City Councilman Howard Finn decided that the public should be warned about noisy places. But he quickly learned that his proposal might hit closer to home than he imagined.
The San Fernando Valley councilman on Wednesday introduced a motion asking the Los Angeles City Council to pass a law requiring loud establishments, such as discotheques, to post signs warning of the noise inside.
The measure was inspired, Finn said, by a recent visit to a restaurant, where a band started playing and he found himself shouting across the table and unable to hear a dinner companion.
"Patrons of establishments which amplify interior sound in excess of 65 decibels may unsuspectingly be subjected to discomfort and potential hearing loss," Finn said in proposing the noise warning.