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Nowhere to Go: Eviction Deadline for RV Park Residents is Here
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
May 25, 2018

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The deadline for residents of Jack’s Resort RV Resort to vacate the place they call home has now arrived. But the tenants of the ramshackle RV park near Mendota don’t know when or if they’ll be thrown off the property, where they might go or whether any help is on the way.
Thirty days have come and gone since the landlord gave 23 residents living there a notice to vacate.
A state inspection found 161 code violations at the site. Among them is a failure to obtain the required permits from the state to allow tenants to rent spaces for RV’s and trailers.


Jack’s Resort resident Graciela Reyes

Residents Have Nowhere to Go

Some residents we spoke with say they aren’t moving.
Eddie Mendoza is holding his ground, not out of principle, but out of necessity. He’s a cancer survivor on disability.
“There ain’t no other place to put our trailers. We can’t afford a house. This is the cheapest for us, so we can have somewhere to stay. I don’t know what’s going to happen because he shut it down.”
Like other residents in the park, Mendoza keeps his trailer stationary. He faces challenges trying to leave.

“There ain’t no other place to put our trailers. We can’t afford a house. This is the cheapest for us, so we can have somewhere to stay. I don’t know what’s going to happen because he shut it down.”—resident Eddie Mendoza
“Some of us have no way of moving our trailers. The farthest we can move is all the way to Fresno. There’s no other trailer park around here,” Mendoza said.
Graciela Reyes also lives at Jacks’ Resort. She said through an interpreter she doesn’t know what to do if she has to leave. She says she has no place to go, and plans to stay.
At least three residents reached out to the non-profit Central California Legal Services for help. CCLS tells GV Wire it is considering options, but has not taken action yet.

Elected Leaders React

GV Wire reached out to elected leaders who represent the area.


“I encourage those residents and landowners to work together with their city and county representatives toward a mutually beneficial resolution.”—State Sen. Anthony Cannella
Fresno County Supervisor Brian Pacheco says the county is working with the state to assist the residents. However, residents we spoke to haven’t seen the help.
State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), whose district covers the Mendota area, sent this statement via email:
“Access to affordable housing in California has many challenges and those who find themselves between health and safety disputes and their landlord are particularly vulnerable. I encourage those residents and landowners to work together with their city and county representatives toward a mutually beneficial resolution. If my office can be of assistance, we are more than happy to help.”
The office of Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) said he’s aware of GV Wire’s reporting, but declined to say if he is doing anything about it.

Park Owner Downplays Complaints

And what about the owner, Saeed Mohamed? We went searching for him at grocery stores he owns with his family in Mendota and Huron. We eventually found him in Coalinga.
Mohammed said he was working with officials to fix his place. He dismissed residents’ complaints regarding problems at Jack’s Resort found by state inspectors.


Saeed Mohamed
We wanted to know if Mohamed was doing anything to help those on his property. That’s when he kicked us out.
Back at Jack’s Resort, Eddie Mendoza said he just wants Mohamed to take responsibility.
“I would tell Mr. Mohamed to reimburse all our money back,” Mendoza said. “He did something that he knew that was wrong.”

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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