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Raves banned, at least temporarily, at state-run Cow Palace

November 18, 2010 |  7:30 am

The Cow Palace, a state-run venue south of San Francisco, is banning raves after numerous drug and alcohol overdoses at recent events, according to the San Mateo County Times.

The action comes after the drug-related deaths of two men following a rave held in May at the Daly City facility. Late last month, more than a dozen people fell ill at another event and needed treatment at hospitals for suspected drug or alcohol use, according to the newspaper.

"Until conditions change, we are not having these events," Joseph Barkett, chief executive of the Cow Palace, said Tuesday after the vote by the facility's board of directors.

It was unclear how long the moratorium, approved unanimously, would be in place.

The question of whether raves -- electronic dance parties where drug use is often common -- are appropriate at publicly-owned venues has been a controversial issue in Los Angeles.

The Coliseum Commission, a joint state, county and city panel overseeing the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena, voted earlier this month to lift a temporary moratorium on raves. The ban was put in place after the Ecstasy-overdose death of a 15-year-old girl earlier this year.

The decision sparked criticism from some commissioners and members of the public, who complained that the vote was made without adequate public notice. The commission is scheduled to meet next in early December.

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