"Sorry, I'm not a lawyer..."<quoted text>Sorry, I'm not a lawyer, and so I must rely on the statements of lawyers in this issue.
As with virtually all the information I post here, it isn't MY 'unsubstantiated claim', but what has been stated for the last 6 years at different Montebello city council meetings, including the one study session the city council had concerning the MHSP.
The city's special attorney has stated that the (would-be) developer would be liable for problems associated with the building site for 10 years, and thereafter the city would be liable, and that claim has been repeated by various councilmembers over the years without contradiction or correction by the city lawyer present, and if you had been at city council meetings here, you would know that the city attorney (and the city's special attorney) has no misgivings about telling city councilmembers and staff when they are saying or advocating something that is not legally correct.
Perhaps some of the posters that are more cognizant about case law might post case law for you for this issue.
I figured as much. You're long on 15 dollar words to make two-bit assertions without any basis in the law. However, I am an attorney. The 10 year strict liability period is for construction defects only. Liability issues related to the development site (soils, etc.) rest exclusively and indefinitely with the landowner.