Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge is calling on the city to consider an inventory of thousands of so-called soft-story buildings — many of them apartments — that dot the region. Seismic experts and engineers have long warned that this type of wood-framed building is particularly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake, because the first story cannot support the weight of the upper stories.
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