Mayor Garcetti Just OK'd Shutting Off The Utilities Of One Busy Hollywood Hills Party House
Los Angeles police are cracking down on people who throw house parties in defiance of the public health orders banning large social gatherings.
A Hollywood Hills home was one of the latest sites to host a large gathering, and now the mayor's office reports the city will disconnect the home's utility services. Here's Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement sent today:
“Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders."
Given the more than 2,000 Angelenos and over 170,000 Americans who have died because of COVID-19, Garcetti said, "we need every resident to undertake critical safeguards to stop the spread of this virus. That includes not hosting or attending parties that put themselves, their neighbors, and many others at risk."
According to the city, the house was used to host a large gathering on Aug. 8, several days after the mayor had announced he would begin shutting off offenders' utilities. Warnings were posted on site by police. Another large gathering occurred on Aug. 14, and police responded with a final warning.
City officials have not released the location of the home that had its utilities cut off.
Earlier today, L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore told our newsroom's call-in program AirTalk, which airs on the radio at 89.3 KPCC, that his department is also looking at steeper consequences for party organizers:
"This past weekend, we were at and took enforcement action at eight different locations. Those actions are citations, and criminal counts will be considered on those repeat locations, as well as turning off utilities."
The decision to crack down came after a big party held earlier this month at a Mulholland Drive mansion known as Palazzo Beverly Hills ended in a deadly shooting. One woman was killed and three other people were wounded. In that case, police had been called by neighbors reporting loud, maskless partygoers hours prior to the shooting. LAPD officials at the scene told NBC4 that since the party was on private property, their wasn't much they could do to enforce health orders.