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State identifies school projects with safety concerns

Many school construction projects have failed to meet basic seismic safety requirements. As of late 2010, the state had issued nearly 1,100 notices to school districts with construction projects that had known safety concerns. But the Division of the State Architect began changing the status of hundreds of these building projects without visiting school sites.

There are still 86 projects with safety concerns, known as "Letter 4" projects, on the state's list as of September 2011.

We've done our best to identify the projects below, but the state's data is messy. Sometimes it's difficult to know which specific building the state is referencing. In 26 cases the school name is not in the state's data. To learn more, contact your local school officials. The region and project ID refer to the specific construction project's application number (i.e. 02-52036).

If you click on the school name below, it will take you to a link that identifies potential earthquake hazards near the school listed.

You may see more than one Letter 4 project at your school's page. During the course of our reporting, we came across projects that had been changed to lesser designations. Despite these changes by the state architect’s office, some of these projects nevertheless appear to have unresolved questions about construction defects. As a result, we believe it is important to include these projects in our database, even if they were not among those currently on the state's list.

Region ProjectID District School County Project Closed Estimated Cost Of Project
02 52036 Vallecito Union Hazel Fischer Elementary Calaveras 06/06/93 $6,000.00
02 51580 Pierce Joint Unified Lloyd G. Johnson Junior High Colusa 04/26/94 $100,000.00
01 49367 San Ramon Valley Unified Specific school(s) unknown Contra Costa 06/15/93 $738,497.00
02 50587 Rescue Union Elementary Specific school(s) unknown El Dorado 03/18/93 $66,655.00
02 49476 Sanger Unified Lone Star Elementary Fresno 05/16/93 $310,446.00
04 67471 Calipatria Unified Calipatria High Imperial 08/30/99 $2,000,000.00
03 53470 Mojave Unified Mojave Elementary Kern 09/15/95 $746,446.00
03 111782 Panama-Buena Vista Union Old River Elementary Kern 11/04/09 $1,100,000.00
03 59489 Bassett Unified Bassett Senior High Los Angeles 10/10/97 $40,000.00
03 50250 Charter Oak Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 08/29/95 $406,383.00
03 54074 Claremont Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 01/29/96 $273,000.00
03 107466 Compton Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 03/03/10 $7,200,000.00
03 53280 Garvey Elementary Willard (Frances E.) Elementary Los Angeles 11/14/96 $78,000.00
03 61498 Glendora Unified Stanton Elementary Los Angeles 09/17/97 $115,000.00
03 107603 Lancaster Elementary Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 12/08/09 $13,165,909.00
03 56861 Long Beach Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 10/11/95 $159,313.00
03 59571 Long Beach Unified Stephens Middle Los Angeles 04/16/97 $13,000.00
03 62108 Long Beach Unified Bryant Elementary Los Angeles 03/26/99 $48,500.00
03 67962 Long Beach Unified MacArthur Elementary Los Angeles 11/24/99 $125,000.00
03 67964 Long Beach Unified Robinson (Jackie) Los Angeles 11/24/99 $35,000.00
03 67965 Long Beach Unified Keller Elementary Los Angeles 11/24/99 $100,000.00
03 103938 Los Angeles Unified Lorena Street Elementary Los Angeles 01/24/07 $1,163,109.00
03 105690 Los Angeles Unified Helen Bernstein High Los Angeles 07/30/10 $65,504,298.00
03 53593 Mountain View Elementary Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 04/05/96 $30,000.00
03 104001 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 08/25/04 $440,000.00
03 105109 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 10/14/04 $848,871.00
03 105174 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Nettie L. Waite Middle Los Angeles 12/07/04 $552,846.00
03 50636 Palmdale Elementary Mesa Intermediate Los Angeles 07/22/96 $8,200,000.00
03 100199 Pomona Unified Pueblo Los Angeles 04/27/00 $120,863.00
03 102592 Pomona Unified Pueblo Los Angeles 03/21/08 $12,100,000.00
03 53993 Pomona Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 06/28/96 $180,000.00
03 52848 Pomona Unified Golden Springs Elementary Los Angeles 08/21/95 $42,000.00
03 60078 Pomona Unified Emerson Middle Los Angeles 04/24/97 $450,000.00
03 63454 Torrance Unified Specific school(s) unknown Los Angeles 10/19/99 $340,000.00
03 50044 Valle Lindo Elementary New Temple Los Angeles 04/21/97 $30,000.00
