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San Francisco tries 'shaming' building owners on quake reinforcement
San Francisco tries 'shaming' building owners on quake reinforcement

Cities across California are struggling with how to convince property owners to retrofit buildings at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. San Francisco this week is using an unusual tactic: trying to publicly shame building owners into shoring up their structures to better withstand shaking. 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...

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