LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A large number of criminal charges were filed this week against the owners of businesses that LA City Attorney Mike Feuer says are underground nightclubs and an unlicensed casino, all operating near Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Feuer said he has filed 17 criminal charges against the owners of the businesses. If convicted, the owners face thousands of dollars in fines and jail time.
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“No Angeleno should be forced to contend with a noisy, unlicensed nightclub right next door,” Feuer said. “The people behind these clubs have endangered their customers and people in the surrounding community.”
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One of the sites, 800 N. El Centro Ave., began complaining to the LAPD in August. Officers responding to the area reported that they had seen a large party with a cover charge, DJs playing loud music and alcohol sales before breaking it up, arresting several people and confiscating weapons. The LAPD was called back to the scene on August 29 after a person was shot there.
The owner of an alleged underground nightclub that has been in operation at 6024 Santa Monica Blvd. faces charges of extradition of alcohol without a license, operation of a dance hall without a permit and noise violations. The location is in a mall next to Hollywood Forever Cemetery and about 150 yards from Hollywood Elementary School.
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Just a few blocks away, an alleged casino has been in operation at 5547 Santa Monica Boulevard. A man reported being robbed and beaten on the spot to the LAPD, whose informants have been able to buy meth on the spot, according to Feuer. A search of the site has found gaming equipment, ammunition and large quantities of marijuana.