The Rave Will Go On

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    Rave events can still be held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the adjacent Sports Arena, but organizers will be required to submit detailed security and operational plans at least two months in advance for review by the Coliseum Commission, the panel decided Wednesday.

    Coliseum Commission member Rick Caruso made a motion to re-impose a moratorium on raves that was enacted in June after 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, who attended the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum, died from complications of Ecstasy intoxication.

    The commission voted in November to lift that ban.

    But Caruso eventually agreed to a suggestion by commission member and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who said rave organizers should be required to submit plans 60 days in advance so the commission can review them. The commission would then determine whether to issue permits for the event.

    Coliseum officials said there is only one rave planned at the venue between now and June -- the Electric Daisy Carnival.

    On Tuesday, Yaroslavsky and Supervisor Don Knabe, who is also a member of the commission, called for a new set of safety measures at all electronic music festivals. The measures are based on recommendations included in a Nov. 5 Department of Public Health report put together with help from police, promoters and public health officials.

    The report suggests:

    • requiring rave-goers to be at least 18
    • giving wristbands to anyone 21 or older, so that concession workers could tell who was old enough to drink alcohol
    • instituting "cool-off" breaks during the show
    • closing all raves down by 2 a.m.
    • briefing event staffers about drug overdose symptoms and heat exhaustion
    • requiring that medical personnel be on site in case of an emergency

    Public service announcements would be made, and warnings about Ecstasy and other drugs would be given out.