UPDATE October 25, 2016

jumped from $800 to $1,925 without rent control at the Contempo Marin mobile home park.Frankie Frost — Marin Independent Journal
Dick Heine stood in his driveway enjoying the sunshine and the bird calls at Contempo Marin mobile home park — something he might not have been able to do without rent control.

“I pay $800 a month,” the San Rafael resident said. “I’m on a fixed income. If my rent was raised to $1,925 (market rate), I would be hard-pressed to pay it.” Contempo is one of the few places in Marin with rent control. About 1,000 people live in the 397 homes at the park, where the average space rent is $800, Heine said. He guesses that about one-third of his neighbors couldn’t afford to live there without rent control.

UPDATE October 25, 2016

What was once a 1920s campground is now a site engulfed in controversy over the use of the multimillion-dollar property, today used as a mobile home park. TheBuena Vista Mobile Home Park of Palo Alto, California, is currently home to 104 mobile homes, 12 studio units, and one single-family residence, but if park ownersToufic and Eva Jisser are approved by the city it could very likely to be sold for more than $30 million and converted to luxury apartments for the area’s tech elite. Buena Vista residents are protesting against the deal, arguing it will be impossible to maintain their quality of life if displaced—among other issues, the average monthly rental in Palo Alto is roughly four times the cost of living in the Park. On October 18 the City of Palo Alto began to review an amended Relocation Impact Report submitted by the Jissers, nearly a year after the owners first announced their intention to sell.

UPDATE October 25, 2016

Exchanges became heated at a recent meeting between ownership/management and residents of a gated mobile home park in Modesto regarding new regulations.

Rules going into effect in May 2016 at The Grove Manufactured Home Community on Held Drive use vague wording that opens the door to discrimination, several residents said.

A short sampling of what those rules prohibit: “Frequent late night and/or early morning social or business gatherings at your space”; “frequent” bicycle, foot or vehicle traffic to and from homes for “short visits”; “frequent open consumption of intoxicants” at homes; and “the uttering of profanity outside the home … loud enough to be audible to persons passing by.”

A few residents turned to the Stanislaus County Mediation Center and the Senior Advocacy Network/Senior Law Project for help. A representative from each attended the Oct. 14 meeting.

UPDATE October 25, 2016

A judge has ruled in favor of five mobile home park residents near Canoga Park who alleged that the park owner failed to make repairs and allowed dangerous conditions to persist for years, including a faulty electrical system that had been cited more than 100 times by state inspectors.

Based on an eight-day trial held in April, Judge Gregory C. O’Brien sided last week with Gary and Deborah Gibson and three other tenants of Mountain View Mobile Estates, which contains 156 homes tucked into a hillside with a panoramic view of the west San Fernando Valley.

They sued Mountain View’s owner, G.J. Park Associates, and its management firm, M.A. Cirillo & Associates, which does business as Star Mobile Home Park Management.

G.J. Park and Cirillo said the park was well-run and that they had spent millions of dollars to make repairs in a reasonable amount of time. But O’Brien disagreed, spelling out his decision in a scathing 31-page opinion scheduled to be filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

UPDATE October 25, 2016

new update:5/1/2014
by the new year of 2014,
Rowland Heights Mobile Estate has changed their management team, paved the road, do not raising the rent in the year to all residents, open clubhouse to reasonable hour and so on.
Thank you to all people who supported our residents.
Ken Meng
Attachment 1: Evidence from Rowland Heights Mobile Estate Residents to FBI and Federal Attorney General for a Federal Criminal Action

Residents Urgently Request for Restraining Order against Park Management

In Rowland Heights Mobile Estates located in Los Angeles County, California, the residents live in fear of losing their homes caused by the retaliatory and peremptory management. Facing discrimination, unreasonable rules, and high rents, residents organized a protest on May 4, 2013. Approximately 150 residents demonstrated placards, marched around the park and at walking way by Colima/ Nogales and Colima/ Paso Real intersections, at Rowland Heights, CA 91748 (See attached pictures/article). The list below shows what had happened in the park to the residents.

UPDATE October 25, 2016

Ken Meng, left, discusses in Mandarin some of the issues senior residents have faced at Rowland Heights Mobile Estates, while Zig Jiong, right, waits to translate. Jiong is the CEO of the Chinese American Equalization Association. (Photo by Melissa Masatani)
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A group of seniors gathered Thursday to ask for officials’ help to improve conditions at a mobile home park, though some residents insist the community is a good place to live.

More than 30 residents met at the Rowland Heights Mobile Estates clubhouse to share stories of what they claim are predatory towing and discriminatory practices against the community’s elderly Asian residents.