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S.D. Not Liable For Mt. Soledad Landslide

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Aired 10/2/09

A judge has ruled the city of San Diego is not responsible for a landslide on Mount Soledad two years ago.

— A judge has ruled the city of San Diego is not responsible for a landslide on Mount Soledad two years ago.

A Superior Court judge has ruled the 65 homeowners who were suing San Diego did not prove leaking city water pipes caused the landslide. Three houses had to be demolished and Mount Soledad Road was closed for a year after the slide. San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says the ruling is especially good news given the city’s bad financial state.

“We have avoided what could have been a more than $100 million claim. Perhaps even more important is the future liability of the city for further slides in the future. That is a known ancient landslide area. It’s been known for many, many years,” he says.

Goldsmith says the city sympathizes with the people whose homes were lost or damaged, but he says San Diego is not an insurance company.

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