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  • 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

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    Please contact Melissa Vargas, Community Services Manager, Office of the Mayor at or (510) 238-7072 with any questions or concerns.

  • A public policy symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and support future resilience action.

    The 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake offers Bay Area residents and regional leaders an opportunity to inspire regional action for safer, more resilient communities.

    This commemorative public policy symposium offers an exciting and relevant time to engage in creating a more resilient, adaptive future in our communities.

    Bay Area thought leaders, community advocates, and elected officials will launch a three-year public policy program designed to spark quick recovery from future disasters and enact place-based action for a safer future in the places we call home.

    When: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 9am-5pm, reception following

    Where: Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612

    For more information and to register please visit

  • Join us for a lunchtime talk by professor John McDonagh of Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ.

    Mr. McDonagh is researching the impact of the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes on building owners and tenants in an area of the Christchurch central business district that was undergoing revitalization and gentrification prior to the earthquakes. The methodology encompasses a comprehensive, long term case study of the area involving observation, interviews and document analysis. This paper reports preliminary findings based on a small number of interviews, also informed by observation of public meetings and newspaper reports. Findings include early commitment by some businesses to a rebuild of the area in the same style, but over time this has declined as delay, demolition, insurance problems, public safety and engineering concerns, political and planning changes and other emerging issues have made participation by the original owners and tenants impossible or uneconomic. It is early days in a long term rebuild process and this study focuses on only one area of the city, but it appears similar problems have arisen in other parts of the city and may well apply to other locations and other types of disasters.

    When: Wednesday, September 17th, noon-1pm

    Where: MetroCenter, 101 8th St, Oakland, 3rd Floor Staff Conference Room

    If you plan to attend this lunchtime talk, please RSVP to

  • CaLEAP will conduct an Energy Strategy workshop for local governments to become more resilient to energy disruptions. For questions or to RSVP: Megan Unyi 916-217-9611 or

    10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St., Oakland, CA.

  • The Bay Area Airport and Infrastructure Resilience Special Meeting will present the findings of the first two products from ABAG’s Airport and Infrastructure Resilience Project: the Airport Liquefaction Susceptibility Analysis and the Role of Airports in Regional Disaster Response and Recovery. Please register online.

  • Join the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance for a talk and tour about the effects of the 1906 earthquake on the Mission District. RSVP before May 24.

    2:30 to 4:30pm, Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th St, San Francisco.

  • Register now! Creating a Resilient Region – Protecting Our Investments.

    Join elected officials and private sector leaders for a discussion of how the Bay Area’s economic resilience is interconnected with planning for long-term disaster resilience and recovery at ABAG’s Fall General Assembly, October 18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.

  • ShakeOut 2012
  • Register now! The Bay Area Prepares for the Next Large Earthquake. Bay Area Earthquake Alliance Meeting–free and open to the public. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EBMUD Boardroom, 375 11th Street, Oakland.