City officials are still not certain when a small landslide that has blocked a sidewalk on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake since February will be cleaned up. However, city engineers are certain about one thing: pedestrians should stay away from the sidewalk. Yuseff Robb, a spokesman for Councilman Eric Garcetti said a stretch of the sidewalk on the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Coronado Street is closed off for safety reasons and warning signs have been posted. However, the warning signs (pictured above) keep getting stolen, leaving pedestrians unaware that they are supposed to stay away, Robb said. “We have pedestrians walking by a cliff whose stability is in question,” he said said. “Until they can figure out how they can permanently solve the problem … it’s better to close the sidewalk and leave things as is.”
Robb says the council staff has been working with the Department of Public Works to get the landslide cleaned up. He says it may seem odd that crews can’t simply scoop away the dirt from the sidewalk. But he said the issue is more complicated than that, with engineers fearing more earth would tumble down the cliff soon after a temporary clean up. He also said the landslide involve private as well as public property.
“We want the sidewalk cleared but, at the same time, we do have to listen to those who tells that we have to figure this out,” Robb said. “Maybe [the solution] is something expensive. Maybe it’s something cheap. Thats what they are trying to figure out. The last thing we wants is for someone to get hurt.”