Hillside ‘Dust Bowl’ Is Under Control


The “dust bowl” on Western Avenue in Rancho Palos Verdes has been brought under control, a city official said last week.

About 110,000 cubic yards of soil are being removed from a hillside that will be terraced for new buildings at the old Harbor Heights shopping center at Caddington Drive. The center is being refurbished and expanded by a Denver developer.

When work started two weeks ago about 20 residents complained to City Hall about spilled dirt and wind-blown dust, said Robert Benard, environmental services director.


As a result, officials said, the developer began reducing truck loads, watering down the soil, sweeping the street and washing it off at noon and at the end of the day.

“It was a dust bowl last week . . . . Compared to that, it’s 100% better,” Benard said.

Benard said the developer is cooperating and the city has no plans to shut down the operation, which is scheduled to be completed Nov. 23.