Securing the Land

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 3.06.30 PMShort History 

Slab City or The Slabs is a snowbird campsite in the Sonoran Desert 156 miles northeast of San Diego, used by recreational vehicle owners and squatters from across North America. Slab City has consisted of Camping and RV Squatters on the former Camp Dunlap for over 50 years.

The California State Lands Commission controlled this 640 acre parcel for the benefit of the California Teachers Retirement Fund. The State has been aware of Slab City’s existence throughout the time Squatters first arrived.

Recently, The State Lands Commission decided to sell the land to local non-profits. The three non-profits are Salvation Mountain Board of Directors Inc, The Chasterous Foundation and the Slab City Community Group Inc.

The Slab City Community Group Inc is the only non-profit that currently does not have any funds to secure the land. This group would control the major portion of the original 640 acres.  This area is where most Slab City Residents and Visitors reside.

There has been much debate regarding fear of the County imposing strict code regulations and violations.  Some felt it would be better not to buy the land, and others feel the writing is on the wall and it is only a matter of time before the State finds a way to spin off this parcel.

Slab City Community Group Inc needs your help in forming a creative solution to address the concerns of both.  SCCGI needs to present a plan that allows the creativity of the community to continue unfettered as in the past, while addressing the most basic health and safety concerns of the State of California and the County of Imperial Valley. We could use creative legal minds to help us form this plan.

SCCGI also needs funds to initiate the process.  $5000 to start the required application process and State evaluation and an unknown amount depending on what the State Lands Commission asks for the purchase.