Supervisor Chan Says: Stop Noisy 'Raves' At Coliseum

I am writing to express my strong disapproval of the September 29th “Beyond Wonderland” Rave that took place in the parking lot of the Coliseum.

October 10, 2012
The Honorable Ignacio De La Fuente
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA  94621

Re: September 29th “Beyond Wonderland” Rave at the Coliseum

Dear Chair De La Fuente:

I am writing to express my strong disapproval of the September 29th “Beyond Wonderland” Rave that took place in the parking lot of the Coliseum. The noise level was not only excessive but also extremely disruptive to neighboring residents in my district, which includes the cities of Alameda, Oakland, San Leandro as well as the unincorporated community of San Lorenzo.

The complete lack of regard for the surrounding communities both in the planning process and outcome of this event is completely unacceptable and must be addressed immediately. As a representative to the most impacted areas, I have already called on the City of Oakland, who issued the sound amplification and special events permit, as well as AEG, the Coliseum operator, to address this problem with my constituents. My office has also reached out to representatives from AEG but have yet to receive confirmation for a meeting date. However, I strongly urge the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to examine and revise policies and procedures that led to this widespread public disturbance without further delay.

The disastrous result of the “Beyond Wonderland” Rave is unacceptable for both local residents as well as the JPA, whose primary task is to represent and protect the interests of the community.  I will continue to monitor this situation closely and expect that the December Rave scheduled by the same promoter will be cancelled. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at (510) 272-6693.


Wilma Chan
Supervisor, Third District

cc :   Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Vice Chair
Supervisor Nate Miley, Commissioner
Councilmember Desley Brooks, Commissioner
OUSD Board Director Chris Dobbins, Commissioner
Aaron Goodwin, Commissioner
Yui Hay Lee, Commissioner
Mary C. Warren, Commissioner
    Mark Kaufman, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Executive Director 

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Robert Marrujo October 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Hahaha, VERY well put. But then, we're talking an Oakland city official, so I can't say this is all too surprising, unfortunately.
John Fabiani October 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Was walking the doggie wondering what bar in Alameda was thumping. I went for a long walk to find out who it was, just curious, but it was all over the island. The freaking fish in the estuary heard that one! I've never called the police on anyone for sound, and sorry about your issues with your balls. That rave was pretty damn loud to shake the ground in another city!
Marvin H October 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I have to say that I feel folks are really blowing this out of proportion. For one thing, it was one night and while I could here the thud thud thud of the base it had no effect on my ability to enjoy life or go to sleep at my usual time. I live on the Estuary side of Alameda around the Grand Marina area so I had a pretty direct shot at hearing it. If this happened on a more regular basis then maybe it would be a problem but even once a year I could put up with it in exchange for some folks having a good time once in a while at an event. I don't get anything out of it myself but what the heck, it sounded like there were a lot of young folks having fun. Maybe i'm too young at 50 to understand all the hand wringing and clutching of pearls that people are doing over this.
Summer Hemphill October 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Supervisor Chan is stark "raving" mad & needs to tone down her shrill rhetoric because it speaks volumes about the one-sided nature of her response to the complaints of a few dozen constituents ! For every one who complained there are thousands more who not only didn't complain,but have no problem at all with the extremely rare loud music from the Coliseum as long as it doesn't become a weekly occurence ! Admittedly holding a Rave in the parking lot with the speakers pointed toward the estuary was a bad idea,but apparently no one gave it much thought before show time & then it was too late ! I'm sure that a compromise of some sort can be worked out between the Coliseum Authority,those who operate it & the promoter to make sure that future Raves don't create the public uproar the last one did ! The Coliseum Complex belongs to everyone in this community & all types of entertainment should be accomodated as long as there is enough demand for such events !
Luther Young October 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Careful Summer. The day will come when you become a little long in the tooth and have liitle patience for others "noise". Actually, it is quite obvious that you already have an issue with Ms. Chan's "shrill" noise. And it is only written here in this post and not even amplified. A little sensitive are we?


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