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?