San Mateo supervisors to consider resolution opposing raves at Cow Palace 

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution at its board meeting Tuesday to support legislation opposing raves at the Cow Palace in Daly City.

Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, whose district includes the Cow Palace, said she will introduce the resolution because she believes the shows can be harmful to the San Mateo County community.

The resolution would urge the state Legislature to enact legislation limiting the ability of the Cow Palace to allow the use of its facility for raves.

At the venue’s most recent electronic music festival “etd.POP 2010,” held on May 29, Santa Clara resident Anthony Mata, 23, apparently overdosed on the drug Ecstasy and died. A second person was reported to have died Sunday after apparently overdosing on a drug taken at the same event.

Eight others were hospitalized after ingesting drugs, and around 70 people were arrested for allegedly selling drugs. Of those arrested, only three were from San Mateo County.

“We’re allowing people to come into our community to sell drugs,” Tissier said. “We shouldn’t be putting our youth in harm’s way.”

She said the cost of raves — both emotionally and financially — is draining as well on the community.

“It’s too high a price for the community to pay,” Tissier said. “We need to look at these types of events and say enough.”

Police also seized 800 ecstasy tablets with a street value of $16,000, and other drugs including LSD, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. About $5,000 in cash was confiscated, officials said.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has also expressed his support for legislation that would limit or ban rave events at the state-owned venue.


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