WeHo Chamber and WeHo City Host Soft Story Seismic Retrofitting Seminar

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The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Hollywood hosted a free Soft Story Seismic Retrofitting Seminar at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall this past Saturday, July 13, 2019. Property owners of soft story buildings learned about the retrofitting process, cost, financing, owner and tenant rights, compliance requirements, and compliance deadlines for the City of West Hollywood’s seismic ordinance.

Part of the small business seminar program between the City of West Hollywood and the Chamber of Commerce, consisted of an expert panel discussion to provide an overview of the ordinance and provide information on the process and offer information from engineering, retrofit construction and financing companies.

The panel of speakers included:

Keith Kaplan – Sotheby’s International & WHCC Board Member and past Chairman
Ben Galan – City of West Hollywood, Building and Safety Division
Jeff Roi – Degenkolb
Pete Noonan – City of West Hollywood, Rent Stabilization and Housing Division
John Taferner – Cal-Quake
Elena Miller – California Pollution Control Financing Authority

Topics included the following:

City of West Hollywood Building and Safety Division
City of West Hollywood Rent Stabilization & Housing Division
Cal-Quake Seismic Construction & Engineering
CPCA Cal Cap Seismic Safety from the California State Treasurer’s Office

or more information about the Seismic Retrofitting seminar, send your inquiries to info@wehochamber.com. For details about the City’s Seismic Retrofitting Program, visit www.weho.org/seismic, call (323) 848-6848 or email SeismicProgram@weho.org.

Several earthquakes recently shook the Southern California region. Even with no damages or injuries and an epicenter more than 100 miles away, the quake was felt throughout the community and the City strongly encourages community members to stay informed and be prepared for the next earthquake.

The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to review emergency preparedness plans. Plan ahead with neighbors, family members, and for pets, and refresh emergency supply kits, water, and food supplies. For emergency services and disaster preparedness tips, please visit www.weho.org/publicsafety.

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification called Alert LA County, which is used to contact residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages, or e-mail messages in case of emergency. City of West Hollywood residents are encouraged to sign up for updates at www.lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la and to follow the City of West Hollywood’s regular updates on Twitter at @wehocity www.twitter.com/wehocity.

During emergencies, the City of West Hollywood is served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which provides timely updates on Twitter @LACoFDPIO www.twitter.com/lacofdpio.

For more information, please contact Lily Campbell, the City of West Hollywood’s Emergency Management Coordinator at (323) 848-6831 or at lcampbell@weho.org.

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