San Bernardino County to consider moratorium on raves
Following the death of three attendees at HARD Summer, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos has asked the board to reconsider allowing rave and electronic music concerts at the county-owned San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore. The chairman also said he is considering an outright moratorium on the events while the board deliberates.
Ramos’ action was spurred by Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s previous proposition failing due to a lack of board quorum which precludes her from bringing it up for reconsideration. The topic will be discussed after Live Nation‘s Nocturnal Wonderland is held at San Manuel, the largest open air amphitheater in the contiguous US, this Labor Day weekend. The upcoming festival will be the last event Live Nation can throw at the venue per the contract signed between the company and the county in January 2013.
Since the signing of that contract, two people have died from drug overdose at electronic events held at San Manuel: one at the inaugural Nocturnal Wonderland in 2013 and one in March of 2015 at the sister-event Beyond Wonderland. Local residents who support Ramos’ initiative cite noise, drug use, loitering, and traffic as reasons for ending electronic events at San Manuel.
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