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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.

Sincerely,

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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Carol Parker October 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Any confirmation of a meeting date yet? Other updates?
Summer Hemphill October 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Just the ramblings of another clueless & biased politician who doesn't want to see anyone having a good time without her personal approval !!! Who do I talk to about shutting her up,or at least turning her volume down until her shrill whining is no longer irritating to my sensitive hearing ?!?
Marga Lacabe October 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Whatever your opinion of Chan, there were many complaints about this concert and Chan is doing her job representing her constituents.
Summer Hemphill October 13, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Thanks for your unsolicited opinion,but I'm entitled to mine & I think that anything that makes money for the moribund Coliseum Complex should be wholeheartedly embraced by the taxpayers (& their representatives) who are stuck with the tab for the continued financing of this ancient monolith !!!
Cross Creason October 13, 2012 at 07:53 AM
I’ve been having a hard time reconciling a few things about Mr. De La Fuente and his position as Chair of the Coliseum Board. He seems to want to disclaim any responsibility (as the Coliseum Board Chair) for the events of September 29 or any knowledge or expertise regarding events generally at the Coliseum. He was quoted recently that the manager of the Coliseum, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), has a free hand in managing the site and doesn't answer to the board. He was also quoted as saying "We don't run the facilities; we are not the experts on this. They are." (Then why have a Board ? -- hold that thought) At the same time that he distances himself from Coliseum operations, he accepts 2 tickets to each Raiders home game (20 tickets for 10 games, value $220 per ticket) for the stated purpose of "TO INVESTIGATE THE EFFICIENCIES OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE VARIOUS SPORTING EVENTS THAT OCCUR AT THE COLISEUM COMPLEX" (see California Form 802 disclosure posted at http://www.coliseumauthority.org/archive/2012/fppc_125_1346186110.pdf) No, I don't think you have a Board just to get the free tickets, but please don't accept the tickets for the stated purpose of overseeing Coliseum operations and then say you have no responsibility when things go badly.
Carol Parker October 13, 2012 at 09:01 AM
It has now been exactly two weeks since the incident. Supervisor Chan, as our representative, deserves a response from AEG, the City of Oakland and the Coliseum Joint Powers chairman. I hope Supervisor Chan will continue to keep the community updated on what she hears (or doesn't hear) back from them.
Summer Hemphill October 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM
If it had been Perry Como & Mel Torme blaring until 1 AM the old geezers would be demanding it every weekend !!! Isn't it funny how the old timers have trouble hearing anything (the phone,doorbell,sonic booms,conversation) until it's something that irritates them (miles away,indoors & well after their bedtimes),then they can hear just fine !!! These are the same people who call the police on their neighbors because they are having a party next door & keep your kids ball when it lands in their yard,they're petty & pathetic people so just abhor & ignore them !!!
John Fabiani October 14, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Well, I could feel it shaking the ground at 1am on Chestnut and San Antonio.
Robert Marrujo October 15, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Glad to hear that there will be some (hopefully) lasting repercussions from this. The music needs to be played at a level that doesn't disrupt the people in the surrounding neighborhoods, period.
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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