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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mired in a deep backlog of apartments that need to be inspected, the Los Angeles City Council reorganized its code enforcement program Tuesday but did not hire more inspectors to do the job. City officials had pledged that each of the 750,000 apartments in Los Angeles would be inspected every three years for hazards of substandard housing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still in mourning, Shannon Gilchrist returned to the spot where the earth cracked open in the predawn chill of Jan. 17, 1994, where her apartment complex collapsed under the force of a magnitude 6.7 temblor. The destruction and the 16 deaths inside the Northridge Meadows apartment complex became a national symbol of the Northridge earthquake. But rebirth rose from the Reseda Boulevard ruins Thursday as the new Parc Ridge Apartments complex was dedicated.
NEWS
November 27, 1988 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Peter Herreshoff has a master's degree, but his teacher's salary of just under $25,000 cannot support his baby and wife after paying $700 a month rent in Silver Lake. When school opened this fall, he hurried to his credit union and got a loan to pay mounting bills. Herreshoff, 38, rides a bike three miles to work to save money and is reluctantly thinking of leaving Los Angeles "for Oregon or someplace we can afford to live.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Owners of many large Southern California apartment complexes are on a remodeling spree, improving their properties--and raising rents--in an investment strategy that depends on a growing economy. Thanks to the growing demand for apartments and a lack of sites for new construction, investors say they can spend thousands of dollars per unit in renovations to create complexes that are almost like new for substantially less than the cost of building from scratch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Funding for a new anti-slum program of random inspections of Los Angeles' 750,000 apartments is in jeopardy after apartment owners won a recent court challenge to a new city law. The inspections are funded by a $1-a-month fee on apartments--the linchpin of anti-blight legislation signed by Mayor Richard Riordan last year. It was designed to overhaul an enforcement system that was widely perceived as having failed to eliminate substandard housing conditions before they deteriorated into slums.
NEWS
January 18, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
At the place the huge temblortook its greatest toll, the woman stood vigil by an oak tree, peering into the rubble of what had been her home. For four hours, Hyun Sook Lee stood by the Northridge Meadows apartments, where as many as 40 first-floor apartments collapsed under the weight of the two floors above, killing at least 15 people early Monday morning when the earthquake hit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1993 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Accusing the federal government of being an irresponsible landlord that contributes to homelessness, city officials took the rare step Tuesday of issuing eviction notices to tenants of a large, dilapidated apartment house in Hollywood. The city attorney's office said the federal Resolution Trust Corp., which holds the mortgage on the gang-infested 54-unit building at 1805 Wilcox Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | DIANA S. KIM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Hawthorne church has become the new landlord of a Silver Lake apartment complex after its former owners were recently charged with felony slumlord violations. In early July, just days before they were charged by the Los Angeles city attorney with 18 health, building and safety code violations in a 16-unit building in the 800 block of North Vendome Street, Augusto J. David, 38, and his wife, Lyn M. David, 37, donated the $530,000 complex to the Tabernacle Community Church.
NEWS
July 1, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved the most comprehensive housing reform in Los Angeles history, creating a program of periodic apartment inspections that will be funded by a $1 monthly fee to be paid by renters. The 11-1 vote came seven months after the council had approved in principle a wide-ranging anti-slum plan. The $8-million program should allow the city to inspect all 700,000 rental units in the city within three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1995 | ED BOND
An earthquake-damaged apartment building repaired with $300,000 in federal money distributed by the Los Angeles Housing Corp. will have a grand reopening today (8/3), said Benjamin Efraim, the project manager overseeing earthquake repairs. The 11-unit building at 14150 Sherman Way in Van Nuys had been yellow-tagged after the January, 1994, Northridge earthquake. With new owners, repairs on the building began in March.
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