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Los Angeles turns to city veteran to run building department
Los Angeles turns to city veteran to run building department

Los Angeles’ interim head of the Department of Building and Safety was given the permanent job Wednesday after a 13-0 City Council confirmation vote. The move elevates Raymond Chan, a longtime veteran of the Department of Building and Safety. Chan has been with the agency since 1987, and was appointed to the agency’s No. 2 position, executive officer, in 2003. He has served the top job at the agency since last year. The building department has come under scrutiny over the last year for allowing construction projects in areas close to or on top of earthquake faults without detailed seismic studies. The agency has also weathered a bribery scandal that has resulted in prison...

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