Oxnard City Council Agrees to Extend Deadline for Abatement of Halaco Property

Oxnard, California – The Oxnard City Council on Monday agreed to extend the deadline for the abatement of the Halaco site until Dec. 15 in order to coincide with the opening of the West Ventura County Regional Winter Warming Shelter.

“Oxnard’s top priority is the protection of public health and safety for all residents,” said City Manager Greg Nyhoff. “The Halaco property is not a place where anyone should be allowed to sleep or camp, given that it is a toxic site. As we move toward the Dec. 15 abatement date, the city will look to ensure the homeless population doesn’t continue to increase there, and that criminal activity is minimized. We will also very quickly develop a plan to assist those evicted to find another place to stay.”

The Halaco site, located at 6200 Perkins Rd., is private property and is listed as a Superfund site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the last several years, the vacant property has attracted a growing homeless population, with inhabitants building makeshift structures to provide shelter. A growing number of cars, trailers and recreational vehicles have been parked on the property’s perimeter, and campsites have been set up.

The property has become a leading service call location for public safety resources. During the latter half of 2017, the number of police and fire calls to the site have increased dramatically, including several serious assaults, firearms arrests, narcotics arrests, a homicide, an armed carjacking, injured people, illnesses, overdoses and fires. Fifteen stolen vehicles have been recovered there, nine of which were retrieved since September.

There have also been a number of public health concerns, including unsanitary conditions from garbage and waste piling up. These concerns are also echoed by environmental advocates for Ormond Beach Wetlands, one of the few remaining wetlands in the area and home to several endangered and threatened species.

The City Council also agreed to allocate $400,000 from the city’s General Fund Undesignated Reserve Fund Balance to abate the site, which includes the removal of trash and vehicles.

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