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Rules Committee Discusses Ways to Incentivize Seismic Retrofits

A soft-story building that collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. ( Photo via J.K. Nakata, United States Geological Survey)

When the next big earthquake strikes, hundreds of buildings in Silicon Valley are prone to collapse. Yet unlike other major Bay Area cities that have adopted policies to incentivize seismic retrofitting—namely Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley and Fremont—San Jose has done nothing to fix the problem. A group of City Council officials want to create a program, similar to those in Oakland and San Francisco, encouraging property owners to make their buildings sturdier.

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