No matter how many public service announcements we produce, no matter how many police officers are patrolling parties and no matter how many times parents counsel their kids on responsible behavior, as long as there are rebellious teenagers there will always be underground parties like raves. The public consternation and second-guessing in the wake of the death of 15-year old Sasha Rodriguez at a rave at the L.A. Coliseum continued this week with the implementation of a “rave task force” that will develop recommendations on improving safety at the dance parties. The director of the L.A. County Department of Public Healthy took it one step further, turning the spotlight on parents: “I don’t know why a parent would let their underage child go to one of these where it’s going to be all night,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding. “You know, the chances are, they are going to be involved in drug use.” Would you let your child attend a rave?
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, representing the third district
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health
Joshua Glazer, editor-in-chief of URB.com, a music and culture web site that focuses on emerging music and covers the Los Angeles and international electronic music scene.