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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Anti-Rave Bill Introduced By Fiona Ma

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM

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In the legislative version of the cops showing up and busting up your party, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is attempting to make California a rave-free zone.

The San Francisco politico's Anti-Raves Act of 2011 would forbid 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."

Not coincidentally, Ma represents Daly City, home of the Cow Palace -- which hosted the headline-grabbing Pop the Dream rave that left two event-goers dead of drug overdoses (and roughly 16,998 not dead).

Our sister blog, All Shook Down, notes these salient details:

Unlicensed rave promoters in violation of the law could be fined $10,000

or twice the gross receipts of the event, whichever is greater.


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 ... says the bill

could begin working its way through the legislature early next year.

Entrepreneurs -- the market just opened up for "I'm a raver and I vote" paraphernalia.

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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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