Rave Blasts Island

Saturday night party pumped up the bass until 2 a.m.

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Dennis Evanosky

Event promoters at Oracle Arena must not have realized how easily sound would carry over San Leandro Bay’s waters, disturbing thousands of residents in Alameda and other surrounding cities last Saturday night.

Thousands of Alameda residents were enraged by loud noise created by a late night rave at the O.co Coliseum last Saturday, Sept. 29.

The rave took place in the parking lot southeast of the coliseum along Coliseum Way."Beyond Wonderland," the rave created by company Insomniac —which produces electronic dance music festivals — started at 6 p.m. and ended at 2 a.m. the next morning.

Alameda Police Department (APD) said they received more than 1500 calls from residents between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. complaining about the noise, according to APD Capt. Paul Rolleri.

However, APD was unable to do anything, as the event took place in Oakland. APD did tell residents to direct their complaints to Oakland Police Department (OPD), but Oakland police could do little to quell the noise.

"OPD was overwhelmed with calls," said Alameda resident Natalie Dolgireff. "I was unable to get through. After a significant wait, we gave up trying.

"As homeowners and taxpayers in both the city and county of Alameda, we are outraged about the gross abuse and misuse of the Oakland Coliseum (O.co Coliseum). We believe that this event represents gross mismanagement of the venue and that parties responsible should lose their jobs for this and that financial penalties should be imposed," said Dolgireff.

Alameda residents were not the only ones affected by the rave. Residents in Oakland and San Leandro also complained about the noise.

San Leandro police had to call in backup dispatchers to handle the hundreds upon hundreds of calls from across the city, said San Leandro police Lt. Randy Brandt.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a sports and entertainment company that books events at O.co Coliseum, and the city of Oakland put out a joint statement apologizing for the inconvenience.

"We completely understand and acknowledge that the volume of the sound produced during Saturday night's show caused discomfort and inconvenience to our neighbors," read the statement.

Oakland officials and AEG promised a review of their audio management procedures for live events and to work more closely with neighboring cities.

Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who sits on the coliseum's governing board, said the events should have been held indoors.

"We have to make sure that those types of events won't happen again on the outside," he said. "We have to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Nonetheless, Alameda city officials are looking into the Coliseum's procedures.

"Mayor Marie Gilmore and City Manager John Russo have been on the phone to officials from Oakland, Alameda County and the Coliseum to express Alameda's displeasure with the unacceptable and unusual level of noise coming from the Coliseum this weekend," said Deputy City Manager Alex Nguyen. "Mayor Gilmore is working with Alameda's representative on the County Board of Supervisors, Wilma Chan, to seek an agreement from Oakland and the Coliseum that the Coliseum's events end at midnight."

Oakland officials allowed the show to continue until 2 a.m. in exchange for cutting off the sale of alcohol at midnight, said Deputy Oakland Administrator Arturo Sanchez.

E-mails to Insomniac were not returned by press time.

 

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-1 #2 tom154 2012-10-05 15:54
You know, it was one night of loud music. Many young people got together, socialized, danced and had a great time. Alameda, stop whining! Oakland isn't your scapegoat. Many of the kids at this rave came from Alameda. Have a little faith in the younger generation and blow it off as one night of fun.

Chill out and accept one night of noise.
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-1 #1 tom154 2012-10-05 15:51
You know, it was one night. A chance for young people to come together and have fun in a safe way. The music was loud but the kids liked it. Alameda, stop being a bunch of whiners. A good portion of the attendees came from your Island.
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