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The Los Angeles Unified School District is drafting a response to reassure parents who saw their children's schools on a newly public list of older concrete buildings that could be at risk of collapse in an earthquake. (You can view the full list of L.A. schools below.)

More than 200 of the 1,500 buildings on the list were schools, most of them public.

In 2009, the district said more than 600 buildings needed $960 million in seismic upgrades. The price tag now to make all necessary repairs is about $1 billion to $1.5 billion, said Roger Finstad, director of Maintenance and Operations.
 
The district has spent more than $400-million dollars on retrofits since 2003, Finstad said. A significant amount of other work remains throughout the district. 

Finstad adds that district headquarters had not received any questions from parents about the schools on the list and only a few inquiries from principals. Even so, Finstad is drafting an explanation for principals to pass on to parents.

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Catherine Eves, whose daughter attends Micheltorena Elementary School in Silver Lake, was among parents voicing concern. She knew the buildings at Micheltorena were old but had assumed they were safe.

"When I send my daughter to school I kind of think, well, I'm sending her to the best place," Eves told KPCC. "If there's an earthquake, the building's been around forever. They know what to do. It's better than being at home."

She was surprised to see Micheltorena on the list compiled by researchers at UC Berkeley at presented to the city of Los Angeles. KPCC obtained a copy of the list this week.

"To actually see that on a list made me scared and want to look at it deeper," Eves said.

Micheltorena's  two main buildings were constructed in 1935, two years after the destructive Long Beach Earthquake prompted the passage of the state Field Act, which set stricter standards for school building construction in California.

Eves emailed the school's principal, Susanna Furfari, who said  she, too, was surprised to see her school on the researchers' list.
 
"My first reaction was a little bit concerned, obviously because I know most of the kids are in the two buildings  that are the oldest on campus that were built in the 1930s," Furfari said. "So it was a little alarming, but then in my opinion  I do feel that the district does maintain its buildings to code, which is what made me feel calmer about it."
 
The list comes from researchers with a seismic safety project.  It was released to Los Angeles officials last week.

The researchers used public records, visual inspections and other methods to create a list of buildings that appear to be made of what's known as non-ductile concrete. That's a type of construction that was common until the mid 1970s. But that type of  construction was barred in 1976 because of the potential for collapse if insufficiently reinforced walls or columns broke apart during an earthquake's shaking.

The researchers who created the list say they don't know if the buildings included were ever retrofitted to add the reinforcement necessary to make them safer in an earthquake.

In spot checks of public records of the Los Angeles Unified School District, it appears that some schools that are on the researchers' list have already been retrofitted.

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The district has it own list of vulnerable buildings. Under a 1999 law called AB 300, the district had to come up with the list and file it with the state.

But the district had not yet completed its own comparison of its building inventory and retrofit  records with the list the researchers compiled, the LAUSD's Finstad said. A significant amount of work remains to be completed throughout the district on so-called non-ductile concrete buildings.

And some of those brittle concrete buildings still house kids, Finstad said.
 
"We do have two or three non-ductile concrete buildings and two or three non-ductile concrete lunch shelters. ... They are still in use," Finstad said, adding that they are not in bad enough shape to take out of use.

Schools appearing on UC Berkeley list of concrete buildings

Is your child's school on this list? What do you know about its earthquake safety? What would you like to know? Comment below, weigh in on KPCC's Facebook pagetweet us your concerns @KPCC, or become a source through the Public Insight Network.

