Lawyer: City Council will repeal URM warning requirements

Examples of the city required warning signs.

The City Council will consider repealing the requirement that owners of unreinforced masonry buildings must post signs warning that the structures are dangerous in earthquakes on Oct. 23.

According to attorney John DiLorenzo, who is representing some URM building owners in a lawsuit against the city, the council has agreed to repeal the requirement to settle the suit. Oregon U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John Acosta issued a preliminary injunction preventing the city from enforcing the requirement on May 30 after ruling the building owners will probably win their suit, which claims the requirement will irreparably harm their federal free speech rights.