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Villaraigosa Cuts the Red Tape, Opens New Permitting Office

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To help make it easier for developers to obtain permits, today Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opened a new office to handle the bureaucracy. "The Development Services Case Management Office will include staffers from the planning, building and safety, engineering, transportation and water and power departments," explains KPCC.

Currently, the permit process takes the efforts of a minimum of five different departments in the City of Los Angeles. (The Department of Redundancy Department, perhaps among them.) The new office will pair up a major project with a case manager to help make it through all that red tape.

Says the Mayor: "We're working across departments to improve customer service, shorten review timelines and make it easier to do development in L.A. Today you can see results."

Imagine if all dealings with the City were this straightforward? Sigh.