Legislative Action Team
Chair, LAT Committee
The LAT is a network that allows mobilehome residents to participate in the legislative process by contacting or meeting with state legislators to support or reject a particular bill coming up for a vote. Many, many more people have been able to have an influence on their legislators because of the LAT.
The LAT network is headed by the LAT Committee, which is a steering committee that works with Legislative Advocate Esperanza Ross to interact with the State legislators, promote legislation favorable to manufactured-home owners and oppose harmful legislation. The LAT Committee develops the action plan for homeowner support for each bill.
The current LAT Committee is Craig Hull (Chair), Anne Anderson, Mary Jo Baretich, Laura Calderwood, Jean Crowder (Ex Officio), Myra Cubos, Joseph Diaz, Ray Downing, Ron Faas, Don Hart, Diane McPherson, Kitty Wallace, Judith Westerlund, and Judy Wilson. Esperanza Ross is our adviser.
Legislative (LAT) Contacts and the Park LAT
The LAT Committee communicates by email with each park’s Legislative Contact (LC), also known as LAT Contact, formerly called LAT Park Representative or LAT Park Leader. The LC will act as a liaison with the LAT Committee during the legislative campaign, and will be sent instructions, action plans, etc. by email, which they will pass on to the GSMOL members and other residents of their park.
- If a park has a GSMOL Chapter, the Chapter should appoint a board member to serve in this capacity (who can be one of the regular officers), and notify the Home Office.
- In parks without a Chapter, any GSMOL member can volunteer (to volunteer, contact LAT Committee member Anne Anderson, whose email link can be found by clicking Region 8 on the map on the Contact page.)
- The LC should keep park residents informed on the progress of the bills, which can be tracked via our 2017 Bills page. The LC can make reports at Chapter or HOA meetings. LCs are encouraged to compile an email list of the GSMOL members and other residents in their park, and a phone list for people who don’t have email, to establish a parkwide LAT network.
- LCs are also encouraged to seek out other “Legislative Enthusiasts” and assemble a Legislative Action Team for the park. These people will help with campaigns – delivering flyers, setting up phone trees, coordinating letter-writing events, etc. The park LAT can also participate in local legislative efforts, such as working with ordinances, supporting MH-friendly candidates for state or local office, etc.
The LAT Network system is well set up in some regions but is still in the process of being established throughout the State.
Through our GSMOL email list , the LAT Committee sends email updates directly to GSMOL members so they can easily track progress of our bills. The E-blast also reinforces the LAT Network by publishing instructions on contacting legislators when needed in support or opposition of a bill. Educational bulletins are also sent through the E-Blast, e.g. “Your Rights Bytes”, produced by the GSMOEF (Golden State Manufactured-home Owners Education Fund), our “sister” nonprofit.