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Homeless camp found on Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

A large homeless encampment was discovered on one of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve trails early this month.
A large homeless encampment was discovered on one of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve trails early this month. sprovost@thetribunenews.com

Readers have questions, The Cambrian has answers.

A reader recently asked The Cambrian about a new illegal encampment she’d seen on a Fiscalini Ranch Preserve trail, so we checked with authorities.

Cambria’s services district owns the ranch and manages it for the community, with oversight from the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. The nonprofit holds a conservation easement over the approximately 430-acre oceanfront property.

After we notified Carlos Mendoza, ranch manager and resources/facilities supervisor for the Cambria Community Services District, he reported back to us and officials on May 2 that he’d contacted a person in the camp, which “is at the end of Steelhead Park. It is very large and elaborate. It looks like the person has been there for a while. I asked him to move to a different location and will be going back in about a week to see the progress.”

The Cambrian then asked Sheriff’s Cmdr. Jim Taylor what would happen next.

It is very large and elaborate. It looks like the person has been there for a while.

Carlos Mendoza, ranch manager and CCSD resources/facilities supervisor

Taylor quickly emailed back May 4 that he had “sent the information to Deputy Lomeli, our rural/ag crimes deputy. He will go in with other deputies next week, make contact with whomever remains in the camp and serve them with notification that they need to leave.”

Deputies “typically photograph everyone they contact holding the notice to vacate, to show service.”

The commander explained that “our notices give them time to get their stuff and move on, but if they fail to do so, we arrest them for trespassing. When they learn that we arrest instead of write them tickets, they tend to take the notice to vacate a little more seriously.”

The Cambrian inquired May 9 if those notices had been issued, but didn’t receive a response by press deadline.

“Since You Asked” is an occasional feature in which The Cambrian responds to questions and tips from readers.

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