Mayor Eric Garcetti allows the water and power to be cut at a swanky Hollywood Hills home where a number of TikTok influencers are living.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has followed through with threats to shut off the power and water to party homes in the Hills. After repeatedly violating public health orders by hosting gatherings in the last two weeks, the mayor ordered all utility services to a home on Appian Way, where several TikTokers are known to be living, to be cut.
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.
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) August 19, 2020
“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. That includes not hosting or attending parties that put themselves, their neighbors and many others at risk,” Garcetti said in an address.
After a number of complaints surrounding a large gathering at the house on August 8, the police responded with a final warning when another gathering was held on August 14.
City officials have not released the location of the home that had its utilities cut off.
Earlier today, L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore told our newsroom’s call-in program AirTalk, which airs on the radio at 89.3 KPCC, that his department is also looking at steeper consequences for party organizers:
“This past weekend, we were at and took enforcement action at eight different locations. Those actions are citations, and criminal counts will be considered on those repeat locations, as well as turning off utilities.”
L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore said officers are monitoring social media platforms to keep tabs on where large gatherings are taking place.
The social media stars living in the home include TikToker Bryce Hall, according to reports. Joining the trend of taking up residency in swish L.A. homes and documenting it, this particular group has been dubbed the “Sway House” on social media. The recording of these parties and uploading to various social sites has allowed authorities to track locations and attendance more closely.
“We will restore utilities when the order is made to do so,” Department of Water and Power spokesman Joe Ramallo said.
Los Angeles police officers have issued citations for similar gatherings at around 13 homes. Under the mayor’s new directive, responding officers can request the utilities be cut within 48 hours where parties repeatedly happen. There are currently more homes that
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