Camp residents won’t follow suit

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Only about 45 people remain at Follows Camp, a fraction of the more than 200 residents who once called the mountain retreat home.They are the tenacious ones, refusing to budge until forced out, even as trailers around them are torn down, and neighbors pack up and move to the cities below.The camp owner has given the tenants until Jan. 10 to leave.The property is in escrow, and tenants say majority owner Terri Eagon is trying to remove them all. Residents have received unsigned letters from Eagon’s lawyer asking them to move or face being served with an unlawful detainer.The camp was never allowed to have permanent residents, according to the original 1971 Special Permit; guests were only allowed for 14 days. That permit expired in 1991, and camp owners never renewed it.But tenants who have lived there for years say Eagon never told them the camp 17 miles north of Azusa was not permitted for permanent residents. Some bought cabins for as much as $10,000; others spent thousands building permanent additions to their trailers – projects that were given the thumbs up by management, they say – paying rent all the while.Neither Eagon nor representatives at property manager Costa Land and Real Estate Services returned calls for comment.“If we’re not supposed to live here, why am I paying more than $1,000 a month in rent?” said Sunshine Daniel, an emergency medical technician who works at nearby Camp Williams.Daniel, who lives at Follows with her husband, son, mother and brother, said relocating will split her family apart and cost thousands of dollars.“The battle has just begun,” Daniels said. “We don’t want to leave. It’s obvious the permits are not in order. But they need to give us a reasonable amount of time.”A Mountain Valley Escrow document dated Sept. 7 showed the camp is being sold for $3 million to Garry Tsaur or an assignee.A five-year-old advertisement showed owners asking for $4.5 million for the 88-acre property, and last July the property was on the block for$5.3 million.Residents say they have been told that after Sunday they can no longer pick up their mail from the camp restaurant, The Fort, and that mail thereafter will go through the camp manager.But Rich Maher, U.S. Postal Service spokesman, said it is illegal for anyone to handle residents’ mail unless they sign an agreement allowing it.“The bottom line is, mail belongs to the person it is addressed to. No one has the right to prevent someone from receiving their mail.”Residents also have been told not to pay their rent in January, but Daniel and others plan to try to do so anyway, on the advice of a Neighborhood Legal Services consultant.Several residents said they are planning lawsuits against Eagon, who took over after Joe Davison’s death in 2002. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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