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Some Atascadero residents angry after pranksters post sign implying homeless shelter was coming soon

Police said Thursday they did not know who hung a sign outside a planned development that implied it was the proposed home of a new homeless shelter.

Officers responded to a vacant lot owned by developer Kelly Gearhart at Atascadero Avenue and Highway 41 at 8:30 a.m.

They were told someone had hung a sign saying only “Future Site of Homeless,” police Chief John Couch said.

Bev Aho, shelter chairwoman for the El Camino Homeless Organization, called police after receiving calls from angry homeowners near Gearhart’s property.

Aho, whose group operates a facility nearby, said she did not know who created the 3-by-15-foot sign.

Couch, who said the sign appeared to be a prank on Gearhart, said no one was cited. The developer, who works from an office across from the property, reportedly helped remove the sign.

Aho, who said the sign could come in handy if her group ever builds its own shelter, took the sign back to her office.

—Stephen Curran

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