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AB-429 Seismically vulnerable buildings: inventory.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California contains thousands of buildings that are known to present an unacceptably high earthquake risk of death, injury, and property loss based on their age, structural system, size, and location.
(b) The most recent Great California ShakeOut study estimates that a major quake along the San Andreas fault could cause more than $200,000,000,000 in physical and economic damage, and could result in up to 1,800 or more deaths. In 2016, the California Geological Survey estimated California’s annualized earthquake loss at the state level at approximately $3,700,000,000.
(c) Protecting our state’s economy, affordable housing stock, and social fabric from the long-lasting turmoil of earthquakes is of utmost importance, and the failure to do so could impact Californians’ quality of life for decades.
(d) The first step toward reducing these expected losses is to quantify them with basic inventory measures that account for structural vulnerabilities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8875.45 is added to the Government Code, immediately following Section 8875.4, to read:

 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Commission” means the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.
(2) “Potentially vulnerable building” means a building that meets one of the following:
(A) The design and construction of the building was approved by the city or county prior to the adoption of the 1976 edition of the Uniform Building Code and has one or more of the following characteristics:
(i) Unreinforced masonry lateral force resisting systems or unreinforced masonry infill walls that interact with the lateral force resisting system.
(ii) Concrete buildings with a nonductile lateral force resisting system.
(iii) Soft, weak, or open-front walls at the ground floor level of multistory light-framed buildings.
(B) The design and construction of the building was approved by the city or county pursuant to the 1995 or earlier edition of the California Building Code and consists of any of the following structural systems:
(i) Steel frame buildings with moment frame connections.
(ii) Concrete or masonry buildings with flexible diaphragms.
(iii) Buildings with precast, prestressed, or posttensioned concrete.
(3) “Potentially vulnerable building” does not include any of the following:
(A) Residential real property comprising one to four dwelling units, or a manufactured home as defined in Section 18007 of the Health and Safety Code.
(B) A building listed in subdivision (a), (c), or (e) of Section 19100 of the Health and Safety Code.
(C) Facilities regulated by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, public schools regulated by the Division of the State Architect, or buildings owned by the state or federal government.
(b) For purposes of this section, “counties” means the Counties of Alameda, Alpine, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Ventura.
(c) On or before July 1, 2021, the commission shall develop a request for proposal (RFP) process to contract with a third party to develop the inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings.
(d) On or before July 1, 2022, the third party, in conjunction with the commission, shall develop a statewide inventory or survey, or both, of potentially seismically vulnerable buildings in the counties described in subdivision (b) based on the age of each building and other existing information, including, but not limited to, information developed by local jurisdictions pursuant to Section 8875.4, tax assessors’ record surveys, census data, housing data, building permit records, past or ongoing earthquake mitigation program records, emerging technologies, and online searches.
(e) Every three years, until January 1, 2029, the commission shall report to the Legislature, in accordance with Section 9795, on the findings upon completion of the inventory or survey, as applicable, in order to assess the extent of earthquake risk to California and provide recommendations for reducing the number of vulnerable buildings statewide.

SEC. 3.

 Section 8875.46 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) On or before January 1, 2021, the commission shall identify funding for the implementation of an inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings, as set forth in Section 8875.45. The funding may include federal grants and funds from the General Fund.
(b) The operation of Section 8875.45 is contingent upon the commission obtaining sufficient funding. The commission shall post notice on the home page of its internet website when this contingency has been met.