RVs towed at Comanche Creek, camping enforcement continues at Lindo Channel – Chico Enterprise-Record


CHICO — Five vehicles that included four RVs have been towed during the city’s most recent wave of code enforcement against camping on public property.

Seven-day notices were delivered to the plaintiff’s attorneys in the Warren v. Chico case on May 26, said Interim City Manager Paul Hahn.

When the time on the notice passed on June 2, the city’s Code Enforcement began towing vehicles that had not responded to the announcement. Across the city, 7-day notices were given to campers at Lindo Channel.

When Code Enforcement began hauling vehicles out of Comanche Creek, one person voluntarily asked the team to tow their vehicle away, said Code Enforcement Supervisor Charlene Durkin.

“We had two people leave on their own,” said Durkin. “We’re just trying to work with people. Yes, we’re going to lean on people a little more, but eventually we just want to get them settled in permanent housing.”

Durkin said that when a vehicle is towed it gets taken to a tow yard that has available room to hold it for 15 days while a notice is sent to the name that the vehicle is registered under. Following 15 days, the vehicle can be disposed.

Because people who are living in a mobile home are not considered homeless, they are not considered for the emergency homeless shelters provided by the city.

“It’s a matter of who has space for RVs and who will take them in,” said Durkin. “And there’s not a lot of space in Chico. They will probably have to more to Oroville or Corning where they have more mobile home parks.”

One trailer parked at Comanche Creek on Monday had a notice taped to it’s window that was dated from May 25.

“This vehicle will be in violation of city municipal code section 10.20.200 — parking for more than 168 hours in the same location,” the notice said. “You may avoid citation by moving this vehicle entirely from its present location and travelling through the nearest intersection on or before the above date. Failure to comply will result in a citation and your vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.”

Following the 7-day notices that we delivered on June 2, 72-hour warnings will be delivered as soon as Thursday, said Hahn.


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