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‘Earthquake lady’ Lucy Jones signs contract to help prepare Riverside

By in Press Enterprise on December 2, 2017

By Ryan Hagen

Seismologist Lucy Jones, the “earthquake lady” often seen on TV when a big quake strikes, is now working for Riverside.

For the next three months, she will advise city officials and the public about earthquake preparation.

Jones retired from the U.S. Geological Survey this year after more than 30 years as the face of the agency in Southern California. She then formed the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society.

That nonprofit group signed a contract with Riverside Public Utilities on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Jones made her first public presentation in Riverside hours later, at a meeting of the utility board and the Riverside City Council about proposed rate increases.

Tonight, @DrLucyJones started a partnership with @riversidecagov to build a resilient public utility system with a presentation to a joint meeting of City Council and Utilities Board.

— Dr Lucy Jones Center (@DLJCSS) November 29, 2017

Riverside Public Utilities will pay Jones’ center $45,000 for 90 days of consulting work, beginning Tuesday.

In addition to her presentation at the meeting, the contract calls for four other things:

  • Jones will take part in a roundtable discussion at Riverside’ s TV studio with others, perhaps including the mayor and community leaders.
  • Jones will give one-hour presentations at up to three community meetings.
  • Jones will participate in up to three meetings with Riverside officials.
  • The nonprofit center’s staff will work on developing a message and on strategic communications, as requested by the city.

Utilities officials initiated the contract, which will be paid for with utility money, but Jones’ work will involve the whole city, said Kevin Milligan, utilities deputy general manager.

That will include meetings with police, firefighters, public works officials and others, he said.

Jones started working with the Southern California Association of Governments more than a year ago to help its […]    

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