The people who run the county of Los Angeles want raves to be a safer. They want them to have an 18-and-older policy. And they want them to warn about the dangers of ecstasy.
All these wants, however, don't mean that the parties will have do abide by the county's wishes. They're simply recommendations for raves that take place in this vast county.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve 10 recommendations made by a rave task force in convened last summer in response to the ecstasy-related death of a 15-year-old who had attended the controversial Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum.
Recommendations also include "coordinating medical services" in adance of party and "enforcing strict alcohol policies," according to a statement from Supervisor Don Knabe's office.
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"I am pleased that this broad-based task force was able to work together to come up with some solid recommendations on how these festivals can be conducted in a safe and lawful way. The most important thing we can do is protect the young people who attend, by enforcing the laws governing these events. As the recommendations are implemented, we will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with law enforcement and festival operators."
But the recommendations don't really hold promoters responsible if, say, they have an "all ages" event like the one scheduled to down last weekend downtown. After the venue pulled the plug it ended up in San Bernardino, where a 14-year-old girl went missing (she was found Monday).
Added: Supervisor Mike Antonovich added an amendment to the approved motion that also recommends a zero-tolerance policy for drugs at raves. (LOL, right?).