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L.A. City Council to impose new fines in crackdown on ‘party houses’

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A home on Weidlake Drive in the Hollywood Hills that drew scrutiny in 2015 for hosting loud parties.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Wednesday that seeks to crack down on so-called party houses by imposing new fines on both event hosts and homeowners.

The ordinance targets residences in the Hollywood Hills and other hillside neighborhoods that have become semi-commercial venues with valet parking, red carpets and security guards.

Critics say that homeowners and property managers rent out the residences to hosts who throw lavish bashes with booze and loud music, drawing hundreds of revelers.

The new law, first proposed by Councilman David Ryu in 2016, expands the definition of “loud and unruly conduct” to include loud noises, obstruction of a street or public right-of-way, public intoxication and more.

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Violators face fines of up to $8,000 and must post public notices notifying neighbors of their unlawful conduct.

“Let me be clear about what we’re talking about here, these are not barbecues or family gatherings,” Ryu said at Wednesday’s council hearing. “These are large events, flier parties, often with a cover charge that bring hundreds of people.”

Amid the growth in the short-term rental business, the parties have gotten worse, critics say. Neighbors complain about the booming noise from the parties and say buses and cars block the narrow hillside roads, posing a safety risk.

Several neighborhood councils that represent hillside areas supported the new law.

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Anastasia Mann, president of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, said in a statement provided by Ryu’s office that the ordinance would provide “great relief” to residents who have endured the unruly parties.

Since September, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has filed misdemeanor charges against several homeowners and property managers at residences where loud events are alleged to have been held.

dakota.smith@latimes.com

Twitter: @dakotacdsmith


UPDATES:

5:50 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect that the city attorney has filed charges in several cases.

This article was originally published at 1:10 p.m.


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