L.A. to speed up building permits for arson victims
An emergency motion was passed Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council calling for a speedy review of building permits for property owners who sustained damage during the recent rash of arson fires.
The council unanimously voted to ask the Department of Building and Safety to expedite the lengthy permit process builders need before construction.
The motion was spearheaded by Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district was hard-hit by the fires, and was seconded by Councilman Paul Koretz, whose district also was affected.
Over the New Year's weekend, more than 50 fires were set in and around the Hollywood area. The attacks began early Friday and carried on over a four-night span until a suspect was arrested.
Authorities estimated that the fires caused more $3 million in property damage.
Harry Buckhart, 24, was arrested Monday and charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson.
-- Angel Jennings