Los Angeles says Hollywood Hills parties have gone too far

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is cracking down on so-called "party houses" in the Hollywood Hills that neighbors complain have essentially become nightclubs complete with red carpets, security guards and even wild animals.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that the City Council voted last week to draft a citywide ordinance beefing up laws targeting houses where gatherings attract hundreds of people who often pay a cover charge for entrance.

The newspaper says one recent party featured a caged lion.

Neighbors complain about noise and say traffic congestion poses safety risks on the narrow, winding roads in the Hollywood Hills.

The new ordinance would impose fines and allow liens on problematic properties. The proposed law will be written next year.

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