Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

SF Lawmaker Fiona Ma Wants To Ban Raves Statewide

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Is this the future of raves in California? - THOMAS LEVINSON
  • Thomas Levinson
  • Is this the future of raves in California?

Following several drug-related deaths, arrests, and hospitalizations at raves in the Bay Area and Los Angeles this year, S.F. Assemblywoman Fiona Ma says the state should ban raves altogether.

Ma's bill, the Anti-Raves Act of 2011, would outlaw any "public event at night that

includes prerecorded music and lasts more than three and one-half

hours." Events held at bars, clubs, and other licensed entertainment venues are excepted, and Ma says the law isn't intended to affect "traditional music concerts."

"Raves in California are notoriously associated with the use of the drug commonly known as Ecstasy," Ma wrote in a statement. "Many of the attendees are minors, and the events have led to extensive pressure on law enforcement and emergency medical responders."

The bill would ban electronic music parties at the state-owned Cow Palace -- whose governing body already specifically outlawed two raves this year -- and, among other venues, the Los Angeles Coliseum, where a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose at a rave in June.

Unlicensed rave promoters in violation of the law could be fined $10,000 or twice the gross receipts of the event, whichever is greater.

It's unclear whether the bill would affect local events such as Treasure Island Music Festival and Outside Lands, both of which were held on public property and featured performances of "prerecorded music" that may have approached three-and-a-half hours in length.

Ma, who represents S.F. and Daly City, home of the Cow Palace, says the bill could begin working its way through the legislature early next year.

[via Neon Tommy]

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown and be sure to like our Facebook page.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , ,

About The Author

Ian S. Port


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"