San Bernardino County supervisor’s push to ban raves reignited by Fontana deaths
After two drug-related deaths following the 2015 HARD Summer festival, a motion was raised to ban electronic dance music events on Los Angeles county-owned land. As a result the event was moved to Fontana, CA, about an hour east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino county. Three young people were reported dead after attending the 2016 HARD Summer festival, and now San Bernardino county supervisors are pushing for a ban on electronic dance music events. The EDM community will have to face its drug problem with real solutions that will save lives and then, it will have to fight for its right to rave... again.This article originally appeared on San Bernardino County Sun
Concertgoers cool off in the water walk installation during the HARD Summer Music Festival at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana July 31.
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The recent deaths of three people at the HARD Summer Music Festival in Fontana reignited a push by San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford to ban raves at the San Manual Amphitheater in Devore.
Officials at Auto Club Speedway, in unincorporated Fontana, and Live Nation have remained silent since the deaths of Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco, Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego and Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills, following last weekend’s event. Their causes of death remain under investigation and appear unrelated, authorities said.
In a statement released Friday, Rutherford said that while the causes of death have yet to be determined, it is common knowledge that many young people die at electronic dance shows due to overdoses.
“In light of these recent deaths, the Board of Supervisors should seriously consider banning these events from taking place at the county-owned San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore. We cannot wait for more young lives to be lost before we decide enough is enough,” Rutherford said...