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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
March 22, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Ventura County supervisors Tuesday agreed to allow the auditor-controller and the county's building and safety department some exemptions to a recently imposed hiring freeze. But although the supervisors authorized Auditor-Controller Thomas O. Mahon to hire one part-time data entry operator, they rejected his request to fill seven vacant full-time positions. The supervisors said Mahon would have to wait until a new county budget is adopted in July before bringing his proposal back to the board.
February 15, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday authorized the bulldozing of an abandoned home in South-Central Los Angeles in its first review of a proposed demolition since a 60-day moratorium was imposed on "Operation Knockdown." Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores' emergency motion, requested by police and Building and Safety Department officials, was approved unanimously and will lead to the bulldozing Thursday morning of a vandalized home at 11560 S. Link St.
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