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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
The Ventura County Civil Service Commission on Thursday released a report concluding that top managers did not discriminate against three minority employees of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency. Three employees of the agency's building and safety department alleged in August that they were singled out for layoffs and demotions because of their races. G. D.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1993 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Wilmington bathhouse that the city had ordered closed on grounds that it is allegedly operating as a place for sex has been given a reprieve despite neighborhood demands that it be shut down. At an appeals hearing last week, Los Angeles associate zoning administrator James Crisp allowed the bathhouse to remain open until he receives more information supporting the City Building and Safety Department's contention that sexual encounters have occurred at the place, a violation of city codes.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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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