Crackdown on rowdy parties aimed at making Newport Beach 'family friendly'
Newport Beach officials say they hope a proposal to crack down on loud parties -- including fines of up to $8,000 -- will help make some parts of the city more "family friendly."
For years, police and some residents have tried to tame partiers, especially those who overtake West Newport on the Fourth of July.
"We would like to see stricter enforcement and less second chances," said Councilman Steve Rosansky, who represents much of West Newport, before a City Council meeting Tuesday. "It's just a new attitude, just less tolerance."
Mayor Mike Henn was less nuanced: "We need to have the ability to have shock and awe."
The law would allow officers to issue citations to people who organize a party that gets out of hand, to the property owners and to people attending. Officers would post a large red tag on the door of a house and notify its owner if they observe a party there at which people are urinating in public, are drunk in public, are excessively noisy, are serving alcohol to minors or displaying other prohibited behaviors.
-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News