Burning Man Future in Jeopardy - Regulate Behaviors that are...

Aug 17, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: In El Dorado County

The question boils down to whether or not Pershing County can use its festival ordinance to regulate Burning Man already operates under a federal permit issued by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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J Allen Ham

Reno, NV

#1 Aug 18, 2012
The legal issue is whether the Festival Permit as it relates to conduct can pass state and federal constitional standards. This will be an unusual application in that it will be applied to a group that are not residents of Pershing county, and come from all over the world - i.e. is the language clear enough to give any guidance? Most regulations like this fail for uncertainty, as was said in the US Supreme Court about pornography, they know it when they see it but cannot define it. Personally this action by Pershing County is somewhat suspect, BLM has only given the BRC a one year permit, and the lawsuit can be looked at as an advertisement to areas who might want the money generated by the BRC.

Vancouver, WA

#2 Aug 23, 2012
The folks in Eastern Oregon would welcome Burning Man. Millions of dollars income in a few weeks and no sales tax for the Burners! Seems like Pershing County has gotten tired of the trouble that goes with the event and are willing to let someone else have the money. Thanks Pershing County.
Diva Report

Morgan Hill, CA

#4 Sep 2, 2012
Fees were increased this year...multiply average tickets at $300 to $350 x 56,000 - 60,000 and the answer is "What You Want More" greed will destroy a good thing...So why increase for 2013 since it was done this year and county officals need to keep their hands out of the cookie jar. Even the $250 a ticket times 56,000 tickets thats lot of money and who's hands it goes through should be public to see what it is used for on a yearly basis. Not saying the mony is missused, from what I hear of BMan they work to keep it safe but when people get greedy especially county offcals wanting a new ordinance to put money in their pockets..don't you think the increase of this year has put enough money in all your pockets!...and you want more...not!

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