Contents 1 History 2 Former Directors 3 Major Divisions 4 Transportation 4.1 Routes 5 Controversies 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] The department was formed in 1985 in a consolidation of the county Road Department, the Flood Control District (in charge of dams, spreading grounds, and channels), and the County Engineer (in charge of building safety, land survey, waterworks). For 25 years, the County Engineer Department was housed in the historic Higgins Building, a 10-story Beaux-Arts style commercial building that was designed and built by noted architect Arthur L. Haley and engineer Albert Carey Martin in 1910, at the corner of Second and Main Streets in Downtown Los Angeles. After "overseeing construction projects large and small from one of the city's strongest buildings, the county determined that the department needed more modern quarters and pulled up stakes in 1977," according to the Los Angeles City Planning Department, which designated the building as the Historic-Cultural Monument #873. In 1977, the County Engineer Department moved to the corner of 5th Street and Vermont Ave., Los Angeles until the merge of the three departments. At that time the department was called the Department of County Engineer-Facilities. For years, the Flood Control District and the County Road Department were headquartered in buildings at Alcazar Street in East Los Angeles by the Los Angeles County General Hospital. Major divisions of the Public Works Department were located at various locations in Los Angeles city for a number of years, until the 12-story glass building in Alhambra, California was purchased and refurbished. This tallest structure in Alhambra was formerly the western headquarters of Sears, Roebuck and Company, where some fixture units still bear the label "Sears". The steel frames were strengthened in 2006 after it was learned from the Northridge earthquake that the welded joints were not adequate to withstand a major earthquake.[6]

Former Directors[edit] Thomas A. Tidemanson.[7] (1985-1994) Harry Stone (1994-2001) James Noyes (2001-2004) Donald Wolfe (2004-2008) Gail Farber (2008-2016)

Major Divisions[edit] Architectural and Engineering Division – designs various buildings and facilities for other county departments Aviation Division – operates the five general aviation airports: Fox Field (Lancaster), Brackett Field (La Verne), Whiteman Airport (Pacoima), Compton/Woodley Airport (Compton), and El Monte Airport (El Monte) Administrative Services Division - provides contract support, fleet, procurement and warehousing services for the Department Building and Safety Division – regulates construction on private properties Construction Division – advertises and awards public contracts and performs inspection, construction management, and environmental compliance during construction of public works projects Design Division - designs departmental facilities Environmental Programs Division - promotes recycling, and regulates underground storage tanks and industrial waste disposal Flood Maintenance Division – operates and maintains dams, open channels, storm drains, debris basins, check dams and pumping plants Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Division - Ensures proper land development from geology and soils engineering to subdivision mapping standards Land Development Division - regulates the developments in private lands Project Management Division – manages capital project constructions for the County Programs Development Division - manages funding programs and operates transit services in the unincorporated County Road Maintenance Division – maintains the various streets and roads in the unincorporated portions of the County Sewer Maintenance Division – operates and maintains sewers, pumping stations and sewage treatment plants Survey Division – provides survey services, maintains public land/survey records Traffic and Lighting Division – handles the traffic controls and lights on the streets of the unincorporated portions of the County Water Resources Division - handles water conservation, and operates and maintains three seawater barriers Watershed Management Division - handles multipurpose watershed projects and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program Waterworks Division – provides water services [8]

Transportation[edit] LACDPW operates shuttles in unincorporated areas of the county, and funds other agencies that provide service.[9] Routes[edit] Acton/Agua Dulce (connects with the Newhall Metrolink station) Avocado Heights/ Bassett/ West Valinda Shuttle East Valinda Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court (connects with the Cal State LA station) El Sol (East Los Angeles) City Terrace / East Los Angeles College Whittier Boulevard / Saybrook Park Union Pacific / Salazar Park Los Nietos MLK Medical Campus Sunshine Shuttle (South Whittier) Routes A & B Wellness Center The Link Athens (connects with Vermont/Athens Metro Rail station) Baldwin Hills Parklands (weekends only; connects with La Cienega/Jefferson Metro Rail station) Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park (connects with Florence (Los Angeles Metro station) Metro Rail station) King Medical Center and Willowbrook (connects with Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Freeway Metro Rail Station) Lennox (connects with Hawthorne/Lennox Freeway Metro Rail Station) DPW offers funding support for City of Santa Clarita Transit, Antelope Valley Transit Authority's TRANSporter, and for LADOT's DASH Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles route. Los Angeles County is part of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority.

Controversies[edit] In 1988, the Department issued a demolition permit for tear down the historic Golden Gate Theater in East Los Angeles. Demolition commenced before officials led by then County Supervisor Ed Edelman halted the work with a stop-work order.[10] Demolition crews had already begun to dismantle the walls when Edelman, then Los Angeles City Councilwoman Gloria Molina, sheriff's deputies and more than 50 concerned community members showed up at the site to ensure the demolition work was halted. Edelman blamed a "foul-up" in the Public Works Department for issuing the demolition permit and assured the gathered crowd that heads were going to roll and that he would "try and stop this damn demolition before it happens."[10][11]

See also[edit] Los Angeles portal Los Angeles County Department of Public Works dams Eaton Wash Reservoir Morris Reservoir

References[edit] ^ "Recommended Budgeted Positions 2016-2017" (PDF). County of Los Angeles. Chief Executive Office. p. 2. Retrieved 26 October 2016.  ^ "2016-17 Recommended Budget" (PDF). County of Los Angeles. Chief Executive Office. p. 543. Retrieved 26 October 2016.  ^ "Contact Public Works." Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Retrieved on September 27, 2009. ^ Stevens, Matt (August 25, 2016). "L.A. betting that stormwater can help ease California's drought". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016.  ^ Amy Pyle and Leslie Berger, Boy's Death Prompts Calls for Changes, Los Angeles Times, February 15, 1992 ^ Lynn O'Shaughnessy and Tracy Wood, County Skirts the Rules; Campaign Donor Profits Big, Los Angeles Times, November 7, 1988 ^ Los Angeles County Public Works Director Will Retire After 38 Years, Los Angeles Times, January 06, 1994 ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-01-28.  ^ ^ a b Penelope McMillan (1988-03-17). "Curtain Call for a Landmark Theater". Los Angeles Times.  "Demolition crews had swept onto the site at the corner of Whittier and Atlantic boulevards Tuesday and Wednesday, and began to dismantle some walls. But they were halted by a stop-work order obtained from the county Public Works Department through the efforts of Supervisor Ed Edelman." ^ Future of 1927-era East L.A. theater in question, May 14, 2009

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