Newport Beach approves crackdown on unruly parties: 'We're not going to allow this to be a party town'
The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that will impose fines on partygoers, renters and landlords who contribute to or allow excessively rowdy parties.
But the council changed one aspect of the law: instead of stipulating that a bright red placard be posted on the door of a violating house for six months, the ordinance requires a black-and-white notice that would stay up for three months.
The council also reduced the maximum fine from $8,000 to $3,000. Under the law, if officers observe a party with eight people or more, where people are urinating in public, are drunk in public, are excessively noisy, serve alcohol to minors or display other behaviors, they will be able to post a notice on the door and issue violations.
"We're changing the culture here. We're not going to allow this to be a party town," said police Chief Jay Johnson.
A number of landlords spoke at the meeting and said they were concerned that the law would affect their property values. "It leaves way too much discretion in the individual officers' hands ... if [a home] gets a scarlet letter or not," said Corona del Mar real estate agent Mark Simon.
-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News