City of Oakland
The United States Geological Survey estimates that of all Bay Area faults, the Hayward fault (which runs directly through Oakland) has the highest likelihood of a major earthquake in the next 30 years. An earthquake on Oakland’s Hayward fault is expected to be one hundred times stronger than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and could cause billions of dollars in damage, as well as threatening the safety and lives of thousands of residents. In Oakland alone, 1,300 housing units in multi-family buildings were lost or severely damaged in Loma Prieta. These buildings were a significant affordable housing resource for elderly and minority residents.
Without the needed precautions in place, the next big quake could be Oakland’s Hurricane Katrina. Twenty-two thousand (22,000) rental units in Oakland are in the type of building known as “soft story.” Soft story buildings are the primary type of structures that collapsed in the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes. This is why tackling those precautions is of the utmost importance.
Mayor Jean Quan, Councilmember Dan Kalb and City Staff will host a community forum to discuss efforts underway by the City of Oakland to design a “Safer Homes for Oakland” seismic retrofit program that reduces displacement and safety risks posed by “soft story” apartment buildings.
When: 5:30-7pm, Thursday, October 30th
Where: Hearing Room 1 at City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland)
The meeting will include a panel of Oakland city staff and staff from neighboring cities that have recently implemented soft-story programs.
A panel of Oakland city staff and guests will include:
- Victoria Salinas, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland
- Renee Domingo, Director, Office of Emergency Services, City of Oakland
- Michelle Byrd, Director, Housing and Community Development, City of Oakland
- Deborah Sandercock, Building Official, City of Oakland
- Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer, Director of Earthquake Safety, City and County of San Francisco
Please contact Melissa Vargas, Community Services Manager, Office of the Mayor at MVargas@OaklandNet.com or (510) 238-7072 with any questions or concerns.