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The noose tightens for Sunny Acres

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The final chapter in the sober-living program, Sunny Acres, may be at hand. Owner Dan De Vaul appeared in court on Oct. 20 for a hearing to determine if a receiver will be appointed to manage his property.

The county claims De Vaul allowed people to stay in structures that don’t meet code, therefore violating a court order. County officials have asked SLO Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall to appoint a receiver to take over the property.

De Vaul’s lawyer, John Belsher, told the judge his client had not only complied with the court order but had made steps to move Sunny Acres toward full compliance.

County Chief Building Inspector Cheryl Journey testified that De Vaul had not complied with the judge’s order. She said she found evidence of human habitation in structures that the judge had ordered vacated.

The county wants De Vaul to pay for its attorneys’ fees, as well as pay for the receiver if one is appointed. De Vaul supporters worry these costs might put Sunny Acres out of business forever.

After a day of testimony, the judge continued the hearing to Oct. 27.

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