Governor Vetoes Bill to Assess State’s Quake Risks: Potentially Vulnerable Buildings

Governor Vetoes Bill to Assess State’s Quake Risks: Potentially Vulnerable Buildings

By |2018-11-01T18:20:05+00:00October 8th, 2018|Seismic Waves|
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October 2018 Newsletter.

Ali Sahabi Gov. Brown this month struck down new legislation that would have helped cities identify seismically vulnerable buildings in their communities. The veto came despite Assembly Bill 2681‘s broad bipartisan support from both the Assembly and Senate, cities, trade and business associations and more. Meanwhile, there is growing momentum nationwide to push for more resilient communities. Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah recently received grants from FEMA to aid homeowners in retrofitting their homes. “Building more resilient communities is the best way to reduce risks to people, property, and taxpayer dollars”, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. We had hoped California would lead the nation in promoting seismic resiliency, but it appears that for now, it will be up to individual communities and building owners to make our cities safer. Contact us today to learn more about how this formula translates to your building or business.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Governor vetoes bill to assess state's quake risks

Governor vetoes bill to assess state’s quake risks

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed new
legislation that would have helped cities and counties take inventory of buildings that could be at higher risk of major damage or collapse when shaken, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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San Francisco to Assess Tallest Vulnerable Buildings

San Francisco to Assess Tallest Vulnerable Buildings

On Thursday the City of San Francisco released a list of more than 150 tallest buildings, including many that were constructed before modern codes.
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New study: taxpayers save $6 for every $1 spent on retrofits

New study: taxpayers save $6 for every $1 spent on retrofits

When it comes to government spending, research shows that mitigation saves more than lives. Taxpayers save an average of $6 for every $1 the federal government spends on mitigation efforts such as retrofitting, the Pew Research Foundation determined.
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Facing a deadline? Don't rush your retrofit requirement

Facing a deadline? Don’t rush your retrofit requirement

Feeling rushed to meet seismic retrofit looming deadlines imposed to by Los Angeles Department of Building Services? Many apartment owners may feel pushed to act hastily to get things done. But here’s why slowing down can save your a lot of time and trouble.
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Pasadena adopts mandatory retrofit ordinance

Pasadena adopts mandatory retrofit ordinance

Nearly 500 Pasadena property owners will be receiving letters from the city over the coming weeks informing them that their building may need to be seismic retrofit to meet new, toughened earthquake safety standards, the Pasadena Star News reported.
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What is the Ring of Fire?

What is the Ring of Fire?

The world’s most active volcanoes lie along what’s called the Ring of Fire.
It’s also where most earthquakes happen as tectonic plates push against each other, causing tremors.
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Salt Lake City Receives Federal State Grants

Salt Lake City Receives Federal State Grants

On Monday Federal officials said a Salt Lake program received a $1.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will help pay to protect 100 city homes from earthquakes.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Optimum Seismic teams up regularly with the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles on free educational seminars about retrofits and resilient communities. Our next event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at AAGLA Headquarters, 621 S. Westmoreland, Los Angeles.
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About the Author:

Ali Sahabi
Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.

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