Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mayor Eric Garcetti mandatory seismic retrofitting of some structures in Los Angeles - Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser

Mayor Eric Garcetti, seismic retrofit, soft story building, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser

Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed mandatory retrofitting of pre-1980 soft story and non-ductile concrete buildings. He also proposed retroffiting of our water and communication systems in case of earthquake. Read more here.


Soft story buildings were built 1960 to 1980. The first floor is open, garages, carports or with large windows. Most seismic energy will be at the first floor level. That causes the first floor of these structures to collapse with the top floors pancaking down on top. One good example of this was the Medows apartments in the valley which collapsed killing many people on the first level.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, seismic retrofit, non-ductile concrete building, Mary Cummins
Non-ductible concrete buildings are solid cement structures which are not built to sway with seismic activity. This causes the seismic activity to rip the building apart. One good example of this was the Kaiser hospital which had major walls collapse in the 1994 earthquake.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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