Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

According to Rong-Gong Lin II, Raoul Rañoa and Jon Schleuss of the LA Times, the city of Santa Monica is considering a mandated seismic retrofit program: Santa Monica’s safety rules would go beyond what Los Angeles has done by requiring not only wood-frame apartments and concrete buildings to be retrofitted, but also steel-frame structures. The ordinance … Continue reading Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

California: Malicious Prosecution Claim Denied Following Construction Defect Litigation

Owners of a home on San Fransisco’s historic Lombard Street hired a contractor, Thomas Lutge, to remodel their home. Due to the site conditions, this work required extensive excavation and underpinning prior to construction of a new basement foundation. All did not go as planned. Following Lutge’s excavation, a geotechnical and structural engineering firm, Sure … Continue reading California: Malicious Prosecution Claim Denied Following Construction Defect Litigation