Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office gave the water and power department the go-ahead to shut-off utilities to a Fairfax district home where at least three parties took place, which violated the city’s ban on large gatherings.

At least 40 people attended a party Saturday at the home in the 800 block of North Curson Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers arrived at the home at 11 p.m. after receiving a complaint of a gathering at a “social media influencer residence” and cleared the party, an LAPD spokesman said.

Police previously responded to party violations on Sept. 12-13 and Oct. 17 and issued warning notices.

Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar said in a statement that each time they went to the home, officers informed the residents that large gatherings were in violation of the mayor’s public order.

The utilities will stay off until the mayor orders them back on, LADWP spokeswoman Ellen Cheng shared.

However, that wasn’t the only LA-area party drawing the ire of the pandemic police.

Also on Saturday, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Superspreader Task Force arrested 182 adults at two commercial locations for breaking state lockdown orders on Saturday amid surging COVID-19 cases.

The task force was alerted about an adults-only ‘swinger’s party’ on 61st Street in South Central where middle-aged guests partied without a care, dressed to the nines in heels, dresses and suits.

The sheriff’s department said arrests on Saturday were made at two commercial buildings – the swinger party took place in the 600 block of West 61st Street in Vermont-Slauson and the other in the 400 block of West Pico Boulevard in downtown LA.

The latest parties violated California’s strict lockdown rules under which all citizens are ordered to stay home except for permitted work, local shopping and errands and are discouraged from meeting with other households.

Such shut-downs have also occurred with other party-houses, including a September shindig at a Cahuenga Pass house. However, it doesn’t seem to be offering much deterrence.

I will give Los Angelenos credit for coming up with a novel and fun way to achieve herd immunity.

A little farther south, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved pandemic-control measures to step up enforcement against businesses not following public health orders.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the vote for increased enforcement will dedicate more resources to address businesses violating health orders. The new measures were originally presented in August 2020 but only partially adopted.

In a statement, Fletcher said due to the “significant surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths the new Board of Supervisors again reviewed those enforcement options” and adopted all of them.

“We are increasing resources and reaffirming our commitment to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego County by expanding the scope and commitment of enforcement by our county’s compliance team,” Fletcher said in a statement. “Taking these actions will protect lives and help in the regional effort to beat COVID-19.”

The county’s compliance team will now be able to:

  • Conduct proactive inspections;
  • Issue citations for violating the county’s safe reopening plan;
  • Refuse relief funding to businesses not in compliance with public health orders, as legally possible; and
  • Ensure enforcement of the policies are “fair and consistent with science and data” on the spread of the coronavirus.

However, not all of the county supervisors supported the new measures.

Supervisor Jim Desmond voted against the measure, saying that he believes “all business sectors should have the opportunity to open and operate safely. The action also includes restricting relief funds to businesses.”

Desmond has been the lead advocate in opposition of implementing lockdown policies, explaining that the government should not pick and choose which businesses.

The move outraged many people.

Californians are suffering from politicized pandemic fatigue.


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