Report: Embattled Coliseum Manager Also Hired City Hall Lobbyist

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(credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report says a Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum manager under scrutiny for simultaneously working as a consultant to the producer of a rave at the venue also hired a City Hall lobbyist.

The Los Angeles Times said Sunday that a firm owned by Coliseum administrator Todd DeStefano hired lobbyist Paul Vizcaino in September as he sought to end a rave moratorium brought on by June’s Electric Daisy Carnival, where police and medical officials said drug use was rampant and security inadequate. About 120 people were hospitalized, including a girl who overdosed and later died.

DeStefano was working for both the Coliseum and rave producer Insomniac, Inc. at the time. He did not offer comment to the Times, but has previously said his two jobs were not a conflict of interest.

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