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Bad Checks, Restitution Program

Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
500 W. Temple Street, Room B96
Phone: (800) 593-8222 (Toll Free Within LA County)
Phone: (213) 974-1452 (From Outside LA County)
Website: Bad Checks

Tracks down bad check writers and recovers losses for their victims. A check writer who qualifies for the Bad Check Restitution Program is temporarily “diverted” from criminal prosecution and given an opportunity to make good on the check.

Bail

Cash or surety bond:
(See listings under Superior Court)
Give bail receipt number.

Bond:
Criminal Justice Center
210 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-6159

Beach Closures and Monitoring

Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Program – Recreational Waters
5050 Commerce Dr., Baldwin Park 91706
Phone (626) 430-5360
Phone (213) 974-1234 - After-hours beach emergencies
Website: Click here

Monitors ocean water along the coastline, taking appropriate action when water quality criteria are not met or an incident such as a sewage spill or discharge occurs. Posts warning signs at beaches anytime California state ocean water quality standards are not met and closes beaches whenever there is a known sewage or chemical spill that affects ocean waters. Issues rain advisories whenever there is significant rainfall which may affect bacteria levels in ocean waters. Provides beach closures and rain advisory information online and on Beach Advisory and Closure Hotline, (800) 525-5662.

Beach Commission

4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9547
Website: Beaches.lacounty.gov

Monthly public meeting to review plans for improvements to beaches.

Beaches and Harbors, Department of

13837 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9503
Website: beaches.lacounty.gov or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-mail: info@bh.lacounty.gov 


Has primary responsibility for 25 miles of non-contiguous beaches from Point Fermin in the south to Nicholas Canyon in the north; maintains clean beaches and facilities such as a Recreational Vehicle Campground on Dockweiler Beach, parking lots, restrooms, fire pits, and volleyball courts; maintains Lifeguard towers in furtherance of beach safety for over 50 million annual visitors; conducts a monthly public commission meeting to address improvements for the beaches. 

Administers ground leases and redevelopment of Marina del Rey, which has approximately 800 acres divided equally between land and water, with uses including anchorages, apartments, office space, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants. Conducts a monthly public commission meeting to address issues relevant to the small craft harbor. Conducts a monthly board meeting to discuss designs for redevelopment projects.

Our Visitors Center provides free information on boating, beaches, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and recreation and is open seven days a week (Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)  Recorded information is available 24 hours a day by calling (310) 305-9545.

Boating facilities include over 4,700 wet boat slips, a public boat launching facility, dry boat storage for sail and power boats (sizes 8’ to 30’), launching for hand-carried boats at Marina Beach, charter fishing, boat repair yards, fuel dock, yacht clubs, and guest boat docks.

Coordinates recreational programs at Burton Chace Park, the Dockweiler Youth Center, and on the beaches; includes picnic shelters, surf fishing, yoga classes, walking clubs, and birdwatching trips; both Burton Chace Park and the Dockweiler Youth Center meeting rooms are available for public rental; provides a permit process for weddings, parties, volleyball tournaments, surfing contests, and recreational camps, for example, on the beaches.

 

Helpful Phone Numbers

Animals – Injured/Stranded on beach (800) 39-Whale
or (310) 354-7460
Burton Chace Park
 Guest Boat Docks
 Community Room Rental/Weddings
 Picnic Shelters
(310) 305-9595
Convention and Visitors Bureau (310) 306-9900                                    
Dockweiler Youth Center
 Recreation Classes
 Wedding and Event Room Rental    
(310) 726-4129
Facilities and Property Maintenance Division (310) 305-9551
Lifeguards (310) 577-5700
Marina and Beach Storage Rental
 Bike Lockers
 Dinghy Racks
 Kayaks
 Mast-Up Boat Storage
(310) 301-9152
Marketing (310) 305-9511
Parking Contractor (310) 821-1081
Planning (310) 305-9505
Recreational Vehicle Park Reservations (310) 322-4951
or (800) 950-7275
Sheriff (310) 482-6000
Visitors Information Center (310) 305-9545
W.A.T.E.R (Youth Ocean Education Program) (310) 305-9587


Anchorage 47
13575 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov 

In-the-water docks for power or sail boats from 8’ to 82’.

Bicycle Storage Lockers
Next to Marina del Rey Library and
In Yvonne B. Burke Park
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov

Lockers for bicycle storage.

