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.
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.
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
April 14, 2002 |
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and her husband broke Los Angeles city building laws at their hillside house for more than a decade and have not paid nearly $4,000 in resulting fines and fees, records and interviews show. The city spared Molina and her husband, Ronald L. Martinez, from making costly repairs to a retaining wall that did not meet building and safety codes and was built without a permit in the Mount Washington district northeast of downtown. The case lingered for 12 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1993
In response "Westlake Fire: Did It Have to Be So Bad?" editorial, May 6: The Los Angeles Fire Department is superb at fighting fires. It fails at inspections and follow-through. Inspections are incidental jobs. The L.A. Department of Building and Safety is organized to do inspections and assure timely corrective action. From my vantage point the obvious solution is transfer inspections to those who do it best. Building and Safety has the inspectors available and gets my nod. Smoke detectors, as required by the city, have significant false alarm rates.
June 1, 2012
Re "Crime fills empty homes," Column, May 29 Regarding the foreclosed properties that have become blighted, I have a simple suggestion. The ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council says that to collect the $1,000-per-day fines from the banks that own these houses, the homes must be checked at least once a day. But David Lara, a spokesman for the Department of Building and Safety, says the city doesn't have the resources to do that. Perhaps volunteers who live near these blighted homes would be more than happy to stroll past the offending houses and fill out a form for the Department of Building and Safety.