A building permit consultant has been hired as San Francisco's first earthquake safety czar.
The San Francisco Chronicle says Patrick Otellini is a certified building inspector who served on the mayor's task force examining soft-story building risks.
So-called soft-story buildings have a garage or storefront on the first floor, making them prone to collapse in a major quake.
As director of earthquake safety, Otellini will implement a 30-year plan to reduce the city's most dangerous risks in a future earthquake, including retrofitting soft-story buildings, private schools and some concrete buildings.
Otellini will be paid between $108,000 and $138,000 a year.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.