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Desert trailer park closes after legal battles

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POSTED June 30, 2013 7:10 p.m.

RIVERSIDE  (AP) — The last remaining families are moving out of a squalid mobile home park in the Coachella Valley east of Los Angeles.

After a decade of legal wrangling, the encampment known as Duroville was scheduled to close Sunday by court order.

Only  the owner, Harvey Duro, and his family members are allowed to stay.

The trailer park, housing migrant workers, had been repeatedly cited for violations such as open sewage, faulty wiring and fire hazards.

For the past several months, many former residents have been relocated to a safer home known as Mountain View Estates.

The encampment has been the subject of legal and bureaucratic battles. Since it’s on tribal land, it is not subject to local and state health and safety codes.

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