By Dave Schwab
South Casa stairway in La Jolla remains closed indefinitely by the city of San Diego after being closed in mid-December for repairs to fix erosion damage.
“They’ve (stairs) been deemed unsafe,” said Stacey LoMedico, director of the city Park and Recreation Department. “It was an emergency closure. We’re in the process of having engineering staff review them to let us know what’s needed, and then we’ll go into the process of securing funds and repairing.”
In a letter dated Feb. 8 to the California Coastal Commission, LoMedico noted city park and rec staff, while performing routine maintenance at South Casa Stairway in December, noticed the stairs were more damaged than at the last check.
“Staff noticed further erosion from the base,” said LoMedico, adding, “It’s going to be closed for a while. There needs to be some reconstruction of the stairs. We should have more information within the next few weeks.”
On Jan. 28, city staff met with the city’s Risk Management Department, which concurred with the decision to close the stairway until repairs can be made.
City Engineering and Capital Projects Department staff have begun laying the groundwork for stairwell reconstruction, preparing repair documents and obtaining the necessary building permits.
LoMedico’s letter stated the stairwell will likely be closed for at least the summer season.