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Soft Story Retrofit: The Complete Guide for Property Owners Property owners in LA and other first and second tier municipalities are often confused about the process involved in the seismic retrofit. In areas that are more prone to seismic activity, certain types of construction are more dangerous than others. “Soft story” buildings must be reinforced…

What’s trust got to do with it? Dee Soffer Trust is a fragile gift. One that you must hold on to dearly and handle it with the utmost care. We need trust in everything we do. It’s the component in life that when you have it, everything becomes possible.  It is the basis of healthy…

Fail to plan or Plan to Pay By Dee Soffer Do your due diligence right and comply with minimal cost and nuisances. Planning is an essential part of our lives and with the new Soft-Story Ordinance it is critical. How much planning is usually a question of personalities, experience, and skills. As property owners and…

Soft stories are an earthquake hazard and they could lead to a very substantial loss of investment, profit and lives. If the sideways movement during an earthquake is particularly strong, the weak supports in the soft stories could give way. This, in turn, would cause the upper floors to fall onto the lower floors, thereby…

– The Following article was featured on AAGLA Magazine, written by our CEO Dee Soffer  – “Soft-Story” is the latest buzz word in the property ownership world throughout Los Angeles. Coming from 22 years of managing apartment buildings and working closely with many apartment owners, this mandatory requirement affected both me and my colleagues tremendously….

Our Retrofit Compliance Seminar was a success. We achieved the goal to increase the building owners understanding of the retrofitting process and other ordinance issues

Do you know how to prepare for and survive a major earthquake? Electricity, water, gas & telephones may not be working after an earthquake. The police and fire departments are likely to be tied up. You should be prepared to fend for yourself for at least three days, preferably for a week. You’ll need food…

After an Earthquake Check for fire or fire hazards. If you smell gas, shut off the main gas valve. If there’s evidence of damage to electrical wiring, shut off the power at the control box. If the phone is working, only use it in case of emergency. Likewise, avoid driving if possible to keep the…

During an Earthquake If you’re indoors, stay there. Get under — and hold onto –a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces & appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls…

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