LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Mayor Eric Garcetti says he empowers the Los Angeles Ministry of Water and Energy to end the property service that hosts large parties and gatherings.
As of Friday, according to Garcetti, the DWP will shut down the water and electricity supply in “outrageous” cases, in which unlawful large parties and gatherings take place.
The announcement came hours after City Councilor David Ryu filed an application to increase fines for property owners who hold large house parties in violation of public health regulations.
It was not clear whether Garcetti's announcement was related to this request.
In an application launched on Wednesday, Ryu said that property owners who bypass construction and safety rules or city laws such as the Los Angeles Party House Ordinance are violating the city's COVID-19 Public Health Regulation and the city's Party House Regulation, which will take place in 2018 became the law.
According to the proposal, the penalties for large assemblies could include shutting off water and electricity, allowing bans, or holding or revoking a certificate of occupancy for "large, closely contacted, largely maskless assemblies", which is a direct violation of the city's emergency ordinances and the Represents health regulations of the district ”.
"Despite a pandemic that has killed thousands in Los Angeles, some homeowners are choosing to put everyone at risk by renting out their homes to massive house parties," said Ryu. “This is irresponsible and almost fatal, and it has to be stopped.
"Whether it's about shutting down utilities or revoking their permits, we have to do everything we can to close these party houses."
The proposal comes days after a major house party in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles ended in a shootout in which one woman died and two others were hospitalized.
The police later said that the murder was probably related to the gang.
Any large and recalcitrant gathering "that threatens or affects public health, security or welfare" is prohibited by the city's Party House Ordinance.
This law includes increasing fines for both the host and the homeowner, as well as possible criminal charges for repeat offenders.