Cow Palace Bans Raves Indefinitely

By RJ Middleton
|  Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 11:43 AM PDT
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Cow Palace Bans Raves Indefinitely

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Rave no more, Cow Palace. At least not for while, according to the Daly City City Council.

"Music and dance parties" have been banned, indefinitely, because of recent deaths and drug overdoses.

The Cow Palace is owned and operated by the state Department of Food and Agriculture's Division of Fairs and Expositions -- which is part of the problem.

Some city officials want local control over what appears at the Palace, but the state is in control.

Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF) has pitched in, as well.

“While I am pleased that the Cow Palace has placed a moratorium on these types of events, it is imperative that we find a long-term solution to ensure proper oversight, accountability, and public safety," 

Yee said in a statement.

Trouble does seem to follow electronica shows: three weeks ago a dozen or so people fell ill because of suspected drug and alcohol were sent to hospitals, with two listed in critical condition at the time.

In May two people died from drug overdoses.

And a few years ago two more people overdosed and died, as well.

And promoters are less than please, of course.

According to a press release from the Daly City Councilmember David Canepa: "If the intent is to keep fans safe, this is absolutely the wrong move," said Jason Sperling, president of Skills DJ Workshop, the promoter of the Memorial Day weekend festival. "The demand for large events featuring electronic artists will not disappear; they only will be driven underground."

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