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Maybe now things will start to happen, at least in California: 


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From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Chuck Utzman Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2015 11:43 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Berkeley Balcony Collapse

I'm a little disappointed that you didn't know that this a nationwide problem. 
 The same problem exists everywhere thanks to the ICBO's incompetence. 
Building officials don't give waterproofing any attention because the Code 
doesn't tell them to. Developers build to the Code, and that shouldn't be a 
surprise. I'm going to see if I can get that changed in a couple of towns 
here, but I'm not holding my breath. Removing the lower balcony was very 
stupid, but not surprising. The Building Inspectors never get called upon 
to examine the decayed buildings they have approved. They simply do not 
understand the problem-- much less how to fix it. Eventually the Liberty 
Gardens' failure will be closely examine by real experts working for the 
lawyers. Blame will be assigned, and a lot of money will change hands, the 
forensic reports won't be made public, and things will probably continue as 
before. I am not a lawyer, but it feels like criminal negligence on the part 
of ICBO and the City Building Inspectors everywhere--who have elected to 
remain ignorant. I saw a news item the other day estimating 6,500 hospitalizations 
due to deck failures since 2002. I'd guess hundreds of billions in water 
damage during that time. Maybe 6 dead kids will get their attention now. 
We'll see.

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