In the News January 2, 2015

Nicki Carlsen Discusses Proposed L.A. Retrofit Law with Law360

Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing city legislators to pass retrofitting mandates that would require wooden and concrete buildings to undergo expensive earthquake-protection remediation.

“Even with some methods to encourage private banks [to provide financing], at the end of the day, you’re paying with little opportunity to recoup the costs,” said Nicki Carlsen, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group.

“A retrofit law for state hospitals has been extended multiple times because it was too expensive to accomplish,” Carlsen noted, adding: “I don’t think there’s any sailing through here.”
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