LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in quake

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco’s lead in upgrading so-called “soft-story” buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake.

The Los Angeles Times reports officials are expected to provide details about a proposed census of LA’s soft-story structures at Tuesday’s Buildings at Risk conference.

Also this week, LA officials are meeting with San Francisco’s earthquake team to get advice on how to proceed in addressing the risks associated with these buildings.

Los Angeles is considering legislation similar to that passed in San Francisco last spring, which requires owners of soft-story apartments to make the structures safer.

The Times says estimates show up to 60,000 residents could be left homeless in an earthquake, unless thousands of apartments with weak first floors are reinforced.

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