The rave scene has without a doubt definitely had it’s share of controversy in 2010 and it appears to be trickling in 2011 as well — this time in an inconspicuous place. The Los Angeles City Council Race.
Councilman Bernard Parks is being challenged for supporting raves and taking money from a rave promoter. The Los Angeles Times just recently reported that a Public employee who helped manage the L.A. Coliseum also worked as a consultant for a rave promoter.Parks is part of a majority of commissioners that has defended the raves at the Coliseum since the Electric Daisy Carnival there last June, which resulted in 118 arrests and 1 death. The Los Angeles Times also reported Public Employee Todd DeStefano’s arrangement with the promoter, Insomniac Inc., was cleared by Commission General Manager Patrick Lynch, who said he had run it past the attorney for the commission. DeStefano recently resigned his post to pursue a career as an events promoter. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the state Fair Political Practices Commission announced Wednesday that they planned to investigate the dual employment of DeStefano, who helped supervise security and emergency services at the rave.
Forescee Hogan-Rowles, who is challenging Parks in his bid for a third term on the City Council, has criticized Parks for defending rave events at the coliseum and has said the noise and trash have created a nuisance for residents of the 8th Council District. Her spokesman said she believes any future raves should be canceled until promoters can ensure illegal drugs will be banned and mitigate the events’ effect on neighbors.
In a recent interview with world renowned hard trance DJ Thomas Craver who is currently # 63 on djlist.com out of over 150,000 — he shared his opinion openly about the current situation within the in Los Angeles City Council. “Well on Councilman Parks part i think it was wrong to take money from the promoter, it reeks conflict of interest. That part of the issue really looks suspicious, but on the other hand he is right, anyone who has ever been to a EDC at the LA Sports Arena knows that all the people who are working there are from the surrounding areas, such as Vernon and Hover . Also anyone who is familiar with that area know there isn’t any jobs in that location at all, alot of those people spend their days either doing nothing or doing drugs or selling drugs and if they are not on drugs they are depending on the welfare system as a form of financial support . These events bring in more than 4,000 much needed jobs to a pretty much rural location, not to mention what it brings to all the surrounding businesses, if we had to weigh the pros and cons, it would be a wash”.
On Wednesday, Hogan-Rowles called on Bernard Parks to return a $500 contribution from DeStefano, who has also contributed to other council members, and a $250 contribution from Pasquale Rotella, the chief executive of Insomniac Events Inc. Her spokesman, Steve Barkan, alleged that Parks “puts the interests of his campaign donors ahead of the safety of teenagers, and ahead of the concerns of coliseum neighbors.”
Parks rejected that charge and said he had no intention of returning the contribution: “We are going to run our campaign; we already have an advisor, so we don’t need the opponent as an advisor.” The councilman also received $1,500 in contributions from DeStefano when he ran for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2008.
“The only perfect plan that I’ve seen in my life,” said Parks, the city’s former police chief, “is when the event is canceled and you don’t have to put the plan in place.”Parks went on to say, that one of the headliners at the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival was wil.i.am, who performed this past weekend with the Black Eyed Peas during the half-time at the Super Bowl: “Why is [will.i.am] appropriate for 111 million people to watch a National Football League Super Bowl, but is inappropriate to come to the Coliseum?” Parks asked.
“Legitimate business has a right to thrive in the city of L.A.,” he continued. “A business that brought 4,000 jobs in this community, most of which came out of this community and, an analysis shows, $33 million for a two-day event—are the kind of things that we should be encouraging in our city, just as we encourage events that we may not all agree with at our convention center.”
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