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Tue, Feb 5, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

SF Weighs Requiring Soft-Story Earthquake Retrofits


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A row of flats in San Francisco's Marina district.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A row of flats in San Francisco's Marina district.

Thousands of San Francisco's so-called soft-story homes -- three-story or higher wood-frame buildings built before 1978 -- are vulnerable to earthquakes. On Tuesday, the city's Board of Supervisors will look at a proposal to mandate earthquake retrofitting of these structures by 2020.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Charley Goss, government affairs officer with the San Francisco Apartment Association and member of the advisory group that helped draft the ordinance
  • Chris Poland, structural engineer, chairman and senior principal at Degenkolb Engineers and member of the advisory group that helped draft the ordinance
  • Noah Arroyo, journalist with San Francisco Public Press, a KQED News Associate

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