The foundation is laid at the site of a future hospital in Temecula.
Crews will start building the skeleton for the building this month, Public Works Director Greg Butler told the Californian.
After half a decade of false starts and blown deadlines, the gave Universal Health Services, the company building the hospital, a deadline during a heated meeting: have the hospital's foundation poured by February, 2012, or pay a $5 million penalty.
To read about what happened at the meeting,
that the facility would ever be built, but it broke ground in June. To read about the groundbreaking, .
Some city officials fumed during the meeting because Murrieta officials were able to conceive plans with Loma Linda University for a hospital and build the facility while Temecula was grappling with Universal Health Services.
To see a video of Loma Linda's opening,