Contractor Ed Sylvis specializes in making houses earthquake safe. But his contribution to an Altadena Heritage and Chamber of Commerce fund-raising drive is giving the anti-temblor man the trembles.
Sylvis volunteered to send his crews out, free, to any two San Gabriel Valley houses whose owners win a raffle at Saturday's earthquake seminar at the Altadena Senior Center.
It's a good deal. A raffle ticket costs $3 and seismic work runs about $3,500--and up.
That's what's giving Sylvis the shakes. One area homeowner, after discovering that seismic work on her house would cost $12,000, promptly bought 40 tickets. More than 2,000 tickets
have been sold, for houses ranging in size from modest cottages to mini-castles, said JoAnn Formia, office manger for the chamber.