Rockslide spurs mayor to declare emergency 

Mayor Gavin Newsom declared a local emergency on Friday, three days after a rockslide in North Beach has left more than 100 residents without homes and area property owners with hefty cleanup costs.

By declaring a local emergency, The City and those affected by Tuesday morning’s rockslide may be eligible for state and federal assistance.

"Conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property have arisen within The City," the declaration read. The City is asking the governor’s office to proclaim a state of emergency, after which a federal declaration can also be sought, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The City is asking property owners to foot the bill for the cleanup and the cost to stabilize the area. They were issued a city violation on the day of the rockslide, informing them it was their responsibility to make the area safe.

Seven buildings with about 85 housing units were left uninhabitable following the rockslide.

At around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, heavy rains caused a 75-foot-wide and 36-foot-high rockslide down the North Beach slope. No one was injured.

Boulders gave way from under a condominium at 455 Vallejo St. — the southern end of Telegraph Hill — and crashed down, tearing through the Showgirls Cabaret adult entertainment club at 412 Broadway.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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