YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsBuilding And Safety Department

Building And Safety Department

February 12, 2014 | By Shan Li
Asa Lantz never thought going green would involve so much red tape. The 48-year-old wanted to slash her utility bill and help the environment by putting solar panels on the roof of her one-story Van Nuys home. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power promised her system would be hooked up within three months after it was approved in September. She's still waiting. Lantz is one of many Angelenos who complain of excessive delays and bureaucratic run-arounds when trying to get solar panels hooked to the electric grid.
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.
March 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles building department engineer suspected of taking as much as $60,000 while giving bogus approvals to new construction projects across South Los Angeles has lost his job, lawyers for the city said Monday. In the latest development in a two-year series of corruption probes of the city Department of Building and Safety, investigators in the city attorney's office have forwarded information on Frank Rojas, a 23-year agency employee, to the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office.
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.
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?
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.
Los Angeles Times Articles