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Buzzkill: Angelenos Could Be Fined Up To $1,000 For Noisy Dogs, Parties And Leaf Blowers
It might soon cost you quite a bit to be noisy. How much? Well, $250 for the first time, but $1,000 for a third. A proposed citation, called a 'quality-of-life infraction' ticket, would be given out when someone is doing something loud that irritates their neighbors. This could be throwing a rowdy party, having a barking dog or using a gasoline-powered leaf blower, the Daily News reports.
The pilot program is called Administrative Citation Enforcement (ACE), and it would allow police officers to issue tickets as opposed to warnings. The tickets begin at $250 for the first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1000 for a third time. If approved, it is expected to generate over $2 million in revenue at a cost of an estimated $577,000 to launch it.
The program was proposed five year ago, but has now been recommended by the City Council's Public Safety and Personnel, Welfare and Animal Services committees. Councilman Paul Kortez told the Daily News that officers might have to respond numerous times to loud parties to get them to quiet down, but now "they can issue this citation and it will be stronger than a warning."
ACE will still need to be approved by the council's Budget and Finance Committee.