Story and Photographs by Carol Brinkman, GSMOL State Secretary and Legislative Action Team Committee Chair
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Senator Connie Leyva, Chair of the Senate Committee on Manufactured Home Communities held a Town Hall Meeting in Pomona, San Bernardino County.
An overflow crowd packed the community center! Coffee, cake and cookies were provided, but the real hunger was for information.
Senator Leyva (pictured at right) fielded many written questions from the audience and the four-person Panel, experts in their respective fields, answered them. Eric Guerra, her consultant, translated questions and answers for the large Spanish-speaking contingency that attended.
The guest panel included two representatives from different local Legal Aid Groups – Darrell K. Moore and Natalja Lucero, who invited MH residents to contact them with their legal problems, and, if they met their criteria, at no charge.
Matthew Weise (pictured at left), Southern Area Regional Manager from HCD (Housing and Community Development) who is also bilingual, spoke in Spanish and English of the HCD Tax Fee and Waiver Program, (due to expire end of this year) which is essentially an amnesty program during which you can register your mobile home and gain title to it without having to pay the fees and liens owed by the past owners. Once you have title, you can obtain permits to make home improvements and will have clear title to sell it when the time comes to do so.
Matthew Weise also answered questions relating to Title 25, the Health and Safety Regulations, which include park inspections etc.
GSMOL was well represented by Bruce Stanton (pictured at right), our corporate attorney, who fielded the many, many questions on the MRL. He even stayed afterwards to generously answer individual questions, pro bono.
Mary Jo Baretich, GSMOL Vice President of Zone C, was at the meeting to meet and greet and support the local residents of her Zone (San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties) who attended.