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STOCKTON, CA - Every couple of years it happens, and it happened again Thursday morning.

Homeless people living on state property along Interstate 5 in Stockton have been told to pack up and leave.

A homeless advocate, watching the latest operation, said it wouldn't accomplish much.

"Chasing them around from place to place isn't solving the problem. We need to find a solution," Occupy Stockton protester Richard Blackston said.

Blackston said his group favors setting aside property for Stockton's homeless population so they can govern themselves, as long as there are sanitation facilities provided. He said there are people in Stockton, with the money and willingness, able to make it happen.

"We actually have different people in this community, very well known, who've said we're with you. They're working with us behind the scenes," Blackston said.

The displaced homeless population could end up on Stockton's Church Street, where sidewalks are packed with tents and other structures.

The City of Stockton hasn't moved those people because police spokesman Pete Smith said there hadn't been any complaints.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net

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