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Mar 02

Homeowner's Workshop Series

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 12:51 PM by Margaret Livingston

Brace and Bolt Recap
On January 11, 2018 El Cerrito Community Development’s Jay Marlette presented an encore presentation of “Brace and Bolt” as a part of our El Cerrito Homeowner’s Workshop Series. Attendants were informed on the latest data pointing to the likelihood of a high magnitude earthquake right here in El Cerrito. Attendees also learned exactly how buildings are braced and bolted, about a standardized bracing and bolting plan known as “Plan Set A”, and about the California Brace Bolt Program which offers grants to home owners who brace and bolt their homes. The conclusion of the presentation included a special guest, Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer from the California Earthquake Authority, to discuss more details about the California Brace Bolt program and other programs the CEA supports. Program registration for up to $3,000 in financial assistance under the Brace Bolt program is due February 23, 2018. Visit for more information on the program.

First 72-Hours
The next workshop in the series will be held on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. This workshop will be an informative session about what to do after a major disaster such as a fire or earthquake, specifically focusing on the first 72 hours following the event. If you are interested in the Homeowner’s Workshop Series, please sign up for our Community Development E-Newsletter at: or email