Supes to vote on Newsom’s soft-story legislation 

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to encourage property owners to upgrade their buildings so they could better withstand an earthquake goes before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday for a vote.

The legislation would provide property owners with a break on city permit fees if they voluntarily seismically retrofit their soft-story buildings.

Soft-story buildings, which are common in San Francisco, contain housing units built above a structurally weaker garage or store that is vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake.

A City Controller report found the legislation would unlikely prompt property owners to take advantage of the voluntary program. Newsom plans to follow up the legislation with a mandatory program.

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