A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?

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Cities across California are struggling with how to convince property owners to retrofit buildings at risk of collapse during a major earthquake, the majority of them being “Soft story” buildings. In one of my previous newsletters (okay, maybe more than one) I mentioned that placing a placard on the front of the building, much like […]

“I LOVE LUCY…”

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I always loved Lucy. Actually I bought a collection of all the episodes of the “I love Lucy” shows. It always gives me pleasure to watch the lovable but very silly Lucy getting into all kinds of trouble. Fast forward about 5 decades and see that Lucy is running the show again! Of course she […]

TAKING A LOAD OFF!

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When you want to install roof solar panels or photovoltaic panels, you need a building permit. That sounds ok, right? After all, you add something to the building, and the cost is over $500.00, the threshold for which you need a permit. The Department of Building and Safety requires, in order to prepare plans, that […]

MY FRACKING HIT A NERVE…

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I’ve been writing my newsletters for quite a while and get responses all the time. In our last edition I wrote what I thought were a couple of interesting articles about some legal issues like landlords responsibility and a possible scenario for water problems after a major earthquake. To my surprise the responses, and there […]