- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed building 100,000 new housing units in Los Angeles by 2021, vowing to cut red tape at City Hall to make it happen.

In a speech Wednesday at the Los Angeles Business Council Summit, Garcetti said the city faces a housing shortage the likes of which has not been seen since the end of World War II.

City News Service reports the mayor wants to make the process of boosting the housing stock easier by putting records online, filing blueprints electronically and assigning case managers to development projects.

Garcetti also plans to increase the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which provides seed money for projects that can draw more funding from state and federal sources.

Business Council president Mary Leslie said her group supports Garcetti’s plan.

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