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- Subject: RE: McCormick
- From: "Dennis Wish" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net>
- Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 13:50:27 -0800
- Cc: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sorry – I was thinking of Tim Foster
from Specialized Testing. I do know Tim McCormick and while I agree with you, I
think McCormicks strict enforcement of the code had to do more with the Old
Santa Monica when the city tried to fight the compliance with the State
Hazardous Building Code enforcement. Stan, you probably know more about this
than most, but I as I recall, one of the previous Mayor’s of
Let me apologize first as I am stating
this from second hand information obtained when I first started doing retrofit
in the mid-1980’s and was active on the SEAOSC Hazardous Building
Committee from 1987 until I moved to the desert in 1993. I designed the
retrofit (as Stan knows) for the large building on the southeast corner of 4th
and Broadway in
Northridge changed everything for
I worked with a number of owners who wanted to protect their property but found that their local banks refused to loan money on the retrofit of these buildings because of the politics in play by the past Mayor who represented the building owners whose property was under rent control.
When Tim McCormick came to Santa Monica, I believe that regardless of his personal opinion having worked for the City of Los Angeles, he was forced to make up for the mistakes made in the past and had to comply with the strict letter of the ordinance that was used in Los Angeles at the time (RGA 1-91) or Division 88 until the publication and acceptance of the 1991 UCBC Appendix Chapter 1.
I’m sure there is another side to this story, but this is how many of the building owners explained it to me when we did the retrofit design and repair after Northridge, but when they were having trouble obtaining funding. None of them wanted to raise rents since they did not really profit from it. They were allowed to recoup their retrofit cost in rent increases but were still under the rules of Rent Control that make Santa Monica one of the most popular areas to live in Los Angeles (right off the ocean front).
This is a long story simply to let you
know that I meant to recommend Tim Foster of Specialized Testing but Tim
McCormick’s name was first to come to mind since I had not talked to Tim
Foster in a few years. In fact, for those of you who know Tim Foster, he and
Kent Carlson started out with Hilti and then opened Specialized Testing
Hope this clears things up. Stan, what was the Inspectors name? Bill something? He was a hard headed guy but we seemed to get along pretty well and he retired before the Northridge Earthquake occurred.
McCormick has been the Building Official in
He may have mellowed somewhat but generally takes a very conservative view of any kind of retrofit proposal. I don't know about what they are doing recently (within the past couple of years) but for a moment frame for example they refused to approve anything that had not been tested in a laboratory and since only a very few frames had been tested, we had to use those size beams/columns in order to gain approval for a frame.
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