The City of Santa Monica is embarking on a three-phase seismic program. Santa Monica has always been proactive with respect to seismic safety and managing seismic risk, drawing mainly from lessons in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The City required mandatory seismic retrofits for structures such as un-reinforced masonry buildings (established in 1999). But recently the City has learned that the success of this program was mixed, and many of the buildings thought to have undergone a seismic retrofit actually did not.
This new seismic safety program was just approved. Read more about it in this Santa Monica Daily Press article “Officials: More retrofitting may be in future“.