Following the death of two teenagers attending the HARD Summer electronic music festival -- held at the Los Angeles County-owned Fairplex -- the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors yesterday (Sep. 1) unanimously approved the formation of an "Electronic Music Task Force" that would provide recommendations on ways to make electronic music fests safer for attendees. The motion was brought by L.A. County Mayor Michael Antonovich and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
"I want to emphasize that our efforts around this motion, above all, are about the health and safety of those attending these events," Solis said in a statement.
The task force will "develop recommendations for enforceable health and safety measures and procedures, that would be required for all electronic music festivals on County-owned property." Its initial report is due to be delivered in 120 days. The motion also states a ban on electronic music festivals "remains a possibility." It will also consider whether a short-term or permanent ban on electronic festivals would violate First Amendment rights, or any existing contracts the County has with promoters.