H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Oct 6, 2011 9:50 PM by Liza Sullivan

City crews crack down on Homeless living in the creek

An aggressive attempt to clear the creek in San Luis Obispo of homeless people and their trash is underway.

"The creek was really overgrown, and there was trash and bio hazardous material," said Robert Mullins, describing the creek near his home at Laurel Creek.

Behind the complex, between Sacramento Drive and the railroad tracks off Orcutt Road are several homeless camps.

"They don't tend to be there during the day," said Laura Sisk, who walks the neighborhood.

But deep within the thick brush are their sleeping bags and tents, beer bottles, and even syringes.

"I don't want them living in that creek," said Mullins. "They're causing pollution and bringing down home values."

Mullins is fed up with the noise and trash left behind. He has asked the owner of the property and the city of San Luis Obispo to take action.

"It's a multi-agency effort between our Natural Resources Department the City Police and Parks and Recreation," said Lt. Keith Storton of the Police Department. "Our rangers are just trying to help clean up the area so people who own the private property can just move forward from there."

So far, crews "Winterized" about half of the troubled area, clearing away brush and debris so the creek can flow freely. And they are sending transients to shelters.

"we try to provide them with information of the services the city has to offer, and if necessary we'll arrest people who may have warrants, or write citations to those who don't follow our warnings to leave," said Lt. Storton.

Crews will be back Oct. 10 to finish the work.

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