Commentary: Lovingood’s drug concert legacy puts burden on law enforcement

Robert Lovingood

This past weekend 244 people were arrested at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore.  Another 20 were hospitalized.  One had to be airlifted.

The arrests took place during Beyond Wonderland, a two-day rave held on the county property.  Arrests were for crimes ranging from drug possession, being under the influence of alcohol, and trespassing.

It was First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, who on January 29, 2013, went against the other two Republicans on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and voted with the two Democrats to allow the drug-themed concerts on county-owned property.  Supervisor Janice Rutherford and then-Supervisor Gary Ovitt both voted against allowing the events while Supervisors James Ramos and Josie Gonzales voted in favor of allowing raves.  In the end, Lovingood’s swing vote resulted in the county allowing up to four raves each year at the venue for the duration of the contract.

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