Raves Temporarily Banned At Los Angeles Coliseum Following Problems At Electric Daisy Carnival
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The president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has temporarily banned raves at the venue following the death of a 15-year-old who had attended the massive Electric Daisy Carnival there over the weekend.
In a Wednesday letter obtained by the Weekly, commission president Barry A. Sanders responded to county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's request for a temporary ban on raves at the historic venue: "I, as president, will instruct management to observe such a moratorium in the period between now and our meeting" in July, at which a longer ban will be discussed. Of course ...
... as far as we can tell, EDC, as it's known, is the only such event large enough to command the breadth and size of the coliseum.
Event organizers claimed that 185,000 attended over two days, Friday and Saturday. The girl, later identified as Sasha Rodriguez, died at a hospital Tuesday. Doctors suspect drug intoxication, but the exact cause won't be known until an autopsy is performed.
"I was supposed to planning her Sweet Sixteen party,'' Sasha's mother, Grace Rodriguez, told the CBS Evening News. "Now, I have to plan her funeral."
EDC's organizers seemed overwhelmed, with video emerging that depicts a crush of people and at least a few injuries as dozens if not hundreds of ravers crashed gates at the coliseum.
More than 200 medical emergencies were reported, along with 65 arrests. Talent for the weekend included Will.i.am, Moby and Deadmau5.
-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.