Rave Ban Reconsidered For Coliseum, Sports Arena

LOS ANGELES (CBS) The city of Los Angeles may reconsider its decision to lift a ban on raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the nearby Sports Arena.

At a meeting set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Coliseum’s commission will reconsider the lifting of the ban, which was put in place in June after 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez died from complications of Ecstasy intoxication after attending the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum.

The commission voted to lift the ban on Nov. 3, but two members of the panel – County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and developer Rick Caruso – asked the decision be reconsidered because they were not present to vote.

On Tuesday, Yaroslavsky and Supervisor Don Knabe, who is also a member of the commission, called for a new set of safety measures at all electronic music festivals. The measures are based on a Department of Public Health report, which suggests:

— requiring rave-goers to be at least 18;
— giving wristbands to anyone 21 or older, so that concession workers
could tell who was old enough to drink alcohol;
— instituting “cool-off” breaks during the show;
— closing all raves down by 2 a.m.;
— briefing event staffers about drug overdose symptoms and heat
exhaustion; and
— requiring that medical personnel be on site in case of an emergency.

The report also recommended making public service announcement and issuing warnings about Ecstasy and other drugs.

If the recommendations are approved, a letter would be sent to entertainment venues and promoters, encouraging them to adopt them. Public health officials would monitor youth-oriented events next summer to gauge the effectiveness of the guidelines.

Coliseum General Manager Pat Lynch said the commission lifted the ban based on reviews of how raves were successfully handled Aug. 21 and Oct. 23 at the Sports Arena.

About 80 people were arrested at the Love Festival at the Sports Arena, and 16 people were treated by paramedics or taken to hospitals. At Monster Massive in October, about 40 people were arrested, and 16 people treated for medical conditions.

  • Daniel LaRusso

    Maybe somebody should look into who is lining whose pockets Insomniac has deep pockets and some might think that they are buying the commissions votes (hmmmmm)????? Some on the commission have ties to the westside and entertainment could this be a possible reason?

    Somebody anybody in real journalism should investigate this injustice and get to the bottom of what is going on.

    • Richard Rss Romay

      What a ridiculous accusation! LOL we’re all entitled to our own opinions and here’s mine: The city of Los Angeles is in debt. The LA commission know without a doubt in their minds that banning raves would really hurt their revenue because we all know that these massive events equal more than a great deal of money… I don’t see raves being banned anytime in the near future in this state that our economy is in. To top it all off, the Commission admitted that their revenue was at a record low in the spring of 2010, but they were betting on EDC to fix that. Simply put, The Coliseum needs raves.

  • jason

    Ridiculous – why not ban rock concerts, hip hop shows, laker playoff games (people riot afterwards), nightclubs etc? Why the bias towards one genre of music? There were over 250,000 people at the event where the girl died so if someone went to this event once in their life the odds would be better than the lifetime odds of getting hit by an asteroid and far safer than the ride to coliseum.

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