Today, March 3 at 3:30 AM the LA City Public Safety Committee will be reviewing the updated "Building a Safer Los Angeles", anti-wood construction motion. Even with potential amendments (see below), this measure still seeks to limit the use of wood construction in specific parts of Los Angeles, based on fire safety concerns. In reality new homes constructed with wood are very safe and banning it will dramatically reduce housing production and increase the costs to build.
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Agenda Item: #1
Motion (Blumenfield - Rodriguez - Harris-Dawson) relative to the expansion of Fire District 1, a tool that exists to address increased fire risk in our dense urban communities and is already in place in the City's Building Code.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (AUTHOR), CD 3:
213 473-7003

Councilmember Monica Rodriguez (CHAIR & CO-AUTHOR), CD 7:
213 473-7007

Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, CD 8:
213 473-7008
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, CD 13:
213 473-7013

Councilmember Kevin de Leon, CD 14:
213 473-7014

Councilmember Joe Buscaino, CD 15:
213 473-7015

  • I'm opposed to Item #1 on the Public Safety Agenda, the extension of Fire District 1. 

  • If Fire District 1 were to be extended it would prohibit wood construction across parts of the City. 

  • As a person who helps to builds homes/supports those who build homes, I can tell you that wood construction is the most cost-effective method to provide residential development. 

  • Eliminating wood construction will lead to increased housing costs, and delayed building and reduced housing production. 

  • New development is at the forefront of fire safety and providing safe homes is at the core of the homebuilding mission.

  • Based on potential new amendments we ask that: 

  • Any report done by City departments should review housing costs associated with this policy change. 

  • We also ask that the report include alternatives to the expansion of Fire District 1 that meet the goals of life and fire safety. 

  • And, lastly, we also strongly encourage a robust stakeholder processes so that that all industries have the opportunity to share their perspective.