An ordinance amending Divisions 93 and 95 of Article I of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to establish mandatory standards for earthquake hazard reduction in existing wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, or open-front walls and existing non-ductile concrete buildings, and amending Sections 152.02, 152.04, 152.05 and 152.08 of Article 2 of Chapter XV of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to grant authority to the Rental Adjustment Commission to modify Tenant Habitability Program requirements for purposes of implementing seismic retrofit mandates.
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Division 93 of Article 1 of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code is amended in its entirety to read as follows: ARTICLE 1, DIVISION 93
MANDATORY EARTHQUAKE HAZARD REDUCTION IN EXISTING WOOD-FRAME BUILDINGS WITH SOFT, WEAK OR OPEN-FRONT WALLS
SEC. 91.9301. PURPOSE. The purpose of this division is to promote public welfare and safety by reducing the risk of death or injury that may result from the effects of earthquakes on existing wood-frame multi-story buildings with soft, weak or open front walls. In the Northridge Earthquake, many multi-story wood-frame buildings with tuck-under parking performed poorly and collapsed, causing the loss of human life, personal injury and property damage. It has been determined that the structural vulnerability of this building type is typically due to soft, weak or open front walls. This division creates minimum standards to mitigate hazards from these deficiencies. Adherence to these minimum standards will improve the performance of these buildings during earthquakes and reduce, but not necessarily prevent, the loss of life, injury or earthquake-related damage