Building Address Stories Year built Day Time occupancy
24th Street Elementary School 2055 W 24Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90018 2   62
24th Street Elementary School 2055 W 24Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90018 2   620
61st Street Elementary School 6020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA. 90003 2   62
6th Avenue Elementary School 3109 Sixth Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90018 2   359
75th Street Elementary School 142 W 75Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90003 2   441
Alta Loma Elementary School 1745 Vineyard Ave., Los Angeles, CA. 90019 2   518
Annï¾¾Streetï¾¾Elementary School 126 E Bloom St, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 1   279
Bais Yaakov School For Girls 7353 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 3 1966 594
Beth Hillel Day School 12326 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 91607 2 1964 274
Birmingham Senior High 17000 Haynes St, Los Angeles, CA. 91406 1   760
Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School 2900 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90006 2 1937 130
Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School 2900 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90006 2 1958 880
Braille Institute 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90029 1 1953 212
Braille Institute 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90029 1 1975 793
Brainard Elementary 11407 Brainard Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91342 2   110
Brainard Elementary 11407 Brainard Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91342 2   167
Bret Harte Middle School 9301 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA. 90044 1   194
Bushnell Wayï¾¾Elementary School 5507 Bushnell Way, Los Angeles, CA. 90042 1   460
Canoga Park Senior High 6850 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 91303 2   180
Canoga Park Senior High 6850 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 91303 2   517
Canoga Park Senior High 6850 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 91303 2   518
Canoga Park Senior High 6850 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 91303 2   580
Castelar Elementary School 840 Yale St, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 2 1973 303
Cathedral Chapel School 755 S Cochran Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 2 1930 406
Chatsworth Charter High School 10027 Lurline Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91311 1   600
Chatsworth Charter High School 10027 Lurline Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91311 1   772
Christopher Columbus Middle School 22250 Elkwood St, Los Angeles, CA. 91304 2   52
Christopher Columbus Middle School 22250 Elkwood St, Los Angeles, CA. 91304 1   94
Christopher Columbus Middle School 22250 Elkwood St, Los Angeles, CA. 91304 1   360
Christopher Columbus Middle School 22250 Elkwood St, Los Angeles, CA. 91304 1   480
City Terrace Elementary School 4350 City Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90063 2   331
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 1   25
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 1   25
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 2   311
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 1   461
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 1   554
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 3   920
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 3   1270
Crenshaw Senior High School 5010 11Th Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90043 4   1323
Daniel Murphy Catholic High School 241 S Detroit St, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 3 1926 253
Daniel Murphy Catholic High School 241 S Detroit St, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 2 1965 953
David Starr Jordan Senior High School 2265 E 103Rd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90002 1   115
David Starr Jordan Senior High School 2265 E 103Rd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90002 1   127
David Starr Jordan Senior High School 2265 E 103Rd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90002 3   823
Denker Avenue Elementary School 1620 W 162Nd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90247 2   472
Eagle Rock Elementary School 2057 Fair Park, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 1   400
Eagle Rock High School 1750 Yosemite Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 1   294
Eastman Avenue Elementary School 4112 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90023 2   256
Eastman Avenue Elementary School 4112 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90023 2   312
Edwin Markham Middle School 1650 E 104Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90002 2   132
Edwin Markham Middle School 1650 E 104Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90002 1   260
Edwin Markham Middle School 1650 E 104Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90002 2   314
Encino Elementary School 16941 Addison St, Los Angeles, CA. 91316 1   30
Encino Elementary School 16941 Addison St, Los Angeles, CA. 91316 2   155
Ernest Lawrence Middle School 10100 Variel Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91311 1   48
Ernest Lawrence Middle School 10100 Variel Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91311 1   64
Ernest Lawrence Middle School 10100 Variel Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91311 1   508
Farmdale Elementary School 2660 Ruth Swiggett Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90032 1   486
First Street Elementary School 2820 E First St, Los Angeles, CA. 90033 3   491
Francisco Sepulveda Middle School 15330 Plummer St, Los Angeles, CA. 91343 1   298
Francisco Sepulveda Middle School 15330 Plummer St, Los Angeles, CA. 91343 1   355
Fulton College Preparatory School 7477 Kester Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91405 1   84
Fulton College Preparatory School 7477 Kester Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91405 1   319
Fulton College Preparatory School 7477 Kester Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91405 1   480
Fulton College Preparatory School 7477 Kester Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91405 2   696
George Ellery Hale Jr High 23830 Califa St, Los Angeles, CA. 91367 1   480
George K. Porter Middle School 15960 Kingsbury St,, Los Angeles, CA. 91344 1   58
George K. Porter Middle School 15960 Kingsbury St,, Los Angeles, CA. 91344 1   280
George K. Porter Middle School 15960 Kingsbury St,, Los Angeles, CA. 91344 1   500
George Washington Preparatory High School 10860 S Denker Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90047 2   500
