The small landslide that has blocked a Sunset Boulevard sidewalk since last February appears to be finally on the way to being cleaned up. The office of Councilman Eric Garcetti last week requested that the city spend $37,000 to stabilize a hillside on the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Coronado Street and clean up the debris that has forced pedestrians to walk into the street or trek over a pile of dirt and rocks on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Many residents had been perplexed as to why the city could not have just cleaned up the sidewalk as engineers conducted field studies and then held several meetings to come up with a solution. Meanwhile, pedestrians were advised to stay away from the crumbling slide as city workers kept replacing barricades and yellow caution tape around the dirt.
Once Garcetti’s motion is passed by the full City Council, the Board of Public Works would have the funds to take out a large tree stump at the top of the cliff above the slide, remove lose rocks from cracks in hillside and dispose of a “pile of debris and clean area free of dirt and dust.” Of course, with the winter rains on their way, it may not be very long before the same stretch of sidewalk is buried under rocks and dirt.