Los Angeles County is Starting to Crackdown on Parties

Published on August 20, 2020

Parties are happening in Los Angeles. Not long ago in a liquor store, I overheard a group of people talking about the party they were visiting that night… They weren’t wearing masks, either. After a series of warnings, Mayor Eric Garcetti is now taking action against those reckless partiers. 

Garcetti’s Warning 

Los Angeles is one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the United States. With bars and clubs closed, too many people have turned to throwing house parties. Where exactly? Mostly where the Richie riches live, the Hollywood Hills and Calabasas. A few weeks ago, the major issued his warning:

“While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs. You’re breaking the law. Just as we can shut down bars breaking alcohol laws, in places that are in criminal violations, we can shut them down. We can actually do the power or water shutoff after a first violation, but we like to educate, not enforce. We will not act lightly, but we will act.”

The Major Wasn’t Bluffing

L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer has stressed how dangerous these large-scale parties are during the pandemic. Recently, too many Los Angeles residents have gone against the legal health officer’s order banning parties and large gatherings. As a result, Garcetti stayed true to his word and cut the utility service of a Hollywood Hills house: 

“Today I authorized the City to disconnect utility service at a house in the Hollywood Hills to stop the large parties held there in flagrant violation of our public health orders. Parties like these can quickly and easily spread the virus and put our communities at risk.”

Who’s Throwing the Parties?

One TikTok star by the name of Bryce Hall. Videos were posted of the party exposing the large gatherings. Guests were not wearing masks or social distancing at all. Even after Hall was warned, he continued to throw parties. Hall wasn’t the only one going against the rules. A few weeks ago, 13 homeowners got citations and were warned their power and water would be cut if they continued to party. At most of the parties, however, the crowds dispersed and the parties stopped. Those homes are still on a list and have been warned, so if they continue to party on, they’ll face the consequences. 

LAPD Wants No Part In It

The LAPD officers’ union doesn’t want cops participating in cutting utility services off at homes, despite the fact it’s to preserve the safety of the residents in Los Angeles… Recently, the Los Angeles Police Protective League tweeted: 

“Mayor Garcetti wants to reimagine policing. He should send his civilian staff to turn off people’s electricity & cut off their water. Let officers deal with the rise in shootings and killings in LA. We need a leader and not a political contortionist.”

To suggest Garcetti wants to remagine policing is wildly out of touch and wreaks of obliviousness. When officers turned Los Angeles into a sea of chaos during the protests, no cops faced serious consequences. Garcetti is not changing policing, which he’s rightfully so been criticized for in recent months. 

Plus, is cutting off utilities to home wildly different from cops carrying out evictions? What’s the real difference there? Where is the reimagining the Los Angeles Police Protective League is talking about? Their job is to keep communities safe, and preventing parties is keeping people safe. The LAPD has been issuing citations to partiers, though. According to the widely disliked Los Angeles Police Chief, Michel Moore, the police will continue to work with health officials and continue monitoring and reporting parties. 

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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