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San Francisco 'shames' building owners into adhering to seismic laws

SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 02:  The famous row of homes known as the
SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 02: The famous row of homes known as the "Painted Ladies" are seen from Alamo Square Park February 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California. A report by the San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association concluded that the city's infrastructure and buildings are unprepared for a major earthquake. The study suggests that owners of nearly 2,800 so-called "soft-story buildings" be forced to retrofit their property to avoid an estimated $1.5 billion in damages should a big quake happen. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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There’s been many efforts across the state to get property owners to retrofit buildings at risk of collapse in case of a major earthquake. Yet, several commercial and apartment buildings have still not complied with seismic safety laws.

Officials in the City of San Francisco have begun approaching this problem in a new way, by publicly shaming building owners.

Los Angeles Times reporter Rong-Gong Lin recently wrote about this and he joins us now to talk more about it.