Garcetti Authorizes DWP to Cut Power, Water to Homes Hosting Large Parties

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Amid reports of huge house parties where attendees violate coronavirus restrictions, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has decided to play hardball.

Starting Friday, the L.A. Department of Water and Power will cut off electricity and water service within 48 hours to homes hosting large parties, Garcetti says.

"These super-spreader events, and super-spreader people have a disproportionate impact on the lives we are losing and we cannot let that happen like we saw on Mulholland Drive on Monday night," Garcetti said Wednesday.

The order goes into effect two days after Councilman David Ryu introduced a motion to make penalties for house party violations more severe.

"Despite a pandemic that has killed thousands in Los Angeles, some homeowners are choosing to put everyone at risk by renting out their homes to massive house parties," Ryu says. "Whether it takes shutting off utilities or revoking their permits, we must do what it takes to shut these party houses down."
"This is life and death," Garcetti added.

Check out more details on NBC 4 Los Angeles.

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