How is the City responding?

Since accelerated movement was first observed in early Summer 2023, the City has taken the following key steps:

  • Pursued more detailed surveying of the movement and hired a geotechnical engineering firm to conduct additional field observations. The City already conducts year-round monitoring of movement within the landslide complex to detect rates of movement and identify the boundaries.
  • Coordinated with public safety partners, utilities, the Abalone Cove Landslide Abatement District (ACLAD) and the Klondike Canyon Landslide Abatement District (KCLAD) to monitor the activity and ensure we are ready to respond to any movement. The City requested that Cal Water deploy automatic pipeline leak detection technology at strategic locations to identify leaks immediately.
  • Directed the City’s Building and Safety Division to conduct regular street-level visual checks in the Seaview, PBCA, and PBC neighborhoods to monitor any new movement, as well as home inspections on request.
  • Declared a local state of emergency on October 3 to bolster the City’s ongoing response and allow staff to request state and federal assistance to address the landslide activity. The City Council extended the emergency declaration on November 14 for 60 days.
  • Adopted an urgency ordinance putting a moratorium on new construction in the landslide complex that may contribute to movement. The City Council approved the moratorium on October 3 and extended it until October 3, 2024, on November 14. The California Department of Housing and Community Development has approved the moratorium.
  • Implemented mandatory water restrictions for all properties in the landslide complex.
  • Temporarily closed approximately seven miles of trails within the Portuguese Bend Reserve to protect public safety.
  • Kicked off efforts to form a working group of key stakeholders — including ACLAD and KCLAD board members, homeowners associations from PBCA, PBC, and Seaview, and utility representatives — to address issues related to the land movement and keep channels of communication open.
  • Continued to advance a long-term remediation project to slow the Portuguese Bend Landslide by removing water trapped deep underground and preventing future rainwater percolation.

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1. What’s happening and why?
2. How is the City responding?
3. What should I do if I have concerns about my property?
4. How do I stay prepared?
5. Does homeowners insurance cover land movement?
6. Why did the City close some trails in the Portguese Bend Reserve?
7. Which trails are currently closed?
8. Is there an estimated time when closed trails will reopen?