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Crackdown on Chico’s homeless camps sends dozens relocating to Comanche Creek

The latest eviction happened Thursday at the triangle located on Cypress and Pine Street.

Posted: Feb 5, 2021 6:06 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2021 8:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Dozens of tents filled Chico's "triangle" on Pine St and Cypress Thursday morning before the city and police cleared the homeless out. The question now is, where did they go?

Pedro Martinez has been living on the streets for 10 years.

"Did bad with my family and got pushed out," said Martinez. "The streets have been good to me."

Martinez is now afraid police will soon kick him out of his home set up in Comanche Creek.

RELATED: CITY OF CHICO CONTINUES HOMELESS EVICTIONS IN 'TRIANGLE'

"We knew this was going to come, but where would you put someone," said Martinez. "Where would you put the homeless. It is something that is growing out here and it's not like it is going to go away. I don't think the solution is to keep moving people but rather than move them, come out here and talk to them, and find out what they need."

A new sign now stands at the triangle, it reads "area closed for environmental rehabilitation."

City Manager, Mark Orme, said Comanche Creek could be targeted next.

"It will be a part of the continuing enforcement of those rules and regulations," said Orme. "It's specific areas in the city where these parks rules and recs will be enforced. So at some point in the future, absolutely, that area will be enforced within."

"The laws don't change just because someone relocates," said Orme. "The laws that are in place are there for a reason. If there is someone illegally in a location they cannot be, then the police will enforce those laws.

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Martinez said more homeless moved to Comanche Creek since evictions started. He said he sees Chico police officers out patrolling the area from time to time.

"They are here," said Martinez. "Their presence is known, and it should be but I think it almost needs to be where you can police yourself."

Martinez said if he does get kicked out of Comanche creek, he will remain in Chico, living on the streets.

Orme said it could be just weeks or months before we see the homeless being moved out of Comanche Creek.

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