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Report: Berkeley to take action against 'unruly' parties in restaurants

BERKELEY Calif. City officials in Berkeley, Calif., reportedly are cracking down on restaurant operators who host parties that exceed their property’s capacity.

Following a string of overly crowded parties that culminated in street fights and gunfire, Berkeley officials said they would be sending letters this week to restaurant operators warning them of heavy fines if they violate land-use permits or break fire codes, according to local media reports.

The letter cites concerns about “unruly crowds” disturbing neighborhoods and the use of city resources to control large gatherings. Since July 2007, city police have responded to eight illegal parties or after-hours activities in restaurants.

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