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The general manager for the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission resigned Tuesday after it was disclosed that he had granted permission to an assistant to work both for the commission and an events promoter that came under fire for security problems at a rave last June.
The general manager, Patrick Lynch, submitted his resignation a few hours before the commission was going to meet to evaluate the conflict of interest issue and consider whether to fire Lynch. The resignation is effective March 1, and Lynch will be replaced by interim general manager, Ronald Lederkramer, the commission’s finance director.
Lynch had been criticized for allowing his former assistant general manager, Todd DeStefano, to work for Insomniac Inc., which organized and promoted the Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the Coliseum last June. A 15-year-old girl who attended the rave later died of a drug overdose, and approximately 120 people had to be hospitalized, primarily for being under the influence of drugs. Police also made approximately 120 arrests at the rave.
Following the Electric Daisy Carnival, the commission voted to suspend raves at the Coliseum while security measures were reviewed. The commission later voted to allow raves after new rules were established that require a larger police and security presence, as well as having emergency medical personnel at the events to handle problems.
Lynch allegedly allowed DeStefano to work for both the commission and Insomniac Inc. without the commission’s knowledge. Lynch reportedly had cleared the arrangement with the commission’s attorney, but calls seeking confirmation were not returned. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the California Fair Practices Commission have launched separate investigations into the arrangement to determine if it violated conflict of interest regulations governing public entities such as the Coliseum Commission. Some members of the commission, including property developer Rick Caruso and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, 2nd District, had called for Lynch’s resignation. DeStafano has since left his job as assistant general manager for the Coliseum Commission, reportedly to expand on event promotion businesses that he owns. The Coliseum Commission is expected to meet within the next few weeks to decide whether to allow the Electric Daisy Festival to have a permit for the rave this coming June.
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