As the most controversial rave pulled out of the publicly owned L.A. Coliseum for June, it seems possible that the parities are finished at the stadium and its sister venue the L.A. Sports Arena.
The promoter of the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival announced late Thursday that he's packing up and moving the event to Vegas this summer. Coliseum commissioner Rick Caruso told the Weekly he thinks that, after a protracted lobbying effort to save their fate, raves are done for good at both venues.
Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch resigned this month after the Los Angeles Times revealed that his events manager, Todd DeStefano, was double dipping as both a public employee and a worker for Insomniac Events, which runs EDC.
That dual role can be illegal (and it's being investigated). Not only that, but one of DeStefano's jobs was overseeing security at last year's EDC. The two-day event was disastrous at times when it came to keeping things secure.
Some young people were crushed and injured as they traversed barriers to get to the field, all IDs weren't checked, a 15-year-old ecstasy overdose victim later died (the party was supposed to be 16 and older), 60 people were arrested, and 200 people had to be checked out for medical emergencies.
Now the commission is hiring a new general manager, and Caruso tells us his or her stance on raves will be a top qualification.
Now, that's just one commissioner's opinion, and there was plenty of support for the parties on the public body.
But the tide has changed following the Times reports on DeStefano's dual role.
David Israel, the commission's president, said he no longer supported hosting EDC again in June, for example.
And commission members Mark Ridley-Thomas and Jerome Stanley expressed discomfort with the parties, to say the least.
The events happen four times a year at the Coliseum and Sports Arena and, according to the attorney for the family of late 15-year-old overdose victim Sasha Rodriguez, make up nearly 30 percent of the venues' annual revenue.
Here's what Caruso says:
“I think they can read the handwriting on the wall that they're not welcome there … The only good thing about these raves is that they generate a lot of money for the Coliseum. I'm much more concerned about the safety of our kids than making money. I'm glad to see them go.”