LA County supervisors may form task force to investigate rave hazards

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Courtesy of Marcus Mendez

Thousands of attendees crowd the stage at the Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the Los Angeles Coliseum, June 25, 2010.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday to create a multi-agency task force to investigate health and safety issues stemming from rave events.

The request by Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe was made just days after a the death of a 15-year-old girl who attended the Electric Daisy Carnival at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last weekend.

Sasha Rodriguez suffered a suspected drug overdose while at the event. She was hospitalized in critical condition but died Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported 226 medical emergencies at the event, with 114 people taken to hospitals and drug overdoses and drunkenness the primary problems.

Video taken at the event also showed large crowds of people storming over fences to avoid the entry fee. Some people who attended the event also reported that workers at the gates were not checking the ages of attendees, despite the music festival being restricted to people at least 16 years old.

Under the proposal by Yaroslavsky and Knabe, the county would form a task force with officials from cities, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, the county Emergency Medical Services and Public Health commissions and community health providers to "identify the extent of public health concerns associated with rave parties.''

The task force would develop recommendations to enhance safety by requiring rave promoters to incorporate public health measures into the event planning.

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