OAKLAND -- Hundreds of East Bay residents from several cities surrounding Oakland's O. Co Coliseum spent Saturday night and early Sunday morning flooding local police with complaints about noise that traveled as far as San Leandro in one direction and Alameda in another.
Alameda police alone received an estimated 1,500 calls.
"It was a lot, a lot," Capt. Paul Rolleri said. The department also received some "nasty emails," he said.
The San Leandro Police Department issued a community alert stating that the calls were overwhelming the city's 911 system and asking callers to contact the Oakland Police Department.
The San Leandro department had to call in three extra dispatchers, Lt. Randy Brandt said.
The disturbance was unusual for the Coliseum.
But it was a black eye for the city of Oakland, which issued the sound permit for the outdoor rave, as well as for O.co Coliseum operator AEG, which took over management of the public facility July 1.
The "Beyond Wonderland" rave, a dance music festival featuring extensive light shows, theatrical performers and carnival rides, was held in the Coliseum complex's south parking lot. The show -- produced by electronic dance music promoters Insomniac Events -- was billed to run from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. At least 18,000 attended.
By 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police were already receiving dozens of noise complaints.
Usually loud shows have to end by 12 a.m. but Oakland officials allowed the show to continue until 2 a.m. in exchange for cutting off the sale of alcohol at midnight, Deputy City Administrator Arturo Sanchez said.
The sound permits don't specify decibel levels, he said, but the noise should never become a nuisance.
"Clearly something broke down," he said.
Oakland police were sent to the Coliseum but did not shut down the show despite the volume of complaints that may have numbered in the thousands.
Alameda County District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan said she received calls from Alameda residents and could feel the vibrations from the rave in her Alameda home.
Chan said she viewed the setup the next day and said the speakers were pointed toward Alameda. She said she will be looking into the vetting process, particularly the producerof the event, Pasquale Rotella, founder of Insomniac. Rotella was sued by the parents of a teenage girl who died of an Ecstasy overdose at a 2010 Insomniac rave. About 120 people were taken to the hospital and 118 were arrested, according to media accounts. Rotella did not return calls for comment.
Rotella also was indicted by a Los Angeles County Superior Court on multiple charges of embezzlement, fraud and bribing a manager at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, according to court documents. He is out on bail.
Oakland officials and AEG promised an immediate review of their audio management procedures for live events, and said they would work more closely with neighboring cities.
Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore is seeking an agreement with Oakland and the Coliseum that events there end at midnight, and that outdoor events require specific rules for noise control.
Oakland officials issued a statement saying the sound setup was adjusted after a sound check on Saturday afternoon. But those changes were "clearly not sufficient to control the impact" on residents, according to the statement.
Staff reporter Daniel Jimenez contributed to this report.