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Comanche Creek Greenway parking lot closing to clear campers

People are being given 72 hours to clear the Greenway lot.

Posted: Apr 8, 2021 10:08 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2021 10:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Public Works Department closed the parking lot for the protection of the public and property.

People have been packing their cars and RVs all day today.

Chico Police Lt. Brian Miller tells Action News Now that they have been spreading the word at this camp about this eviction for weeks now.

This clearing follows an altercation between a homeless camper and police officer that occured on Tuesday.

The plan is to eventually have the entire encampment cleared.

"Today we are focusing more on the vehicle aspect and then after the lot is cleared and closed, it kind of gives us the ability to focus on where people are going and the property,” said Lt. Miller.

Chico PD handed out 72 hour eviction notices that also included a list of resources to shelters and services.

Many people living here do not want to turn to shelters because they do not want to abide by their rules.

"I have my dog and I can't take him there,” said Rebecca George, who lives in her RV in the Comanche Creek lot. “I wouldn't be able to do any of my artwork there."

Others having to move out tell Action News Now this is not solving any problems.

"It's ridiculous because you are going to have people sleeping on the roads, and they are not going to get rid of their tents because they've given them the right to have a tent,” said Ambur Bond, who was moving out of the lot today.

Chico PD says they have been successful in clearing out other homeless camps, and they intend to do the same with Comanche Creek.

Their first priority is clearing the parking lot before working their way into campers in the park.

The lot will remain closed until Friday, April 23.

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