Orders to Vacate and Repair – 320 Esplanade

Taped to the front door of each apartment of 320 Esplanade today was a”Notice of Violation / Substandard and Dangerous Building” from the City of Pacifica. Following is a transcription of the first page. If anyone has a copy of the full set of the documents for me, I’d be glad to post them.

April 29, 2010

Millard W. Tong, Trustee [Responsible Person]
Alicia W. Tong, Trustee [Responsible Person]
Revocable Living Trust [Property Owner]
1499A Terra Nova Blvd.
Pacifica, CA 94044

[Copy Via Fax / (650) 898-1552]

RE: Notice of Violation / Substandard and Dangerous Building
Orders to Vacate and Repair
320 Esplanade, Pacifica / APN: 009-413-020

Dear Responsible Persons and Property Owner:


This apartment building violates standards in Chapter 18 [Soils and Foundations] of the 2007 California Building Code as adopted by Section 8-1.01 of the Pacifica Municipal Code. Those violations are described in Appendix 1, which is attached hereto.

I have made the following determinations due to those violations and with additional consideration of the reports of RJR Engineering Group dated April 25, 2010 and Cotton, Shires and Associates dated April 23, 2010, copies of which are attached here to and incorporated by reference.

1. This apartment building is substandard.

Applicable Statute:

California Health & Saftey Code, Section 17920.3, which states, in pertinent part, as follows:

Any building or portion thereof including any dwelling unit, guestroom or suite of rooms, or the premises on which the same is located, in which there exists any of the following listed conditions to an extent that endangers the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:


See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:


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