Officials Seek To Ban Music Festivals From Major City After Deaths
According to a news report released yesterday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis is vying to ban major music festivals on county grounds as a result of the deaths of two women at HARD Summer Festival this weekend, which have been identified as 18-year-old Tracy Nguyen of West Covina in LA and 19-year-old Katie Dix of Camarillo outside of Ventura, California.
"I am deeply troubled by the fact that this is the third such death to happen in my district in the last year and a half... No one -- no one should have to lose their life while attending a public concert," Solis told Fox News.
Last year's edition of HARD Summer Festival saw the death of a 19-year-old woman.
The new motion will be contingent on the results of the investigation of the deaths at this year's event. Solis wants to prohibit "these types of events on county-owned land" until it's been determined by county attorneys whether the festival organizers fulfilled legal obligations to safeguard attendees.
Solis and county attorneys are looking to the investigation and proposed motion prior to the next HARD event, which is scheduled at the Fairplex in September 10.
This weekend's tragic events and previous incidents at Electric Daisy Carnival (which resulted in the relocation of the fest from LA to Las Vegas) have incited a hot-button industry conversation on how festival organizers can prevent drug-related deaths.
The Department of Public Health recommends such measures as a zero tolerance drug policy, increased security and drug-screening as well as emergency exits and water stations.
While HARD Presents promotors issued a statement in response to the deaths this weekend, Live Nation - who owns HARD promotions - has yet to comment on the events or the motion introduced by Solis.