Raves in Los Angeles County have become a hot topic with plenty of developments since the tragic deaths at HARD Summer in 2015, and this past week L.A. County Government have approved yet another rule designed to combat drug deaths at raves.
Seeing as a lot of EDM festivals in the area currently take place on L.A. county ground it’s probably not all that surprising that the county government is clamping down hard on raves. The county board of supervisors, who have been tasked with “protecting the health and safety of L.A. County residents and visitors attending mass gatherings”, has now implemented another check for rave promoters to undergo before they can throw parties on county grounds.
For events with estimated attendances of over 10,000, an assessment team comprising of different officials and law enforcement will determine whether or not these events will have to be 21+ or 18+. This assessment team will consist of officials from the fire department, sheriff’s department, medical, public health, and other top officials. To determined which events should be 21+ or 18+, the team will make “threat assessments” factoring in the size of the event, the possibility of drug use, medical emergencies, and more according to the draft.
Events that are deemed too risky will require event promoters to come up “event action plans” within 60 days. The new rules also state that event promoters must submit their plans to the assessment up to 120 days in advance though it is unclear whether or not the 60 days needed for “event action plans” must also be submitted 120 days in advance too. These “event action plans” may call for limits and even bans on alcohol sales, size limits, age limits, earlier close times, and further precautions for both medical and security teams.
Ultimately county officials will decide whether or not a rave is allowed to be thrown on county grounds. Such grounds include Pomona Fairplex, Grand Park in downtown L.A., Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, and more. Other venues such as L.A. Coliseums have already banned raves outright.
H/T: LA Weekly