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State Supreme Court denies RPV Appeal of Portugeues Bend Landslide Case

On Wednesday December 17th, the California State Supreme Court denied the City of Rancho Palos Verdes appeal of the Appelate Court's decision allowing homeowners in the Portuguest Bend landslide moratorium zones the right to develop their properties.

Said RPV Mayor Larry Clark, "We are quite disappointed that the Supreme Court did not take this case. The city's position has been that we cannot allow development in a landslide hazard zone unless the property owner can prove that it would be safe to do so. The Court of Appeal has now said the city cannot do that without paying compensation to the property owner."

Portuguese Bend
Portuguese Bend Landslide area, with Livingston Quarry at Ladera Linda in upper center

Councilman Douglas Stern, an attorney, stated, "The City Council will have to determine what action to take in order to comply with the Court of Appeal's decision. The options include allowing the plaintiffs to build in the landslide area, or purchasing the plaintiffs' properties. But it is clear that the city does not have the reserves on hand to pay the plaintiffs what they claim their properties are worth."

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Comment balloon 0 commentsMaureen Megowan • December 18 2008 03:33PM


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