New Year's Eve festival forced to flee fairgrounds

'Didn't think it was in best interest of community,' police chief says

An event that had some residents worried about potential problems was booted from the Alameda County Fairgrounds after an investigation by Pleasanton police.

Countdown 2012, which some locals said was a rave, will now be held at in Tulare County instead of the fairgrounds here.

"The promoter applied to have an event at the fairgrounds and typically, as we always do, we worked with the fairgrounds to provide security at the event. In working up background and intelligence, preparing for the event, what we learned was inconsistent with what the promoter told the fairground," said Pleasanton police Chief Dave Spiller. "I strongly encouraged the fairgrounds not to hold the event."

Spiller said the promoter's initial application called Countdown 2012 a family friendly event.

"They said it was going to be a holiday family-oriented music festival. There's no indication there was any family involvement at all. The marketing is consistent with raves," he said. "I didn't think it was in the best interest of the community."

Spiller added that it's not the Police Department's job "to be the morals police," but "to ensure the safety of the community for both the participants and the non participating community."

The event, billed as Northern California's largest New Years' Eve "massive music festival" will now be held at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in the Central Valley, about three hours away.

A statement on the event promoter's website makes no mention of being ousted by police, but said the organizers were unable to secure enough law enforcement to staff the event.

"Countdown 2012 has been forced to move locations due to local law enforcement's inability to staff the event and as a result, the Alameda County Fairgrounds management has decided to pull out. We have exhausted all options to make this event possible at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, including contacting other law enforcement agencies. However none of the local agencies can commit due to time restraints," the statement reads.

"We have secured and confirmed the closest available location. Countdown 2012 will now take place at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. We understand that this creates a commute for many attendees so we have secured multiple tour buses to shuttle to and from the event for free, for those ticket holders that don't want to drive."


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Posted by Ann
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

Considering police chief Spiller and the Pleasanton police can't even control the illegals at Home Depot on a daily basis--- this rave would have ALSO been beyond their abilities.

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Posted by Carol Davies
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Taxpayers are sick and tired of the Pleasanton cops not enforcing basic laws against vagrancy- loitering-and felon illegals. Cops say illegals can loiter on the sidewalk. The game is Cops say Home Depot has to file complaint. They have tried. Then cops say oh no---has to be a complaint from the property landlord! Then the game goes to whether or not their toenails were "actually" on the private property side. It is obvious Pleasanton cops don't want to deal with the felons (who often grab their crotches when a young woman walks by). Spineless and so so PC----why pay taxes?

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Posted by Darren
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

Pleasanton cops are lazy. The requests for Home Depot cleanup have been ignored for years.

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Posted by Peter Grason
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 26, 2011 at 7:11 am

I agree Pleasanton cops are lazy or have been ordered to NOT help Home Depot out. This makes no sense. I too have watched the disgusting crotch grabbing. But I guess that's cultural so we all have to embrace it. No way.

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Posted by Just a Mom
a resident of Danville
on Dec 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

I am surprise to hear about the Pleasanton cops behavior. If I cannot trust them I will make sure my family stays away by trying to avoid going shopping or dinning in Pleasanton. They should start thinking about that because families like to feel safe and there are plenty of other places to go.

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Posted by cardinal
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I found them to be over-attentive to my particular brand of driving, once.

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Posted by Smith
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Although I agree the Pleasanton cops are incapable of dealing with illegal felons---they did give me a courtesy driving warning once----I drive so much better in Pleasanton because of that small gesture 5 yrs ago.

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