Assemblywoman Fiona Ma Statement on AB 74 Next Steps
SAN FRANCISCO — Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) issued the following statement on Assembly Bill 74:
"From the beginning, my intent was to find common sense public safety solutions for large entertainment events at state owned facilities," said Assemblywoman Ma. "After hearing from numerous members of the community, I have decided to convene stakeholder meetings to ensure that these tragic incidents don't happen again."
Assemblywoman Ma says the stakeholder group that she will convene starting in January will include representatives of the nightlife entertainment industry, youth, law enforcement, local government, and emergency medical responders.
"I don't believe anyone wants the tragedies that occurred this year to continue happening," Ma said. "The stakeholder meetings will be inclusive and I commit to not moving AB 74 until meeting and hearing from all perspectives. This issue is complicated. We have to find a way to protect young people without compromising everyone's legitimate rights to enjoy themselves in a safe environment. I appreciate everyone's input throughout this process," Ma continued.
Assemblywoman Ma introduced AB 74 in response to recent incidents at the Cow Palace in Daly City and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3 publically-owned facilities:
Cow Palace Incidents
- In May of 2010, a 23-year-old overdosed and a 25-year-old later died after an event held at the Cow Palace. Five other attendees were hospitalized in critical condition, and additional 68 adults and 5 juveniles were arrested in drug-related charges.
- In October, 2010, 17 people were hospitalized with 1 in critical condition after this type of event.
- Over 250 drug-related arrests have occurred at these types of events at the Cow Palace alone.
Los Angeles Coliseum and Los Angeles Sports Arena
- On New Year's Eve 2009, a 24-year-old died and 18 others were hospitalized after this type of event at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
- In June of 2010, a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose and an estimated 120 people were sent to the hospital after an event at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
- In August, 2010, 80 people were arrested and numerous medical calls were made after an event at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.