Chop shop allegedly uncovered at Oceano Dunes Nature Preserve

A new Oceano Dunes controversy has arisen that centers not around off-road vehicles, but bicycles, as well as trash, drugs and the homeless.

Controversial local resident Clark D’Souza published a video on Youtube showing himself walking in and around the Oceano Dunes Nature Preserve, where he alleges homeless individuals are living and operating a bicycle chop shop. D’Souza alleges individuals living in camps in homeless camps there are stealing bicycles from local communities and stripping the bikes at their campsites. D’Souza’s video shows numerous bicycle parts lying on the ground.

“They have a whole chop shop here,” D’Souza said in the Youtube video. “It’s just acres and acres of people chopping apart bikes over here.”

Other allegations D’Souza makes in the video include: there are criminals and felons living in the nature preserve area; individuals are using and manufacturing drugs there; and some residents of the camps are dumping chemicals in a creek bed beside a bird hatching location. D’Souza said residents of the camps are destroying a natural habitat for birds and threatening people who walk by.

“These criminals threaten everybody with violence if we walk through here on public property, which is ridiculous.” D’Souza said.

In addition to numerous bicycles, D’Souza filmed tents and large amounts of trash as he walked in and around the nature preserve. D’Souza said the homeless move into the nature preserve from out of area during the warm months of the year and abandon their camps during cold months.

D’Souza repeatedly criticizes California state parks and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office for not clearing out the homeless individuals and cleaning up the area. The activist titled the Youtube video, ““Lisa Mangat’s Community Chop Shop @ Oceano Dunes Nature Preserve.” 

Mangat is the director of state parks. 

D’Souza has a long history of aggressive and erratic behavior often targeting elected officials and government employees.

In 2017, a judge granted the Oceano Community Services District a temporary restraining order against D’Souza that lasted from June 25, 2017 through Aug. 3, 2018. Also around that time, D’Souza posted videos in which he talked about wanting to slash picture of SLO County Supervisor Lynn Compton’s face.

In Nov. 2018, YouTube removed several threatening videos D’Souza posted about activist Julie Tacker.