Canoe, Dinghy, Kayak, Rowing Shell, Paddleboard, and Sailboard Dry Storage
Corner of Palawan and Admiralty Way (Marina Beach)
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov 

Storage for hand-launched boats.

Mast-Up Dry Storage
13477 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov

Dry storage for sailboats up to 28 feet in length.

Parcel 77 Dry Storage
13560 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov

Dry storage for sailboats or power boats up to 30 feet in length.

Public Boat Launch Ramp
13477 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 301-9152
Website: marinadelrey.lacounty.gov
E-Mail: DMarinaManager@bh.lacounty.gov 

Launch ramp and parking for trailerable sail and power boats.

Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau
4551 Glencoe Ave., # 260, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 306-9900
Website: www.visitmarinadelrey.com 

Free information for convention planning and tourists.

Marina del Rey Visitors Information Center
4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9545 (taped messages about department events, available 24 hours) 

Open seven days a week with free information about Marina del Rey and the beaches.  Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sat.- Sun., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Beaches, Monitoring

Public Health, Department of
Environmental Health Program - Water Quality Program
5050 Commerce Dr., Baldwin Park 91706
Phone (562) 430-5420
Phone (213) 974-1234 - After-hours beach emergencies
Website: ph.lacounty.gov/beachMonitors ocean water along the coastline, taking appropriate action when water quality criteria are not met or an incident such as a sewage spill or discharge occurs. Posts warning signs at beaches anytime California state ocean water quality standards are not met and closes beaches whenever there is a known sewage or chemical spill that affects ocean waters. Issues rain advisories whenever there is significant rainfall which may affect bacteria levels in ocean waters. Provides beach closures and rain advisory information online and on Beach Advisory and Closure Hotline, (800) 525-5662.

Beaches, Surf Conditions

(See Fire Department)

Bees

Beehive Information:
Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures Department
12300 Lower Azusa Rd., Arcadia 91006-5872
Phone (626) 575-5466

Africanized Honey Bee Information:
acwm.lacounty.gov/scripts/AHB.htm
Phone (800) BEE-WARY

Beekeepers:
Beekeepers must register with the Agricultural Commissioner/Weights & Measures Department annually.
Phone (626) 575-5466

Bees, Swarming:
(800) 233-9279

Multiple Bee Stings:
Emergencies: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: (800) BEE-WARY

Bicycle Trails

Public Works, Department of 
900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803-1331
Phone (626) 458-3940

There are more than 100 miles of designated bike trails located along County beaches and selected flood control channels. The

Bikeways Map can be viewed at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/pdd/bike/map.cfm

Bids

Business, Office of Small
Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
1100 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles 90063
Phone (323) 881-3964

Birds, Dead

Public Health, Department of
Veterinary Public Health / Rabies Control Program
313 N. Figueroa St, Room 1127, Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 989-7060
Fax: (213) 481-2375                  
Dead Bird and Rabies Hotline: (877) 747-2243
E-mail: vet@ph.lacounty.gov
State Department of Public Health (877) 986-2473

Handles reports of dead birds which may be a sign that the West Nile Virus is circulating between birds and mosquitoes in an area.

Birth Certificates

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Headquarters
12400 Imperial Hwy. Rm. 1002, Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 462-2137
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours: Third Thursday of the month 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Website: Birth Records

Provides records for births occurring in Los Angeles County since 1876. Provides same day service at the Norwalk headquarters and all district offices for birth records occurring 1964 to the present.

There are currently two types of birth certificates:  authorized copies and informational only copies.  An authorized copy is required to obtain a driver’s license, passport, Social Security card and other services related to verifying an individual’s identity.  An informational copy usually fulfills the needs of genealogists and others that are only requesting information.  The informational copy has the legend “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity” written across the face of the document.


Individuals permitted by law to receive an authorized certified copy:

- The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.

- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.

- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.

- A child, grandparent, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant.

- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant estate.

Individuals who do not fit into any of the above categories can only obtain an informational copy.

Certified copies of original documents (authorized or informational) for birth records prior to 1964 that are requested in person or by mail are processed and sent within 10-15 working days.  Those requesting a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate will be asked to present a valid identification when making in-person requests.  Mail requests require a notarized statement of an authorized individual.  Mail requests for copies are processed in 10-15 working days.

