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Local News in Brief : Santa Ana : Hosts of Loud Parties Liable for Police Tab

A new ordinance adopted by the City Council makes hosts of loud parties liable for the cost of sending police officers to quiet things down.

Police are often called to break up large, rowdy parties, Police Chief Clyde Cronkhite said. But officers usually are unable to do more than issue a warning unless a neighbor signs a criminal complaint.

Under the new ordinance, which becomes effective June 16, police are allowed to charge the persons responsible for a loud party up to $500 for their time--after giving them one warning.

Cronkhite said he found raucous parties to be one of the chief complaints of residents when he conducted informal surveys throughout the city earlier this year.

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