George Washington Preparatory High School 10860 S Denker Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90047 1   520
George Washington Preparatory High School 10860 S Denker Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90047 2   660
Graham Elementary School 8407 S Fir Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90001 1   122
Graham Elementary School 8407 S Fir Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90001 2   566
Granada Hills Charter High School 10535 Zelzah Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91344 1   759
Grover Cleveland High School 8140 Vanalden Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91335 1   600
Grover Cleveland High School 8140 Vanalden Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91335 1   600
Gulf Avenue Elementary School 828 W L St, , Los Angeles, CA. 90744 2   359
Hamilton High School 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 1   119
Hamilton High School 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 2   166
Hamilton High School 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 1   379
Hamilton High School 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 2   492
Hamilton High School 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 2   514
Harvard-Westlake School 3700 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91604 1   400
Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School 540 Hawaiian Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90744 1   6
Hollywood Senior High School 1521 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90028 1   840
Hollywood Senior High School 1521 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90028 2   1237
Hooper Avenue Elementary School 1225 E 52Nd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 2   385
James A Foshay Learning Center 3751 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90018 1   174
James A Foshay Learning Center 3751 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90018 2   598
John Burroughs Middle School 600 S Mc Cadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA. 90005 2   575
John C Fremont Senior High School 7676 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90003 3   2420
John Marshall High School 3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA. 90027 4   1100
Lankershim Elementary School 5250 Bakman Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91601 2   363
Lockwood Avenue Elementary School 4345 Lockwood Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90029 3   782
Lomita Math and Science Magnet School 2211 W 247Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90717 2   600
Lorena Streetï¾¾Elementary School 1015 S Lorena St, Los Angeles, CA. 90023 2   800
Los Angeles Senior High School 4650 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90019 1   1200
Maclay Middle School 12540 Pierce Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91331 1   520
Maclay Middle School 12540 Pierce Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91331 1   680
Main Street Elementary School 129 E 53Rd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 2   420
Manual Arts Senior High School 4131 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90037 2   549
Marina del Rey Middle School 12500 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 1   30
Marina del Rey Middle School 12500 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 1   90
Marina del Rey Middle School 12500 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 1   426
Marina del Rey Middle School 12500 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 1   476
Mark Taper Cente Inner City arts 720 S Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA. 90021 1 1946 159
Marlton School 4000 Santo Tomas Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90008 1   4
Marlton School 4000 Santo Tomas Dr, Los Angeles, CA. 90008 2   630
Marvin Avenue Elementary School 2411 Marvin Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90016 2   492
Mary Knoll Japanese Catholic Center 204 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 2 1921 292
Mary Knoll Japanese Catholic Center 204 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 2 1955 64
Melvin Avenue Elementary School 7700 Melvin Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91335 2   105
Micheltorena Elementary School 1501 Micheltorena, Los Angeles, CA. 90026 1   400
Mt. Gleason Middle School 10965 Mt Gleason Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91040 1   162
Mt. Gleason Middle School 10965 Mt Gleason Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91040 1   270
Mt. Gleason Middle School 10965 Mt Gleason Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91040 2   520
Mt. Gleason Middle School 10965 Mt Gleason Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91040 1   534
Mt. Gleason Middle School 10965 Mt Gleason Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91040 2   552
Mt. Gleason Middle School 10965 Mt Gleason Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91040 2   576
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   27
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   41
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   42
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   110
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   116
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   160
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   178
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   181
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   254
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   294
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   307
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   354
Nathaniel Narbonne High School 24300 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90710 1   455
New Designs Charter School 2303 Figueroa Way, Los Angeles, CA. 90007 3 1967 490
Ninth Street Elementary School 820 Towne Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90021 1   51
Ninth Street Elementary School 820 Towne Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90021 2   334
O'Melveny Elementary School 728 Woodworth St, Los Angeles, CA. 91340 2   424
Olive Vista Middle School 14600 Tyler St, Los Angeles, CA. 91342 1   435
Olive Vista Middle School 14600 Tyler St, Los Angeles, CA. 91342 1   480
Palms Middle School 10860 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA. 90034 1   260
Richard E Byrd Middle School 8501 Arleta Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91352 1   46
Richard E Byrd Middle School 8501 Arleta Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91352 1   212
Richard E Byrd Middle School 8501 Arleta Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91352 1   452
