Judge delays appointing De Vaul receiver
November 8, 2011
In the latest chapter in the Sunny Acres controversy, a judge decided to give San Luis Obispo rancher Dan De Vaul another 30 days before choosing whether to appoint a receiver to oversee his clean and sober living facility.
At a hearing on Monday, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall said he was not ready to assign a receiver to make sure De Vaul brings his 72-acre ranch into compliance with county housing and building ordinances.
Terence Cassidy, the county’s attorney, argued that De Vaul has had ample time to comply with government codes and a receiver should be appointed.
De Vaul’s attorney, John Belsher, said that the $500 an hour cost of a receiver would make the homeless facility financially unfeasible. Belsher asked the judge to consider having a mediator step in and to help both sides resolve issues.
Last month, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors agreed to waive more than $20,000 in fees to allow De Vaul to build an 8,000-square-foot home to be used as a nonprofit sober living residence serving very low-income residents with substance abuse problems.
In August, the county evicted 15 residents from the property out of safety concerns.