3. Secretary Reports & Minutes

AUGUST 12, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Pledge of Allegiance: John Anderson

Opening:

  • Pledge Of Allegiance: John Anderson
  • Welcome: John Anderson
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    • GSMOL membership should be of major concern to all mobile home residents. That is why two of our Board members are dedicated to this responsibility. We are in the middle of a membership drive.
    • The more GSMOL members, the greater support we can provide to Assemblyman Mark Stone and others, your voices are needed to help shape legislation.
    • All SCCMMHA Board / Advisory Members are GSMOL Members
      • House Keeping:

 

  • Treasurer’s report; