, and events like this are no different than some of the major mainstream festivals that take place. No matter what musical event you attend, you can be sure to find drugs of some kind. It isn't fair to let a few bad eggs ruin the fun for everyone, and I firmly support LA county and Insomniac on their decision to bring the event back with a few extra safety measures to ensure a good night for everyone.

they are SO beating this with a stick! its kids that mess up festivals like this

people die in cars all the time.... are we going to stop driving now too?

RAVE ON!

First of all, out of all those people that went to EDC last year..1 girl was stupid and overdosed..that's her own fault.

and out of the 180,000 people total that attended the rave both days, there was only 1 victim.. i think that is great news. not only that but there have been many raves since back then till now and its not a usual thing to hear someone overdose and die. it is rare..

so don't punish the people that go and just enjoy themselves..

let the EDC countdown begin! unce unce unce


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