Maywood : Quake Occupancy Law

The Maywood City Council has approved an ordinance to block people from moving back into earthquake-damaged unreinforced masonry buildings unless the structures are in compliance with the city's earthquake code.

The ordinance will not force the eviction of any residents or businesses since the law applies only to vacant buildings, said Linda Dovalis, planning and building assistant.

Four Maywood buildings will be affected by the ordinance, she said. Those buildings will have to comply with a 1984 ordinance specifying reinforcement requirements for all pre-1934 masonry buildings before being reoccupied.

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