9.17.2006

This place is turning into fucking Russia

with a casual, can't-be-bothered attitude about future disasters.

Most L.A. Buildings Not Checked for Damage From Northridge Quake

...Seismic experts and others have been pressing government officials for more inspections.

"Every structural engineer will tell you they need to be inspected," said David Cocke, a structural engineer and a spokesman for the Structural Engineers Assn. of Southern California.

But Cocke said the expense — and the liability issues raised if a building is found to have problems — have made retrofitting these structures a political hot potato[...]

Several of the region's biggest developers — including Maguire Properties, which owns the U.S. Bank building, and the Thomas Co., which owns Arco Plaza — did not respond to repeated requests for interviews.

"Society needs to decide that it's important to us to get rid of those buildings or fix them," said James Malley, the structural engineer who conducted the FEMA survey of quake-damaged buildings in Los Angeles.

Without inspecting the welds on all 1,500 steel buildings, Malley and others said, the severity of the risk won't be known until the next earthquake. Malley, past president of the Structural Engineers Assn. of California, is more concerned than city officials about the risk of building failure with another quake.

"If they are damaged, they may have been weakened, and the second one could take [one] down," Malley said.

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