The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved the demolition of 16 earthquake-damaged LAC-USC Medical Center buildings.
The county hopes to persuade the Federal Emergency Management Agency to allow it to use federal aid to begin building a $1 billion replacement complex.
County medical structures sustained $400 million in quake-related damage. The buildings to be razed housed administrative and service workers.
Adelaida De La Cerda, a LAC-USC Medical Center spokeswoman, said last week that the county hasn't determined whether to raze two other buildings, the pediatric pavilion and the 166-bed Psychiatric Hospital, which were evacuated and closed after the deadly Jan. 17 temblor.