NEWPORT BEACH — When it comes to partying, UC Irvine students can't compete with the Wildcats at the University of Arizona. But in Newport Beach, where many Anteaters live, police are trying to one-up the Tucson Police Department's efforts to prevent wild parties.
At a City Council study session Tuesday, police officials introduced an ordinance restricting "loud and unruly gatherings." The law, modeled after one in Tucson, would give city officials the ability to fine partygoers up to $8,000 for repeat violations — more than five times what Arizona's law provides.
In this heavily conservative city, police and some residents for years have tried to tame partiers, especially those who overtake West Newport on the Fourth of July. They say this law could give them a strong deterrent as they try to make parts of Newport Beach more "family friendly."