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Lynn and Ed,
I don't know Martin Johnson and because I don't know him, I am not in a
position to offer him the same interpretation as you. Many of us are very
sensitive about the lack of resolution to the issues regarding one and two
story residential design.

Knowing that these are sensitive issues, if his comments were not
inappropriate or condescending they were the result of poor judgment. The
consternation and decisions to exempt residential structures from the
provisions of the code (rigid diaphragm and whatever else may be included)
were, in great part, due to the efforts of the few who participated and
devoted great personal effort to overcome the resistance that the Seismology
Committee presented. Any comment CAN be interpreted as critical of the
"vocal minority" should have been avoided.

If he is willing to resolve issues then he should be able to resolve those
still left on the table after the December 4th Seismology Meeting. If he
wants questions, he has a backlog of that were submitted at the expense of
many of us who did take the time and responded in the past. I don't feel
obligated to duplicate my efforts.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lynn H [mailto:lhoward(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 3:54 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: submit code questions on seismology web page

You owe Martin an apology for what you wrote below.
I know Martin well and there is not one drop of
arrogant blood in his body.


SEConsultant wrote:
> Your arrogance and cynicism is unnecessary - certainly, I don't take your
> response as a humorous and well intended response. I am not willing to
> more of my productive time to rewrite issues that I submitted on numerous
> occasions over the last year to you and Saif Hussain. This type of
> redundancy is a waste of my time since I can assume then that the letters
> questions and issues related to the code and submitted to the seismology
> committee since July of last year has been filed in the preverbal round
> file.   I sent in some fifteen or more questions and issues needing
> clarification - Arnold Bookbinder submitted some 30 or more issues as did
> others. The barrage of questions existing in the Listservice archives back
> to a year or more should give you a start. Why not take a little of your
> time and catch up with the vocal minority rather than expecting us to
> to you.
> The attitude I perceive from your comment about the vocal minority is one
> the strongest reasons supporting my decision not to renew my SEAOC
> membership this year.
> While you have nothing better to do, why not start with a written position
> statement representing the majority opinion at the December 3rd Seismology
> Committee meeting to exempt one and two story residential - so far you
> not delivered on that one either.
> One of the Vocal Minority,
> Dennis S. Wish PE
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin W. Johnson [mailto:MWJ(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 11:07 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: submit code questions on seismology web page
> I guess I scared everone off when I announced the new seismology web page;
> have only received two questions to date.  Where is the vocal minority
> you
> need them?
> regards, Martin