Was Coliseum Manager Todd DeStefano Also Responsible for Making Sure IDs Were Checked at Electric Daisy Carnival, Other Raves?
Ravers at the L.A. Coliseum.
One of the bigger issues with raves at the publicly owned L.A. Coliseum and Sports Arena has been underage party-goers. Even some of the most ardent rave proponents admit that having 15-year-olds overdose on ecstasy, as was the case for Sasha Rodriguez at the Coliseum's Electric Daisy Carnival last summer, is no way to do this.
After massive controversy erupted over EDC the public Coliseum Commission said the events would be an iron-clad 18-and-up. But at the New Years Eve event Together As One, the ID-checking system totally broke down, and there are no guarantees kids didn't get in. After all that.
And now we have to wonder ...
... was the guy in charge of making sure all IDs were checked Todd DeStefano?
He's the former events manager at the Coliseum who did double duty working for the very EDC promoter who had to come before DeStefano's bosses -- the Coliseum Commission -- to approve 2011's event.
The Los Angeles Times reported that he was in charge of security at EDC, and that security at EDC was a mess: Young people were injured in a crush of people who traversed a barrier to get to the Coliseum's field; 200 medical emergencies were reported for the two-event; and mobile security cameras said to have been promised to the LAPD for the party never materialized.
Oh, and we were told it didn't appear IDs were checked at all: The event was billed as 16-and-up.
Later in summer, DeStefano worked another rave, this one at the Sports Arena. The Love Festival by GO Ventures saw at least 80 arrests for only 7,500 people (EDC saw about 160,000 fans).
And you know who was representing the strict new 18-and-up policy for the Sports Arena (it's a sister venue of the Coliseum and also under the control of the commission)?
That's right -- DeStefano.
"We also have people backing that up from the DMV to make sure any of those IDs that are in question are good to go," he told CBS 2 news.
Here's a question: Was DeStefano double dipping for GO Ventures too? We have an email in to GO's principal, and we're also trying to find out from Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch, though neither he or marketing honcho Jonathan Lee seem to return phone calls.
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