Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that he approves the city shutting down service services for properties where large parties and gatherings are held, reports CBS Los Angeles. Garcetti said that as of Friday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will suspend water and power supply services in “illegal” cases where unauthorized large parties and gatherings take place.
The announcement came hours after City Councilman David Ryu introduced a proposal to increase the penalties for property owners who keep large lots of houses in violation of public health orders. It was not clear if Garcetti̵
In the proposal, which was introduced on Wednesday, Ryu said property owners who skirt building and safety rules or city laws, such as the Los Angeles Party House Ordinance, violateand the city’s party house ordinance which became law in 2018.
According to the proposal, sanctions for large gatherings can include shutting off water and electricity, permitting bans and having a certificate of occupancy held or revoked for all “large, close contact, largely unmasked gatherings, in direct violation of the city’s emergency and county health orders” .
“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,” Ryu said. “This is irresponsible bordering on deadly, and it must be stopped.”
“Whether it requires shutting down tools or revoking their permits, we must do what it takes to shut down these party houses,” he added.
The proposal comes days after ain Beverly Crest in Los Angeles ended in a shooting that left a woman dead and two others in hospital.
Police later said the murder was believed to be gang-related.
All large and unshakable gatherings “that threaten or disturb public health, safety or welfare” are prohibited under the city’s party house ordinance.
That law includes increased fines for both party owners and homeowners, as well as possible offenses for repeat offenders.