Branch offices issue copies for death and marriage from 1995 - present and birth from 1964 - present.  Branch offices accept requests for certified copies for birth, death and marriage records, which must be processed at the Norwalk headquarters and then mailed within 10-15 working days.  For a list of the branch offices, see “Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Branch Offices.”

To request a copy of a birth certificate by mail, please include the following information:  Full name at birth, date of birth (if known), or the range of years to be checked, city of birth (must be in Los Angeles County), father’s full name, mother’s full name, including maiden name, and your relationship to the registrant.  All requests must have a penalty of perjury statement as well as a notarized certificate of identity.  A check or money order in the amount of $21 made out to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk must be included along with name and address of person requesting copy.  Send request to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Birth Records, P.O. Box 489, Norwalk, CA 90651-0489.  You may download a copy of the application at our website http://lavote.net.

For expedited requests, you may:

Order via the Internet at http://lavote.net using a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fee is $21 for the certificate. Expedited orders will be processed within five working days of receipt of the certificate of identity and penalty of perjury statement. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail delivery is requested, which costs an additional $18.50.  A $6 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.

Information on births occurring prior to 45 days, contact County Department of Public Health, 313 N. Figueroa, Room L-1, Los Angeles 90012, (213) 240-7812.

Adoptions:

Copies of a birth record of a child who has been adopted or had a legal name change are only available through the state. Written requests should be sent to the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records – M.S. 5103, P.O. Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410. The telephone number is (916) 445-2684.  There is a $16 charge for each copy requested, payable by check or money order to the Office of Vital Records.

You may obtain information on how to amend a birth record by calling (562) 462-2137.  A completed form must be mailed to the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records in Sacramento, along with required fees.

Board of Supervisors

Rm. 383, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Website: bos.lacounty.gov

Acts as the governing body of the County of Los Angeles. As such, it has the function of serving as the executive and legislative head of County government, enacting ordinances, setting salaries and establishing specific regulations for the administration of County departments and special districts.

The five Board members are elected by voters from their district for four-year terms.

The regular meetings of the Board are held on the first, second, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Board’s Hearing Room (381B Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles).  Each regular meeting of the Board held on the fourth Tuesday of each month shall be primarily for the purpose of conducting legally required public hearings on zoning matters, fee increases, special district proceedings, property transactions, etc.  On Tuesdays following a Monday holiday, meetings begin at 1 p.m.

The Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors prepares the Board’s agendas, communicates the actions taken by the Board, prepares the minutes of the meetings, maintains the Board’s records, and provides the Board with administrative and information technology support.

Internet users may access the Board of Supervisors' agendas and accompanying Board letters for the current week's Board meeting beginning each Thursday morning preceding the meeting at the following: http://bos.lacounty.gov/Board-Meeting/Board-Agendas.

Persons accessing this site may also subscribe to receive a weekly e-mail notification with a link to the Agenda when it is posted.  The statements of proceedings, which indicate the final actions taken by the Board, are available five business days after the meeting at http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/sop

Persons accessing this site may also subscribe to receive a weekly e-mail notification with a link to the statement of proceedings when it is posted.  The Board meeting transcripts are available for access each Wednesday evening at file.lacounty.gov/bos/transcripts. Each Board meeting may be viewed live on the website at http://bos.lacounty.gov/Board-Meeting/Live-Broadcast


Helpful Phone Numbers

General Information (213) 974-1411                        
Listen to Board Meeting Live (877) 873-8017
For English, enter code 111111#  
For Spanish, enter code 222222#  
Recorded message of actions of the Board (213) 974-7207
For copies of Board-related information:
Agenda
http://bos.lacounty.gov/Board-Meeting/Board-Agendas
(213) 974-1442
Statement of Proceedings
http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/sop/
(213) 974-1444
Rules of the Board
http://bos.lacounty.gov/Board-Meeting
(213) 974-1424
Transcripts (213) 974-1424
DVDs of meetings (213) 974-1424


Lobbyist Registration

Any person who for compensation seeks to influence a County official or any official action of the County of Los Angeles may be subject to the provisions of Los Angeles County Code, Chapter 2.160, relating to lobbyist registrations.  Violation of the lobbyist ordinance may result in a fine and other penalties. For information call (213) 974-1093 or access website at http://bos.lacounty.gov/Services/Conflict-of-Interest-Lobbyist/Lobbyist-Information


Supervisors:

Hilda L. Solis, First District
Rm. 856, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-4111
E-mail: firstdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: hildalsolis.org


Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District
Rm. 866, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2222
E-mail: markridley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: Ridley-Thomas.lacounty.gov

Sheila Kuehl, Third District
Rm. 821, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-3333
E-mail: sheila@bos.lacounty.gov

Janice Hahn, Fourth District
Rm. 822, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-4444
E-mail: FourthDistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: hahn.lacounty.gov

Kathryn Barger, Fifth District
Rm. 869, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-5555
E-mail: FifthDistrict@lacbos.org
Website: kathrynbarger.lacounty.gov

Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors
Rm. 383, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-1411
E-mail: executiveoffice@bos.lacounty.gov
Website: http://bos.lacounty.gov/About-Us/Executive-Office-of-the-Board

Boarding Homes

(See Environmental Health)

Body Art and Tattoos

(See Environmental Health)

Bonds

Improvement Bonds:
Payment -
Treasurer and Tax Collector
Rm. 462, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-2006 

Redemption of Registered Bonds:
Treasurer and Tax Collector
Rm. 462, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-7371

Redemption of Bearer Bonds:
Bank of New York
Corporate Trust Bondholders Relations
Phone (800) 438-5473

Boundary Changes, Cities and Districts

(See Local Agency Formation Commission)

Building, Permits or Improvements

Public  Works, Department of
900 S. Fremont Ave., Alhambra 91803-1331
Phone  (626) 458-3173
Website:  Building Permits

Processes building permits to grade, construct, remodel, demolish, or relocate structures on private property.  Applications may be filed at the Building and Safety district office that services the geographical area of the construction project.  No permits are issued at the Alhambra facility.

Information on construction projects may be obtained from a district office, including construction procedures, code requirements, permit requirements, and building permit fees.

Inspection of key project milestones is performed by field inspectors located at the district offices.  Request for inspectors should be made 24 to 48 hours in advance.  Building and Safety maintains a staff of inspectors, structural engineers, grading engineers, and specialty electrical and mechanical engineers available to assist with any questions related to projects.

For  general building and safety information, visit: Building and Safety

Specific  questions on permit procedures or building code issues should be directed to  the district office serving the proposed project.  

To verify which office covers your area,  visit Public Service Locator: click here.

Building Permits

Antelope Valley - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
335A  E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster  93535
Phone  (661) 524-2390
Fax:  (661) 524-2399

Calabasas/Malibu - (Mon.  – Thurs. 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
26600 Agoura Rd., Ste. 110, Calabasas 91302-1954
Phone  (818) 880-4150
Fax:  (818) 880-6279

Carson - (Mon. – Thurs. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
701 E. Carson St., Carson 90745
Phone  (310) 952-1766
Fax:  (310) 549-0652
(closed  Friday)

East Los Angeles - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
4801 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90022-1601
Phone  (323) 881-7030
Fax:  (323) 264-7917

La Puente - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
16005 E. Central Ave., La Puente 91744
Phone  (626) 961-9611
Fax:  (626) 961-8166

Lomita/Lennox - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
24320 S. Narbonne Ave., Lomita 90717
Phone  (310) 534-3760
Fax:  (310) 530-5482

San Gabriel Valley - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
125 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Phone  (626) 574-0941
Fax:  (626) 446-4425

Santa Clarita - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
23757 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Phone  (661) 222-2940
Fax:  (661) 222-2947

Southwest - (Mon. – Thur. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
1320 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles 90044
Phone  (323) 820-6500
Fax:  (323) 756-0780

South Whittier(Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
13523 Telegraph Rd., Whittier 90605
Phone  (562) 946-1390
Fax:  (562) 906-8425

Universal - (Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
(Unincorporated  area only)
100  Universal City Plaza, MT85, (Trailer # 7135)
Universal City 91608
Phone  (818) 762-6284
Fax:  (818) 623-9829

Burial

BURIAL

Indigent Burial Permits
Burial  Unit
LAC+USC Medical Center
1200 N. State St., Los Angeles 90033
Phone  (323) 409-7161

Veterans:
Military  and Veterans Affairs
2615 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles 90007
Phone  (213) 744-4831

Burial Permits/Burial at Sea

All burials, cremations and scattering at sea must be filed with the Department of Public Health’s Vital Records Office located at:

313 N. Figueroa St., Rm. L1, Los Angeles 90012.
For more information, please call (213) 240-7816.