June 7, 2010 |
The often-torturous process of opening a restaurant in Los Angeles got a little easier last week, as the city moved to streamline its notoriously cumbersome rules for setting up a food business. Citing cases in which it took up to two years for restaurants to get permission to open — so long that a downtown eatery planned during the economic boom debuted during the bust and failed soon after — city officials said new rules would cut the waiting and wrangling in half.
December 3, 2013 |
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety will propose a plan for identifying which of the approximately 29,000 apartment buildings constructed in the city before 1978 might be potentially deadly wood frame "soft-story" structures. These buildings, supported by inadequate perimeter walls around open spaces on the ground level - such as carports - run the risk of collapsing during a serious earthquake, causing injury and death. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, about 200 soft-story buildings were severely damaged or destroyed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2012 |
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to provide up to $322,000 in relocation money to dozens of low-income tenants who must move from a South Los Angeles apartment building deemed unsafe by city inspectors. Tenants were given eviction notices last month after housing officials concluded that owner John Callaghan had illegally converted what was supposed to have been a three-unit apartment building on 49th Street into as many as 44 separate living spaces — a warren of narrow hallways; tiny, shared bathrooms; and communal kitchens, much of it laced with unpermitted electrical and plumbing work.
November 21, 1985
The city has formed a Department of Environmental Services by consolidating its departments of planning, building and safety, and transportation. Mark Scott, executive assistant to City Manager Scott Kreins for the last 2 1/2 years, has been named director of the new department, Kreins said. The three departments will retain their independence under Scott's administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 |
Los Angeles city building officials have concluded that inspectors will most likely have to visit all of the city's 29,000 older apartment buildings to determine which ones are a certain type of wood-framed building particularly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. City staff is developing a plan to winnow out these so-called soft-story wood-frame buildings among the 29,000 apartment buildings across the city that were constructed before 1978, Ifa Kashefi, chief of the engineering bureau at the Department of Building and Safety, told a group of structural engineers and stakeholders at the annual Buildings at Risk conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 |
L.A. City Councilman Curren Price is pushing for Los Angeles to shut down “problem properties” more quickly after “destitute conditions” were found at a Hoover Street office building converted into apartments. “It took the involvement of three city departments to close this one property,” Price said in a council motion submitted Wednesday. “These city departments need to be able to better communicate and coordinate their efforts to close these properties in a timely manner, because residents should not be living in these substandard conditions.” Price wants several departments, including the Fire Department, the Housing and Community Investment Department and the Department of Building and Safety, to report back on how they could “do a better job of communicating and coordinating efforts to identify and close problem properties.” Escalating rents, scarce housing and continued financial struggles for Los Angeles families have forced more people into such conditions, Price said in a statement.