A judge ruled Wednesday that this weekend’s popular Wet Electric music festival – expected to draw 10,000 revelers to Huntington State Beach – cannot be stopped by Huntington Beach’s zoning laws, according to NBC.
Judge Jamoa Moberly said the city couldn’t prove it would suffer “irreparable harm” from Saturday’s nine-hour Wet Electric at Huntington State Beach, according to CBS.
Robert Kalatschan, president of the nonprofit organization Giving It Back to Kids, which will benefit from the party, said he now hoped organizers, state park staff and city leaders would be able to come together and “say how do we get along.” (LA Times)
He said he was asked not too long ago if his organization, which helps children in southeast Asia, would like to take part in the festival. The dance party is billed as a fundraiser for the group.
“I just want to help kids,” he said. “That’s where my heart is.”
Huntington Beach liberal Council Members Joe Shaw and Connie Boardman were the driving force behind trying to stop the rave, which is taking place on a state beach that the City of Huntington Beach does not control. They should be asking why their cops failed to stop the riot at the US Surf Open. Where were the cops when that got out of hand?
“The council would be opposed to this regardless,” Boardman said, according to KTLA. “What city council would want 10,000 people drinking all day on public land?”
However Shaw and Boardman are big backers of the annual Gay Pride festival in Downtown Santa Ana – where a lot of alcohol gets consumed. I guess they are OK with that if it is not in their city…