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City to host “Open for Construction” workshop: vulnerable building types and recommended solutions 

The City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host an “Open for Construction” workshop on Friday, April 5, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the City Council Chambers.

The public is invited to attend the workshop and learn how to protect their building from earthquakes through retrofitting. Older residential homes that are not securely connected to their foundation and multi-story wood buildings with a soft or weak first story (typically a ground-level garage or storefront with residential units on the floors above) are particularly susceptible to damage from earthquake forces. Representatives will discuss potential retrofit schemes and product solutions to help residents get started on improving their building’s earthquake performance.

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Residents can learn how to protect their buildings from earthquakes

Jerry Myers, Director of the Laguna Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of disaster, will be presenting how residents can be prepared for the next big earthquake.

A Simpson Strong-Tie representative will be presenting prescriptive residential retrofitting systems that are available to brace and secure structures to their foundations, and an Interwest Consulting Group structural engineer representative will be presenting why Soft Story structures have been getting a lot of attention, their vulnerabilities and how other municipalities have developed programs to address them.

Architects, designers, contractors, real estate professionals, residents, property and business owners are invited to attend. Visit and click on the Events tab to locate and register for the event or contact Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, at (949) 494-1018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the content of the workshop, contact Maria Ring, Sr. Permit Technician, Building Division at (949) 497-0798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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