Seismic Safety Commission


The mission of the Seismic Safety Commission is to provide decision makers and the general public with cost-effective recommendations to reduce earthquake losses and speed recovery.

The Commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues and reports, and recommends to the Governor and Legislature policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk. Among the duties of the Commission are:

  • Managing California’s Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
  • Reviewing seismic activities funded by the State
  • Providing a consistent policy direction for earthquake-related programs for agencies at all government levels
  • Proposing and reviewing earthquake-related legislation
  • Conducting public hearings on seismic safety issues
  • Recommending earthquake safety programs to governmental agencies and the private sector
  • Investigating and evaluating earthquake damage and reconstruction efforts following damaging earthquakes


To request an appointment at our office during COVID-19 please email with your request.

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Agenda:
July 7 2022 Seismic Safety Commission Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date and Time:
July 7, 2022
10:30am – 1:30pm


Pub.No. Publication Name
21-01 SSC 2021 Summary Report

Commissioners and Staff


Ken CooleyAssembly Member Ken Cooley

Representing: Assembly Member

Mr. Cooley was elected to the State Assembly in November, 2012. He was appointed as the Assembly representative to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission by Speaker John A . Perez in 2013. This, however, was not his first time on the Commission. Prior to his tenure in the Assembly, Mr. Cooley served to represent California’s Cities on the Commission when he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007.


Salina Valencia Acting Executive Director
Tanya Black Administrative Processes Manager
Jia Wang-Connelly Senior Structural Engineer


  • Email:
  • Phone: (916) 263-5506
  • Fax: (916) 263-0594
  • Address: 2945 Ramco Street, Suite 195
    West Sacramento, CA 95691

Seismic Safety Commission – Additional Resources

Archived Meetings

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

About the Commission

Commission History and Committees


Seismic-related legislation


Earthquake, Volcano, and Tsunami Information


Disaster Preparedness Resources