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Yaroslavsky calls for moratorium on raves at L.A. Coliseum

June 30, 2010 |  2:35 pm

SashaLos Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky called Wednesday for a moratorium on raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a move that came the day after a 15-year-old girl died of a suspected drug overdose after attending an event at the publicly owned facility over the weekend.

"I am proposing that the Coliseum Commission impose a moratorium on the renting of its facilities to any individual or company that promotes raves," said Yaroslavsky, who sits on the nine-member Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.

The facility sits on state land and is run under the authority of a joint commission of the city and county of Los Angeles and the state.  

The 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival attracted 185,000 attendees over two days, according to the organizers. The large-scale dance party featured numerous high-profile DJs and performers on five stages that stretched over the Coliseum property.

Health officials said about 120 people were taken by ambulance from the event to emergency rooms. Several emergency physicians earlier this week called for an end to such events at public facilities.

"The general public deserves to be assured that when the Coliseum's tenants stage an event, the health and safety of the promoter's patrons are protected.  Clearly, there was a breakdown at the Electric Daisy Carnival which put the public at risk," Yaroslavsky wrote.

The Coliseum Commission has called for a special meeting to review all criteria required for organizers using the venue. The meeting has not yet been scheduled.

At 15, Sasha Rodriguez did not meet the minimum age requirement of 16 to enter the event without a legal guardian. Family and friends said she attended the party with a 16-year-old friend and doctors told them she had the hallucinogenic drug Ecstasy in her system when she was taken by ambulance to the emergency room.

Rodriguez, who lived in the Atwater neighborhood, died at California Hospital Medical Center before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after her family decided to remove the comatose teen from life support.

For the first time since the girl's death, a statement was released on behalf of the event organizer, L.A.-based Insomniac Events.

"The passing of a young woman who attended Electric Daisy Carnival is a tragic circumstance. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.  We are currently reviewing the entire event and planning process with our security team, law enforcement and the city officials who participated in organizing and planning Electric Daisy Carnival," the statement said. 

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Sasha Rodriguez, 15, died Tuesday at California Hospital, where she had been in a coma since  she was taken there by ambulance from a rave at the L.A. Coliseum over the weekend. Credit: Family photo