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Maybe L.A.'s 'stupid' helipad rule wasn't so dumb
Maybe L.A.'s 'stupid' helipad rule wasn't so dumb

With the swipe of a pen last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti eliminated what he called "one more stupid rule in Los Angeles." But as a career firefighter, I have to ask: Was the law really so stupid? And what process led to its elimination? Before the mayor's action, developers were required to include rooftop helipads when building skyscrapers. The law, enacted in 1974 after two deadly skyscraper fires in Brazil, was intended to save lives. In 1988 it did just that, when five people were rescued by helicopters from the top of the burning First Interstate Bank Building. And it's not only in Los Angeles that helipads have saved lives during fires. During the devastating 1980...

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