Planning a party anytime soon? Be forewarned that you may wind up paying for more than food, drinks and cleaning bills. Some cities in Orange County have begun billing the hosts of loud parties for the cost of sending the police to quiet things down. Party-givers are given only one chance; on the second go-round, the hosts are slapped with fines that can be as high as $1,000. The highest so far is $855.59. Police in cities with party ordinances unanimously agree that the program is a success. The vast majority of hosts are only too eager to break up their parties after the first warning.
Below is a record of fines issued by the cities with the ordinances.
Total Highest Lowest Amount Number of Fine Fine of Fines Total Citations City Issued Issued Issued Collected Issued Fullerton $147.67 $40.27 $578.15 $201.37 8 Huntington Beach 120.00 120.00 120.00 0 1 La Habra 117.27 16.44 440.45 137.02 9 La Palma 95.56 17.73 378.30 254.27 10 Orange 855.59 11.65 2,134.23 640.27* 23 Placentia 63.70 21.00 222.60 56.70 5 Santa Ana 169.77 10.25 294.00 180.02 4
Note: Los Alamitos and Newport Beach also have party ordinances, but have not yet issued any fines.
* Figure approximate; a spokesman said that about 30% of the fines have been paid so far.
Source: Individual cities