Try living in the area and building in the area before you start speaking of things you seem to know nothing about.
Well, my home is within 10 miles of the San Andreas Fault, and my work is built entirely within the historical San Andreas fault zone (my office lies less than 1/2 mile from the current southern branch). I am a native Californian and have ridden out many earthquakes, both in and out of school.
And to address other concerns, the Field Act is insufficient for the high end for potential quakes. It it designed to handle M7 quakes, while historical data shows that a M7.9 has occurred in California. Note that the strongest quakes since 1933 were 2 M7.3. My research in getting my BA in geology showed that up to about a M9 could theoretically be possible, and that the historical data may be underestimated (the 1812 Wrightwood-area earthquake had one report suggesting a possible M9.2).
Also, I was generally estimating the design, but I was also referring to low one story buildings, as opposed to multiple floor structures. Larger buildings require a very different approach to their foundations (in order to reduce oscillation). The original statement said "withstand a 8.0 without structural damage" and while a M8.0 off a subduction zone is no where near as powerful as a M8.0 off a transverse zone at the surface, I seriously doubt that any country has the economics to build to such a high standard across the board.