“We gave it a shot. It’s time for these events not to be at this county facility anymore,” Supervisor Janice Rutherford said, referring to the controversial Nocturnal Wonderland and Beyond Wonderland events, held annually since 2013 at the nation’s largest outdoor music venue.
The wonderlands at San Manuel Amphitheater are only just getting their wheels turning, but the residents and police in that area have both had enough.
In a new story on The Sun, San Bernadino County law enforcement and local residents are pressing actively to shut down all events in the venue for good because of the disturbance these weekends have caused them. The statistics and stories these parties provide of the one fatality at Beyond 2015, loitering individuals, and arrests made on site have become grounds for them to try and reference a clause in the county’s contract with Live Nation that would allow them to break the contract of the venue was a safety hazard.
“I’d like to know from county counsel what procedure we need to put in place to activate this contract provision and prevent these events from happening at (San Manuel Amphitheater) anymore,” Rutherford said during the April 5 meeting, addressing County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle. “The impacts on the community have become absolutely intolerable. If you compare the number of attendees and arrests, hospitalization and deaths, this is off the charts.'”
“Off the charts” is a bit much if you ask us, but courts will have the final say. Stay tuned for more info on this, as another meeting on the issue will occur May 24, 2016.