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L.A. agency to urge mandatory quake retrofits for older apartments
L.A. agency to urge mandatory quake retrofits for older apartments

After months of studies, Los Angeles' building department will recommend requiring owners to retrofit thousands of wood apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. The retrofitting would be mandated for apartments with weak first floors, such as those built on top of carports and supported by slender columns. These types of buildings have collapsed during both the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes. Sixteen people died when the Northridge Meadows apartment complex pancaked. Raymond Chan, who heads the Department of Building and Safety, told The Times on Wednesday the agency decided to seek mandatory retrofitting after spending months working...

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