Owners of San Francisco buildings most likely to collapse during a major earthquake are now required to make seismic upgrades in coming years, but can pass all costs to tenants.
While tenant advocates had initially fought for a cost reduction for renters, they supported the proposal after city officials agreed to reform a tenant financial hardship program overseen by the Rent Board. Read More
San Franciscans are now debating how to pay for seismic upgrades to 44,000 San Francisco housing units vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. The discussion concerns so-called soft-story buildings — structures in which multistory wooden-frame buildings sit atop garages or businesses with few internal walls. Such buildings famously collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Read More
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission this morning launched a $320 million upgrade to safeguard the region's water supply in the event of a major earthquake.The project is part of the SFPUC's $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program to seismically upgrade the entire Hetch Hetchy water system, which includes 81 separate construction projects along the water delivery system that stretches from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. Read More