Robert E Peary Middle School 1415 W Gardena Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90247 2   229
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School 725 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA. 90023 3   1080
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School 725 S Indiana St, Los Angeles, CA. 90023 3   1280
Robert Millikan Middle School 5041 Sunnyslope Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91423 1   38
Robert Millikan Middle School 5041 Sunnyslope Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91423 1   484
Rosemont Avenue Elementary School 421 N Rosemont Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90026 3   443
Rosemont Avenue Elementary School 421 N Rosemont Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90026 3   400
Rowan Avenue Elementary School 600 S Rowan Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90023 2   365
Samuel Gompers Middle School 234 E 112Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90061 1   183
San Antonio De Padua School 1500 Bridge St, Los Angeles, CA. 90033 2 1950 175
San Fernando High School 11133 O'Melveny Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91340 1   64
San Fernando High School 11133 O'Melveny Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91340 1   288
San Fernando High School 11133 O'Melveny Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91340 1   392
Short Avenue Elementary School 12814 Maxella Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 2   581
Sierra Park Elementary School 3170 Budau Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90032 3   900
Solano Elementary School 615 Solano Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 2   800
Taper Avenue Elementary School 1824 Taper Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90731 2   233
Thomas A. Edison Middle School 6500 Hooper Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90001 2   320
Thomas Jefferson High School 1319 E 41St St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 1   46
Thomas Jefferson High School 1319 E 41St St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 1   290
Thomas Jefferson High School 1319 E 41St St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 1   307
Thomas Jefferson High School 1319 E 41St St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 1   2278
Thomas Starr King Middle School 4201 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90029 1   1128
Thomas Starr King Middle School 4201 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90029 2   800
Toland Way Elementary School 4545 Toland Way, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 2   300
Union Avenue Elementary School 150 S Burlington Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90057 3   484
University High School 11800 Texas Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90025 3   712
Urban Compass Verbum Dei High School 11100 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90059 1 1963 96
Urban Compass Verbum Dei High School 11100 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90059 1 1963 102
Urban Compass Verbum Dei High School 11100 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90059 1 1963 116
Urban Compass Verbum Dei High School 11100 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90059 2 1963 116
Urban Compass Verbum Dei High School 11100 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90059 1 1963 336
USC 920 W 37Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 1 1940 557
USC 920 W 37Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 2 1972 642
Van Nuys High School 6535 Cedros Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91411 1   198
Veniceï¾¾Senior High School 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 2   396
Veniceï¾¾Senior High School 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90066 2   550
Verdugo Hills High School 10625 Plainview Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91042 1   296
Wadsworth Elementary School 981 E 41St St, Los Angeles, CA. 90011 2   514
Walter Reed Middle School 4525 Irvine Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91602 1   165
Washington Irving Middle School 3010 Estara Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90065 1   131
Western Avenue Elementary School 1724 W 53Rd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90062 2   38
Western Avenue Elementary School 1724 W 53Rd St, Los Angeles, CA. 90062 1   373
Westï¾¾Athens Elementary School 1110 W 119Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90044 2   228
William Howard Taft Senior High School 5461 Winnetka Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91364 1   480
William Howard Taft Senior High School 5461 Winnetka Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91364 2   590
William Howard Taft Senior High School 5461 Winnetka Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91364 1   820
William Howard Taft Senior High School 5461 Winnetka Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 91364 2   1040
Wilton Place Elementary School 745 S Wilton Pl, Los Angeles, CA. 90005 2   800
Wonderland Elementary School 8510 Wonderland Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90046 2   255
  3050 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90010 5 1929 4418
  7022 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90028 1 1932 133
  1127 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90015 2 1936 247
  5601 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90062 1 1947 81
  239 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90004 2 1957 11
  239 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90004 1 1959 329
  1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90024 3 1963 254
  9120 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90212 3 1963 688
  1441 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90015 2 1964 1142
  7500 N Glenoaks Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 91504 1 1965 334
  3564 Mcclintock Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 3 1970 1528
  741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90029 1 1970 321
  1027 W 34Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 1   400
  11999 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, CA. 90049 4   2000
  12226 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90047 1   27
  1334 Biggy St, Los Angeles, CA. 90033 7   3000
  1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 1   400
  1824 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA. 90041 3   1500
  3441 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 1   400
  3730 Mcclintock Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 4   2000
  663 W 34Th St, Los Angeles, CA. 90089 1   400

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