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San Francisco tries ‘shaming’ building owners on quake reinforcement

by Bill Hayes

In an experiment that Los Angeles may copy, the Los Angeles Times reports that San Francisco tries ‘shaming’ building owners on quake reinforcement.

The city will slap large signs — in multiple languages, with red letters and a drawing of a destroyed building — on hundreds of apartment complexes that violate San Francisco’s seismic safety laws.

No California city has gone so far to inform the public about potentially dangerous buildings and pressure property owners to make fixes.

Los Angeles is considering a similar approach. Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed what would be the nation’s first letter grading system to alert the public about the seismic safety of buildings. He has also said he wants to require owners to retrofit buildings that are at risk but is still working out the details of his plan. [more]