By Racine Guajardo
San Bernardino– Rave-style events have been held at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore for the past 3 years. However, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors proposed on June 28 to consider a ban on the events.
According to documents available online, as of September 6, 2016 it will go into effect to no longer permit Live Nation to host any more Electronic Dance Shows at the San Manuel Amphitheater at the Glen Helen Regional Park. This was due to numerous objections of noise and nuisance complaints generated by the Electronic Dance Show events.
The Board of Supervisors have also taken into consideration the results of deaths that have happened at these events. According to Janice Rutherford, “Sadly, two deaths have been linked to rave festivals at the Venue. Arrel Cochon, 22, of Hollywood suffered a seizure after taking Ecstasy and methamphetamine at the Nocturnal Wonderland festival in September 2013. John Hoang Dinh Vo, 22, of San Diego died at Loma Linda University Medical Center after suffering a seizure and collapsing at the Beyond Wonderland festival in March 2015. The cause of death was acute toxicity from MDMA (Ecstasy).”
No actual impact financially is known at this time. However, also according to Rutherford’s report, “it is unclear to what direct extent the EDS events contributed to the overage. The elimination of EDS may also impact the County’s negotiations with Live Nation to extend the management contract for the San Manuel Amphitheater and the level of financial guarantee. Additionally, the County may see a loss of revenue from Live Nation for the leasing of additional space at Glen Helen Regional Park for camping or other needs during EDS events or may recognize an increase in revenue resulting from other usage opportunities.”