kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Local

Earthquake Safety Czar Hired In San Francisco

View Comments
San Francisco: Living On Borrowed Time?

Firemen search for occupants in a heavily-damaged building in the Marina District of San Francisco, October 17, 1989. (Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A building permit consultant has been hired as San Francisco’s first earthquake safety czar.

The San Francisco Chronicle said Patrick Otellini is a certified building inspector who served on the mayor’s task force examining soft-story building risks.

So-called soft-story buildings have a garage or storefront on the first floor, making them prone to collapse in a major quake.

In Pictures: 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

As director of earthquake safety, Otellini will implement a 30-year plan to reduce the city’s most dangerous risks in a future earthquake, including retrofitting soft-story buildings, private schools and some concrete buildings.

Otellini will be paid between $108,000 and $138,000 a year.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,916 other followers