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San Ramon: City to discuss landslide mitigation in Dougherty Valley

Staff recommends creating $3M fund to prevent landslides near Kami Court

In response to observed distress in the hillside open space around Kami Court in eastern San Ramon and heightened threats of landslides in the area, members of the Dougherty Valley Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD) are set to convene on Wednesday to consider establishing the Kami Court landslide repair project.

The Dougherty Valley GHAD -- whose governing board is comprised of the San Ramon City Council members -- will consider allocating $3 million to repair the sloping hills and mitigate the risk of future landslides affecting the neighborhood.

Located in east San Ramon, northeast of Dougherty Valley High School, the neighborhood problem was first spotted in 2018 by GHAD staff who noticed distress in the sidewalk on the northeastern side of Kami Court, as well as in several adjacent driveways, according to GHAD’s division manager/district engineer Robin Bartlett.

After the sidewalk was repaired, staff hired Cal Engineering and Geology to install inclinometers and conduct an evaluation on the condition of the area.

“Readings taken on those inclinometers indicate that there is on-going slope movement. The depth and rate of the movement suggest that rapid action should be undertaken to reduce the potential for significant damage to structures and infrastructure in the area,” Bartlett said in a staff report. “If needed, as is likely a second round of repairs will be conducted to further stabilize the slope.”

Bartlett added that while the full extent of repairs that will be needed “cannot be defined at this moment,” mitigation measures are needed to be put in place as soon as possible in order to prevent damage to sidewalks, driveways and residential homes.

“As data collection, analysis, and repairs progress, staff will keep the residents in the area and the Board informed as to the conclusions, completed repairs and next steps,” Bartlett added.

The Dougherty Valley Geologic Hazard Abatement District is set to hold its regular meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the San Ramon City Council Chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

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