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.
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