L.A. building projects get streamlined
Los Angeles leaders recently unveiled a plan to cut the number of agencies—from 12 to two—that must approve real estate projects.
Under the streamlined " 12 to 2 " approach, the departments of Planning and Building and Safety will coordinate all development approvals and permits. Details of the plan will be worked out over the next six months, officials said.
Civic leaders and city officials have called repeatedly for the kind of plan that was outlined last week, which came less than a week after prominent Los Angeles business leaders questioned whether Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was suffering from a "loss of momentum" in getting changes made. The mayor's aides said they were working on the announcement before the business leaders went public with their criticism.
What does this mean for builders and engineers? If the plan succeeds, the number of department with which a builder or other professional must directly interact will decrease dramatically.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey