Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Resilience by Design - Building a Stronger Los Angeles

2nd LASRRF April 17


Help Make Los Angeles Stronger and Safer

The City of Los Angeles is committed to addressing resilience by strengthening our city’s physical, social, and economic foundations. The Mayor’s Office has adopted far-reaching strategies to develop the tools we need to rebound from major crises — including storms, earthquakes, and economic recessions — if and when they come.

Building resilience is a ground-up effort, and nobody knows our city and communities like you do. We want to hear from you. Please take a moment to join the conversation and tell us how we can help make Los Angeles a stronger and safer place where all Los Angelenos can thrive. Thank you for your participation in this important conversation. By signing up now, you will be regularly updated on future opportunities to build resilience in your community.


100 Resilient Cities

In 2013, the City of Los Angeles was selected as an inaugural member of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) — pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, an organization that helps cities confront 21st century challenges.

The 100RC network gives cities the tools they need to develop a roadmap to resilience along four main pathways:

1) Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government — a Chief Resilience Officer — to lead the city’s resilience efforts
2) Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy
3) Connection service providers and other partners who can help cities develop and implement resilience strategies
4) Membership in a global network of member cities that share best practices and support pioneering resilience

Through these actions, 100RC aims to build urban resilience, and establish global guidelines for resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual citizens. Click here for more information

Soft-First Story Mandatory Retrofits and Retrofit Resource Fair

On October 9, 2015, Mayor Garcetti signed into law the City’s mandatory seismic retrofits for soft-first story buildings and for non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings. On March 3, 2016, the City notified 13,500 soft-first story building owners that their buildings met the criteria for the retrofit program. Information about the program can be found on the following websites:

Department of Building and Safety

Housing and Community Investment Department

Additionally, soft-story building owners are invited to attend a Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair being held on April 7, 2016.

Resilience By Design

Released in December 2014, Resilience by Design addresses Los Angeles’ greatest earthquake vulnerabilities, including building retrofitting and steps to secure our water supply and communications infrastructure. The report presents the recommendations of the Mayoral Seismic Safety Task Force. These recommendations suggest strategic solutions to protect the lives of our residents; improve the capacity of the City to respond to earthquakes; prepare the City to recover quickly from earthquakes; and protect the economy of the City and all of Southern California.  

The Mayoral Seismic Task Force evaluated four areas of seismic vulnerability: pre-1980 “non-ductile reinforced concrete” buildings: pre-1980 “soft-first story” buildings; water system infrastructure (including impact on firefighting capability); and telecommunications infrastructure.

picture of an earthquake registering

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Los Angeles Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair

On April 7, 2016, Mayor Garcetti hosted a Seismic Retrofit Resource Fair for the 13,500 soft-first story building owners whose buildings met the criteria for the retrofit program. More than 2,000 building owners participated. Below is a list of the exhibitors who participated, event partners are in bold.


Alpha Structural

American Red Cross

Asbestos and Lead Poisoning Prevention Association

Aurea Design and Engineering

Avalin Design Construction

Bragg Crane & Rigging

Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineering, Inc

Build Strong Construction

Buro Happold Engineering


Cal Quake Construction

Coffman Engineers Inc.

Critical Structures, Inc.

Degenkolb Engineers

Earthquake Country Alliance

Englekirk Structural Engineers


Figtree Financing

Foundation Technology

FRP Solutions

Genisa Iron Inc



Insight Structural Engineers, Inc.

International Code Council

JCE Structural Engineering Group, Inc.

J.F.P. Construction Consultants


John Labib and Associates Structural Engineers

Kartez Engineering Inc.

Klorman Construction Corporation

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Kurt Fischer Structural Engineering

LA Commercial Agency

Lehigh Construction Company

Litchfield Engineering


Marcus & Millichap

MHP Structural Engineers

MiTek Builder Products

Miyamoto International Inc.

MM&A Architects, Inc.


Morgan Framing, Inc.


National Engineering and Consulting, Inc.

Nishkian Chamberlain, Inc.

NOUS Engineering

One Design


Optimum Seismic

Pace Equity

Partner Engineering and Science Inc.

Pioneer Construction

Point Design Build


Private Builders Inc.

Rebar Engineering Inc.


ReNew All

Robert Mayer Structural Engineering


Saunders Construction, Inc.


Seismic Retrofit Solutions


Sika Corporation

Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc.

Simpson Strong-Tie

SM Consultants


SoCal Retrofit Org

Soft Story Retrofitters LA


Stantru Reinforcing Steel


Summit Consultants

Taurus Vision Inc.


Taylor and Syfan Consulting Engineers, Inc.


Thorton Tomasetti

Total Building Care

TTG Engineers

United Riggers and Erecters Inc.

Walter P. Moore

Xebec Construction


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