Noisy Rave Event At Oakland O.co Coliseum Draws Widespread Complaints
OAKLAND (KCBS) – An Alameda County supervisor is demanding a review of policies and procedures after a bass-thumping, music-reverberating rave at the O.co Coliseum literally shook some of her constituents awake late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
“I got complaints as far away as San Lorenzo, which is seven or eight miles from here,” said Supervisor Wilma Chan. “I got a call at one in the morning at my house. And they said if I can’t sleep, you can’t sleep.”
KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:
Indeed, plenty of people were unable to sleep because of the event, “Beyond Wonderland,” which included several outdoor tents, a Ferris wheel and musical acts in the Coliseum parking lot Saturday evening. The Oakland Police Department received more than 370 complaints about the noise, and the San Leandro Police Department’s phone system at one point reportedly became overloaded because of its call volume, also in response to the noise.
“The setup and the hours were very unusual,” Chan offered. “I contacted the county administrator and I’m going to be sending a letter and speaking to (the Joint Powers Authority) because I think if they want to do something like that in the future they either have to make the tents or whatever they set up, you know, sound protected, and or they have to end the event much earlier.”
The Joint Powers Authority, which runs oversees the O.co Coliseum and Oracle Arena, apparently approved the outdoor concert, which officially ended at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Sunday night, the City of Oakland and Coliseum officials issued an apology, promising a review of future audio management procedures.
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