The city of Laguna Beach recently finished a $35-million restoration of the hillside above Bluebird Canyon, where 12 houses were destroyed in a landslide on June 1, 2005. In the largest public works project in the city's history, workers excavated and repacked a million cubic yards of fill dirt, installed steel anchors into the bedrock, added retaining walls, built new gas lines and sewer mains, and rebuilt Flamingo Road, which had been destroyed. On Dec. 15, city officials held a ribbon-cutting in which they effectively returned the lots to their exiled owners, who can now decide whether to rebuild.
Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times
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