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Glendale 'party central' house inspires possible new fine

Police chief suggests ordinance that would levy increasing penalties for repeated offenses.

January 22, 2014|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • This home at 1315 Norton Ave. in Glendale is reportedly being rented online as a "party house," photographed Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
This home at 1315 Norton Ave. in Glendale is reportedly… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro plans to ask the City Council to implement a new ordinance that would slap people with fines if they throw raucous parties in response to complaints from neighbors about a local house known as “party central.”

“It gives us some local control to have some sort of repercussion for a location like at this house,” Castro said in an interview Tuesday, referring to the approximately 4,000-square-foot property in the 1300 block of Norton Avenue that has had seven police visits since October because of parties.

The house used to be advertised as “party central” on Airbnb.com, a website for vacation rentals. At the beginning of this month, however, the listing was removed following numerous complaints from neighbors, meetings between the property owner and city officials and an inquiry by the Glendale News-Press.

Yet another party still took place on Friday night into Saturday morning, angering neighbors who were promised that the loud noise would stop.

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“They said they would stop and they didn’t,” said Sam Manoukian, a Glendale Civil Service Commissioner and a neighbor of the house, describing the situation as “bizarre.”

People were leaving the party just after midnight on Saturday when police arrived, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz.

It was unclear how many people attended the event because the party was mostly over when police arrived, but neighbor Brian Ellis said he heard several drunk women fighting outside the house and car alarms going off around 1 a.m.

Other parties during the summer and fall months led to streets clogged with cars, littered beer bottles and loud noises, neighbors had said. At one party, a Glendale Police helicopter shined a spotlight on the house as several officers shut down the event.

While the house, which features a pool and guesthouse, is no longer being advertised for 200-person parties on Airbnb.com, it is still being rented out for short-term rentals costing about $280 per day on that website.

Mikey Dardashti, owner of the property management firm renting out the house, said he planned to keep renters’ deposits if they threw parties at the house, but in this case, the customer was not charged a deposit.

Dardashti added that other than taking down the listing advertising the house for large events, there wasn’t much he could do to prevent his customers from throwing parties.

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