Saturday, 15 June 2024

Officers find rave on PG&E land

LAKE PILLSBURY – Local officials aren't sure who was responsible for organizing a large rave event on privately owned land near the Mendocino National Forest last weekend.


The rave, with an estimated 100 people taking part, was reported on the night of July 18 to the US Forest Service, said Capt. Julie Lombard of the Forest Service's law enforcement branch.


Lombard said the event was discovered near Lake Pillsbury on land owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


The rave began July 16, said Lombard. During that time, Forest Service officers made periodic walk-throughs at the event.


They made one arrest for possession of the drug Ecstasy – commonly used at raves. Lombard didn't have details about that arrest.


She said citations also were issued for off-highway vehicles, seat belts, possession of guns and ammunition, and possession of marijuana.


However, because the event was taking place on private land, Lombard said Forest Service officers didn't have the authority to shut it down.


Instead, on Sunday morning, they notified PG&E.


PG&E spokesperson Jana Morris confirmed that a company employee received a call for the Forest Service at 10 a.m. Sunday.


She said when PG&E employees got to the scene, they found a few people picking up trash and cleaning up.


No damage was reported and Morris said the company didn't know who had organized the event.


The concern for the company now is not having a repeat performance. “We have been working with the Lake County Sheriff's Office to identify a method to prevent it from happening in the future,” Morris said.


They're considering improving signage in the area to emphasize that the land is privately owned, Morris said.


Morris said the company neither condones trespassing or the kind of event that took place. “That's not an activity that we support.”


If people find suspicious activity taking place on PG&E land, Morris said they can report it by calling the company at 1-800-691-0410.


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