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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Nearing completion after five years of construction in the hills of Bel-Air, Chateau des Fleurs looms like some super-sized Hollywood notion of dynastic France. From the street, the two-story mansion on three acres - where Stone Canyon and Bellagio roads converge south of the Hotel Bel-Air, across from the fourth fairway of the Bel-Air Country Club - is largely obscured by fences, trees and equipment. A better view is available from an ungated lawn on nearby Siena Way, where an observer can peer down on the palatial, U-shaped residence with its Versailles-inspired mansard roof and dormer windows and ponder: Just how much house does a family need?
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REAL ESTATE
November 23, 2003 | Susan J. Diamond, Special to The Times
The construction site on the hill is a major aggravation to the neighborhood. Trucks and tractors come and go, moving dirt around the huge lot. The noise is loud and constant. Mud and debris collect in ditches out on the street. And a final insult: The construction company has hung a banner with its name writ large between two poles about 20 feet above the driveway entrance -- the kind of sign that more often says "Welcome to Camp Minnehaha."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1996
A city task force targeting illegal street vendors on Saturday seized 10 pushcarts, 2,000 pounds of fruit, and cited 34 vendors in Panorama City and Van Nuys for failing to comply with health codes, police said. Inspectors from the city's Building and Safety Department and the county's health department inspected more than 60 sites along Van Nuys and Roscoe boulevards and Chase Street, said Sgt. Ed Brayton of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anticipating tougher building standards in the wake of the Northridge earthquake, the Los Angeles City Council laid the groundwork Wednesday to grant city officials the authority to impose building codes tougher than those currently on the books. The interim power to impose higher standards would go to the head of the Building and Safety Department under legislation the council ordered to be drawn up.
NEWS
January 20, 1994 | ADRIAN MAHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Santa Monica City Council has declared a state of emergency in the city and adopted two ordinances to facilitate the repair and demolition of hundreds of buildings damaged in Monday's earthquake. The state of emergency declaration authorizes the director of emergency services to seek federal and state disaster aid. City officials do not have an estimate on repair costs, although they are expected to be substantial given the 300 structures that sustained damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1996
A Miracle Mile mini-mall, where construction was halted this spring because the project violated many city regulations, will be scaled back to about 60% of the original proposed size, officials said Tuesday. Developers have submitted new plans for the commercial structure at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Detroit Street that meet all codes, said Art Devine, executive officer of the Los Angeles Building and Safety Department.
REAL ESTATE
January 11, 2004 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: Does California law require that a tenant provide a key to his apartment and his phone number to the landlord? Answer: No. California law does not specifically require tenants to give landlords either a key to the apartment or a phone number, but not doing so may be a bad idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1991
Paul A. Hastings, retired assistant superintendent of building for the city of Los Angeles and former manager of the Building and Safety Department's Valley district office in Van Nuys, has died at a Van Nuys hospital. He was 89. Hastings died Monday of complications of a stroke, said his granddaughter, Valerie Hastings. He was a resident of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., and a former resident of Van Nuys and North Hollywood. A native of Washington, Ind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1995 | DAVID R. BAKER
A 17-year veteran of the Thousand Oaks Building and Safety Department took over as the department's interim director Monday. The previous director was removed from his duties last week. David Hueners will lead the office until a permanent replacement is found, City Manager Grant Brimhall said. Hueners' predecessor and former boss, Barry Branagan, wrote to his staff Thursday that he had been "relieved as the director of the department, effective immediately."
NEWS
April 13, 1995
The state's Office of Emergency Services in Pasadena will close April 28--16 months after it was set up to help residents with fire recovery and flood/mudslide preparedness. State officials determined that the office had accomplished its goals of helping residents get back on their feet, said Fred Messick, a spokesman for emergency services. Help still is available from the county's Building and Safety Department in Arcadia, he said.
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