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Governor Brown signed SB 510!
With your help, we have achieved a major victory on behalf of homeowners throughout California. By contacting your representatives through office visits, community meetings, testifying at committee hearings and generating thousands of postcards, letters, emails and phone calls to your legislators and the Governor, you've sent a powerful message. There are thousands of active, politically astute, manufactured-home owners throughout California and by working together, you've provided another fine example that there is strength in numbers. We don't have the deep pockets that the park owners have, but we have people power and that makes a difference!
Today's press release from the Office of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson:
GOVERNOR SIGNS JACKSON MOBILE HOME BILL SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prevent lawsuits and give mobile home residents a voice when their mobile home park is being subdivided and sold. Existing law allows mobile home park owners to subdivide and sell the individual lots on which homes are placed. This is commonly referred to as a “condo conversion.” But without clarity in current law, condo conversions have commonly left mobile home park residents without a say in the process and cities confused about how to proceed. If a majority of mobile home park residents do not support a sale, Senate Bill 510 allows – but does not require – a local government to disapprove of the conversion. “I am thrilled that this bill has been signed into law,” Jackson said. “This will give local governments the much-needed clarity in the law they’ve been asking for, so that costly lawsuits will be prevented. Mobile homes are also a source of affordable home ownership, and this will give residents an important way to have a voice in the process when their parks are being subdivided and sold.” Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett said: “The approval of Senator Jackson’s SB 510 provides a tremendous relief for both mobile homeowners and local governments. Local governments and their taxpayers will no longer have to face costly litigation over unwanted subdivisions of mobile home parks. This bill protects affordable housing, protects local governments and taxpayers, and brings closure to many years of litigation over this issue.” "This is a great victory for low-income homeowners who have been fighting to ensure that their voice is heard when local governments are considering proposals to convert the land underneath their homes,” said Brian Augusta, legislative advocate for the Golden State Manufactured Home-Owners League. “Governor Brown's action today gives them the right to be heard and protect their investment in their homes." Current law on the issue has been unclear, and the uncertainty has led to dozens of lawsuits. The City of Goleta has spent more than a half million dollars just on litigation expenses related to the conversion of the Rancho Mobilehome Park. California has nearly 5,000 mobile home parks. Typically, residents own their mobile homes but rent the spaces in which their homes are placed. The bill has the support of a number of groups, including the City of Ventura, the County of Santa Barbara, and the County of Ventura, the Goleta Manufactured-Home Owners Coalition, and the Ventura Manufactured-Home Resident’s Council. Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.(9/11/2013)
Congratulations to all of the homeowners who have organized, called, emailed, faxed and otherwise pushed for the passage of SB 510 (Jackson), which would provide protections for homeowners from forced condo conversions. Today it passed the Senate with 21 votes after a long fight to secure the necessary votes. The bill now goes to the Governor.
After the bill was presented, every senator had three different chances to vote for it. The bill did not secure the necessary votes until the third and final vote on the bill.
Senators voting in support of the bill: Beall, Corbett, De León, DeSaulnier, Evans, Galgiani, Hancock, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Lieu, Liu, Monning, Padilla, Pavley, Roth, Steinberg, Wolk, Wright
Senators not supporting SB 510: Anderson, Berryhill, Block, Calderon, Cannella, Correa, Emmerson, Fuller, Gaines, Hernandez, Huff, Knight, Nielsen, Vidak, Wyland, Torres, Yee, Walters.
The final push is to get a record number of letters and post cards into the Governor in support of SB 510. If you would like to be part of that effort, please contact Darrow Sprague, GSMOL's organizer, by responding to this email.
Correction: SB 510 now moves to the Assembly Floor for a vote. If SB 510 passes the Assembly, then it will return to the Senate Floor for a concurrence vote on any amendments made in the Assembly. My apologies for causing any confusion. If you haven't yet, please contact your Assembly Member today. Please either fax your letter or call! Need to know who your representatives are? http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
(click the link to the left for more information about the bill), authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee! The committee is comprised of 9 members. In order for the bill to pass, we needed to secure 5 votes and it looks like we got 7. We had a very good turn-out of GSMOL members. In fact, the hearing room was packed and many committee members mentioned that they were impressed with the turn-out. About 60 individual homeowners lined up to show support for the bill when the Chair invited supporters to come forward. Prior to the vote, the author accepted an amendment to remove the "declaratory of existing law" language. All Democrats on the committee, including the Republican Chair, Katcho Achadjian, voted yes!
Please fax your letters and/or call the Assembly Local Government Committee members and urge them to protect homeowners by voting YES on SB 510 (FOR A SAMPLE LETTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE) :
Katcho Achadjian, Chair, Rep - 35, (916) 319-2035, Fax (916) 319-2135
Marc Levine, Vice Chair, Dem - 10, (916) 319-2010, Fax (916) 319-2110
Luis Alejo, Dem - 30, (916) 319-2030, Fax (916) 319-2130
Steven Bradford, Dem - 62, (916) 319-2062, Fax (916) 319-2162
Richard Gordon, Dem - 24, (916) 319-2024, Fax (916) 319-2124
Melissa Melendez, Rep - 67, (916) 319-2067, Fax (916) 319-2167
Kevin Mullin, Dem - 22, (916) 319-2022, Fax (916) 319-2122 (Please note that he has already voted "Yes" on SB 510 as a substitute member to the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on 6/19/13).
Anthony Rendon, Dem - 63, (916) 319-2063, Fax (916) 319-2163
Marie Waldron, Rep - 75, (916) 319-2075, Fax (916) 319-2175.
Need to know who your representatives are? http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Watch video of GSMOL in action at the 6/19/13 Assembly Housing
Committee hearing using the link here. SB 510 discussions
are from around the 3:30 minute park through 54:30.
Every year, GSMOL works with the State legislature to pass appropriate and well-written laws that work to protect home owners in mobile/manufactured home communities. When legislation is introduced that is harmful to our way of life, GSMOL lobbies our lawmakers to either vote against the bills, or introduce amendments that will lessen the blow to mobile/manufactured home communities.
Here is a list of the current, active legislation in Sacramento and links to find out their current status, as well as read the actual language of the bill.
) is a summary of the three bills that GSMOL is sponsoring this year. I think we have set an ambitious agenda, and I am excited about working with you all to win passage of these bills. The bill package is wide ranging, and addresses the interests of our members in rent-controlled and non-rent controlled areas of the state.
I want to hear your ideas for how we can effectively communicate with our members and potential members about our work in the Capitol. Passage of these bills will be challenging, and we are going to need help from our grassroots to push them over the finish line. Please give me your ideas about how to engage our members, and other homeowners and get their support on these bill.
Governor Brown signed all three of GSMOL’s 2012 bills:
AB-2150, AB-1938, AB-1797
Thank you for all the cards letters and phone calls to support these bills!