MOBILEHOME COMMISSION MEETING
July 24, 2008
COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: 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 NOT PRESENT: Jean Brocklebank, 1st District
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Not Present
SECRETARY: Lee Ann Shenkman
LEGISLATIVE REPORT: Jerry Bowles
Chair Henry Cleveland called the
meeting to order at There were 8 members of the public in the
audience. The minutes of the
Halterman added Item E to the agenda for a discussion regarding a possible
GSMOL meeting in
A. Commissioner Reports
Commissioner Cleveland thanked staff for providing the Santa Cruz Sentinel with a recently published press release regarding the Mobilehome Commission’s website.
Commissioner Crowther reported that she spoke to the City of
if there is interest in modeling an
B. Legislative Report
Bowles distributed to the Commissioners a survey from the Senate Select
Committee on Manufactured Homes and Communities that will go to resident owned
Two bills which have been signed are SB1234 (Entering Homeowners’ Enclosed Accessory Structures – Consent) and SB1107 (Disabled Accommodations). Many bills are waiting for the third reading.
Mr. Bowles provided the Commission with a status report regarding the following bills, which are updated on the Senate Select Committee, http://www.sen.ca.gov/mobilehome/:
Ø SB900 (Park Condo Conversion): bill is dead for this year
Ø SB1107 (Disabled Accommodations) [Correa]: was signed by the governor and will take effect 1/1/09 allowing outside ramps and handrails on a resident’s space so they can get in and out of their homes; also permits homeowners of any age to have caregivers reside with them in their home for health care reasons without paying additional rent for that person.
SB1234 (Entering Homeowners’ Enclosed
Accessory Structures – Consent); signed by the governor effective
Ø SB1386 (Carbon Monoxide Warning Devices) [Lowenthal]: bill is dead
Ø SB1498 (Omnibus Judiciary Maintenance of the Codes) [Committee on the Judiciary]: makes technical corrections in the Mobilehome Residency Law
Ø AB567 (Common Interest Development Bureau)[Saldana]: currently in Senate Appropriations
Ø AB952 (Common Interest Development Assessments) [Mullin]: currently in committee in the inactive file
Ø AB1069 (Abandoned Mobilehomes on Highways) [Cook]: bill is dead
Ø AB1111 (Senior Mobilehome Parks) [DeSauliner]: provides cities and counties with the authority to adopt ordinances to prevent mobilehome park management without local approval from changing or striking a park rule limiting residency to seniors in order to make the park open to all ages; pending on Senate floor
Ø AB2554 (Mobilehome Parks Act – Inspections)[Mullin]: requires HCD to assume responsibility for code inspection in mobilehome parks from local agencies which give up enforcement responsibility pursuant to agreements with HCD within 90 days after notice by the local agency, rather than the current law’s 30 day notice; signed into law; does not apply to Santa Cruz County because the parks are all under HCD
Ø AB2857 (Mobilehome Park Master Metered Parks – CARE Program) [Lieber]: provides that residents in mobilehome parks who are master-metered for electric and gas shall not be denied eligibility for the CARE utility discount program by the California Public Utilities Commission because the park has some units or spaces that are not sub-metered; held up in Senate Appropriations Committee; will be heard 8/4/08
Public Hearing on Reasonable Rate of Return on
Capital Improvements (
The Public Hearing was opened at Public comment requested explanation that the 12% reasonable rate of return is only applied to half of the cost of a capital improvement. There were no further comments from the public. The Public Hearing was closed at
After discussion, Commissioner Halterman made a motion that the Mobilehome Commission accept the draft letter and send it to the Board of Supervisors recommending retaining the 12% reasonable rate of return for the coming year; Commissioner Lerno seconded. All approved, motion carried.
E. Item Added to the Agenda: GSMOL Meeting
Halterman may arrange a GSMOL meeting in the
Approval of Draft Letter to the Board
of Supervisors Recommending Reasonable Rate of Return for Qualified
A member of the public was informed that the
A resident of Blue Pacific reported the residents are in the process of settling their case with the park owner.
A resident of
Mr. Bowles informed the Commission that AB822 (Levine) is a pending recycling bill which would require, as of July 1, 2009, owners of a multifamily residential facility of five or more units to provide recycling services that are appropriate for the multifamily dwelling; this bill is on the Senate floor in an inactive file.
A resident of El Rio Mobilehome Park had questions regarding contracting with a management company. Commissioner Cleveland recommended he obtain a booklet on how to choose a management company for his park, which is available at www.echo-ca.org.
Commissioner Hanley made a motion
to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at
The next meeting will be
Lee Ann Shenkman, Staff Secretary to the