LA County Earmarks ‘Extraordinary’ $3.2M For Creaky Elevators

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Officials are set to spend millions of dollars to fix the creaky elevators in Los Angeles County’s aging administration building.

Built back over five decades ago, the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration would be torn down and replaced under different economic circumstances.

But as KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports, county officials are growing weary of people getting stuck in the failing elevators in the eight-story structure located in downtown Los Angeles.

“Sometimes the elevators will just skip floors, go straight to the basement,” said one employee who works in the building. “Two weeks ago, a guy got stuck in there for like 45 minutes.”

Internal Services Director Tom Tindall said $3.2 million has been earmarked in “extraordinary maintenance funding” to modernize the elevators.

An aide to one county supervisor said the county cannot afford such a high price tag for elevator repair, but Tindall said the funds have already been approved.

In all, eleven elevators will be upgraded over the next 20 months.

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  1. Ray says:

    Don’t waste our tax dollars sue the STAIRS it is healthy for you and your unions.

    1. Einstein says:

      $3.2 mill for 11 elevators
      that’s $290 thousand each
      Is it coming out of services to the needy?

  2. Neega Patterson says:

    All 11 elevators in LA county

    1. Just Sayin says:

      2 card key elevators Westside, 2 card key Eastside
      Loading dock freight, cafeteria freight (or should I say fright)
      and 5 public elevators center of bldg= 11 total Hall of Admin

  3. MY DREAM ACT says:

    I JUST LOVE IT WHEN I HEAR SOMETHING GOING DOWN IN THIS CITY. I WISH THE ” BIG ONE ” WOULD HIT REAL SOON AN THIS CITY CRUMBLE TO THE GROUND. i been feeling this way every since l.a. boycotted ARIZONA,

  4. Jeep says:

    I hope they don’t forget the Freight elevators
    Especially the filthy one the cafeteria in the basement uses to supply my co-workers with such “tasty” food
    It does the bunny hop at each floor, the gate sometimes has to be manually pried open,
    and while your waiting in the dark, You get to read all the graffiti on the walls

  5. ME says:

    If they think the elevators at the Hall of Administration are bad, they should try going across the street to the Hall of Records. Now there’s some real dangerous elevators. People get stuck in those elevators all the time.

  6. Just Saying' says:

    I don’t think it’s the elevators that are the problem
    It’s the mechanics of the county internal services
    department (ISD)
    Inadequate training and infrequent inspections
    Elevators are older than the techs, who only know how to replace modules in modern conputerized elevators

  7. Teufel Wolf says:

    The city is broke, and most city workers and residents are fat. Charge a $1.00 toll to use the elevators unless the rider is elderly, handicapped, or has small children under 10.

    1. Ohn says:

      That would make a fortune. A HERD of
      Obesity runs rampant in that building.

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