Last week’s ruling in the lawsuits resulting from La Conchita’s fatal mudslide in January 2005 did not bode well for La Conchita residents. A Ventura County Superior Court judge dismissed allegations of negligence and trespassing against Ventura County, and ruled that claims against the small seaside town’s uphill neighbor, the La Conchita Ranch, needed substantiation before litigation can proceed. On a positive note for the plaintiffs, all of the wrongful death suits were allowed to go forward. When the hills came down on La Conchita early last winter, 10 people died and 15 houses were destroyed.

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