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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Would Fiona Ma's New Year's Bash Violate Her Own Anti-Rave Bill?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM

click to enlarge Rave while you can, kids... - LAYOUT SPARKS

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is well on her way to establishing a reputation as Party Crasher No. 1 after authoring the self-explanatory "Anti-Raves Act of 2011."

In the wake of May's Pop the Dream event at the Cow Palace that left two event-goers dead of drug overdoses (and 16,998 or so not dead), Ma is hoping to pull the plug on large, drug-fueled parties.

But would she be killing her own party? The Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore is hosting a "New Year's Bash" featuring a DJ this year in San Francisco. Since her proposed ban targets events with "prerecorded music" that last "more than 3 1/2 hours," is Ma busted?

Not quite.

The first thing one noticed about Ma's rave-busting bill is that it applies to "public events." While this may cause great problems for, say, the Outside Lands Festival, it won't impede on her New Year's shindig. You're paying between $100 and $500 to wear a silly hat with Fiona this year, and the event is in a private restaurant.

Even if Ma's night out was free, it still wouldn't qualify as an evil rave. Per her bill:

[This bill] shall not apply to a public event on private

property if the entity that conducts the public event has a business

license to operate a bar, club, theater, entertainment venue, or

other similar business, or to conduct sporting events, and conducting

the public event is consistent with the business license.



So there you have it. You can pay good money, attend Fiona Ma's bash, take ecstasy, and dance like a prick. And you won't be violating any new laws. 

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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