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  • City Council members' decision to accept even pricier gifts stinks

     City Council members' decision to accept even pricier gifts stinks
    I'm not sure how many of you out there were planning on sending gifts to Los Angeles City Council representatives this holiday season, but if you missed the news, the council members are happy to accept even bigger presents than they have in the past....
  • L.A. full of roads to ruin for cars

     L.A. full of roads to ruin for cars
    A drive along Angus Street in hilly Silver Lake requires navigating a gantlet of buckled concrete slabs and dirt-filled cracks. But on South Seabluff Drive in Playa Vista the ride is smooth, the pavement is black and you can smell the fresh asphalt....
  • L.A. council OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite concerns over quake fault line

    L.A. council OKs Hollywood skyscrapers despite concerns over quake fault line
    The Los Angeles City Council approved a plan Wednesday that would radically alter the Hollywood skyline despite warnings from state officials that the project site may lie on a major earthquake fault line. The 13-0 vote in favor of the Hollywood...
  • Trading places with a councilman

    Trading places with a councilman
    One day not long ago I was sitting in the audience at a Los Angeles City Council meeting when Tom LaBonge approached me. I'd been hammering city officials for the long-running budget mess, and about how, thanks in part to exorbitant labor contracts, the...
  • Veteran campaigners' advice to women seeking office: raise money

    Veteran campaigners' advice to women seeking office: raise money
    Linda Griego and Wendy Greuel, former candidates for Los Angeles mayor, had this advice for women attending a training session Saturday on running for political office: Raise plenty of money — you're going to need it. "Ask for money.... Don't take...
  • L.A. mayor weighs quake retrofit strategy

     L.A. mayor weighs quake retrofit strategy
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is facing a tangle of unforeseen political and legal challenges as he grapples with what action the city should take to identify and reinforce hundreds of old concrete buildings that may be at risk of collapse in a major...
  • Garcetti says he'll stop merger of Los Angeles building agencies

    Garcetti says he'll stop merger of Los Angeles building agencies
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that he plans to halt the merger of two major agencies that the city was looking to consolidate in an effort to streamline approval of real estate projects. At a meeting with The Times editorial board,...
  • Finding L.A. buildings with quake risk a challenge, official says

    Finding L.A. buildings with quake risk a challenge, official says
    Los Angeles city building officials have concluded that inspectors would most likely have to visit all of the city's 29,000 older apartment buildings to determine which ones have a certain type of wood frame that is particularly vulnerable to collapse...
  • LaBonge wants more study on earthquake risks to concrete buildings

    LaBonge wants more study on earthquake risks to concrete buildings
    Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge said Monday that he would ask the City Council this week to consider the earthquake risks posed by the city’s more than 1,000 old concrete buildings.   LaBonge’s call for further study follows a Times...
  • Councilman wants more study on quake risks to concrete buildings

    Councilman wants more study on quake risks to concrete buildings
    L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge said Monday that he would ask his colleagues this week to consider the earthquake risks posed by the city's more than 1,000 old concrete buildings. LaBonge's call for further study follows a Times report on concrete...
  • L.A. officials want more study on old concrete buildings

    L.A. officials want more study on old concrete buildings
    Council members Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks submitted separate motions Tuesday calling on the city to review and conduct reports on the earthquake safety of the city’s older concrete buildings. The motions follow a Times report on concrete...