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This attitude might help:

You are the boss of your own recommendations, but of nothing else. Others
own the premises and additional others "own" building safety enforcement in
that jurisdiction. 

Express in writing your recommendations and reasoning, clearly but not
abrasively, to all those others, for their info and to c.y.a.  After that,
carry on with whatever consulting work they have for you, if you feel OK
about it.  Withhold sign-off for those parts not done under your responsible
charge, such as this matter done other than as you recommend. Such a
withholding is consistent with the PE Act and Board rules; signing it all
would not be.

Charles O. Greenlaw  SE     Sacramento CA

At 09:30 AM 5/10/99 -0700, you wrote:
>An exisitng single story light wood framed structure. The exterior walls
>are a combination of concrete masonry walls and wood walls. 
>The origional structure was built in 1948. In 1964 a new basement was added
>to the structure. 
>When the basement was added an approximately 5'-0" cut was made in the
>under floor area and new concrete walls were poured in place to retain the
>approximately five feet of cut. 
>In one location there is a concrete wall, but the wall was never back
>filled. Approximately 3' of space exists between the wall and the
>unsupported cut.
>I have recommended a new retaining wall be constructed or back fill be
>placed behind the wall to support the cut.
>1. The client does not want to do this becouse the existing condition has
>existed since 1964.
>2. The chief building official visited the site, looked at the cut and told
>the client a retaining wall is not required.
>3. The architect (understands the need for a wall) is having a hard time
>justifying to the client why a new retaining wall is requiered.
>1. Write cya letter to client.
>2. Write cya letter to builiding department.
>3. Refuse to sign off on the project and alienate a good architect and bad
>4. Notify BORPELS that the building official is practicing engineering with
>out a license and never do work in the juridiction again.
>5. Hide my head in the sand?
>6. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
>John Buchanan