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Coliseum, City of Oakland Apologize for Noise

City and Coliseum officials issued a joint apology Sunday evening after East Bay residents flooded local police departments with complaints about noise from Saturday night's Beyond Wonderland event

City of Oakland and and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum officials issued a joint apology Sunday evening for the noise created by Saturday night's Beyond Wonderland music event at the Coliseum, according to a Bay Area News Group article.

In their statement, officials apologized for the "discomfort and inconvenience" to area residents and said they would work with nearby cities in planning future musical events, the article said. BANG also reported that officials said Beyond Wonderland's sound setup was adjusted after a sound check Saturday afternoon but that the changes were not enough to "control the impact" on nearby residents.

Alameda Patch was unable to obtain a copy of the joint statement Sunday.

The event prompted hundreds of phone calls to the Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro police departments from residents disturbed by noise from the event, which ran from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.

In San Leandro, authorities issued an alert issued at 11:26 pm Saturday night saying, "We are getting numerous calls that are overloading are 911 Emergency System. Please call the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3481. The common complaint is loud base type music."

The Alameda Police Department also referred callers to the Oakland police, according to Patch readers who reached the local department Saturday night. And at OPD, a weary spokesman said Saturday that callers described the the noise as "the loudest it's ever been" for a Coliseum event.

Alameda Patch's initial story on the the event drew well over 200 comments from readers, the majority of them Alameda residents disturbed by the noise, and another 100+ comments on the Alameda Patch Facebook page. While Bay Farm Island and the East End appear to have been hardest hit by the noise, readers said it was also at unpleasant levels near Southshore, in the Gold Coast area and near Webster Street. Readers from San Leandro and San Lorenzo also weighed in with reports.

Typical comments: "The noise is driving me INSANE." "My windows are shaking!" "Sounded like a warzone from WWII." "My 3-year-old is up because of the noise." "I live at least three miles away from the Colisseum and the walls of my home---with the windows shut on a warm night---were literally shaking from the supercharged bass."

Not everyone agreed. Some people who attended the Beyond Wonderland event commented Sunday morning, ncluding one who wrote, "Let us have our fun. Yeah it might have been a little too loud, but one night is nothing to be outraged about."

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geordie October 03, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Read the EPA mandate on noise, or any other introduction to the subject of noise control. Have a look at figure 7-1 of the Alameda County noise ordinance at the link below. It doesn't matter if it is only one instance of nearly seven times the maximum acceptable day time noise limit. The need for the figures and limits is established precedent. It makes the difference between a bunch of irritable middle aged fuddy duddies and a bunch of reasonable people who were subjected to a noise nuisance far in excess of all limits. Like the difference between a cop saying "you were going to fast" and "you were going 100 in a 70 limit". The point here is to make sure that it is only one night. Ever. http://www.acgov.org/cda/planning/generalplans/documents/07_Noise.pdf Reading that again, the OSHA long term exposure limit is 90 dB for 8 hours, since we had 100 dB for 8 hours two miles away I guess that means they could get involved? It also says a structure attenuates noise about 20dB, 100dB outside is 80dB inside with the doors and windows closed. Noise above 45dB interferes with conversation. You just don't get to do that to tens of thousands of people without their permission and agreement.
truth October 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
geordie I was replying specifically to rasric. He thinks it's reasonable to compare the the sounds coming from an arena to noise he could generate from his house alone. Of course he'd get shut down immediately, arena level sound coming from a single house? Yet he thinks that because he'd get shut down, this is evidence that the event should've been shut down, when these two situations are totally incomparable.
truth October 04, 2012 at 02:25 AM
geordie, you don't know jack-diddley-squat about audio measurements if you think that power is perceived as volume. After a quick web search (as you every so helpfully advised me to do), I present you with this: http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/voltageloudness.html Look at the chart. Notice how a 3db increase results in a doubling of POWER, and a 10db increase results in a doubling of LOUDNESS. Now wallow in your foolishness.
joel October 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Interestingly enough there is a research that came out a while back , cost of insomnia to US economie 61 billions dollars .
Carol Parker October 13, 2012 at 02:00 AM
I've just posed a a question on the blog written by Wilma Chan (elsewhere on Patch) asking if she has had any response from Coliseum officials about a meeting to discuss what occurred. So far no response. Stay tuned.

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