Rave Promoters Gave $40,000 to City Leader Bernard Parks' 4th of July Event: Money Magically Came Off Their L.A. Coliseum Bills
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Coliseum Commission president David Israel, a critic of some of the Coliseum shenanigans reported in the Los Angeles Times and someone who's fairly new to the gig, says:
This is something that we just came to understand recently. It's something that needs to be taken up by the staff and by the commission.
Bernard Parks Jr., chief of staff for his father, notes with some truth that the councilman has been one of the more vocal critics of the Coliseum's management and finances. "We've been the most vocal in dealing with these financial issues," he told the Weekly.
In terms of the promoters' $40,000 worth of contributions to the 4th of July community event on Coliseum property at Exposition Park, he says:
We have no knowledge of what happened. We are concerend primarly with the fireworks, which we pay for. The city pays for the fireworks, and that's it. The other dealings ... were separate from what we were doing.
In other words, Bernard Parks Jr. says, the event wasn't a product of his father's office, but rather a festival organized by a few community organizations, including the city.
In fact he singled out the group A Better LA has having received at least one of the contributions in question, one from Insomniac:
A Better LA wanted to get involved years ago. They hooked up with Insomniac, which paid for entertainment. The fireworks was separate from everything else. At least three organizations used our fireworks. Talk to A Better LA, who supposedly they wrote the check to.
A Better LA executive director Brian Center tells the Weekly the group was only marginally involved with the event for the three of its most recent years, not including 2008, and that it had nothing to do with its money.
We had nothing to do with the money aspect of it. We helped coordinate some food trucks, Jumpees ... We would bring a guy we knew who gave away free toys.
A source who works in the rave promotion business says that Bernard Parks gave one of the two big party organizers a signed letter of recognition of thanking him for his contribution to the 4th of July event.
The documents (see them here) tell some of the story: