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Mission Viejo ordinance would fine rowdy partiers for repeat complaints

Aug 21, 2013

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Should the city be able to give you a ticket if your house party is too loud? ; Credit: Flickr/Kmeron

The Mission Viejo City Council passed an ordinance this week that could make the organizers of rowdy and disruptive house parties responsible for the costs of law enforcement personnel dispatched to investigate repeated noise complaints.

Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, told the L.A. Times that the fines will be determined by the resources needed.

“If a sergeant shows up, they’ll be charged for their time,” Hallock said. “And if a helicopter shows up, they’ll be charge for their time.”

The ordinance is scheduled for a second reading in early September and goes into effect 30 days after. Lake Forest, Newport Beach and San Clemente also have similar laws in place.

Should more cities hand out fines to noisy revelers? Would you support such a move?

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