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V.19 No.52 | 12/30/2010
Marisa Demarco


Remember that rave bust a couple weeks ago?

Between 50 and 100 people gathered in support of Fusion Factory Downtown this evening. The old Banana Joe’s building was the site of a so-called “rave” bust in mid-December.

But business owner Joe Hernandez takes issue with the term “rave.” To Hernandez, who owned and operated all-ages rock venue The Compound for years, a rave is an illegal party in an abandoned building with no safety measures and no security. He says he’s been leasing the building for about a month, has a business license, and spent thousands on inspections, a stage, a sprinkler system and fire alarms. The night of the bust, he adds, he had hired a security force that was wanding patrons upon entry.

His goal with the Fusion Factory is to support a variety of music.”The reason I moved from my little place to this big place is because I want to be a part of the Downtown music scene.”

Officials found no drugs and no alcohol, Hernandez says. But he was given a misdemeanor nuisance citation. He’ll be in court mid-January. After the raid, the media also made a point of mentioning “teenage girls in lingerie and bikinis,” he says. Hernandez, who’s a parent himself, says he’s not going to tell someone else’s kid how to dress. “Yet they [media] took pictures of these kids and put them up. I think that’s grotesque. If I was their parents, I would be so not cool with that.”

He says he’s worked hard over the years to develop a good reputation with parents and kids. Parents are allowed into his events free and are welcome to stay for the duration, no charge, he says.

The demonstration tonight was put together by 18-year-old Dyanna Garcia and 17-year-old Danielle Chavez. Hernandez was advised to steer clear of this protest, lest it be viewed as him instigating another unlawful assembly.“It sucks that I can’t go down and shake hands with everyone and say, Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the music scene and for your support.”

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The Daily Word 12.19.10

DODT repealed, Dream Act fails, synthetic cannabis Grinch

The Daily Word

Don't ask don't tell is repealed in the Senate. Will Obama sign the bill? Probably, but top brass are still worried about "distractions".

DREAM Act fails to pass in Grinch-like Senate.

Party like it's 1989: APD shuts down "illegal rave" this weekend. Those Journal links are a PIA, but it's worth it. High humidity in the building and bikinis were factors, apparently.

Bank of America joins others in suspending Wikileaks accounts.

Meanwhile, in a tit-for-tat scene the Swedish police report on the Assange accusations has leaked.

Only six more shopping days before ... synthetic cannabis is banned in the U.S. AGAIN with the Grinch.

Sonic booms turn crocodiles on.

Bangladeshi stock market has collapsed. Right now you're asking yourself, "Bangladesh has a stock market?" Yup, and so does Mongolia.

Check out this ridiculously tiny lighter.

Fun fact for journalists: on this day in 1918 Lenin made it illegal for the Bolshevik press to criticize in any way the original Soviet secret police, the Cheka--which had been formed exactly one year earlier. Lenin had originally intended the secret police to be a temporary institution. Oh well.