When this writer advocated revision or abrogation of our Draconian earthquake ordinance during the last election, he had the satisfaction of seeing the initial hostility to this proposal change to a consensus--at least among 95% of the council candidates--that this ordinance was a bigger threat to our landmark structures than any potential quake.
It became obvious that the only thing that could save these fine buildings--Sovereign, Villa Riviera, Lafayette Condominiums, etc.--was a political earthquake.
Your article, "LB Panel Urges Shake-Up of Quake Law," shows that the consensus for change is spreading--and only the intransigence of the City Council threatens these historic and cultural assets. The good news is that only one of the nine councilmen was sitting when the council adopted the earthquake ordinance.
It is the only such ordinance in the state, country, world. It attempts to impose the Field Act on these structures--and experts agree this is absurd. That's why no other jurisdiction has adopted it. The recent L.A. ordinance is not nearly so severe.