Organizers Were ‘Irresponsible,’ Failed to Keep Ravegoers Safe, L.A. Officials Say Following Teen Deaths

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Fans cheer the Weeknd at the HARD Summer Music Festival in Pomona on Aug. 1, 2015. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County supervisors had harsh words for the operator of a rave at the county fairgrounds as they weighed a ban on future electronic dance music events or new restrictions on how they are run on county land.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday that the organizers of an August rave at the Fairplex were irresponsible for failing to keep ravegoers safe. If the events can’t be held without drugs on the site, Antonovich said, they should be banned from county-owned land.

“If raves are only going to exist when drugs and alcohol are available, then they are no longer welcome in Los Angeles County’s facilities,” Antonovich said in an interview.

“People who are involved in promoting this are irresponsible for not having these safeguards in place,” he said. “So they forfeited their right to continue operating if they’re going to continue to ignore these types of controls that would prevent death and injury of those who attend.”

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