Multi-millionaire property developer and anti-rave fanatic Rick Caruso vowed to step up his campaign to ban electronic music events at stadiums in the US this week after more revellers were hospitalised following the New Year’s eve party at the LA Sports Arena.

“I'm going to continue to fight for a ban on the raves and I frankly think they should be made illegal in the city and the county,” he told LA Weekly reporter Dennis Romero.

"When you have an event that is focused around the culture of drugs the event should be illegal. It's different than going to a concert,” Caruso suggested.

His pledge came as San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma unveiled legislation proposing minimum US$10,000 fines or twice the gross receipts for the event’ for parties taking place on public property ‘at night that includes prerecorded music and lasts more than 3 1/2 hours.’

"Raves foster an environment that threatens the health and safety of our youth," said Assemblywoman Ma. "The introduction of (legislation bill) AB 74 is the first step toward eliminating these dangerous events."

Her campaign prompted enthusiastic support from Dennis Romero, who as well as being one of America’s most experienced and astute dance music journalists, has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of ‘mega-raves’.

“Ma tells SF Weekly (quite accurately, in our experience) that raves often involve "people walking around like zombies, sleeping all over, lying all over the floor, vomiting in the corners, vomiting in the bathrooms . . . people lying in their own urine,” Denis wrote in one report this week, while in another he wrote of ‘mobs’ causing carnage.

“The government-hosted megaraves are emerging as a unique Los Angeles phenomenon,” he continued, “Vast, officially backed places for young people to party, drop Ecstasy and sometimes die.”

Thousands of dance music fans, meanwhile, signed an online petition challenging Ma’s Bill, which also highlighted the broader impact her proposals could have.

“Do you really want to have a $10,000 fine, if your night-time neighborhood fundraiser goes for 4 hours, and you accidentally played 'prerecorded' music?” the online petition asks.

“Don't let this suppressive bill pass, for the sake of our country's claim to 'freedom,' and for the sake of sanity, free thought, and community, don't let this bill pass!” they urge.

(Dennis Romero: Death, Money and Megaraves: Why Los Angeles politicians embrace a growing Ecstasy phenom that kills . . .’)

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