MOBILEHOME COMMISSION MEETING
COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Jean Brocklebank, 1ST District
Henry Cleveland, 2ND District
Mary Crowther, 4th District
Rick Halterman, 5TH District
Mary L. Hanley, 3rd District
Carol Lerno, GSMOL Representative
Bonnie Lund, WMHA Representative
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: None
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Janet K. Beautz
SECRETARY: Lee Ann Shenkman
Chair Carol Lerno called the
meeting to order at There were 12 members of the public in the
audience. The minutes of the
Commissioner Cleveland added Item E to the agenda for a discussion regarding the Solutions Summit.
A. Commissioner Reports
Commissioner Cleveland informed the Commission that there was an article by Patrick Dwire and Chris J. Magyar about Pacific Mobilehome Park, “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land” on Valentine’s Day in the Good Times, regarding sham conversions and Proposition 98. The article can be obtained on the Good Times website, www.GTweekly.com.
Commissioner Halterman discussed the following four items: (1) a portion of the lawsuit brought by the owners of Surf and Sand was dismissed by the Federal court because it was time- barred, and the sham conversion issue was also dismissed because the owners did not conduct a survey; the owners have 21 days to amend their complaint, and only if they have a good faith reason; the park owners can file in state court; (2) a new eminent domain initiative (#1331) is circulating which seems to deal strictly with eminent domain; (3) it appears that the Democratic Women’s Club will be endorsing Proposition 99; and, (4) the Democratic Women’s Club is willing to have their April meeting hosted by and held at a mobilehome park if one is available.
Brocklebank reminded the Commission that the
Jan Beautz informed the Commission that a lawsuit was filed by the Eminent
Domain Reform Now Coalition in Sacramento County in Superior Court asking the
judge to change the title of Proposition 98 (which will appear on the June 3rd
ballot) to include mention of the measure’s rent control provisions. The Coalition believes that challenging the
inaccuracy of the official title is imperative because the title is what many
voters read first; the voters should be informed upfront that Measure 98
abolishes rent control. The official
title of the measure prepared by the California Attorney General’s Office
only mentions the eminent domain provisions and excludes any mention of eliminating
rent control. The position of the Coalition
is that the official title of an initiative is supposed to summarize the
principal provisions of a measure. The
lawsuit also contends that the principal provisions of Proposition 98 would
interfere with local land use and environmental laws and regulations and should
also be included in the title and summary.
There is no mention either in title or summary of these critical
provisions. The hearing on this lawsuit
is set for
Jerry Bowles informed the Commission that the League of California Cities and GSMOL and other organizations are working on an article regarding Propositions 98 and 99. Mr. Bowles also distributed a list of bills which is updated every two weeks on the Senate Select Committee’s website, http://www.sen.ca.gov/mobilehome. The hearing of SB 900 was cancelled at the request of the bill’s author. This cancellation will provide extra time to possibly obtain enough votes to pass this bill out of committee.
SB 1107 is a new bill for this year, and it will not be heard until March. Other new bills for this year include SB1122, SB1226, SB1234, and SB1452. The earliest these bills can be heard is March 11th for SB 1122; the other bills can be heard after March 16th. All of these bills can be found on the Senate Select Committee website. Bills that have died include AB217, AB285, and AB1309. No date has been set for hearing AB567. AB2050 can be heard after March 21st; AB952 is inactive and has too much opposition.
D. Mobilehome Commission Website Update
Cleveland prepared a draft press release regarding the existence of the
Mobilehome Commission’s website.
Commissioner Lund made a motion that the Commission give
Commissioner Cleveland made a motion that the Mobilehome Commission meeting time and location be added to the “Meetings” page on the website; Commissioner Crowther seconded; approved.
E. Solutions Summit 2008 (add on)
On March 19th there will be a panel discussion regarding challenges to the communities of seniors and adults with disabilities. The Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council is convening this summit to strategize how to work in collaboration to resolve some of these challenges. Commissioners Crowther and Lerno may attend, and if so, they will report back to the Mobilehome Commission.
A resident from El Rio Mobilehome Park was provided information by the Commission as to whom to contact regarding property line issues in the park, including a recommendation that he contact the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Ombudsman at 800-952-5275. The HCD deals with lot line issues in mobilehome parks, and the Ombudsman deals with most parks, including resident owned parks. The resident was informed that Title 25 of the CA Code of Regulations, section 1000, applies to mobilehome parks throughout the state, and section 1105 refers to lot line changes.
meeting was adjourned at The next meeting
Lee Ann Shenkman, Staff Secretary to the