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CTD/fm <br />1/10/80 <br /> <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS-15t8 <br /> <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA AMENDING THE <br />SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING ARTICLE XI <br />CONSISTING OF NEW SECTIONS 8-2000 THROUGH 8-2007, <br />INCLUSIVE, TO CHAPTER 8, PROVIDING FOR EARTHQUAKE <br />HAZARD REDUCTION IN EXISTING BUILDINGS. <br /> <br /> THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES <br />ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: <br /> <br /> That the Santa Ana Municipal Code is hereby amended <br />by adding Article XI consisting of sections 8-2000 through <br />8-2007, inclusive, to Chapter 8, which said Article shall <br />read as follows: <br /> <br />ARTICLE XI. EARTHQUAKE HAZARD REDUCTION IN EXISTING BUILDINGS. <br /> <br />Sec. 8-2000. PURPOSE <br /> <br /> The purpose of this Article is to promote public <br />health, safety and welfare by reducing the risk of death or <br />injury that may result from the effects of earthquakes on <br />unreinforced masonry buildings. Such buildings have caused <br />substantial damage and danger when they have collapsed <br />during past moderate to strong earthquakes. <br /> <br /> The provisions of this Article establish minimum <br />standards for structural seismic resistance primarily to <br />reduce the risk of death or injury but cannot prevent all <br />loss of life or injury or prevent earthquake damage to an <br />existing building even though it complies with these standards. <br />This Article shall not require existing electrical, plumbing, <br />mechanical or fire safety systems to be altered unless they <br />consitute a hazard to life or property. <br /> <br /> This Article provides systematic procedures and <br />standards for identification and classification of unrein- <br />forced masonry buildings based on their present use. Priorities <br />and standards are also established under which these buildings <br />are required to be structurally analyzed. Where the analysis <br />or testing determines deficiencies, this Article requires <br />the building to be strengthened to minimum levels required <br />for compliance or to be demolished. <br /> <br />SEC. 8-2001. SCOPE <br /> <br /> The provisions of this Article shall apply to all <br />existing buildings constructed with unreinforced masonry <br />walls as defined herein. <br /> <br /> EXCEPTION: This Article shall not apply to detached <br />dwellings or apartment houses containing fewer than 5 <br />dwelling units. <br /> <br />SEC. 8-2002. DEFINITIONS <br /> <br /> For the purpose of this Article, the following <br />terms shall be construed as follows: <br /> <br /> A. ESSENTIAL BUILDINGS: Those structures or buildings <br />which are used for emergency purposes after an earthquake in <br />order to preserve the peace, health and safety of the general <br />public. Such facilities shall include the following: <br />hospitals and other medical facilities having surgery or <br />emergency treatment areas; fire and police stations; municipal <br />government disaster operation centers; and public utility <br />and communication buildings deemed to be vital in emergencies. <br /> <br /> <br />