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This is a new alternative website for finding the status of bills being considered by the Legislature.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
 

 

UPDATE: 

(9/23/2014)

Governor Brown Signs AB 225

Late yesterday, Governor Brown's office announced that he has signed AB 225 (Chau and Nestande), GSMOL's remaining sponsored bill!

Thank you to all who wrote or emailed the Governor in support of the bill. With the Governor's signature on AB 225, GSMOL and its members have  successfully won passage of 5 bills over the past three years alone!

 

What does AB 225 do?


The bill would make improvements to the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) to ensure that funding can be accessed to help preserve and rehabilitate manufactured housing communities and to facilitate resident ownership of these communities.

 The Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) was established to facilitate resident ownership of manufactured housing communities (or “parks”).  It was later expanded to also help fund acquisition of parks by non-profits or local governments, to rehabilitate them and maintain them as an affordable source of housing. In recent years however, few applications for funding have been made.  As a result, the fund has built a surplus, while homeowners continue to pay in.  AB 225 helps insure that more of this money will get out into our communities to assist homeowners.

The bill does 3 important things:

  • Make the loan terms more attractive for resident purchases by increasing the maximum loan-to-value ratio and extending the loan term to 40 years to allow MPROP loans to work better with other funding sources.
  • Encourage non-profit acquisition of parks in need of rehabilitation. Parks that have fallen into disrepair are at risk of permanently closing and displacing homeowners who may not be able to relocate their homes. The bill will improve the rules governing loans for such acquisitions to make the program easier for non-profit purchasers to access.
  • Provide funding for loans to individual homeowners living in parks approved for MPROP funding, as part of a nonprofit acquisition or resident ownership conversion, to support rehabilitation or accessibility improvements on individual homes.

 

UPDATE: 

 

(9/17/2014)

 

AB 225 is on the Governor's Desk

GSMOL's sponsored legislation, AB 225 (Chau & Nestande), is awaiting action on the Governor's desk.  We need your help to get it signed, by sending a quick message to the Governor.  You can mail or fax a letter to his office if you wish.  But the easiest way to contact him is through his website.

https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

Go there and enter the requested information (name and email address). Next, choose the button that says "Have Comment."  Finally,  click the bar under "Please choose your subject" to bring up a list of issues.  Select "AB225Mobilehomes:loans" from the list.  After clicking "Submit" you'll go to the next page that allows you to enter a brief comment.  We recommend the following message:

As a manufactured-home owner, I urge your signature on AB 225.  It will help preserve manufactured housing, and encourage resident ownership of parks.

That's all it takes.  If the website doesn't work for you or you'd rather send a letter, you can send the same message to:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 558-3160
 

What does AB 225 do?


The bill would make improvements to the Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) to ensure that funding can be accessed to help preserve and rehabilitate manufactured housing communities and to facilitate resident ownership of these communities.

 The Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) was established to facilitate resident ownership of manufactured housing communities (or “parks”).  It was later expanded to also help fund acquisition of parks by non-profits or local governments, to rehabilitate them and maintain them as an affordable source of housing. In recent years however, few applications for funding have been made.  As a result, the fund has built a surplus, while homeowners continue to pay in.  AB 225 helps insure that more of this money will get out into our communities to assist homeowners.

The bill does 3 important things:
  • Make the loan terms more attractive for resident purchases by increasing the maximum loan-to-value ratio and extending the loan term to 40 years to allow MPROP loans to work better with other funding sources.
  • Encourage non-profit acquisition of parks in need of rehabilitation. Parks that have fallen into disrepair are at risk of permanently closing and displacing homeowners who may not be able to relocate their homes. The bill will improve the rules governing loans for such acquisitions to make the program easier for non-profit purchasers to access.
  • Provide funding for loans to individual homeowners living in parks approved for MPROP funding, as part of a nonprofit acquisition or resident ownership conversion, to support rehabilitation or accessibility improvements on individual homes.
 

UPDATE: 

(5/30/2014)

Assembly Refuses to Pass Bill to Protect  Your Right to Sell Your Home

You called, you wrote and you lobbied your representatives in the Assembly.  But in the end, a majority of the Assembly voted against homeowners yesterday, refusing to pass AB 2026.  Because the bill was put up for a vote twice and failed to pass, the bill is now dead.

But we are not done.  On Monday, we will send an update of what GSMOL will be doing to address the issue of parkowner interference with sales in the wake of the defeat of AB 2026.

Meanwhile, we need everyone to contact their representative and express your disappointment or thanks for how they voted on AB 2026.  It's just as important now for them to hear from homeowners. 

Below is a list of how each member voted.  A significant number of members refused to cast a vote either way on the bill.  Since that prevented the bill from passing, "Not Voting" is the same as a "No" vote.  If your member voted Aye, please express your gratitude to them for standing up for homeowners in the face of fierce opposition from the parkowner's lobbyists.

If they voted no or didn't vote, please share with them your disappointment. (Remember anything other than a yes vote is a vote AGAINST the bill, since those who refused to vote prevented the bill from passing).

