Responding to dozens of complaints of substandard housing, the Ventura County grand jury has recommended that both neighborhood leaders and county officials do more to clean up El Rio.
In a report released Friday, grand jurors said they have found numerous zoning, building and safety violations at illegal boarding houses and second dwellings and illicit businesses in the unincorporated community near Oxnard.
"It is apparent that the violating residents have become very adept at stringing out the complaints registered against them, causing the complainants and officials to become frustrated," the jurors said.
Jurors noted that Ventura County has only two code enforcement officers to cover complaints from all of the county's sprawling unincorporated area, including El Rio. Those officers now handle 940 open cases, the report said.