When the Sylmar Earthquake brought down concrete apartment houses, 52 people were killed. Sixteen lost their lives when wooden, “soft story” buildings collapsed during the Northridge quake. Today, LA City Council members are looking at earthquake retrofitting proposals tough enough to make history. We hear what’s at stake for landlords and tenants.
Also on the program, UCLA researchers find that a name is all it takes for white people to reveal their unconscious bias against blacks and Latinos.
Photo: Soft story partial collapse due to inadequate shear strength at ground level, Loma Prieta earthquake (JK Nakata/US Geological Survey)