Voted YES: Alejo, Ammiano, Bloom, Bonta, Campos, Chau, Chesbro, Dickinson, Fong, Gordon, Jones-Sawyer, Lowenthal, Mansoor, Mullin, Nestande, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Rendon, Skinner, Stone, Weber, Wieckowski, Williams, Yamada, Atkins
Voted NO: Allen, Bigelow, Bonilla, Buchanan, Chávez, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Donnelly, Fox, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gatto, Gray, Grove, Hagman, Harkey, Holden, Levine, Linder, Logue, Maienschein, Medina, Melendez, Muratsuchi, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk-Silva, Rodriguez, Salas, Wagner, Waldron, Wilk
DID NOT VOTE: Achadjian, Bocanegra, Bradford, Brown, Ian Calderon, Conway, Cooley, Eggman, Garcia, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gorell, Hall, Roger Hernández, Jones, Nazarian, Pan, Ridley-Thomas, Ting



If you're not sure who your Assembly Member is, use this link to find out:

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov




Need more info?  A copy of the fact sheet is available here.(5/2/2014)

 

 

Legislative Update
 

Good News: AB 2026 Passes

AB 2026 (Stone), GSMOL's bill to protect sales of manufactured housing, passed the Assembly Housing Committee yesterday, 4-2 with one abstention.  The bill now heads to the Assembly Floor.

The bill was narrowed a bit.  A section of the bill dealing with limits on repairs was eliminated to avoid the bill going to appropriations committee. The bill still has strong new protections for sellers looking to get their buyers approved to live in the park. 

Here's how the committee voted:

AYE: Chau, Brown, Yamada, Gordon
NO: Gaines, Maienschein
NV: Quirk-Silva

We will send out a new message soon about the floor vote. Meanwhile, to keep getting these updates, see below.
 

We are Changing the Way We Send E-Blasts


In GSMOL's ongoing effort to improve our communications and ensure your voice is heard in the Capitol, we are improving our legislative e-blast system.  To do this, we need you to sign up for our new Legislative E-Blasts, using this link:

http://eepurl.com/TQNA1

Eventually we will close down this current list, and begin sending emails only to those who have signed up for the new list  using the link above, so don't miss out.  It takes just a minute.  By signing up for the new list and providing the requested information, you will help make the e-blasts more useful to you and GSMOL.  We can send you information that is more relevant to you--like only sending you eblasts when your representative  is about to vote on one of our bills. 

UPDATE: 

(4/10/2014)

 

Legislative Update
 

Protect Your Right To Sell Your Home

We need your cards, letters and phone calls in support of AB 2026

AB 2026 (Stone), is sponsored by GSMOL to address interference with manufactured home sales by park owners or management, one of the top issues identified by manufactured home owners in our annual survey. We need your help to get it passed. Want to know what the bill does? Read our fact sheet here.

How you pass AB 2026!

AB 2026 will go first to the Assembly Housing Committee for a hearing on April 30, and  and then likely to the floor of the Assembly for a vote sometime in May. For that reason, we only have a few weeks for all of our supporters to contact their Assemblymember and ask them to vote YES on the bill.

 

Can you help us pass this important bill?

AB 2026 will have its first hearing April 30 in the Assembly Housing Committee.  There are three things you can do to help us pass this bill.
  1. Write or call  your Assemblymember and urge their support for the bill.  A simple message is all you need to convey:
    "I'm a manufactured homeowner and a constituent, and I urge your support for AB 2026. Please vote "AYE" on this bill and help ensure that I can sell my home without unfair interference. "
    Find your legislator here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
  2. Get your friends and neighbors to support the bill.  You can forward this email and/or print and distribute the fact sheet on AB 2026 (see link below)
  3. If you live in the district for one of the members of the Assembly Housing Committee, can you help get your neighbors to send a post card?  The home office can supply you with postcards to distribute to your neighbors.
Members of Assembly Housing Committee (look here to see if one of these members represents your area.  Otherwise, use the link above to find your member and write to them).
Chair: Ed Chau (D-49), representing Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City, in addition to portions of Montebello and South El Monte. 
(916) 319-2049, Fax (916) 319-2149

Vice-Chair: Beth Gaines (R-6), representing Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, Orangevale, Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks and Lincoln. 
(916) 319-2006, Fax (916) 319-2106

Rich Gordon (D-24), North Fair Oaks, Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, a portion of Cupertino, and the San Mateo County Coastside – from El Granada to the Santa Cruz County border.
 (916) 319-2024, Fax (916) 319-2124

Cheryl Brown (D-47), representing Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Colton.
(916) 319-2047, Fax (916) 319-2147
 
Brian Maienschein (R-77), representing Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego.
(916) 319-2077, Fax (916) 319-2177
 
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65), representing Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, Stanton and West Anaheim.
(916) 319-2065, Fax (916) 319-2165
 
Mariko Yamada (D-4), representing American Canyon, Calistoga, Clearlake, Davis, Dixon, Lakeport, Napa, Rohnert Park, St. Helena, Williams, Winters, Woodland, Yountville.
(916) 319-2004, Fax (916) 319-2104
 

Download a copy of the fact sheet here.

 

UPDATE: 

(3/26/2014)

 

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