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Coliseum Manager Todd DeStefano Hired Lobbyist to Represent Pro-Rave Argument in City Hall

7 years ago by Dennis Romero
The L.A. Coliseum manager who was doing double duty working for the embattled promoter of controversial raves there had also hired a lobbying firm to fight for organizer's right to throw these parties. L.A. City Ethics Commission website shows that Todd DeStefano's side business, Private Event Management, hired City Hall...
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L.A. District Attorney Probing Public Employee Todd DeStefano, Coliseum Manager Who Also Was Paid by Rave Promoter on the Side

7 years ago by Dennis Romero
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office is looking into possible wrongdoing in the relationship between a public official who helps oversee the L.A. Coliseum and a rave promotion company that puts on events at the venue. "Our Public Integrity Division is reviewing allegations of conflict of interest," D.A.'s spokeswoman Jane...
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Was Coliseum Manager Todd DeStefano Also Responsible for Making Sure IDs Were Checked at Electric Daisy Carnival, Other Raves?

7 years ago by Dennis Romero
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,...
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L.A. Coliseum Manager Todd DeStefano Took Money Working For Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Even As Raves Were on Thin Ice With His Bosses

7 years ago by Dennis Romero
We thought the review of plans for the next Electric Daisy Carnival megarave was a little too cozy at the Coliseum Commission last week. Police, fire and, yes, L.A. Coliseum officials fell over themselves to declare how safe and legit the ecstasy-fueled party would be. Turns out the Coliseum's lead...
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Rave Promoters Insomniac, Go Ventures Sued by L.A. Coliseum, Which Also Targets Venue Leaders Pat Lynch And Todd DeStefano

6 years ago by Dennis Romero
The L.A. Coliseum and its public commission announced today that it has filed suit (PDF) against a pair of rave promoters and a pair of the venue's leaders who are accused of bilking the place out of hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more. Former Coliseum general manager Pat...
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L.A. Coliseum Suit Says Rave Promoter Is Sidestepping its Bill

6 months ago by Dennis Romero
A new Coliseum Commission lawsuit against rave promoter Insomniac alleges it shuffled its corporate structure to avoid paying possible future claims. Insomniac denies the allegation.
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The Corruption Case That Pushed Electric Daisy Carnival Out of L.A. Is Over

7 months ago by Dennis Romero
The saga, in which concert promoters were accused of bribing a coliseum official, changed the rave landscape in L.A.
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Rave Corruption Figure Is Sentenced

9 months ago by Dennis Romero
The saga is coming to a close as one of the last accused figures was sentenced this week.
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Rave Promoters Accused of Bribery Pay Up

1 year ago by Dennis Romero
Rave promoters accused of public corruption and bribery have sent checks to L.A. County officials in the amount of $180,000, according to county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The money is plea-deal restitution in a case involving allegations that Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac Events and Reza Gerami of Go Ventures paid a...
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Felony Charges Against Rave Promoter Dismissed

1 year ago by Dennis Romero
Charges of conspiracy and bribery against Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella were dropped today, bringing an end to a nearly four-year case that alleged he and fellow concert promoter Reza Gerami were involved in a bribery scheme to secure sweetheart deals for events at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum...

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