The Landslide
Disaster Timeline

June 5, 1964  Converse Foundation Engineers report cites numerous ancient landslides and 10 recent landslides in the Anaheim Hills area. It ascribes the weakened condition of the slope to high ground water conditions 
1967  The City of Anaheim changes its specification for water service pipe from copper to polyethylene for cost reasons. 
August 20, 1971  Converse report confirms 1964 observations and conclusions. 
1971 to 1973  Serrano Road was graded and paved as a 24 foot road. 
February 16, 1972  
to April 6, 1976 
Anaheim Hills is annexed by the City of Anaheim. 
 
June 1972  Environmental Impact Report 80 References prior landslides and numerous areas of high groundwater. It also references periods of extreme rainfall (over 9 inches in Jan) in previous 20 years. 
1973  California Department of Mining and Geology Report 15 Describes ancient landslides in the Anaheim Hills area. 
1973  Aerial photographs show landslides in Anaheim Hills. 
May 22, 1973  City of Anaheim grants approval to develop homes over known landslides in Anaheim Hills. 
1975 to 1979  Polyethylene water service pipe installed. Inspected and accepted by the City of Anaheim. 
1978  Pegasus landslide occurred. 
June 30, 1978  Sidewalks begin to buckle on Serrano Ave, southwest of Williams Circle and northeast of the Rimwood slide area, report of Converse says leaking water service pipes are the cause. 
June 5, 1978  City of Anaheim Seismic Element 23 shows possible ancient landslides in Serrano Avenue area. 
March 26, 1979  City discovers leaks in polyethylene water pipes in Tracts 8153 and 8080. Irvine Ranch has similar problems. 
May 24, 1979  Geotechnical consultant says that Anaheim Hills is on an ancient landslide. 
August 8, 1980  City of Anaheim memo says landslide data should be updated on Seismic Element 23 based upon " recent experiences " in Anaheim Hills. Suggests a meeting to " discuss the implications " due to the " sensitive nature of the landslide data ." 
1981  California Department of Mining and Geology Bulletin 204 delineates ancient landslides in Anaheim Hills. 
March 5, 1981  City of Anaheim Seismic Element 23 shows two ancient landslides in Anaheim Hills with a " high probability" of sliding . 
January 6, 1982  City of Long Beach sues Celanese for failures of polyethylene water service pipe. 
March 16, 1982  City of Anaheim states it is in the process of investigating areas other than tracts 8080 and 8153 where Celanese pipe may have been used. 
June 7, 1982  City of Anaheim revises specification for water service pipe from polyethylene to copper. 
January 5, 1983  City of Anaheim files Complaint against Celanese Corp. "Because of the brittle condition of the pipe, spot repair proved ineffective. As the number and frequency of leaks in the same lines increased, these lines had to be replaced." 
June 1992  Eberhart & Stone are hired by the City to investigate complaints. 
July 2, 1992  Eberhart & Stone first views the slide area. 
August 19, 1992  City notifies selected homeowners of earth movement. City claims it has no idea of the cause. City will protect its facilities. Families are told by the City of Anaheim that they should take steps to protect their property. 
August 25, 1992  Water services are replaced for two properties on Columbus. 
October 1, 1992  City begins to replace all of the polyethylene water service pipe on Columbus. 
November 9, 1992  Eberhart & Stone informs the City Attorney that ground movement is the result the reactivation of a massive ancient landslide. 
December 9, 1992  City and Eberhart & Stone meet with selected homeowners to discuss Rimwood earth movement. City down-plays significance of movement, tells homeowners not to worry. Claims it has no idea what is causing the movement.  

Town Hall Meeting held at the Canyon Hills Library. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the pending landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 

January 16-17, 1993  Anaheim Hills collapses. 
January 19, 1993  40 families are told to evacuate. Evacuated streets included:  
-Avenida de Santiago 
-Burlwood 
-Rimwood 
-Leafwood 
-Pegasus 
-Georgetown Circle

Natalie Lockman admits that City of Anaheim officials were aware 6 months previously of a potential slide problem. Lockman said that the slide area has been dormant for 15 million years and became active in the summer of 1992 slipping an inch. However, between January 16 and 19 the area slid another 3 inches.  

City required families to sign waivers of liability before they could return to their homes for clothing, schoolbooks or other belongings. 

January 20, 1993  Town Hall Meeting held at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 
January 21, 1993  Ground movement at 1 inch per day. City of Anaheim says the ground has moved more than 8 inches in some areas. 
January 23, 1993  Rimwood Drive moves 14 inches in one week.  

City of Anaheim wells are pumping over 300,000 gallons of water per day! 

January 27, 1993  Town Hall Meeting held at the Mormon Church. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 
February 10, 1993  Town Hall Meeting held at the Anaheim Medical Plaza. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 
February 11, 1993  46 homes evacuated to date. City says it is possible that the slide could remain unstable for several years. Three new significant cracks found in the sewer line on Avenida de Santiago. (July 1, 1993 City of Anaheim tells FEMA that 50 homes were evacuated.)  

Land still moving at l/8 to 3/4 of an inch per day. Still pumping out 200,000 gallons per day. 

February 12, 1993  City of Anaheim experts don't know how to stabilize the earth. Current approach of pumping out groundwater has not worked in the past and may not now. The area is so precarious that normal rainfall could be hazardous to residents for years. 
February 17, 1993  Town Hall Meeting held at the Anaheim Medical Plaza. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 
February 24, 1993  Town Hall Meeting held at the Anaheim Medical Plaza. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 
March 18, 1993  Homeowners may see a "hazard abatement" charge on their bi-monthly utility bills. City of Anaheim is considering ways to share costs with homeowners such as assessments or turning over the responsibility to the homeowners' associations. 
March 1993  236 polyethylene water services are torn out and replaced with copper. 
March 29, 1993  Town Hall Meeting held at the Mormon Church. Mayor Tom Daly and his City Council were invited to address the homeowners about the landslide disaster. They all refused to attend the meeting. 
April 6, 1993  City of Anaheim tells FEMA: "Geologist on hand stated that we need to continue pumping. If we don't continue pumping for many years to come, we will be right back in the landslide situation again. Expected operational time is five to ten years ." 
June 16, 1993  280 families file claims against the City. 
March 12, 1996  City still pumping 40,000 gallons per day. Eberhart & Stone is still undertaking geological investigation at FEMA expense. 
January 16-17, 1998 Five years have now passed since Anaheim Hills collapsed and still no mitigation has taken place.

The City of Anaheim has spent $8.18 million of FEMA money to hide the damage -- like make-up on a decaying cadaver -- but not one single cent to shore up the landslide.

To date, the City of Anaheim has spent $8.78 million in legal fees to attack the landslide victims.

Seventeen landslide homeowners have been foreclosed on and evicted by their banks.

Thirty-six families, ravaged by the landslide, have moved away -- all at a heavy financial and emotional loss.

And now, seven landslide victims have died waiting for a justice that they will never see. 
 


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