Los Angeles – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that his Office has filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the owners and operator of an unlicensed underground nightclub allegedly being run out of a storefront in downtown’s Fashion District without any of the required permits and licenses and in defiance of mandatory COVID-19 public health restrictions. Advertised on social media as a secret club, LA Party Society – located at 1114 South Main Street – and the alley directly behind it have been the sites of numerous shootings, assaults, and violence. Feuer’s lawsuit seeks to permanently shut the club down.
“We allege this club is a hub of violence and crime that spills out into the street and puts everyone in the Fashion District at risk--and we’re stopping it now,” said Feuer. “Beyond the bullets, assaults, and criminal activity, packing people into an unlicensed nightclub during the pandemic is the height of irresponsibility. That’s why licensed clubs are closed right now.”
The City Attorney filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against Frontier Holdings East, LLC and Regal Group, LLC, each of which have an ownership interest in the property and are managed by David Taban. Taban is a real estate investor with dozens of properties in his portfolio who is currently being prosecuted in two separate criminal cases, one of which is tied to the alleged operation of an illegal marijuana dispensary next door to the club. Another named defendant is Yves Oscar, Jr., a tenant and operator of LA Party Society. Oscar was arrested in August in front of the club for an outstanding warrant tied to sexual assault. During his arrest, over one pound of marijuana allegedly was recovered from his backpack.
The complaint alleges that LA Party is advertised as a secret club on Instagram and other social platforms, and offers pole dancing, music, hookah, live performances and a full bar. The storefront appears to be closed but patrons allegedly enter the club through its back door and a gated parking lot – also controlled by the operators of the club – that is accessible from the public alley running east of Main Street between 11th and 12th Streets. A large “LA Party Society” mural covers almost an entire wall of the property’s parking lot.
Over the past few months, despite public health regulations aimed at stemming the pandemic, the nightclub allegedly has operated and has been the site of violence, which often spills out into the public alley. Among the recent incidents:
September 4, 2020: A security guard was shot while breaking up a fight with two club goers who flashed guns and fired multiple shots, with one yelling “Rolling 60’s Neighborhood” before taking off.
August 16, 2020: A patron was physically assaulted inside the club after confronting a man who stole her phone.
August 8, 2020: A patron leaving the club was pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint by two men in the alley behind the club. As the victim fled, one of the muggers pointed a gun at him and fired.
August 7, 2020: A patron inside the club was accused of selling fake ecstasy and was then punched and kicked in the face by three men who beat him so severely outside the club that he needed to go an emergency room.
July 16, 2020: A shootout involving three different guns with shots fired to and from the club’s parking lot and into the alley took place with one bullet striking a bouncer in the neck and another bullet hitting a second victim in the leg.
In addition to having the property declared a public nuisance and permanently shutting it down, Feuer’s lawsuit seeks to prevent the defendants from using the property in the future for a nightclub or in any way that is a violation of the law. The lawsuit also seeks to have each defendant declared in violation of Business and Professions Code, section 17200, as well as levying civil penalties and fees against them.
Since July, 2013, the City Attorney’s Office has filed 146 nuisance abatement lawsuits, secured 309 injunctions and collected more than $2.6 million in penalties. Problem properties can be reported anonymously online or by calling 213-978-8340.
Read the complaint here.