What’s the mayor going to do if homeowners still party while using generators? Send in his brown shirts?
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered utilities cut off Wednesday at a home where “several” parties have been held in violation of social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic, his office said.
Garcetti had vowed on Aug. 5 to disconnect utilities at homes where local laws prohibiting large gatherings are repeatedly violated.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“That includes not hosting or attending parties that put themselves, their neighbors, and many others at risk.”
City officials described the residence only as “a house in the Hollywood Hills that had hosted several large parties in violation of public health orders.” Events took place there Aug. 8 and last Friday, the mayor’s office said.
Both times, police posted warnings that utilities would be cut off, the mayor’s office said. Such locations have sometimes turned into surrogates for a nightlife scene that has all but disappeared because of state orders that have closed bars and clubs to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
“Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders,” Garcetti said. “The City has now disconnected utilities at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community.”
The mayor made his Aug. 5 announcement that he would use utilities as a weapon against noncompliant locations a day after a woman was fatally shot at a Los Angeles mansion party that had been visited earlier by police who did not shut down the festivities.
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