Lake Oswego police hope to cut down on 'rager' parties

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Teens drinking alcohol isn't new. Large crowds organized over social media is new.

After 300 partiers showed up at a Lake Oswego house last September, and 60 were cited by the OLCC , Lake Oswego's city council started working on an ordinance to hold party organizers responsible for problems.

The effort stalled for now, but Lake Oswego police Chief Don Johnson hopes concerns can be resolved and the so-called 'unruly gathering' or 'social hosting' ordinance becomes law.

“What I would really like to be able to do is to discourage the type of parties that happen, typically kid parties,” Johnson says. “Twenty to 40 to 60 to 200 people at a party and there's alcohol, there's underage kids that are drinking and bad things can happen as a result of that combination."

The proposed law would let the city fine organizers of large gatherings for problems that come from them.

Eugene passed a social hosting ordinance last year.
Sandy's city council approved an ordinance there this past fall.

Some worry about property rights. Others say property owners should be responsible, even if they aren't aware of a planned party.

Jason Munding lives in Lake Oswego and believes the unruly gathering law is a good idea.

“People planning parties for young, underage kids drinking and stuff is not safe to begin with,” Munding says. “The liability is really high if somebody dies - alcohol poisoning. I think they should be punished.”