Ian Pike 2 p.m., Dec. 7
Cleaning up the back yard
Heavy equipment contractors have been steadily at work repairing a hillside on two sides of a canyon home in the 4900 block of Triana St. in Clairemont. Operating a grader at the property, Jim said the land belongs to SDGE, but he was working for a contractor. A realty sign, posted in the front yard, provided a phone number for Olympic Properties. The realtor, Dan Townsend, said a previous owner made unauthorized changes by terracing part of the canyon and building a wall. Mr. Towsend claims the required permits and authorization took more than a year to complete before repairs could begin. His estimated out-of-pocket costs are expected to total about $100K, which seems accurate considering the project scope. Evidently, such discrepancies are discovered at a change of property ownership. Then, if a property violates compliance, the new owner assumes responsibility. In addition to a requirement for rehabilitation, the city can impose fines for failure to obtain work permits. Dan also said, “Almost 50% of the properties in the canyon are in violation if someone wants to go after them.” From several vantage points across the same canyon, numerous nearby homes on this same stretch of SDGE canyon have been modified with terraces, decks, fences and more. These homeowners and many others on other SDGE right-of-ways are perhaps unaware of the potential consequences they could face. Messages left with the San Diego City Permit and Inspection Division for additional clarification and SDGE/Sempra media officials for comment on the property were not returned.