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Raves: Coliseum Commission Calls Special Meeting Over CEO Patrick Lynch Following Coliseum Manager's Double Dipping With Rave Promoter

You might call it a Lynch mob, at least if the job of Los Angeles Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch is up in the air tomorrow.

The Coliseum Commission has called a special meeting to discuss his employment after it was revealed that the Coliseum events manager, Todd DeStefano, was freelancing on the side for a controversial rave promoter whose contract with the Coliseum was called into question following the death of a 15-year-old ecstasy overdose victim at last summer's Electric Daisy Carnival.

Commission member Rick Caruso last week called for Lynch to step down.

The special meeting, which will begin with public comments and then go into a closed personnel session, was set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in toom 830 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St., downtown.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Lynch knew that DeStefano was working for EDC promoter Insomniac Events, even as Insomniac had to plead its case before their bosses at the Coliseum Commission, which had threatened to pull the plug on four-times-a-year raves at the Coliseum and Sports Arena.

DeStefano reportedly stepped down last month after commission President David Israel expressed discomfort with having him continue in both roles.

DeStefano not only argued in favor of the very raves he worked, but he also hired a lobbying firm to represent the position of the parties at L.A. City Hall.

Cases over the matter have been opened at the city Ethics Commission and the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

Caruso told the Weekly that, following this unseemly episode, a possible ban on raves at the publicly owned Coliseum and Sports Arena was back on the table despite the commission's vote last year to let the parties rock on.


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