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City removes squatters from Pacific Beach property

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - About two dozen people where removed from a Pacific Beach property that was without power or sewage service, the City of San Diego announced Thursday.

Residents around the neighborhood reached out to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, and she helped get the issue to the city attorney's office after months of complaints.

According to reports, the home owner had allowed people to live there.

"I had some of our properties that were getting broken into things were stolen. The streets and yards were being treated like sewers and I had renters that were concerned," said Rick Bushree, a Pacific Beach resident and property owner. 

Eventually, the city combined all the complaints and granted an order to place the home in receivership.

The order called the property a hazard to the neighborhood. The property was taken over by a new receiver who then had all the people living in it removed - ending a lengthy battle. The new receiver will now oversee upkeep of the property.

"I was so excited that someone was working on the problem. I had no idea how to approach this issue. He got my full support," said Bethany Horvath, a Pacific Beach resident.

It did not cost taxpayers any money to evict the squatters and repair any damage.

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