According to Rong-Gong Lin II, Raoul Rañoa and Jon Schleuss of the LA Times, the city of Santa Monica is considering a mandated seismic retrofit program: Santa Monica’s safety rules would go beyond what Los Angeles has done by requiring not only wood-frame apartments and concrete buildings to be retrofitted, but also steel-frame structures. The ordinance … Continue reading Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings
Tim Logan via the LA Times: Los Angeles passed a law last year requiring bicycle racks within 50 feet of the front door of many new buildings. But a problem surfaced immediately: The federal Americans With Disabilities Act requires handicapped parking spaces with an easy path to the door clear of things like bikes. The … Continue reading Los Angeles finally working at resolving conflicts between city building code and zoning codes
Previously: Seismic retrofits may be required for hundreds of apartment buildings in Los Angeles, Los Angeles: More than 1,000 concrete buildings at risk, nothing to be done, and Remembering Northridge: Thoughts on “Soft Story” Buildings The Puente Hills fault system runs east of downtown L.A., straddling the 10 freeway towards the Inland Empire region. While … Continue reading Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage
The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board voted last week to begin construction on the line that will connect Los Angeles to San Francisco. This is big news.
Especially since high speed rail has proven so surprisingl… Continue reading TreeHugger: California High Speed Rail Line to Begin Construction
In an unpublished opinion, the California Court of Appeals, relying on the Supreme Court?s decision in Lamden, upheld a trial court ruling that a condominium association, acting in good faith and in the best interests of the community, can decide not… Continue reading Association Does Not Have to Stop Water Intrusion Into Condominium Units
EcoTech, a Los Angeles based company, claims their new roofing materials are the greenest and most sustainable product to date. Their new roofing panels promise to reduce energy costs and increase a home?s value easily.
?First and foremost, EcoTec… Continue reading New Green, Sustainable Roofing Material Designed by EcoTech
Buyers this week sued the developer of the upscale Cosmopolitan resort and casino underway on the famous strip, complaining that the condo units they?ve agreed to buy are being turned into hotel rooms?and they want their deposits back. The buyers a… Continue reading Cosmopolitan Confusion: Vegas Condos Converted to Hotel Rooms?Maybe | WSJ
Photographer Julius Shulman may not be a household name but you?ve probably seen his work or at least its influence in Hollywood films. Shulman spent much of his life photographing architectural wonders in Los Angeles and his photos of private homes… Continue reading A Different View of Hollywood | TCM’s Classic Movie Blog
As a foster child growing up in Portland, Ore., in the 1930s, on farms and in an orphanage, Eugene Anderson must have seemed an unlikely prospect for success as a New York lawyer.
However, he not only put himself through the University of California, … Continue reading Insurance Guru Eugene Anderson Dies; Known for ?Triple Trigger,? Hitchhiking to Harvard | ABA Journal
A coroner’s investigator today played down the suggestion that the deaths Brittany Murphy and her husband, Simon Monjack may have been due to mould inside their home.Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said: ‘There were no indicators t… Continue reading Brittany Murphy?s home was tested for mold two months before she died? but mother says it?s ?absurd? to say it killed her | Mail Online