Wednesday, August 24, 2011

When should you be REQUIRED to do a seismic upgrade? Take the survey.

Please find survey from the Earthquake Engineering Institute. They have asked Small Business California to circulate a survey to small businesses around the state. They are also working with the Building Owners and Managers Associations in LA and SF. They are trying to determine when seismic retrofits should be required. The survey should take about 10 minutes.


When should you be REQUIRED to do a seismic upgrade? Take the survey.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is studying code change proposals and seeks your input. Their short survey about building alterations and triggered upgrades is at

Say you're doing a tenant improvement or a mechanical upgrade. Should the building code also require a seismic evaluation -- and possibly a retrofit -- even if your project wouldn't touch the structural system? You can contribute to the code change process by taking a survey developed by structural engineers funded by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute ( The 2010 CBC triggers upgrades in a few cases already, but some are asking whether the code should be more proactive about seismic mitigation. What role should the code play in a city's mitigation plan? Would code-triggered upgrades reduce risk or would they just discourage modernization projects? Should a seismic trigger be related to project cost? Should certain building types be exempted -- or targeted?

Take the survey at For more about the study, contact David Bonowitz, S.E. at

David Bonowitz, S.E.
605A Baker Street
San Francisco, CA 94117



For those of you that have been on this email tree for awhile you know of my involvement with Volunteers In Medicine and Clinic by the Bay in SF.
For those of you new to the email Volunteers in Medicine is a National program setting up free clinics around the country using retired physicians, nurses and lay volunteers. They take no government money and have 85 clinics around the country in 25 states. They serve about 100000 people in these clinics and have around 350000 patient visits. I am the Vice Chair of Volunteers in Medicine

In California there are three Volunteer in Medicine Clinics. They are located in El Cajon, Indio and San Francisco. I am the cofounder of Clinic by the Bay in San Francisco along with Janet Reilly. We opened the clinic September 30th 2010. We are open 8 hours a week and are now serving about 120 patient visits a months. I am excited to tell you that September 8 we will be expanding to twelve hours a week. Our goal is that within 3 to 5 years we will be open full time.

For those of you in the Bay Area you might know John Legnitto. John works for Recology and serves as Chairman of the Board of the SF Chamber. I am pleased to tell you he just last week he was voted in as a member of our Board.

I am involved in a number volunteer activities but there is none that gives me more pleasure than Volunteers in Medicine and Clinic by the Bay

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

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