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Protesters rally to prevent homeless evictions in Isla Vista

Protesters rally in opposition of homeless encampment evictions in Isla Vista
Rally in Isla Vista
Tracy Lehr

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The days are numbered for the sanctioned homeless encampments in Isla Vista's People's Park.

The Isla Vista Recreation and Park District voted to give campers a ten-day notice to vacate. They must be out of the park by June 1.

Protesters don't think the community has a right to move them and would like to let them extend their stay as long as they are unable to find shelter.

They chanted their message and marched.

Travis Roske lives in Isla Vista and has no problem with the encampments. He thinks dispersing them into other parts of the county would not be as safe.

David Williams lives in his car near the park, and said he likes being near the services in the area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended finding people alternative homes if they are moved during the pandemic.

The park isn't as busy as it used to be when UCSB students had in-person classes on campus.

Ethan Bertrand of the Isla Vista Community Services District said a number of homeless organizations are trying to offer encampment residents new housing opportunities.

He said people who disagree on the camp would probably agree they deserve shelter.

The park district staff could not be reached for comment.

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