This book places Oakland's public policy response (nine major ordinances) to building damage suffered in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in a full historical and intergovernmental context. Using a combined non-decision making and advocacy coalition approach, the book demonstrates how and why hazardous-structure abatement was kept off the local political agenda prior to the Loma Prieta disaster. The book then demonstrates how and why city government in Oakland became proactive on the problem of earthquake-damaged and, more importantly, earthquake-vulnerable buildings in general after the disaster.
List of tables. List of figures. Acknowledgements. Abstract. Framing an Extreme Event. Policy dynamics and disaster. A case study approach and an "amended" advocacy coalition framework. Agenda control, non-decision making, California, and seismic safety. Disasters, guilty knowledge, policy types, and conflict levels. Previous hazardous-structure abatement studies (ACF-reframed). Context and Case. Oakland and seismic safety - the intergovernmental context. Pre-Loma Prieta Oakland and the un-politics of URMS. Event response and the first three ordinances. Ordinance four through eight - and a singularly important REP. The final act, the URM ordinance. Interesting, but what does it all mean?