Residents who got a little rowdy once won't have to carry that first-strike forever.

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Hesperia City Council voted to relax part of their 2008 Police Party Response ordinance.

The ordinance escalates from a warning to a $150 fine to a $500 fine and up to a $2,500 fine. Most of those warned 619 of the 736 locations visited by police since the ordinance was passed only require a single warning. But before Tuesday, they always had that first strike on their record, meaning a second offense, no matter how many years later, would result in a fine.

City staff thought that particular Sword of Damocles hanging over residents' heads was unnecessary, and suggested the council remove it, resetting back to zero strikes after three years with no further incidents.

Not everyone thought relaxing the rules was a good idea.

"The Department of Defense has determined that rock and roll music is a form of torture," resident Dan Epplett told council members, referring to the military use of rock music for psychological warfare.

"I don't think it's reasonable to tell my neighbors it's OK to blast their stereo every three years," said Hesperia planning commissioner Julie Jensen.

The Hesperia City Council unanimously approved the change. The ordinance was also renamed the Police Multiple Disturbance Response ordinance, emphasizing that it was meant to handle all sorts of disturbances, not just parties.

The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.

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