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January 31, 2003
Elisabeth Brown Last week, the El Morro trailer park floated a new scheme to allow the trailers to stay in [El Morro Village] beyond the expiration of their lease at the end of 2004. In the packet sent to the press, the names of two nonprofit organizations were listed as beneficiaries of supposedly excess revenues: State Parks Foundation, a statewide organization that supports state parks, and Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. The board of the Laguna Greenbelt Inc. wishes to reassure our supporters and members that we want nothing to do with this proposal other than to see it defeated.
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By Jerry King | January 18, 2008
Regarding the former El Moro trailer site, I couldn?t agree with James Pribram more! (Surfing Soapbox, ?Trashing of El Morro continues,? Coastline Pilot, Jan. 11) Just as the state did with the Crystal Cove cottages, they couldn?t wait to evict the El Moro tenants, only to let the property deteriorate to near slum-like conditions. The site of the former trailer park is a total eyesore! I can?t believe they would remove the trailers and then just leave the concrete pads, walls, roadways and common buildings to decay.
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By Cindy Frazier | July 10, 2008
The next phase for El Moro Canyon ? where trailers and mobile homes stood since the 1950s ? is set to begin soon. Construction of the long-awaited El Moro Campground at Crystal Cove State Park is expected to begin after the July 4 weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said Monday. State Parks officials recently awarded a $12 million public works project contract to Los Angeles Engineering, Inc. for the conversion of the former El Morro Village trailer park site to a state park campground, beach, and picnic area.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
Lauren Vane Dirty tire tracks, an old washing machine and a pile of debris are all that's left on the site where mobile home number five once stood inside the El Morro Village trailer park. Through the filthy windows of a now-vacant trailer nearby, a spectacular ocean view and a glimpse of Catalina Island stretches out. A group of residents signed an agreement to leave by April 1, and the trailer park has since been marked with holes in the landscape where homes have been pulled off their foundation and taken elsewhere.
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By Lauren Vane | June 2, 2006
The former tenants of the El Morro trailer park have agreed to pay the state a $60,000 settlement involving trash and vandalism discovered after residents vacated the park in March, state officials said Wednesday. The May 18 settlement is the final hurdle in the legal snarl to convert the trailer park to a campground for public use. The state purchased the land in 1979, and residents were allowed to continue living there until a few months ago. "This is obviously a much better solution than going to court and having to resolve the issues there," State Parks District Supt.
NEWS
March 25, 2005
It seems apparent, from all that has been written lately, that Assemblyman Chuck DeVore must believe that California taxpayers are extremely naive. He wants us to believe his bills would save taxpayers pots of money by allowing El Morro trailer park residents to continue squatting on public property for another 30 years. His claim of earning $50 million to help the state out of its financial problems sounds great, but is it? Using the infamous "fuzzy math," even an ordinary person can see that if removing the current tenants from El Morro would amount to an annual loss of $1.2 million, it means -- based on 300 trailer spaces -- the trailer residents are currently paying approximately a $333.
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By Lauren Vane | March 24, 2006
Destruction and vandalism at the recently vacated El Morro trailer park could prompt the California state parks department to take legal action against the former tenants, who moved out March 1, officials said. In some of the trailers, the destruction is staggering. Graffiti covers the outside and inside of many of the beachfront homes. Inside one of the trailers, everything glass ? including the floor-to-ceiling front windows and the shower door ? is shattered, leaving a layer of shards, some two inches thick, across the floor.
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By Cindy Frazier | January 29, 2009
The crisis in the California economy and state budget has dealt a double blow to long-awaited facilities at Crystal Cove State Park. Construction has been halted at a campground and RV park at the former El Morro Village trailer park, where a $10.5-million project has been under way. At the Historic Cottage District — set to begin the second phase of restoration, a $6.5-million project — two sources of funding have dried up,...
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By Barbara Diamond | January 14, 2010
Hamstrung once again by state laws, the City Council voted 3 to 2 at its Jan. 5 meeting to conditionally approve mandated steps that would give ownership to the residents of Laguna Terrace Mobile Home Park with little say by local officials. The California Subdivision Map Act trumps most of the city’s municipal code and general plan provisions, including the requirement of a relocation impact report for the proposed conversion of a park to a resident-owned park. “The scope of the hearing shall be limited to the issue of compliance with [the state code]
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By Barbara Diamond | October 15, 2009
A pocket of open space in Thurston Mobilehome Park has become the latest battlefield in the ongoing hostilities between a group of residents and the park association board of directors. Five mobile-home residents appealed to the City Council at the Oct. 6 meeting for help in regaining the little oasis, now occupied by a trailer, and for help in challenging decisions by the board of directors they deem sketchy if not downright illegal. City Manager Ken Frank advised the council that city intervention was not a wise move and could lead to litigation.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | January 29, 2009
The crisis in the California economy and state budget has dealt a double blow to long-awaited facilities at Crystal Cove State Park. Construction has been halted at a campground and RV park at the former El Morro Village trailer park, where a $10.5-million project has been under way. At the Historic Cottage District — set to begin the second phase of restoration, a $6.5-million project — two sources of funding have dried up,...
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | July 10, 2008
The next phase for El Moro Canyon ? where trailers and mobile homes stood since the 1950s ? is set to begin soon. Construction of the long-awaited El Moro Campground at Crystal Cove State Park is expected to begin after the July 4 weekend, Crystal Cove State Park Supt. Ken Kramer said Monday. State Parks officials recently awarded a $12 million public works project contract to Los Angeles Engineering, Inc. for the conversion of the former El Morro Village trailer park site to a state park campground, beach, and picnic area.
NEWS
By Jerry King | January 18, 2008
Regarding the former El Moro trailer site, I couldn?t agree with James Pribram more! (Surfing Soapbox, ?Trashing of El Morro continues,? Coastline Pilot, Jan. 11) Just as the state did with the Crystal Cove cottages, they couldn?t wait to evict the El Moro tenants, only to let the property deteriorate to near slum-like conditions. The site of the former trailer park is a total eyesore! I can?t believe they would remove the trailers and then just leave the concrete pads, walls, roadways and common buildings to decay.
NEWS
By Eric Sanders | August 11, 2006
After sitting idle and empty for more than six months, the homes of the former El Morro Village trailer park at Crystal Cove State Park are being removed, beginning the process of turning the property into a state beach. The salvage operation taking place on the coastline side is expected to be completed by today. The remainder of the mobile home park is expected to be removed by the deadline set for Sept. 13. To clear away the trailers, a private contractor was hired by the state to remove the surplus property.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | June 2, 2006
The former tenants of the El Morro trailer park have agreed to pay the state a $60,000 settlement involving trash and vandalism discovered after residents vacated the park in March, state officials said Wednesday. The May 18 settlement is the final hurdle in the legal snarl to convert the trailer park to a campground for public use. The state purchased the land in 1979, and residents were allowed to continue living there until a few months ago. "This is obviously a much better solution than going to court and having to resolve the issues there," State Parks District Supt.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | March 24, 2006
Destruction and vandalism at the recently vacated El Morro trailer park could prompt the California state parks department to take legal action against the former tenants, who moved out March 1, officials said. In some of the trailers, the destruction is staggering. Graffiti covers the outside and inside of many of the beachfront homes. Inside one of the trailers, everything glass ? including the floor-to-ceiling front windows and the shower door ? is shattered, leaving a layer of shards, some two inches thick, across the floor.
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