L.A. Coliseum Commission to reconsider decision to lift ban on raves
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission will meet Wednesday afternoon to reconsider a vote taken in November to lift its moratorium on raves at the Coliseum and Sports Arena.
The temporary ban was established in June after the death of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy after attending the Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the Coliseum. The vote to lift the ban at the commission’s Nov. 3 meeting came under criticism from the public and two commissioners, who objected to the lack of advance notice that the moratorium might be lifted.
The commission will also be reviewing the final copy of the county Department of Public Health’s report on improving safety at raves, which was submitted to the Board of Supervisors two days after the commission dropped the rave moratorium.
Raves are a significant source of revenue for the Coliseum, which is publicly owned but not supported with tax dollars.
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According to the minutes from the June 9 meeting, General Manager Pat Lynch told commissioners that at that time, the Coliseum was not meeting budget expectations, but expected to see positive cash flow by the end of June because of the Electric Daisy Carnival rave, which was held on June 25 and 26.
Prior to the June 9 meeting, the Coliseum had been having a decrease in event attendance, hurting food and beverage income cash flow, according to the minutes.
Minutes from the Oct. 6 commission meeting quoted Lynch as saying that the Coliseum’s year-to-date financials showed a loss due to unexpected legal fees.
Wednesday's meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Commission board room near Gate 33, on the eastern edge of the Coliseum.
In mid-November, the Cow Palace, a state-run venue south of San Francisco, banned raves after numerous drug and alcohol overdoses at recent events, the San Mateo County Times reported.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
Photo: The Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum in June drew 185,000 participants. Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times