Rave Promoters Gave $40,000 to City Leader Bernard Parks' 4th of July Event: Money Magically Came Off Their L.A. Coliseum Bills
Cesar Sebastian EDC ravers.
A Coliseum "event billing/invoice report" for the June 28, 2008 Electric Daisy Carnival rave shows credit for "4th OF JULY CONTRIBUTION (1/3)" in the amount of $10,000, which is deducted from Insomniac's bill.
A Coliseum "event billing/invoice report" for the Aug. 9, 2008 Love Festival rave by Go Ventures shows credit for $20,000, which was deducted from the bill. The report states the "cash advance" deduction is for "4TH OF JULY."
A similar report for the June 25-26, 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, the one that caused the ruckus, shows a $10,000 deduction for "4th JULY CONTRIBUTION."
A billing/invoice report for the "4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAY" shows a contribution listed as such: "06/30/10 EDC (PASQUALE ROTELLA) $10,000."
Documents also show that Go Ventures contributed $24,577.56 to the Los Angeles Section (CIF) Football Championship held at the Coliseum Dec. 11, 2010. The promoter of that event is listed as Los Angeles Unified School District.
Coliseum interim general manager John Sandbrook didn't have much to say on the matter, offering only this:
It's better for me to have a full conversation with the members of the commission before there's any public comment.
Insomniac gave us this statement today:
Insomniac has a long history of giving back to the community. Our philosophy stretches beyond the thousands of fans who attend our events and into the communities we serve. Insomniac is committed to and supports community, civic, educational, cultural and human service organizations.
Parks' office also appears to have left a $40,000 bill unpaid for its 2004 fireworks show, as we reported here. His son says that the bill, if it exists, belongs to the city. He added that former Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch agreed to have the venue swallow the red ink.
But Lynch's 2001 employment contract (check it out here) forbids him from spending money like that without the approval of the full commission. Bernard Parks was president of the Coliseum Commission in 2004.
The item remained on the books as unpaid for years, we're told. Speaking on that matter, Coliseum prez Israel says, "Nobody likes a deadbeat -- if in fact he didn't pay the bill."
This money is small fries compared to the $1.5 million or so that the Los Angeles Times alleges former Coliseum manager Todd DeStefano took from rave promoters and others who rented out the public venue.
In the wake of last year's rave controversy the Coliseum and Sports Arena have so far shut out raves. And at least one commission member is asking if the body should consider self destruction.