Los Angeles mayor pushes quake resiliency plan

Feb 17, 2015 2:41 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he hopes to have ordinances passed this year to set in motion his plan to make the city more resilient to major earthquakes.

Garcetti spoke about the legislative process Tuesday during a presentation to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

The plan focuses on rapidly identifying and retrofitting certain types of at-risk residential and commercial buildings, fortifying major water systems that would be severed by a very big quake, and keeping telecommunications systems operating.

The goal is to keep the region sufficiently functional to avoid a long-term economic collapse. Despite its sweep, the concept leaves unclear who would bear the costs.

Motions concerning elements of the plan are before City Council committees. Garcetti says he's flexible on details but not about moving forward.

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