Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

 

STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on utilities shutoff for Hollywood Hills party house

City action comes after multiple warnings from City and County officials and law enforcement to stop hosting large parties that spread the coronavirus

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti released the following statement today after he authorized the City to disconnect utility service at a house in the Hollywood Hills that had hosted several large parties in violation of public health orders:

“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.

“Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders. The City has now disconnected utilities at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community. 

“If we wish to reopen more businesses, return our kids to school, or get back to our normal lives, we must continue to wear masks, wash our hands frequently, and as we’re emphasizing today, avoid gathering with others. All of these actions save lives.”

Background

On August 4, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a public statement in regard to large house parties, declaring that “The highest-risk settings are large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and where face coverings are not worn. The consequences of these large parties ripple throughout our entire community because the virus can quickly and easily spread.”

On August 5, 2020, Mayor Garcetti announced that his Public Order would be amended to allow utility shutoffs at properties hosting large gatherings, parties, and events.

On August 8, 2020, a house in the Hollywood Hills was used to host a large gathering in violation of paragraph 3 of the Mayor’s Public Order, dated June 1, 2020, as revised.

While those gatherings were in progress, the Los Angeles Police Department visited the property and posted warnings on the property, providing notice that violations of the Order are subject to civil and criminal penalties.

The initial warning also provided notice that any future violation of the Order at this property may result in a referral to the Mayor’s Office for review and issuance of a directive to disconnect utility service.

On August 14, 2020, the house was used to host another large gathering in violation of paragraph 3 of the Mayor’s Public Order, dated June 1, 2020, as revised.

While that gathering was in progress, the Los Angeles Police Department again visited the property and posted a final notice that the matter may be referred to the Mayor’s Office for review and issuance of a directive to disconnect utility service.

Upon receiving authorization from Mayor Garcetti, today the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power disconnected utility service at the house.