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Mayor Garcetti's quake retrofit plan draws cautious early support
Mayor Garcetti's quake retrofit plan draws cautious early support

Over the last two decades, Los Angeles City Hall showed little interest in proposals that would force property owners to strengthen the thousands of buildings in the city vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake. But Mayor Eric Garcetti's new seismic safety push is shaping up to be different, at least in the early stages of the campaign. This time around, there is much wider support for retrofitting on the City Council. And even prominent property owners and business groups have changed their tone. "We're generally very encouraged," said Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Assn., which represents downtown business interests. Ten years ago, she warned...

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