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Local News in Brief : Supervisors OK Landslide Pay-Out

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in another landslide-related pay-out, has approved the purchase and demolition of a six-unit, $750,000 apartment complex in the rustic Las Flores Canyon area of Malibu.

The vote followed by three weeks the supervisors’ approval of a $35-million landslide settlement with 240 homeowners on nearby Big Rock Mesa.

Demolition of the apartments, located on a bend at the narrowest part of Las Flores Creek, will allow the channel to widen, reducing the chance of flooding in the canyon during major storms, officials said. The channel has been restricted as the Rambla Pacifico hillside has slid into it over the last decade.

The supervisors also authorized payment of up to $10,000 per dwelling for relocation of residents of five apartments. Those residents were ordered last Tuesday to vacate their homes within 10 days because of the imminent threat of flooding. They are negotiating for more time, and a hearing on their appeal is set for today.

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