Governor Jerry Brown Opposes Measure S, Says the Bill “Goes Too Far”

Posted February 25, 2017, under Blog

Governor Jerry Brown is taking a stance for Los Angeles housing developers. The Governor of California opened up about the newly proposed Measure S bill, which would limit real estate development in the city if passed, in a statement released on Wednesday. “I join with …

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Santa Barbara Hit By 3.4 Earthquake, Highlights Importance of City Retrofitting Measures

Posted February 24, 2017, under Blog

A 3.4 earthquake rattled residents in Santa Barbara Wednesday night. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake occurred at 8:49 p.m. and was centered in the Santa Barbara channel near Gaviota. Located just 13 miles south of the seismic activity, residents in Solvang felt …

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Does Your Contractor’s Dun & Bradstreet Rating Matter?

Posted February 22, 2017, under Blog

Are you familiar with Dun & Bradstreet? While many consumers have never heard of this business service, the company has been around since 1841! D&B is for business, what Experian and Equifax are for individuals — they rate businesses on their finances, credit score, credit …

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Does Your Pier Foundation Need Replacement?

Posted February 21, 2017, under Blog

Your home’s foundation is arguably the most important facet of its structure. Like many man-made objects, these foundations can deteriorate over time. For example, when your home’s foundation settles at different rates, that’s when issues like foundation cracks, uneven and/or sinking floors, drywall cracks, tight …

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Santa Monica City Council Approves Nation’s Largest Retrofitting Effort

Posted February 16, 2017, under Blog

Santa Monica’s new seismic retrofitting effort could mean big changes for Los Angeles. The City Council approved Santa Monica’s latest seismic safety measure to retrofit some 2,000 buildings deemed vulnerable to earthquakes. Santa Monica’s new safety rules would extend Los Angeles’ recent retrofit efforts, going …

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Cripple Wall Bracing: What You Need to Know

Posted February 16, 2017, under Blog

When you seismically retrofit a property, there are several factors that need to be examined. One of the first things an inspector will check is the home’s cripple wall. A cripple wall can be found in the crawl space of the property. How do you …

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Santa Monica Lists 2,000 Buildings Needing Retrofit

Posted February 13, 2017, under Blog

Santa Monica is serious about preparing for the next big one. The city is requiring some 2,000 buildings to be seismically retrofitted in a measure to prepare the area for a major earthquake. Going one step further than Los Angeles’ recent measure requiring the retrofit …

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Brick Foundation Repair: What You Need To Know

Posted February 9, 2017, under Blog

Does your home have a brick foundation? Brick foundations are quite common in Los Angeles, but as much as they can be aesthetically pleasing, there are some risks associated with these structures. Like most substances, the motar – which is used to glue the bricks …

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Los Angeles Releases List of 13,500 Apartments In Need of Earthquake Retrofitting

Posted February 8, 2017, under Blog

Looks like Los Angeles is getting even more serious about earthquake safety. City inspectors spent over two years compiling information on soft-story structures in need of retrofitting (aka seismic strengthening) around L.A, and the Los Angeles Times just released the data. The list, which has …

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