Other efforts having failed, Camarillo officials say they will seek a court order to allow demolition of the home of a 63-year-old woman who has allowed a mountain of garbage and debris to fill her aging duplex.
Kelton Roberts, who once served on the city's beautification committee, had until Aug. 1 to clear her home of the trash, which is piled in places to within a foot of the ceiling, but Camarillo officials said that no improvement had been made.
"It would take pretty much a miracle now to clear the house," said Shirley Murphy, the city's code enforcement officer.
Roberts, who is staying in an undisclosed hotel, had been camping for the last several years under a tarpaulin outside the home because the structure had grown so decrepit and so full of rubbish, officials said.
The pale stucco house, a block from an upscale shopping center, has been without plumbing, gas or running water, and its kitchen and bathroom fixtures long ago were buried under the trash, they said.