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Single-family Action In Decline

May 05, 1989|Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

The 452 building permits issued during February for single-family homes is the lowest monthly total since last July. It is also the fewest permits issued in February during the last four years. During the first two months of this year, the period for which the most recent information is available, 931 permits were issued--also the lowest two-month total for any of the last four years.

New permits relative to last year are down substantially in the unincorporated areas as well as the cities of Yorba Linda and Irvine; the major gains, such as they are, took place in Huntington Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Orange. Here's a look at the city-by-city comparison of this year to last, rendered from largest declines to largest gains:

City Jan.-Feb., 1988 Jan.-Feb., 1989 Difference Unincorporated areas 793 484 -309 Yorba Linda 73 2 -71 Irvine 53 0 -53 Anaheim 53 27 -26 La Palma 23 0 -23 Villa Park 16 3 -13 Tustin 3 0 -3 Costa Mesa 4 2 -2 Fullerton 4 2 -2 Newport Beach 16 14 -2 Buena Park 2 1 -1 Garden Grove 1 0 -1 Laguna Beach 11 10 -1 Westminster 1 0 -1 Brea 0 0 N/C Cypress 0 0 N/C Fountain Valley 2 2 N/C Los Alamitos 0 0 N/C Placentia 0 0 N/C Stanton 0 0 N/C La Habra 1 2 +1 Santa Ana 2 3 +1 Seal Beach 1 2 +1 San Clemente 19 22 +3 Orange 104 125 +21 San Juan Capistrano 7 28 +21 Huntington Beach 14 41 +27 *Mission Viejo -- 161 -- COUNTY TOTAL 1,203 931 -272

* 1988 figures for Mission Viejo unavailable

JANUARY-FEBRUARY COMPARISON

Total permits issued during 1986-1989

1986: 1,471 1987: 1,341 1988: 1,203 1989: 931 Source: Construction Industry Research Board

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