Ladera Street Stairs controversy at Sunset Cliffs

Posted at 11:20 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 02:20:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- For most of the year, a favorite Ladera Street surf spot has been closed after part of the cliff gave way. 

After the cliff collapsed the City declared an emergency situation because lifeguards have raised concerns about having access to the beach. In a City Council meeting Monday, a decision was made to fast-track a project that will stabilize the cliff by scaling it back. 

Members of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Advisory Board want to the City to find a different solution. 

"This is just a temporary fix but it's causing permanent damage to the whole cliffside," said Point Loma resident Aaron Taylor. 

Aside from urging the City to spend more time on the issue, there are some on the committee who think the access point should be moved to another location altogether.

"You go down the stairs now you're in the tidal zone you're in a danger zone," said Kim Haynes. "Whereas the stairs, if they were moved farther south, it would empty you to a beach except at extreme high tide."

Councilmember Lorie Zapf issued this statement to 10News about her decision to support the project:
"Not taking emergency action on this bluff failure would have resulted in a delayed response for our lifeguards and first responders."

Those we spoke with on Monday say the council isn't listening to the people who know the area better than anyone.

"We're gonna contact the coastal commission or whoever it takes and try to stop it," Haynes said. 
The City expects to have more concrete plans for the Ladera Street project in a few weeks.