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SLO rancher Dan De Vaul gets an extra two weeks to remove people from his property

Judge Charles Crandall has moved back the date by two weeks that rancher Dan De Vaul will have to clear out facilities on his property.

Crandall ruled Wednesday that De Vaul will have until Sept. 3 to make sure people living in mobile homes, sheds, garden sheds, tents, the dairy and stucco barn and RVs are out. The judge initially gave a deadline of Aug. 20.

Crandall also ruled against an argument from De Vaul to move up the time to re-consider the judge’s July 2 ruling to clear the homeless from the structures on his property and cease collecting money from residents. The motion to re-consider the ruling is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

De Vaul’s lawyer John Belsher has cited “inconsistencies” in Crandall’s ruling – including use of the term “rent” that De Vaul collects; rather Belsher says the $300 per month his client charges is "a program fee that includes meals, transportation, substance abuse support, recreation, vocational activities and shelter."

The tenants also have supported De Vaul in declarations and the ruling could put them out on the streets and in the creeks, Belsher said.

The county has argued health and safety violations on the property that triggered Crandall’s decision.

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