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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • City cleans up homeless camp in Sandy Creek

  • Crews act on complaints from people who walk by the area
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  • City work crews cleaned out a small homeless camp in Sandy Creek just west of Sixth Street Wednesday morning, removing nearly two dump trucks full of trash.
    The workers climbed down into the ditch under a group of large trees and carried out blankets old food and "buckets full of feces," City Code Compliance Officer Jill Gipson said.
    They also found five puppies that were turned over to animal control.
    It was apparent that three or four people had been living there, Gipson said.
    One man was there when crews, accompanied by a police officer, came to clean it up just after 7 a.m. and threatened a city worker, chief of Police Ed Whiting said.
    He was given a warning and sent on his way.
    "We explained to him you can't threaten city workers and explained to him what the consequences could be," Whiting said.
    Crews also removed a tent and other items from Sandy Creek under the Tenth Street bridge.
    Whiting said the cleanup was prompted by information from the public.
    "It was brought to our attention by people who walk in the area," the chief said.
    Whiting said "a little homeless encampment" had apparently been growing over the summer
    "It had to be cleaned up and it was cleaned up," Whiting said.
    The land is owned by the city, Whiting said.

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