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Homeowners Object To Plan To Reinforce San Pablo Hillside

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Backyard landslide at a home on Wyman Avenue in San Pablo after heavy rains on March 26, 2011.

Backyard landslide at a home on Wyman Avenue in San Pablo after heavy rains on March 26, 2011.

SAN PABLO (CBS 5/AP) — A plan to shore up a hillside in San Pablo that collapsed during heavy rains in March, damaging seven homes, is on hold.

The Contra Costa Times reports that homeowners have objected to the city’s terms for conducting the repairs.

San Pablo officials want to be released from liability for any damage their stabilization work causes. They also want to be indemnified for any legal action from third parties.

City Manager Matt Rodriguez said a modified agreement submitted by six of the seven homeowners would place the city at severe financial and legal risk.

Blanka Walker, whose Wyman Street home was red-tagged after the slide, said the revised proposal did not contain major changes.

The proposed fix would be an interim measure and cost $100,000 to $150,000.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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