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Mistake In Sausalito City Hall Turns Mudslide Into Quagmire

Jeffrey Schaub
July 19, 2019 - 10:32 am

SAUSALITO — Residents of a Sausalito neighborhood, who've already been waiting six months for officials to clean up a mudslide, will have to wait even longer because city hall failed to include firms owned by minorities and women in the bidding process. 

Work to remove a giant pile of mud and debris that stretches the length of two football fields was scheduled to begin next month. But it's been delayed because Sausalito officials didn't follow FEMA guidelines requiring planners to solicit bids from firms owned by women and people of color before awarding a contract. 

Some residents can't even enter their damaged, red-tagged properties before the cleanup from the hillside that gave way on Valentine's Day. Others are unable to start repairs. 

One woman told KCBS Radio she's worried about hazards posed by the cars and gas tanks that are submerged in the muck.

Sausalito officials, who have admitted this recent gaffe in the bidding process, had initially delayed doing any work until getting an assurance that Federal Emergency Management Agency would pick up most of the tab. 

They are now hoping to begin in earnest in September.