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Re: Zone 4 Tilt-ups -- What to say to a Client

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California state law encourages, but does not require owners and sellers to
disclose to prospective buyers typical earthquake vulnerabilities including
tiltup or masonry wall-to-roof anchorage that relies on cross-grain bending
in wood ledgers. You might consider recommending that buyers and sellers,
and similarly landlords and renters, use the Commercial Property Owners'
Guide to Earthquake Safety for disclosure purposes since it summarizes these
and other vulnerabilities and disclosure issues, applicable state laws and
recommended actions. This is publication No. 98-01 available for free
download at the Publications subpage at

The CA Seismic Safety Commission recommends that state government agencies
entering long-term leases do so in buildings without such vulnerabilities or
with appropriate retrofits that meet life safety or enhanced performance

The Commission met yesterday and did not raise tiltup retrofit policies as a
priority for the 2001-02 legislative session. They meet again in November to
further refine their short list of bill concepts to pursue in the second
half of the session. It could be added then or at any time in the future.
For the time being, USAR funding, hospitals, research results
implementation, K-12 school preparedness and a $600M seismic retrofit bond
measure for mainly local governments and low-income housing are under
consideration for pursuit next year. The latter two ideas are holdover bills
from last year. A storage rack bill and a small retrofit grant measure await
the guv's signature. He has until this Sunday to sign or veto.

The Commission is also updating the state's loss reduction plan which
identifies this issue of existing buildings posing unacceptable risks to
life and welfare as a critically important initiative. It is currently
seeking the state administration's support for addressing this and other
initiatives. A copy of this plan is also downloadable at the above site.

I hope this helps,

Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, a public policy advisory agency, fturner(--nospam--at), 1755
Creekside Oaks Dr. #100 Sacramento, CA 95833 916-263-0582 Phone 916-263-0594

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