Councilmember O'Farrell Urges Nightclub Operators to Improve Safety Measures

Los Angeles City Hall

HOLLYWOOD - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, joined by representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), issued a warning regarding recent permit violations at some Hollywood nightclub venues, and demanded that all nightlife establishments manage their own safety and security as they gear up for Halloween weekend events.

O’Farrell made the announcement during a news conference along the iconic Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, where many people will partake in bar hopping on Halloween night.

“The long list of permit violations at a handful of Hollywood nightclubs is unacceptable,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “These violations adversely affect the health, safety, and well-being of those who live and work in the area, and endanger the lives of their own patrons. Today this community is taking a stand.“

The Councilmember was joined by Captain Pete Zarcone from the Los Angeles Police Department, and Frank Bush from the Department of Building and Safety. O’Farrell announced that several club operators have multiple violations.

“We don’t want to paint all club operators with the same brush,” said Captain Zarcone. “There are some out there who are good members of the community, and there are some who are purely profit motivated. The LAPD is committed to working hand in hand with our city partners to make Hollywood even safer.”

“In the interest of public safety, all club owners are required to make sure that they are operating in compliance with all codes, ordinances and Conditional Use Permits (CUP) that are in place in the Los Angeles Municipal Code,” said Frank Bush, executive officer with the LADBS. “The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety's Code Enforcement Bureau will take all necessary enforcement actions to make sure that properties  are brought into compliance if violations are identified.  Clubs owners also need constantly to monitor their locations and make sure that their operation is not creating a Public Nuisance to the surrounding neighborhoods,”

When operating a club in the City of Los Angeles, establishments must receive a conditional use permit from the City. The permit dictates various guidelines for operation, which could include hours of operation, age restrictions, alcohol and food sales, capacity, and promotions. Many clubs in Hollywood have been cited for violating these types of conditions.

City Attorney Mike Feuer this week announced that his office has filed a probation violation against the Hollywood Supper Club after the operators allegedly continued to violate multiple conditions of the zoning code. The nightclub, located at 6675 West Hollywood Boulevard, has been cited several times over the past years for failing to fix serious fire and life safety hazards.

"Councilmember O'Farrell and I continue to work together closely on several fronts to keep residents and tourists in Hollywood safe," said City Attorney Mike Feuer.  "Just since the beginning of the year my office has filed several criminal cases for nightclub operation violations sending a clear message that nightclubs must be good neighbors and follow the law or we will prosecute."

In August 2015, a 20-year old male died at a Hollywood nightclub, and in a separate incident last Fall, investigators say a female college student was sexually assaulted.