Mayor Eric Garcetti finally said the magic words.

This courtesy Michael Finnegan’s piece in the L.A. Times:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday that he would rely on scientists to determine whether the city should issue permits to build two Hollywood skyscrapers on what could be an active earthquake fault running directly beneath the Vine Street property.


“There’s faults throughout the city of Los Angeles that are active that have construction,” Garcetti said. “That’s why we have seismic requirements, and why we rely on the government engineers who are experts in this area. They’re not softies. They’re people who are tasked with protecting lives and property.”


California’s state geologist has declared that the Hollywood earthquake fault is active and may run beneath the property where developers plan to erect 39-story and 35-story towers next to the Capitol Records building. The 1-million-square-foot project, Millennium Hollywood, won City Council approval last week.

Of course, it’s an easier decision when you consider that to do anything else was against the law:

California law bars construction of new buildings on a fault declared active and mapped by the state. A building over a fault can be sheared in half during an earthquake.