The City Approves Geology Findings Rejected by State Geologist

finalApHere’s the good news. The judge doesn’t care what the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) says about the earthquake studies submitted Millennium Partners, LLC.  Judge Chalfant determined that the City violated CEQA when it disregarded the concerns of Caltrans,
pursuant to Pub.… Read the rest

Millennium Trial Postponed 10 Days; Nepal Earthquake Sets Backdrop

On Saturday, April 25, the devastation that comes from massive earthquakes was on front pages around the world. A 7.8 near-surface quake hit rural Nepal resulting in thousands dead. The implication is clear for us living in a dense urban area near the surface-rupture Hollywood Fault which Dr. Dolan estimates last broke conservatively (that’s the low end of the range) with magnitude 7.0.… Read the rest

Seismological Society of America Tours Hollywood Fault

The Seismological Society of America just last Thursday, April 23, concluded its annual meeting in Pasadena. On Friday, April 24, USC geology professor Dr. James Dolan led a field trip of the Hollywood Fault for the attendees.

http://www.seismosoc.org/meetings/2015/fieldtrips.php

Here is the field trip guide:

http://www.seismosoc.org/meetings/2015/SSA15_FTGuideFinal2.pdf

Note the drawing on page 7 — 130 meters of left-lateral displacement of the Hollywood Fault at Los Feliz Blvd and Fern Dell Dr.… Read the rest

Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council Rescinds Support for Millennium Project

chnc logoThe Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, at the November 24, 2014 meeting, rescinded its support for the Millennium Project and voted 7-0 to join the three other Hollywood area neighborhood councils in opposing the project.

Foremost in the decision were the seismic safety and traffic issues.

Community stakeholder George Abrahams presented the issue to the full CHNC board.… Read the rest

Southland developers learn to coexist with quake faults

la-me-g-newport-inglewood-webAs California this year embarks on a major campaign to better identify earthquake faults across the state, Signal Hill and other communities along the Newport-Inglewood fault offer lessons on how to allow for new development.

The layout of Signal Hill was not dictated simply by aesthetics. The city and developers created this landscaping to protect residents from a danger hidden just below the surface: the Newport-Inglewood earthquake fault.… Read the rest

Surprise!! Napa Valley 6.0 Fault Was Supposed to Be Dormant

napaquakeIs Millennium Developer Quaking In His Boots?

California’s top geologist has said the 6.0 earthquake in Napa Valley Sunday surprised seismic scientists because it appears to be linked to an obscure fault that had previously been deemed inactive.

“We would not have predicted an earthquake on this particular fault,” Dr. John Parrish, the chief of the California Geological Survey, told Sacramento TV station KCRA (link to KCRA report).… Read the rest

Fly Over the Hollywood Fault – a Virtual and Enlightening Experience

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Have you ever wondered exactly or even approximately where the Hollywood Fault exists?

The L.A. Times staff provides us with a virtual tour of the entire length of that fault. They highlight aspects of this revelation in their most recent article, Preliminary Quake Map Shows Fault Lines Under Schools, Hotels, Homes published May 6, 2014 written by Rosanna Xia, Ron-Gong Lin II, and Doug Smith

We invite you to take this virtual tour and see for yourself how many areas are affected.… Read the rest

An Earthquake Could Topple Hundreds of Buildings, and L.A. Leaders Are Doing Nothing

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LA Weekly Article

Los Angeles’ leaders have all but abandoned earthquake-safety philosophy in implementing the city’s General Plan and, especially, the Hollywood Community Plan, says Cal State University Northridge urban planning professor Dev Vrat. The “safety element” of L.A.’s General Plan, for example, relies on an outdated, decades-old geological map that fails to warn city planners about the accurate locations of all of the known, active faults. … Read the rest