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6 June, 2017

Interview with L.A. Department of Building Safety on City’s Retrofit Laws

By |2018-01-18T22:07:35+00:00June 6th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws, Seismic Retrofit|

(As published in Apartment Age Magazine) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety last month hosted the city’s second annual Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair, providing owners of soft-story buildings with access to information on the city’s new mandatory earthquake retrofit law. City Hall representatives gathered [...]

22 May, 2017

Why Earthquake Insurance is on the Rise in California

By |2018-01-18T23:58:03+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Earthquake Insurance|

(As published in California Apartment Association's Industry Newsletter) A record number of Californians are getting earthquake insurance, and more and more cities throughout the state are passing laws to make buildings safer in a quake. In 2016, the number of people signing up for an earthquake policy jumped more than seven-fold compared to previous years, [...]

10 May, 2017

The Apartment Association California Southern Cities Names Optimum Seismic its Preferred Vendor

By |2018-01-19T23:50:35+00:00May 10th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Optimum Seismic, Inc., Southern California’s leading seismic retrofit company, has been named the Exclusive Affinity/Preferred Vendor of the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC) for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction, officials announced today.The designation distinguishes Optimum Seismic as a trusted leader in the industry with a team of professionals that has completed more than 1,900 [...]

25 April, 2017

California Apartment Association Selects Optimum Seismic for Education Series

By |2018-01-20T00:46:47+00:00April 25th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Optimum Seismic, Inc., Southern California’s leading earthquake retrofit company, is hosting a series of educational outreach initiatives to be held throughout Southern California.  The California Apartment Association will also be part of these educational events to discuss the various services they provide to the multi-family housing industry. Informational seminars, articles and other means of [...]

29 March, 2017

A ‘New Frontier’ Launched For Earthquake Safety

By |2018-01-20T01:07:43+00:00March 29th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Earthquakes are not selective about where and when they strike, and they are equally as indiscriminate on the types of buildings they can rattle to the ground. While it is true that some structures may be more prone to damage than others, the reality is that virtually all buildings have the capacity to fail [...]

1 March, 2017

California Cities Serious About Preparing Buildings For Earthquakes

By |2018-01-22T18:00:01+00:00March 1st, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Prompting ‘New Frontier’ for Earthquake Safety The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed the start of a “New Frontier” for earthquake safety: a phenomenon kicked off by the city of Santa Monica, which this month is expected to adopt the most comprehensive seismic retrofit ordinance in the nation. Santa Monica’s law is much more comprehensive [...]

24 February, 2017

Why earthquake retrofit laws may be coming soon to your city

By |2018-01-22T19:23:57+00:00February 24th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits|

There’s a growing effort underway to make California communities safer, as cities throughout the state adopt new laws requiring seismic retrofits of buildings proven to be vulnerable to damage in an earthquake. San Francisco, Berkeley and other Bay Area cities were among the first to mandate earthquake retrofits for wood-framed, soft-story buildings – structures [...]

15 February, 2017

Santa Monica May Launch a New Frontier in Earthquake Safety

By |2018-01-22T19:45:20+00:00February 15th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws|

Santa Monica is now poised to enter a new frontier in earthquake safety that could have implications for other cities looking at seismic retrofitting, the Los Angeles Times wrote in a recent article about the City Council’s tentative approval of what could be the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort. The draft ordinance, if [...]

1 February, 2017

California Cities Serious About Preparing Buildings For Earthquakes

By |2018-01-24T01:18:06+00:00February 1st, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits|

Just one year ago, the city of Los Angeles began to roll out its new earthquake retrofit laws, considered at the time to be the nation’s most comprehensive ordinances on the books. Today, many other cities are adopting ordinances of their own – some even more stringent than those adopted by L.A. What did [...]

26 January, 2017

Optimum Seismic is Largest Supporter of SEAOSC’s Annual Scholarship Fund

By |2018-07-10T23:36:47+00:00January 26th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Awards presented at SEAOSC Annual Job Fair & Student Scholarship Awards Night Feb. 1. The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Foundation is pleased to announce that it will award eight scholarships to outstanding Southern California engineering students at the 2017 Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Annual Job Fair and Student Scholarship [...]