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Hosts of loud parties in Cypress may be slapped with $1,000 fine

March 25, 2010 |  9:48 am
Hosts of loud parties in the city of Cypress who are asked by police to quiet down for a second time in a single night will have to pay a $1,000 fine starting next month, city officials said Thursday.

“This is not a measure for covering family barbecues,” said Capt. Ed Bish, a spokesman for the Cypress Police Department. “This is for loud parties with numerous neighbor complaints.”

Over the last 18 months, one in three party disturbance calls -- corresponding to more than 225 incidents -- required officers to return a second time, according to police statistics. Police currently issue a written warning to hosts of noisy parties, advising that “if we have to come back, there is a possibility of criminal prosecution.”

The new law, which was approved earlier this month by the Cypress City Council, would slap violators with a flat administrative fee of $1,000. The fine would cover the cost of dispatching officers from the police department, which already has limited resources, Bish said.

It would not automatically mean the offender would go to court.

“The disturbance could cause prosecution, if a citizen wanted to support prosecution,” Bish said.

-- Ann M. Simmons