A major economic factor, apart from the high cost of housing, is where inhabitants work. The port of Los Angeles and its large number of factories offers a considerably larger number of employment opportunities for people who wish to work. Although urban development has increased around the port area, it has been extremely slow. Although a number of new office buildings are proposed in downtown Los Angeles, many of these office buildings will not be completed in the next several years, and almost all of the available office space in businesses will remain empty.
The Department's 13 battalions serve all 73 fire protective districts, safeguarding 2 million people. The majority of calls are for medical emergencies, fires, and automobile accidents. If the fire response time is more than 8 minutes, the fire department will use fire engines and the ladder truck to get to the site before a property owner or the homeowner attempts to use rope to pull the fire truck to safety. To qualify as a mutual aid arrival, fire fighters must first wait for the requestor to pull the ladder-truck off, and the owner of the property cannot pull that fire truck out as well. 7211a4ac4a