Multi-Agency Effort To Bulldoze Dilapidated Trailer Park Now Underway

The closure and demolition of a trouble-plagued Red Bluff trailer park is a project that Tehama County authorities have been working on for some time. The Antelope Homewood trailer park on Belle Mill Road now has a new owner and is being leveled. In 2022 sheriff’s deputies and Cal-Fire responded to more than 500 calls at the park. There was raw sewage on the ground, trash scattered everywhere and burned out trailers left to rot. Crimes committed there included attempted murder, numerous assaults and child molestation. One person died in a mobile home fire there. It had become a haven for crime, according to Tehama County District Attorney Matt Rogers, so last Spring he assembled a multi-agency task force to do something about it. State officials have jurisdiction over mobile homes and trailer parks, but they were doing nothing. Rogers had discussions with the owners, David and Donald Westby of Shasta County, and filed a civil lawsuit alleging unfair business practices. A judgment ordered the Westbys to either fix the problems or sell the property, under threat of a $250,000 penalty if they failed to do so. The property was listed for sale but escrow fell through several times before a buyer finally took ownership on January 29th. Clean-up began immediately as deputies have been helping evict squatters and around 2 dozen dilapidated mobile homes are being bulldozed and hauled away.