Los Angeles Will Shut Off People’s Utilities For Hosting Parties, Not For Failing To Pay Their Utility Bills
In Los Angeles, you can have your power turned off for having parties at your house, but not for failing to pay your power bill.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he was authorizing the city-controlled Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut off utilities to homes and businesses that host unpermitted gatherings in violation of county and city stay-at-home orders.
The order comes in response to reports of large parties being held at residences across Los Angeles, including one on Tuesday night that ended in the shooting death of one attendee.
“The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond those parties. They ripple throughout our community,” Garcetti said in a press briefing Wednesday evening. “While we have already closed nightclubs and bars, these large parties have become nightclubs in the hills. Beyond the noise, traffic, and nuisance, these parties are unsafe and can cost Angelenos their lives.”
The mayor said that if Los Angeles Police Department officers discover a property that is hosting a prohibited gathering, they will request that DWP shut off service to said property within the next 48 hours. The order goes into effect this Friday.
Los Angeles County’s public health order bans family gatherings and parties of any size. The City of Los Angeles’ public health order bans gatherings of any size outside of residences, save for several listed exemptions, including protests.
In his remarks Wednesday evening, Garcetti said tha
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