Homes that host big parties could shut down utilities, mayor says

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Following reports of major parties violating health ordinances aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday that he would allow the city to shut down water services and electricity to residents who organize such gatherings.Starting Friday night, if Los Angeles Police Department officers respond and verify that a large party is taking place at a property, and there is evidence that the venue has repeatedly engaged in a such behavior, the department will ask the city to close the water and electricity services. within 48 hours.

Garcetti said that while all of the nightclubs and bars have already been closed, “these big house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills” and often occur in homes that are vacant or used for short-term rentals.

“The consequences of these big parties go far beyond these parties alone,” he said. “They are spreading throughout our community because the virus can spread quickly and easily.”

The issue of large private gatherings came under scrutiny this week following a loud party Monday at a mansion on Mulholland Drive that ended in a fatal shooting.

Around 200 people were at the party when police first entered at around 7 p.m. after numerous complaints from neighbors about the size of the rally.

Although officers cited and impounded some vehicles that were parked illegally, they did not interrupt the party – even though gatherings of any size are banned under the Los Angeles County Coronavirus Health Ordinance .

A shooting was reported at around 12:45 am LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said officers found two women and a man with gunshot wounds. All the victims were taken to hospitals in critical or serious condition, and a 35-year-old woman later died. The other two were stable, officials said.

Ramirez said the shooting was considered a gang-related homicide. Social media activity, in part, led detectives to link the shooting to gang activity, he added.

Los Angeles City Councilor David Ryu also introduced a motion on Wednesday to increase sentences and provide additional enforcement options against homeowners who violate city laws or building and safety rules, including l city ​​party ordinance 2018.

The party on Mulholland Drive was the latest in a series of big house parties during the pandemic. The county also announced an investigation into a party held for “first responders” at a Hollywood bar on July 31 that violated social distancing requirements.

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