Can "They" fix this?

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http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050118-9999-1m18homes.html
Aieeeee.
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I'd consider it a losing battle. Folks should sign a waiver when they build or buy on such geologically active areas. Tom Work at your leisure!
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looks like another case of 'despite all the warnings, it wont happen to us."
followed by: "and now that it did, we want someone to blame, and pay"
randy

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We pay because the insurance company isn't intrested enough to look where people build, so when a flood, earthquake, homes near the beach flood due to hurricane we all pay.
Tom

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scribbled this interesting note:

The answer is simple...don't live there!
Here in Texas, down on the Gulf, it is well known that the beaches erode. Sure, it is fun and nice to go down and rent a beachfront house and spend some vacation time there. If I owned one (and I don't) I'd go into it knowing full well that the land the house is built on will disappear. It isn't a matter of if, but a matter of when. That being the case, while I owned it, I'd try to keep it rented out as much as possible, make as much money off it as I could, and when it goes away (again, not if, but when) consider myself to be money ahead since there was obviously no insurance on the place, but I got revenue off it as well as some much enjoyed use out of it.
Similarly, no one forced those folks out in California to live under a big pile of dirt that they know will someday slide down on top of them when enough water gets poured onto it. Again, it isn't a matter of if, but when. Why should I pay for their misguided thinking and poor judgment?
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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On Wed, 19 Jan 2005 09:28:16 -0600, John Willis

I seem to remember that once a normal tide washes over the land, it belongs to the state. So, maybe you want those renters to each bring a load of sand.
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: : Similarly, no one forced those folks out in California to live under a : big pile of dirt that they know will someday slide down on top of them : when enough water gets poured onto it. Again, it isn't a matter of if, : but when. Why should I pay for their misguided thinking and poor : judgment? :
Well John, it appears that 'we' will be paying as this falls into an area deemed to be a 'disaster area' and low cost government loans will be made available..
I take it you are of the mind that any mountain/hill is simply a big pile of dirt...
However, I wholeheartedly agree with the rest of your post ;-)
Rick
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scribbled this interesting note:

Nope. I've seen sites that were blasted level before building. No chance of those houses having foundation problems!:~)

-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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There is a river in my area that floods every 100+ years. The last flood was over 30 years ago and after that the government requires that you buy flood insurance if you live in the flood plain. It is an additional insurance above and beyond home insurance. The government said they will not pay to rebuild/replace your property if there is a flood and you chose not to have the insurance. I don't understand why this doesn't apply to the beach houses and other construction in areas where it is just a matter of time before the property *will* be damaged or destroyed.
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City Manager Jepsen said a geotechnical consultant who viewed the homes last week will be sent out again today. The consultant was not available for comment.
"I had been apprised by city staff, but I was not aware of the magnitude of the problem," Jepsen said.
Well, at least one person knew....
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i know where those houses are in san diego. it doesnt take a geotechnical consultant to see that eventually those houses are going surfing one day <g>
randy

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: i know where those houses are in san diego. it doesnt take a geotechnical : consultant to see that eventually those houses are going surfing one day <
Define 'eventually' xwronger - In this case, these houses are at least a 1,000 years from being 'beachfront property'.
Rick
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"At some time during the next thousand years ...................... ". i.e. It could be tomorrow!
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It's a tough position to find ones-self in...
Bear in mind that these homes are miles from the beach, not in a 100 yr flood plain, and have stood, in many cases, for nearly 30 years...
The damage is not yet complete as these houses continue to slide down the slope onto the homes below them...
See yahoo maps and enter Arroyo Ave and Oceanside, CA when the 'street' map appears, start clicking 'Zoom out' until the Pacific Ocean appears....
Rick
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Rick wrote:

But they're up on unstable hillsides w/ inadequate terracing/shoring...
30 yrs is a mere pittance in the overall estimate of weather extremes...
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: Rick wrote: : > : > It's a tough position to find ones-self in... : > : > Bear in mind that these homes are miles from the beach, not in a 100 yr : > flood plain, and have stood, in many cases, for nearly 30 years... : ... : : But they're up on unstable hillsides w/ inadequate terracing/shoring... : : 30 yrs is a mere pittance in the overall estimate of weather extremes...
Yes, 30 years is only a 'small' number in the overall scheme of things, but to a humans 'lifespan', it's almost half ;-)
So let's address the 'unstable hillsides w/ inadequate terracing/shoring'...
Is it the homeowner's fault? No... (Unless they had performed un-permitted work)
Is it the builders fault? Maybe... the 10 year limit on construction defect litigation has easily expired...
Is it the cities fault? After all, the city approved the work and 'signed off' on it. Well, the city is going to absolve themselves of any liability.
In essence, the homeowners are screwed...
Act of god? - Apparently so...
Rick
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scribbled this interesting note:

But the structure will most likely be there until the mud comes sliding down...which it will.

Well, an argument could be made that the homeowner(s) screwed themselves by not doing their research beforehand.

No god was needed for anyone who can see to predict this was going to happen...eventually. -- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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pray4surf wrote: ...

Well, my opinion is it's the "fault" of all the human entities above...a combination of short-sideness and various forms of human nature which can generally lumped together under the term "greed" in a global sense. I don't mean to ascribe malfeasance, simply the desire of all involved to get something they want as cheaply as they can w/o <adequate> consideration for the "big picture". If, otoh, one were to dispassionately step back and look at what happens on these hillsides over a period of, say, a couple of hundred years, factor in the pressures of additional run off caused by the building and do an adequate analysis of the soil mechanics, it would become clear that such "disasters" are, in fact, man-made and inevitable, <not> "Acts of God" (except in the sense legal that insurance companies use the phrase).
So, yes, imo "the homeowners are screwed..."--they're the ones who ultimately chose to get something they wanted at a short term price w/o adequately considering potential long term costs...now, like life or health insurance, that may be a risk they're willing to take, but, if one's in such an area, it shouldn't take <too> much imagination to figure out what <could> happen if...
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They're screwed because they decided to abdicate their responsibility for their own well-being, in favor of letting "them" decide what's safe, what's not safe, where they should live, what they should want, and what they should be offended by.
And they got what sheep always get. That's what it's like being a serf.
And was it me, and I had a loan on such a house, I'd just default. "Chase? You know that $400,000 property that I pledged as collateral on my $300,000 loan last year? It's yours now. Have a nice day..."
--Goedjn
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Here's the story in the Oceanside newspaper
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/01/19/news/top_stories/0_20_251_19_05.txt
Rick
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