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Seismic Retrofitting

Earthquake Experts Urge Acceleration of California Retrofitting Requirements

by Zelle LLP on

On September 19, 1985, more than 5,000 people in and around Mexico City lost their lives when the 8.0 magnitude Michoacán earthquake collapsed 412 buildings and seriously damaged several thousand more. Many of the buildings...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - November 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The tax proposal initially released by the House Ways and Means Committee could look very different from what Congress actually approves. However, analysts have said that, if passed, certain provisions in the tax plan could...more

Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting

As you may be aware, the deadline for condominium associations to vote to forego retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system is rapidly approaching....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Update – City of Los Angeles Releases List of 13,500 Soft First Story Buildings Targeted for Earthquake Retrofitting

The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (DBS) has released its list of wood frame soft-story buildings that may be required to undergo mandatory retrofitting. The list can be obtained by request to DBS, and...more

Los Angeles City Council Approves Major Earthquake Retrofitting Ordinance

On October 9th, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to approve an ordinance requiring mandatory earthquake retrofitting for thousands of buildings in Los Angeles. The ordinance comes nearly a year after the publication of...more

LA Mayor Proposes Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Commercial and Residential Buildings

Capping a year-long partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Dr. Lucy Jones, a well-known seismologist with the United States Geological Survey, Mayor Eric Garcetti released  “Resilience by Design” last week, a plan...more

All Shook Up: California's Fragmented Earthquake Safety, Seismic Safety Upgrade and Seismic Hazard Disclosure Laws

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The recent Napa earthquake caused significant damage to buildings in the historic downtown areas of the cities of Napa and Vallejo, and brought to the fore the limited extent to which California law requires seismic safety...more

Dodging Deal Killers -- Anticipating and Solving Problems Related to Properties Being Sold or Purchased

by Lane Powell PC on

In This Presentation: Contamination; Environmental Issues; Defective or Incomplete Land Use Approval; “As Is,” “Your Problem Not Mine” Seller; Encroachment; URM or Otherwise Seismically Challenged Property; Use,...more

Engineering for the Earthquake- Dumbarton Bridge (News Note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Engineers who design in earthquake-prone areas know that they need to design the seismic loads of their bridges to account for potential massive shifts during a quake. (This is what is legally known as the professional...more

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