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Single-family Housing Permits

August 26, 1989|Clipboard researched by Elena Brunet and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

As 1989 entered its second half, issuance of permits to build single-family homes slowed to the lowest level since February. The 594 permits issued in June were the lowest monthly total since the month of Cupid. It was also the lowest June number in the last four years.

That, combined with the low totals for January and February, also helped to leave 1989's first six months as the lowest first-half in four years. The 4,317 permits in 1989 were 5% below the total for the comparable period for 1986, 17% behind 1987 and 41% in arrears of last year.

Most of the decline has been in the unincorporated areas, which tend to be located in the southern half of the county, plus the South County city of San Clemente. Tustin, Yorba Linda and Huntington Beach also saw big drops.

Orange, Santa Ana and San Juan Capistrano had the largest six-month increases relative to last year.

Jan.-June Jan.-June City 1988 1989 Difference Unincorporated areas 4,974 1,836 -3,138 San Clemente 488 183 -305 Tustin 294 48 -246 Yorba Linda 478 279 -199 Huntington Beach 249 129 -120 Newport Beach 104 39 -65 Irvine 101 43 -58 Garden Grove 59 4 -55 Fountain Valley 67 14 -53 Anaheim 147 108 -39 La Palma 33 0 -33 Placentia 29 0 -29 Westminster 4 2 -2 Cypress 2 1 -1 Villa Park 19 18 -1 Los Alamitos 0 0 N/C Stanton 0 1 +1 Laguna Beach 29 31 +2 Brea 1 4 +3 Costa Mesa 9 13 +4 Seal Beach 5 13 +8 Fullerton 17 60 +43 Buena Park 9 92 +83 La Habra 3 87 +84 San Juan Capistrano 29 140 +111 Santa Ana 8 133 +125 Orange 151 349 +198 Mission Viejo N/A 690 -- Dana Point N/A N/A -- COUNTY TOTAL 7,309 4,317 -2,992

N/A: Information not available

N/C: No change

5-COUNTY COMPARISON

Jan.-June Jan.-June Percentage % of 1989 County 1988 1989 Difference 5-County Total Los Angeles 8,854 11,205 +27 26 Orange 7,309 4,317 -41 10 Riverside 13,101 12,136 -7 28 San Bernardino 7,733 9,272 +20 22 San Diego 6,371 6,186 -3 14 5-COUNTY TOTAL 43,368 43,116 -1 100 STATE TOTAL 79,511 84,105 +6 --

% of 1989 County State Total Los Angeles 13 Orange 5 Riverside 15 San Bernardino 11 San Diego 7 5-COUNTY TOTAL 51 STATE TOTAL 100

FIRST 6-MONTH PERMIT COMPARISON

1986: 4,533 1987: 5,218 1988: 7,309 1989: 4,317 Source: Construction Industry Research Board

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