RPV: Local Emergency Declaration Renewal Discussion

On December 19, the City Council will consider renewing the local emergency declaration, which must be renewed every 60 days, that was put in place to bolster the City’s response to accelerated movement in the landslide complex.

Back in June and again in August, Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) experienced land movement in the Portuguese Bend area which resulted in the city declaring a state of emergency on October 3rd due to landslide concerns. In late October, the city hired a surveying company to participate in generating a report concerning the land movement in the area and they found significant movement in the area.

The city will host a council meeting Dec 19th at 7pm regarding the matter. More info on the below, but first, some quotes from the public report:

“The City Geologist’s mapping now indicates that a large portion of the ancient Portuguese Bend Landslide Complex above the historically mapped Portuguese Bend Landslide (PBL), Abalone Cove Landslide (ACL), and Klondike Canyon Landslide (KCL) boundaries is involved in significant active landslide movement.”

“The City Geologist’s field observations and mapping of the landslide surface
manifestations are corroborated by select the GPS monitoring data in the Abalone Cove
Landslide located approximately 500 to 900 feet north of and uphill from upper Narcissa
Drive (where it generally runs west-east). The select points indicate between 1.49 feet
and 2.37 feet of horizontal displacement over the past year
(through October
2023). Select GPS monitoring points along upper Narcissa Drive indicate 2.22 feet to 3.17
feet of horizontal displacement
, respectively. This reflects significant displacement in an
area that historically experienced minor creep movements until the Fall 2018 survey
monitoring when movement rates began to increase.”


Tune into the meeting in person at Hesse Park or via Zoom.

Meeting info: http://cvcpl.us/FWvnUoB

Staff report: http://ow.ly/7iVO50Qiuc8

See the full report here.

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