Los Angeles is getting into the business of party crashing, and not in the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson sort of way — Uncle Ned's kids they are not.
Up in those Hollywood Hills,the city's rich and famous host some of the craziest parties, many times in residences that are not of their own. In fact, according to the LA Times, "homeowners and property managers rent out their homes to short-term guests who throw events flowing with booze, loud music and hundreds of attendees."
The celebrity antics have made the locals increasingly irate, and they say they have complained for years about the problem, which they say has only worsened over time. "There have been angry public hearings, neighbors collecting evidence against out-of-control partiers and calls for tougher laws," reports the LA Times.
City Hall has now finally heeded their complaints and will be cracking down on the craziness, and the Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has pledged to issue multiple misdemeanor charges to the owner of a single-family home if guests cause a public disturbance.
"It's completely unacceptable for residential homes to be rented out every few weeks for massive parties that attract hundreds of guests, blast music throughout the night and block streets, disrupting peace and quiet in our neighborhoods," Feuer said in a prepared statement.
The single worst offender is Danny Fitzgerald, a Los Angeles real estate developer who owns four properties near the Hollywood Reservoir, and is infamously known for hosting "numerous bacchanals that were publicized on social media from 2012 to 2015."
Fitzgerald's parties would serve as host to such crazy sights as a caged lion and an elephant. One of his homes was included in a Playboy TV show about swingers.
His parties pumped down the volume after the city attorney issued several notices in 2015. Lately, however, other offenders have not complied to similar notices.
"In May 2016, Feuer’s office sent the owner of the home on Electra Drive, Kamran Younai, 46, a cease-and-desist letter requesting that he stop allowing short-term rentals that hosted large parties and music," reports the LA Times. "Officials even met with Younai that September, Feuer’s office said. Despite the meeting, at least a dozen other large parties have occurred there, officials said."
Residents who live near loud homes like Younai's say they just want peace and quiet. “All we want to do is have a peaceful existence,” said neighbor Felicia Present.
The bass at many of these parties booms so loudly that neighboring homes vibrate. Cars also routinely clog the streets.
Not surprisingly, complaints about loud parties in the Hollywood Hills are as old as the city itself. Nearly 100 years ago, in 1924, the LA Times reported about a disturbance in Laurel Canyon during a wild birthday party. The incident was so heavily publicized that the city promised to "discourage such affairs in the future."
That worked out well.