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Gov. Brown Blocks Bill That Would Create List of Earthquake-Vulnerable Buildings

This file photo shows a Canoga Park apartment complex that collapsed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (Credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times)

This file photo shows a Canoga Park apartment complex that collapsed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (Credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed an earthquake safety bill that would have asked cities and counties to create lists of buildings that could be at higher risk of major damage or collapse when shaken.

The bill, AB 2681, could have marked a major advance in efforts over the last decade to identify seismically vulnerable buildings in California. A handful of cities, including Los Angeles, have generated lists of potentially vulnerable buildings that face the greatest risk of collapse. Some have ordered owners to retrofit those buildings to make them more secure.

Backers of the bill said creating a list of possibly vulnerable buildings in the state’s most seismically active areas would represent a major step in alerting Californians to whether the buildings they live and work in should receive more study to determine whether they’re at risk in an earthquake.

But the governor wrote that he was concerned the bill “will not provide the greatest value for the significant investment this enterprise requires.”

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