After a 15-year-old died following an ecstasy overdose at an L.A. rave last year, a lawmaker sprung into action and proposed banning the parties at public venues like the Coliseum, where teen Sasha Rodriguez saw her last night out.
But this is a great lesson in politics for the kiddies: Following push-back by ravers (and, we suspect, lobbyists for venues and concert promoters), San Francisco state Sen. Fiona Ma scaled back her “Anti Raves Act.”
She announced yesterday that Jerry Brown signed her bill but, reading her words, you wouldn't know there's not much anti about it:
The drug use, arrests, hospitalizations and the loss of life occurring at events on state property was unacceptable. Casualties can be prevented and I've seen what works. AB 74 is intended to prevent the loss of life and make safety a top priority at events on state property.
What does the Raves Safety Act do?
Eh, not much.
It says that if a required pre-assessment determines that death at the party is “a strong probability” (her words, really), then organizers must ensure “adequate law enforcement, on site medical personnel, the availability of water, imposed age restrictions, and educational materials for attendees.”
So when you've got your head in the big bass bin in the sky, thank Fiona for all the extra cops that saw you tripping balls before your last rites.
The law is a far cry from the days when Ma proposed “eliminating these dangerous events.”
But for sure she can count on your vote — if you survive the next massive.