Homeowners near April mudslide site worry about repeat

Well into fire season, some residents in unincorporated San Mateo County are still dealing with the aftermath of one of the wettest springs on record.

The Broadmoor Property Owners Association is holding a meeting tonight to discuss the current status and future of threatened property along Larchmont Drive and MacArthur Drive.

The homes remain at risk after a house at 606 Larchmont Drive slid about 10 feet to the west during a mudslide April 3. That slide displaced part of the hillside and threatened a handful of homes below it, forcing temporary evacuations.

Among those in attendance at the meeting will be a representative from county Supervisor Adrienne Tissier’s office and Stan Brody of Multisource Realty.

Brody, who previously helped finance construction of the house at 606 Larchmont, which hasnever been occupied, is now the property owner.

Still very bitter that no one from the state or county notified him that he had used a fraudulent geotechnical engineer to inspect the land before building, Brody said he wants to rebuild the home to recoup some of his $1 million losses.

“I’m going to have to spend another $500,000,” Brody said of the property. “We’ll never make money on it.”

County officials dismissed Brody’s bitterness, saying he hired his own engineer, Zuhayr Toufic Nizam-Aldine, who did the soil report for the property in 2001.

Nizam-Aldine had his license revoked on Aug. 22, 2004, for deceit, misrepresentation and/or fraud, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs. The department has no way of notifying his client list of such an action, Heimerich said.

“[Brody] is trying to find blame for his own problems,” County Building Inspection Manager William Cameron said.

But that is of little concern to the neighbors on MacArthur Drive, whose homes are downhill from 606 Larchmont.

Michael Brodeur, pastor at the Promised Land Fellowship Church in San Francisco, lives at 663 MacArthur. He said that even though the house hasn’t moved for some time, the damage has already been done.

He estimated that between his and four other houses on MacArthur, $1 million in property value was lost.

“It just seems like most of the neighbors are going to end up poorly in this situation,” Brodeur said. “We’re looking at probably another winter of having to be evacuated.”

All sides have kept open the option of litigation in the months since the rains.

dsmith@examiner.com

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