La Jolla landslide gives cause for pause

Note to our readers: Please realize that our newspaper prints on Tuesday. This is the reason we did not cover the events of last Wednesday’s landslide. However, we began publishing our landslide-related coverage on our Web site,, last Wednesday.

We have spoken to the lead engineer, local homeowners and all the public officials in whose district these events occurred. This week, we devote our entire news section to the aftermath of the landslide. If ever there is a breaking news story that falls between our weekly print editions, please log on to our Web site to learn more. And thank you to all the readers who called and e-mailed your concerns regarding our apparent lack of landslide coverage last week.

While the entire nation has become entranced in the events that transpired last week on Mt. Soledad, the landslide, the sinkhole and its aftermath remains a local story. Our friends, families and neighbors have been displaced in last Wednesday’s landslide, some of whom may never be able to return to their homes.

Like everyone else, we eagerly await the results of the investigations into the causes of the sinkhole and the landslide.

We also wonder if other hilltop areas face the same potential damage. We are grateful to learn that no one was hurt.

There are so many dimensions to the events of last week that it will take months to fully explore them all. Certainly, there are geological considerations, as well as legal, political and financial aspects to the landslide. Already we have seen finger-pointing, threats of lawsuits, and accusations of neglect by the city.

But ultimately, we have seen a neighborhood crumble before our eyes, and are aware that other nearby homes may be in similar peril.

Our hope is that the homeowners affected by the landslide will find relief, whether in terms of tax relief, rebuilding assistance or other support from city, state or federal agencies. We also hope that other residential areas with geological problems are made secure so there aren’t more stories to report on neighborhoods falling away.