LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Should buildings in California be required to “make the grade” when it comes to earthquakes just like restaurants do for health?
KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the Japan disaster has forced state lawmakers to reconsider an old idea.READ MORE: Boy Killed, Young Girl Among 2 Wounded In Wilmington Shooting
A letter grading system — already in place for eateries ranging from five-star restaurants to food trucks — would standardize building codes for earthquake safety.READ MORE: SoCal Gets First Rain In Weeks Tuesday
State and local lawmakers have raised the idea from time to time of identifying buildings that are reinforced or at least warning people about structures which are brittle and likely to collapse in a quake.
But lingering budget issues and pressure from the business community has prevented any widespread rating system from being implemented.MORE NEWS: Suspect In Stolen Car Leads Police On Wild Pursuit Through San Fernando Valley
The catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan, which has killed thousands and left thousands more missing, may go a long way in changing the public’s perception of how the state enforces building safety.
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