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February 2, 1989 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Showered by criticism from city officials and tenants' rights groups, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety Wednesday hastily rescinded orders it mailed this week to owners of 24 brick buildings to vacate their structures for failing to comply with earthquake codes. The orders were sent by the city's earthquake renovation director, Al Asakura, in an effort to pressure wayward landlords who have ignored deadlines for strengthening their buildings.
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June 23, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety fired a 27-year employee after determining that he had accepted bribes, making him the third person at the agency to lose his job as a result of a major corruption probe, officials said Wednesday. Albert Acosta, 54, was fired Friday, department spokesman David Lara said in a statement. He worked as a building mechanical inspector in the department's Van Nuys office, where he earned more than $83,000 annually. Lara said officials discovered that Acosta had solicited funds from contractors while on duty but would not provide additional details.
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July 25, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City officials inspecting the site of a landslide that forced the partial evacuation of an El Sereno apartment complex said Monday they are looking into whether construction at the base of the hill caused the collapse of concrete at the top. Inspectors with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety asked the developer of the construction site for a report detailing conditions at the base of the hill and explaining how to brace against further slippage.
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August 7, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Before his recent removal as president of the Los Angeles Board of Building and Safety Commissioners, Efren Abratique voted three times to approve permits for an engineering firm that was paying at least $10,000 annually to a company he headed, according to city records. Neighborhood activists who attended the votes involving Psomas Inc. said last week that Abratique should have recused himself because he faced an apparent conflict of interest.
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January 21, 1994 | JAMES RAINEY and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While the tally of earthquake destruction mounted, officials on Thursday released preliminary reports showing that thousands of residences were left uninhabitable and the scope of major damage had spread far beyond the Northridge epicenter to South-Central Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Simi Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has been lax in enforcing building codes, allowing many violators to skate with minor fines or no penalty at all, according to a city audit released Monday. City Controller Laura Chick said there were 150,000 building permits that expired last year without the department's final approval, and more than 13,600 unresolved code violations.
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June 10, 1991 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two men walked quickly up Cahuenga Boulevard to a small, nondescript building marked by a small sign reading: "24-hour Video Arcade." They disappeared through black plastic blinds covering the doorway. The clerk behind a counter in the dark interior barely looked up as Domingo Sauceda and James Gatlin walked in and one flashed a gold badge. These men were not vice officers but investigators for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.
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August 4, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has given special treatment to dozens of construction projects sought by political insiders, including nine current and former city commissioners and donors to the mayor and City Council, records show. The department assigned the projects to the little-known Case Management Unit set up years ago to speed large and complex construction jobs, such as public schools and affordable housing.
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June 19, 1994 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At one point, he compared them to a drunk who walks into the same tree so many times he thinks he's in a forest. But, in the end, a judge showered sympathy on a Topanga couple convicted last month of a total of 16 criminal charges of building a house without a permit, suspending sentence on all but four of the charges.
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July 20, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bathroom floors were rotting and most residents kept bottles of insecticide in a losing war against cockroach infestations. Outside, poisonous lead paint fell like snowflakes from the walls. Complaints by the building's tenants led to a visit last December by the county health department. Despite many uncorrected violations, the inspector gave the downtown building on Hope Street a passing grade. Weeks later, 4-year-old resident Joshio Pavan became violently ill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has given special treatment to dozens of construction projects sought by political insiders, including nine current and former city commissioners and donors to the mayor and City Council, records show. The department assigned the projects to the little-known Case Management Unit set up years ago to speed large and complex construction jobs, such as public schools and affordable housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2006 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has been lax in enforcing building codes, allowing many violators to skate with minor fines or no penalty at all, according to a city audit released Monday. City Controller Laura Chick said there were 150,000 building permits that expired last year without the department's final approval, and more than 13,600 unresolved code violations.
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November 12, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
For years, Los Angeles Building and Safety Department officials have been soliciting contributions for a "charity and special events" fund from developers, raising ethical concerns from the mayor's office and others who called it a conflict of interest. The practice came to light this week after the department held a "casino night" fundraiser Monday at the White Lotus, a Hollywood nightclub.
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May 15, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent UCLA professor whose do-it-yourself bulldozing project sent dirt and rocks tumbling into a scenic mountain stream and onto state parkland has been ordered to begin a $1-million cleanup project. Biology professor Winston Salser pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of illegal alteration of a stream bed with the earthmoving above Rustic Canyon Creek in Pacific Palisades.
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September 19, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loopholes in city inspection procedures and basic communication errors among firefighters contributed to the death of a Los Angeles City fire captain who was killed inside a burning South-Central factory in March, according to city officials and a report released Wednesday. The Fire Department's investigation paints a riveting, tragic picture of the 22 minutes that passed between the entry of firefighters into the flaming Pet Center factory, and the moment when a rescue team discovered Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loopholes in city inspection procedures and basic communication errors among firefighters contributed to the death of a Los Angeles City fire captain who was killed inside a burning South-Central factory in March, according to city officials and a report released Wednesday. The Fire Department's investigation paints a riveting, tragic picture of the 22 minutes that passed between the entry of firefighters into the flaming Pet Center factory, and the moment when a rescue team discovered Capt.
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October 16, 1996 | MATEA GOLD
The party's over in Benedict Canyon--at least for a now. The Department of Building and Safety has ordered the owner of an ornate Benedict Canyon mansion to stop renting his home for commercial uses after neighbors complained that boisterous parties and excessive filming at the site were disrupting the tony enclave. Owner Mark Slotkin received notice from the department Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loopholes in city inspection procedures and basic communication errors among firefighters contributed to the death of a Los Angeles City fire captain who was killed inside a burning South-Central factory in March, according to city officials and a report released Wednesday. The Fire Department's investigation paints a riveting, tragic picture of the 22 minutes that passed between the entry of firefighters into the flaming Pet Center factory, and the moment when a rescue team discovered Capt.
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July 10, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of ruin and desperation brought on by the rains of El Nino, the sun may be about to shine on Louis and Reata Vaughn. The Vaughns' nightmare began when the heavy rains carved away their backyard last winter, leaving their house jutting over a newly cut ravine, wrapped in plastic and uninhabitable. Their insurance policy, like most, didn't cover landslides. Their neighbors prepared to sue them.
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June 15, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City bureaucrats agree that the Cleveland High School pool had to be closed because it shocked swimmers. But how it came to be built with a defective electrical grounding system is still a matter of debate. The latest problem for the $3-million Reseda indoor pool began in December, when swimmers reported feeling mild electrical shocks.
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