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February 28, 2024

Agenda: County invites stakeholders to talk Southside Road landslide

San Benito County supervisors Tuesday will hold a special meeting with stakeholders on the repeated Southside Road landslides.

There have been four landslides on the rural road since late May when the first one occurred.

The following is the agenda for Tuesday’s 9:30 a.m. meeting at the San Benito County Administration Building, 481 Fourth St., Hollister:

With direction from the Board staff was directed to collaborate with stakeholders regarding the hillside slide on Southside Rd. near the intersection with Blossom Rd. Staff has invited¬†representatives from the Sunnyslope County Water District, Ridgemark Homeowners’ Association, and the private landowner to discuss the¬†stabilization efforts of the hillside.


During the August 21, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board requested a special meeting to address the recent landslides affecting South Side Rd. and directed staff to invite the stakeholders to attend the meeting. In response, staff has contacted the Sunnyslope Water District, Ridgemark Homeowners’ Association, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the private landowner to the Special Board Meeting.

The County is under contract with Don Chapin Co. to stabilize the hillside at the intersection of Southside Rd. and Blossom Rd. Unfortunately, after significant work had been completed on the initial hillside slide, the hill has had additional slide occurrences that will necessitate further substantial work.

On June 7, 2018, the Board of Supervisors made CEQA findings and approved a contract for Constructions and Repairs Projects with Don Chapin Company not to exceed the amount of $660,000 on Time and Materials Basis for Slope Stabilization on Southside Road at Blossom Lane; and approved budget augmentation.

On August 21, 2018 the Board of Supervisors approved a second contract with Don Chapin Company for the Slope Stabilization on Southside Road at Blossom Lane project, for the period of July 31, 2018 through December 31, 2018, not to exceed the amount of $397,458.00.

Combined, the two contracts total $1,057,458.

The County’s contract Civil Engineer, Gregory Bucknell, reports that its geotechnical advisor will begin the investigation process into the cause of the slides on August 30, 2018.