One day after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattled northern California, the city of Napa red-tagged 49 different buildings.
Among them, the historic downtown post office, Goodman Library and the old courthouse.
“This means these buildings are unsafe to enter. The city is asking no one to go inside of a red-tagged building,” city spokesperson Barry Martin said.
The only exceptions were brief, for businesses like Vinnter’s Collective on Clinton and Main Streets. Workers were given just a few minutes to salvage expensive bottles of wine before the perimeters was taped off, preventing onlookers from getting a closer look.
But some of the property owners could have avoided extensive damage, according to the city.
“We passed an ordinance in 2006. We warned property owners dozens of times,” Martin said. “Not everyone listened.”
The ordinance stated “no property owner shall be relieved or excuses from complying with the requirements.”
“We gave them a window of time to make a decision.” Martin said. “Ten property owners decided not to retrofit their buildings.”