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FredT5(--nospam--at) wrote in part:
Unfortunately, the state has no easy way to adopt amendments to the model
codes that would apply to all occupancies. The only option short of
legislation is to approach each and every local government city council/board
of supervisors and ask them to amend the code via local ordinances. But there
are over 300 such affected entities, so this option is impractical.

The participants discussed two options: 1. Legislation to authorize a state
agency to adopt seismic amendments to the model code that would apply to all
occupancies. Local building officials and others don't like this option. Its a
slippery slope that may lead to widespread amendments to the model code.

2. Sponsor "narrow" legislation that would make IBC's Seismic Design Category
D .


There may be another option.  Statute law already gives the CBSC the duty to adopt the "Model Codes".  The recent IAPMO court decision said the Model Codes do not have to be exactly the codes enumerated in the law.  The court said that the CBSC has some latitude in selecting these codes.  Why not have the CBSC adopt the SEAOC Blue Book as a "Model Code" and use it in lieu of the seismic provisions of the IBC structural chapters?  I do not think any legislative action would be required to do this.

I agree that 300+ local adoptions is an accident waiting to happen and would reverse 30 years of trying for cross-jurisdiction code uniformity in California. If legislation is needed, it should be to give the Seismic Safety Commission authority to adopt necessary amendments to the IBC to provide minimum seismic design and construction standards for new buildings of all occupancies including schools and hospitals.  This would eliminate the problems with the IBC and address concerns with the Field Act by separating code development from code enforcement thereby providing some checks and balances on DSA/SSS and OSHPD.

Bob Bossi