Los Angeles Will Shut Off Water And Power To Houses Throwing Large Parties, Mayor Says – Forbes


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday the city will cut off water and power to houses or businesses that repeatedly hold large gatherings, taking the most aggressive action in the country to stop parties that violate local health orders meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus.


“Starting Friday night if the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at the property and if we see these properties reoffending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request the DWP shut off services within the next 48 hours,” the mayor said at a press conference Wednesday.

Garcetti said parties have been often thrown in vacant homes or short-term rental properties like Airbnbs, calling such gatherings “unsafe and can cost Angelenos their lives.”

Over the last few weeks, YouTubers and influencers have thrown large parties in Los Angeles, including one mansion party this week for an unidentified NFL player— which was caught on camera via helicopter from local news stations—and ended after one person was killed and two were critically injured from gunfire.

Crucial quote

“All those sacrifices can be undone by a few who refuse to follow the science and who refuse to follow the rules and put our economy and our community at risk,” Garcetti said.

Big number

In Los Angeles, cases among those age 18-29 quadrupled between June and late July, according to Fox 11, citing Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

Key background

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations among younger people across the country are on the rise as leaders and public health experts warn against throwing unauthorized parties. Los Angeles isn’t the only city dealing with the issue, and many have taken place in wealthy enclaves across the country, such as a Hamptons party where Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon DJed a “drive-in” concert that turned into a dance party.

Further reading

Celebrities And Rich Neighborhoods Won’t Stop Hosting Massive Mansion Parties (Forbes)

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