One of San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s first actions as an elected official was to vote in favor of electronic dance shows, more commonly known as raves. On Jan. 29, 2013, Lovingood went against the position held by Republican board members of the past and sided with the board’s two Democratic members, Supervisors Josie Gonzales and James Ramos, to allow raves on county property at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore.
So far Lovingood’s vote has resulted in three deaths. Two rave attendees died from drug overdoses during previous concerts. Now during the last rave on Mar. 19, 2016, an innocent bystander, Jimmy Fraley, 21, who was riding his bicycle in the area during the rave, was killed when hit by a vehicle.
Three Devore residents appeared before the Board of Supervisors today during the public comment section. The residents placed the blame for Fraley’s death on the lack of adequate traffic controls during the drug-themed events. They say the security that was promised was not in place.
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