Oct 20, 2011 9:38 PM by Liza Sullivan

De Vaul goes to court for 'receiver' hearing

New evidence was heard Thursday as the battle between San Luis Obispo County and the owner of a controversal sober-living center played out in court.

The county is asking the court to appoint a Receiver.

Attorneys argued whether De Vaul's ranch is in compliance with heath and safety rules.

The attorney representing De Vaul argued that his client is working to clean up Sunny Acres and bring it into compliance with building codes and health and safety standards.

However, the County is arguing that De Vaul demolished illegal structures on his property without proper permits. And believes a receiver should be appointed to oversee the property.

"We have photographs and witnesses from the Sunny Acres program showing they are in full compliance with the court's order, and also that De Vaul has made applications to the county that haven't been acted upon," said John Belsher, who represents De Vaul.

"It's too little too late, and that's the problem." said the County's attorney. "And now counsel is asking 'can't you answer this some other way?' No. There isn't any other way, the Receiver is the appropriate mechanism."

De Vaul fears that a Receiver would force a lien on his Los Osos Valley Road ranch.

Testimony in the hearing will continue next week.

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