03 102990 Whittier Union High Sierra Vista High (Alternative) Los Angeles 09/23/04 $905,330.00
03 103123 Whittier Union High Sierra Vista High (Alternative) Los Angeles 09/22/04 $493,644.00
03 103124 Whittier Union High Sierra Vista High (Alternative) Los Angeles 09/23/04 $496,822.00
03 103266 Whittier Union High Sierra Vista High (Alternative) Los Angeles 07/19/05 $40,000.00
03 103959 Whittier Union High Sierra Vista High (Alternative) Los Angeles 08/16/05 $200,900.00
03 105566 Whittier Union High Sierra Vista High (Alternative) Los Angeles 07/19/05 $596,349.00
03 108866 Wiseburn Elementary Richard Henry Dana Middle Los Angeles 11/18/09 $29,333,050.00
02 49434 Livingston Union Elementary Specific school(s) unknown Merced 07/06/94 $2,200,000.00
02 100008 Nevada Joint Union High Nevada Union High Nevada 05/07/04 $220,000.00
04-03 61482 Los Alamitos Unified Los Alamitos High Orange 08/07/97 $540,000.00
04-03 56862 Ocean View Specific school(s) unknown Orange 06/19/97 $576,000.00
04 53998 Desert Sands Unified Specific school(s) unknown Riverside 06/18/96 $5,843,202.00
04 55696 Desert Sands Unified Specific school(s) unknown Riverside 11/20/97 $4,947,834.00
04 55215 Lake Elsinore Unified Ortega High Riverside 09/25/97 $13,361,492.00
04 58121 Moreno Valley Unified Specific school(s) unknown Riverside 08/31/95 $66,000.00
02 47593 Robla Elementary Robla Elementary Sacramento 05/13/94 $44,770.00
04 59415 Silver Valley Unified Congressman Jerry Lewis Elementary San Bernardino 08/01/02 $6,300,000.00
04 103543 Advanced Education Management* Vista Literacy Academy* San Diego 09/26/02 $50,000.00
04 69351 Fallbrook Union High Fallbrook High San Diego 03/01/04 $2,980,237.00
02 50052 Lodi Unified Specific school(s) unknown San Joaquin 01/26/94 $490,000.00
01-03 64604 Coast Unified Leffingwell High (Continuation) San Luis Obispo 08/25/99 $228,285.00
01-03 66663 San Luis Coastal Unified Teach Elementary San Luis Obispo 02/01/02 $4,149,521.00
01-03 49202 San Miguel Joint Union Lillian Larsen Elementary San Luis Obispo 11/17/95 $691,903.00
01-03 50778 San Miguel Joint Union Lillian Larsen Elementary San Luis Obispo 11/17/95 $172,800.00
03 108450 Buellton Union Elementary Oak Valley Elementary Santa Barbara 03/03/08 $4,781,619.00
03 107860 Lompoc Unified Lompoc Valley Middle Santa Barbara 09/04/07 $5,627,000.00
01-03 104518 Santa Maria Joint Union High Pioneer Valley High Santa Barbara 06/17/08 $36,309,000.00
03 105627 Santa Maria-Bonita Fesler (Isaac) Junior High Santa Barbara 03/04/08 $4,331,754.06
03 105628 Santa Maria-Bonita El Camino Junior High Santa Barbara 08/18/07 $9,054,469.91
03 105686 Santa Maria-Bonita Arellanes Junior High Santa Barbara 03/03/08 $14,580,423.00
03 105842 Santa Maria-Bonita Liberty Elementary Santa Barbara 03/11/08 $8,143,598.81
03 105932 Santa Maria-Bonita Bonita Elementary Santa Barbara 03/03/08 $2,862,791.67
03 106306 Santa Maria-Bonita Tommie Kunst Junior High Santa Barbara 02/28/08 $6,173,920.00
03 106318 Santa Maria-Bonita David J. Sanchez Sr. Elementary Santa Barbara 03/11/08 $5,970,747.25
02 109180 Santa Ynez Valley Union High Specific school(s) unknown Santa Barbara 11/04/08 $51,623.00
01 109178 Alum Rock Union Elementary Harry Slonaker Academy Santa Clara 12/30/08 $81,819.00
01 100169 Morgan Hill Unified San Martin/Gwinn Elementary Santa Clara 11/07/07 $25,000.00
01 109899 San Jose Unified Specific school(s) unknown Santa Clara 01/11/10 $1,200,000.00
02 48045 Gratton Elementary Gratton Elementary Stanislaus 04/07/95 $110,000.00
02 51898 Modesto City Elementary Specific school(s) unknown Stanislaus 04/21/94 $117,500.00
02 46210 Modesto City High Fred C. Beyer High Stanislaus 04/26/94 $25,000.00
02 48180 Newman-Crows Landing Unified Orestimba High Stanislaus 12/02/94 $200,000.00
02 46677 Dinuba Elementary Specific school(s) unknown Tulare 03/13/93 $104,400.00
02-03 57582 Dinuba Unified Dinuba High Tulare 04/22/97 $35,714.00
02-03 62625 Richgrove Elementary Richgrove Elementary Tulare 12/10/97 $1,015,000.00
03 108039 Fillmore Unified Fillmore Senior High Ventura 12/07/05 $50,000.00
03 107214 Hueneme Elementary Charles Blackstock Junior High Ventura 01/14/05 $27,231.00
03 57338 Hueneme Elementary Specific school(s) unknown Ventura 10/10/95 $27,000.00
03 100985 Oxnard Union High Specific school(s) unknown Ventura 08/22/07 $586,670.00
03 107175 Oxnard Union High Hueneme High Ventura 12/02/05 $78,461.00
01 108264 Simi Valley Unified Valley View Middle Ventura 01/12/09 $3,414,765.00
*We were not able to tie the project to an existing school or district. The school and project name from the state architect's office are displayed here.

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