20th Anniversary of 1994 Northridge Earthquake to be Commemorated at CSUN on Friday, January 17

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI AND PAST & PRESENT ELECTED OFFICIALS To Mark One of the Costliest Natural Disasters in U.S. History With Exhibits, Workshops, and Ceremonies

(Northridge, CA –January 14, 2014) – The 20th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake— one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history—will be commemorated on Friday, January 17, 2014, from 8:30am to 2pm at California State University, Northridge in Northridge, California. Entitled “Valley of the Stars: Reaching New Heights,” the festivities will be presented by the Valley Economic Alliance—the organization created in direct response to the earthquake in 1994—and attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti and prominent Los Angeles and Southern California dignitaries and elected officials from the past and present.

Free public exhibits will begin at 8:30am on the campus’ Plaza del Sol with the American Red Cross, Edison International, Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc., Mike’s Roofing & Building, Northridge Hospital, Republic Services, Southland Regional Association Of Realtors, Tri Tech Restoration Co, Inc., UCLA Extension, SOS Survival Products, and Van Nuys Airport. Free public workshops will be presented from 9:45am to 11am by the California Small Business Development Center, Los Angeles Department Of Water And Power, Los Angeles Fire Department, Microsoft, and The Valley Economic Development Center.

A 12 noon awards luncheon in the campus’ Northridge Center will honor “The Magnificent 7”—seven individuals who were critical to Southern California’s recovery from the 1994 earthquake, including former Councilman Hal Bernson; former Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan; former Governor Pete Wilson; retired L.A. Public Safety Field Deputy Jim Dellinger and Catherine Dellinger, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center; former LAFD Assistant Chief Frank Borden, and former Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), Richard Andrews.

The luncheon will also honor seven businesses that suffered devastation in the 1994 earthquake but persevered against odds to rebuild and endure in the San Fernando Valley: 3M Northridge, General Growth Properties, CSUN, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Southern California Gas Company, Los Angeles Daily News, and Galpin Motors.

In addition to Mayor Garcetti, elected officials attending the festivities are City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Mitch Englander, Felipe Fuentes, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom LaBonge; Congressman Brad Sherman; Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra; Mayor Fred Gaines, Calabasas; Mayor Antonio Lopez, San Fernando; Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mike Antonovich, County of L.A.

Occurring at 4:31am PST, the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake had one of the highest ground accelerations ever recorded in urban North America. Lasting 10-­‐20 seconds, the quake was followed by several thousand aftershocks. Ground motion extended 220 miles and caused $20 billion in damage within an 85-­‐mile radius. Over 8,700 people were injured and 57 were killed.

California State University, Northridge is located at 18111 Nordhoff Street. For more information, go to www.thevalley.net.