Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti orders utilities shut off for TikTok influencer’s mansion as a consequence of lockdown-defying events
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, D, ordered utility shutdowns in a mansion where large parties were being held against social distancing guidelines.
Garcetti announced the extreme measures from his official social media account on Wednesday.
“Today I authorized the city to suspend utility service at a house in the Hollywood Hills to stop the major parties that are being held there and that are manifestly against our public health rules,” Garcetti tweeted.
“Parties like this can quickly and easily spread the virus and put our communities at risk,” he added.
A writer for the New York Times’ style department reported that the mansion is owned by TikTok stars Bryce Hall, Noah Beck and Blake Gray.
Los Angeles Police have closed a birthday party for Hall, which was held in a different location on Friday after noise complaints from neighbors.
Garcetti said in a statement that the mansion’s owners had been warned beforehand that their utilities could be shut down.
“Despite several warnings, this house has been turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings that are blatantly against our public health rules,” Garcetti said. “The city has now shut down the utilities in this house to stop these parties who are endangering our community.”
The mayor said officials are also considering additional penalties, including revoking permits and licenses for those who are repeat offenders against the lockdown. They also made it clear that shutdown of utility companies is being considered for large groups, not smaller gatherings in normal sized homes.
Garcetti previously said the city would consider shutting down utilities for non-essential businesses that were found to be in conflict with coronavirus lockdown orders.
There have been more than 5,300 deaths from the coronavirus in Los Angeles County and more than 224,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
Critics of the Democratic Mayor noted that he had been photographed without a mask with a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters, despite the raging pandemic.
Here is a local news video about Garcetti’s threat:
Officials cracking down on large parties in LA www.youtube.com
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