Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that he authorized the city to shut off utilities to a Hollywood Hills home where several large parties were hosted despite the COVID-19 pandemic and Safer at Home orders as well as multiple warnings from law enforcement.
“Parties like these can quickly and easily spread the virus and put our communities at risk,” Garcetti said. “With more than 2,000 Angelenos and over 170,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, 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.”
The address to the home where utilities were shut off was not released, but Garcetti said the residence had been turned into a “nightclub in the hills.”
Garcetti announced on Aug. 5 that he would authorize the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to shut off utilities to homes and businesses that host “egregious” gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Los Angeles Police Department responded to complaints of noisy gatherings and issued citations at 13 homes last weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times, which reported that the hosts received warnings that water and power may be cut if they continue to host parties.
One of the homes is “linked to” TikTok star Bryce Hall, and videos of parties were posted online, where guests are seen not wearing masks or following social distance guidelines, according to The Times. The house, which is in Hollywood, continued to be the site of parties after the LAPD’s warning.
Eleven of the 13 other addresses were not sent to Garcetti’s office because guests dispersed after the warning and there have not been additional parties at those locations. But they have been added to a list of homes that have been warned, and if parties continue to be held, they may be subject to a shut-off, the Times reported.
Garcetti said the house parties usually take place at short-term rental homes, but the city’s house party ordinance prohibits gatherings that could cause risks to people’s health and safety.
The LAPD officers’ union has pushed back against the potential use of officers in Garcetti’s efforts to shut off utility service at homes where large parties have occurred.
“Mayor Garcetti wants to reimagine policing. He should send his civilian staff to turn off people’s electricity & cut off their water,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League tweeted Aug. 9. “Let officers deal with the rise in shootings and killings in LA. We need a leader and not a political contortionist.”