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RV belonging to a resident who neighbors say has lived in the Cali-Lake RV Resort for more than three decades. His is one of many trailers that may be forced to relocate. Many residents fear they may not be able to find a home outside their tight-knit community and could be forced onto the streets. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.
RV belonging to a resident who neighbors say has lived in the Cali-Lake RV Resort for more than three decades. His is one of many trailers that may be forced to relocate. Many residents fear they may not be able to find a home outside their tight-knit community and could be forced onto the streets. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

 

If Idaho native Lacey Borland could describe what Cali Lake RV Resort in Agua Dulce offered her and her family, she would say: “home.”

“We came across this place, and I couldn’t believe it,” said Borland, who recently gave birth to her firstborn and moved to Cali Lake with her husband, Ryan, a few weeks ago.

“This was like a miracle; everyone here is like family,” she said. “They took us in and they’ve even gone to the store and gotten milk and fixed my generator when it broke down. This is home.”

Cali Lake is nestled in a quiet canyon off a rural part of Soledad Canyon Road.

The Borlands are just one in nearly 100 families settled at Cali Lake with similar sentiments and now share concerns about having to relocate — about half the park’s may have to leave by Jan. 14, after receiving a notice from Los Angeles County of overcrowding at the park.

Lacey Borland and her infant daughter Journey live in the Cali-Lake RV Resort, but are worried that they may be forced into homelessness if the state goes forward with plans to remove many of the residents of the complex. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

Lacey Borland and her infant daughter Journey live in the Cali-Lake RV Resort, but are worried that they may be forced into homelessness if the state goes forward with plans to remove many of the residents of the complex. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

“The department (L.A. County Regional Planning) identified violations including illegal grading, illegal dumping, debris and exceeding the number of RVs,” said Adel Vizcarra, the planning and public works deputy for County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Cali Lake’s current permit allows for only 47 spaces, but the RV park has 79, he said.

“We did things for people no others would,” said RV resort owner and investor Stewart Silver, who bought the property in 2018. “We let people in that don’t have a lot of money, but we felt terrible about their situations. For me, everybody’s human.”

Handyman and Groundskeeper for the Cali-Lake RV park Joe Cervantes, often called “Uncle Joe” or “Grandpa Joe” by residents feeds fish in a small pond in one of the park’s communal areas. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

Handyman and Groundskeeper for the Cali-Lake RV park Joe Cervantes, often called “Uncle Joe” or “Grandpa Joe” by residents feeds fish in a small pond in one of the park’s communal areas. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

The Borlands previously spent nine months parked near an overpass after constant relocating from county parks and rejections from other RV locales for having an RV considered “too old.”

“How could we say no?” said park General Manager Serena French, who added other residents include disabled individuals, elderly couples and children of all ages who “have nowhere else to go.”

The hope, Silver said, is that no one will have to leave as he is working toward compliance and applying for a new permit that will allow for just more than 100 RV spaces to stay permanently.

Cali-Lake RV Resort managers Serena French (foreground) and George and Michele Freeman work in the complex’s office. Residents fear that they may be forced from their home and community if state and county officials pursue action to deal with what they see as overcrowding in the park. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

Cali-Lake RV Resort managers Serena French (foreground) and George and Michele Freeman work in the complex’s office. Residents fear that they may be forced from their home and community if state and county officials pursue action to deal with what they see as overcrowding in the park. September 19, 2019. | Photo: Bobby Block/The Signal.

But Vizcarra said all violations must be cleared before in order to process a new permit. “We understand that we are in the midst of a homeless crisis and we said he could file a new (permit), but you can’t proceed until these violations are taken care of. Displacement is not something the county wants to see.”

“We’ve directed county agencies to work with the operator to make sure no one is displaced and so that they’re in full compliance,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Barger, whose district oversees the Santa Clarita Valley.

Silver is currently meeting with Regional Planning officials to reach those milestones for compliance and begin the new permit process, which could take anywhere between six to 12 months, said Vizcarra.

Silver, who said he has invested more than $450,000 in improving the RV resort, added he has been issued other violation notices in the past, such as for having “a mountain on the property that had to be taken down. It took about 1,000 truckloads to take the mountain out.”

Several Cali Lake residents, such as Paul Rockwell and George Freeman, said Silver has gone above and beyond in doing everything possible to stay in compliance and offer low-income families a place to stay. The average monthly rate is $825, which includes water, power, sewerage and free Wi-Fi.

For now, the only question management is attempting to avoid is: Who will have to leave Cali Lake?

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  1. Dennis valentino says:

    That guy Stewart silver is a lier and a snake he doesn’t care about those people if he did he wouldnt subject them tonthe dangers of over loaded electrical that could burn the place.down and when there three days late on there rent he has there trailers towed out on to the street.He doesnt pull permits when up gradingthe electrical panels and the electric throughout the park that is unsafe.The park has brown outs from the main power pole that cant support the power draw because who ever did the work didnt talk to Edison first and go threw the city and get permits threw building and saftey.I mean people could die over some thing so stupid as not pulling a permit.I think they should be shut down and every thing that has been done with out a permit should be torn out and building and saftey should be alerted to the violations at that park.So spare me stewert the snake silver your greed is putting people in danger you dont care about those people its a big smoke screen.

    • Dennis valentino says:

      Anyone one can research what i have said hear the silent dangers that lurk in that park are just waiting its just a matter of time before some one gets hurt i hope the county relizes how bad it really is at this park.Water and plumbing violations electrical violations and sewage along with many other violations.

  2. steve taub says:

    We live there and understand their will always be haters like yourself. I know who you are and I know you where thrown out for drugs. Stewart made this park look great and and we are happy to call it home.

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