Cal Poly students cleaning up Sunny Acres
April 11, 2012
A group of Cal Poly students is working to bring Dan De Vaul’s 72-acre ranch and sober living facility north of San Luis Obispo up to code. [Tribune]
After years of the county battling De Vaul over code requirements, in August, Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall ordered De Vaul to remove people he was allowing to stay in non-code compliant structures until several county health and building code violations are corrected. De Vaul was then forced to evict 15 people from the property, many of whom began living in their cars or tents.
Aside from cleaning up the ranch, students from an engineering project management class plan to raise money and get permits needed to bring several barns up to code during the quarter long project. The quarter ends in mid-June.
“We are focusing on turning the ranch into something that will be a source of pride for the community and a resource for those who need help,” said Roya Javadpour, Cal Poly industrial and manufacturing engineering instructor to the Tribune. “We are taking it one step at a time.”