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Electric Daisy Carnival rave moving to Las Vegas after conflict and controversy at the Coliseum

A giant rave that has become the subject of a conflict-of-interest scandal and safety concerns will not return to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this summer.

The producer of the Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac Inc., said in a statement that the rave’s return to the Coliseum has been “postponed” and that the event would make its debut in Las Vegas in June, the same month of its scheduled engagement here.

Insomniac has staged raves at the Coliseum and the neighboring Sports Arena for 13 years.

The statement gave no hint at when the postponement might end, but some Coliseum Commission members said that Electric Daisy probably would not be coming back to the stadium.

Insomniac had lost support on the commission after The Times reported earlier this month that a Coliseum administrator doubled as a paid consultant to the producer.

“They probably made a good business decision for them,” Commission President David Israel said of Insomniac. “The writing on the wall was as clear as graffiti.”
Commissioner Rick Caruso said, “My first reaction is good riddance.”

Caruso has been a leading critic of raves, saying they breed drug abuse and unruly behavior. Last year’s Electric Daisy was marred by scores of drug-related arrests and trips to emergency rooms. A 15-year-old girl died from an Ecstasy overdose.

The administrator who worked on the side for Insomniac, Todd DeStefano, was responsible for planning security and medical services for the rave. His dual employment had been approved by then-Commission General Manager Patrick Lynch, who resigned in the wake of the Times disclosures.

DeStefano’s ties to Insomniac are under investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the state Fair Political Practices Commission. He has denied doing anything wrong.

--Andrew Blankstein, Ron Lin and Paul Pringle

Related: Electric Daisy Carnival rave will not return to L.A. in June, officials say

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What they didn't tell you is that a few weeks prior to this decision President Nikias of USC sent a letter to the student body warning them to stay away from Raves. All USC kids new right then that the coliseum wouldn't hold the next EDC.

Also, USC wants to buy the coliseum. If the coliseum is going broke, it'll be easier for USC to buy. It's all a part of the USC expansion plan. USC is slowly but steadily taking control of the surrounding area. It'll be a huge victory for the Plan if they can get the coliseum for a pittance.

Yea it sucks that it's banned from the coliseum, in la
that's their problem their gonna loose money, tons of money
oh well their decision.
But really i believe it's a better choice because not only will the people
who are attending this event get to listen to there favorite preformers but
in Vegas, i'm sure they won't have news reporters crawling all over the place trying to catch images of what goes on at these events, and make it seem
like it's a bad thing to go to and we can party in peace.
and really people need to stop blaming not only insomniac for the little girls
death, they also need to stop blaming the parents for it. It was the little girls choice for taking extacy, no one forced her into doing it, and I'm sure her
parents didn't raise her to be doing that either. its just a choice she made on her own, it wasn't a good one but teens make dumb decisions.
Well seems like their mind is made up on having it in Vegas so why argue? it's La's loss anyway

I cant beleive how some people care more about a stupid rave than the girl who lost her life, selfish pill poppers.

Do you know how many people are like me and went to that event sober?

Remember when you were 15 and stupid? She went on her own, that ticket is only to be sold to 16 and over people, and you sign a waiver when you buy it. It makes you take responsibility, which she couldn't even do, because why? She wanted to be cool try drugs and knock a fence over? When your stupid and die, that's on you. If she asked for help and her friends got her out of that area and gave her to the paramedics on site that wouldn't have happened.

This event isn't about the drugs, it's about the only type of music that brings cultures together that would usually have a language barrier. Electronic music is a world known language of beats. You just took away the experience to feel one love under the moon with California PLUR LOVE. These people arn't in gangs and shooting people, they spend their time making kandi brackets and sowing outfits to look their best.

Just think about how taking away something you love effects you. That's what California's doing to a whole genre of music. Look at Footloose, tell me what happens when all the musics gone like that....

make it all ages<3:P

I went to EDC 2010 and had lots of fun. to me the only "safety" risk was when the gates were rushed and many people got on the field. Other then that it was great. Everyone one wants to blame EDC, Raves and Insomniac for the death of the little girl. I am not talking ill of the dead... so please do not think that. That little girls life was priceless. My question is, why didn't her parents stop her from going, why did she take so many drugs, why didn't her friends look after her. These are the questions that should be asked. Blaming raves or insomniac is no different then a chef who makes a dish that has an ingredient that you are allergic to and blame him for not knowing even though you didn't tell him you were allergic to such ingredient. Honestly most "ravers" go to enjoy the music and friends and to meet new people. We aren't just drug crazed youth. Heres a quick way to fix the problem, Make it 18+, if your 21+ you get a wristband, sell a few hundred less tickets... problems solve. LA let EDC come back to it's home.

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