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

Los Angeles finally working at resolving conflicts between city building code and zoning codes

Tim Logan via the LA Times: Los Angeles passed a law last year requiring bicycle racks within 50 feet of the front door of many new buildings. But a problem surfaced immediately: The federal Americans With Disabilities Act requires handicapped parking spaces with an easy path to the door clear of things like bikes. The … Continue reading Los Angeles finally working at resolving conflicts between city building code and zoning codes

Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage

Previously: Seismic retrofits may be required for hundreds of apartment buildings in Los Angeles, Los Angeles: More than 1,000 concrete buildings at risk, nothing to be done, and Remembering Northridge: Thoughts on “Soft Story” Buildings The Puente Hills fault system runs east of downtown L.A., straddling the 10 freeway towards the Inland Empire region. While … Continue reading Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage

Insurance Guru Eugene Anderson Dies; Known for ?Triple Trigger,? Hitchhiking to Harvard | ABA Journal

As a foster child growing up in Portland, Ore., in the 1930s, on farms and in an orphanage, Eugene Anderson must have seemed an unlikely prospect for success as a New York lawyer.

However, he not only put himself through the University of California, … Continue reading Insurance Guru Eugene Anderson Dies; Known for ?Triple Trigger,? Hitchhiking to Harvard | ABA Journal

Brittany Murphy?s home was tested for mold two months before she died? but mother says it?s ?absurd? to say it killed her | Mail Online

A coroner’s investigator today played down the suggestion that the deaths Brittany Murphy and her husband, Simon Monjack may have been due to mould inside their home.Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said: ‘There were no indicators t… Continue reading Brittany Murphy?s home was tested for mold two months before she died? but mother says it?s ?absurd? to say it killed her | Mail Online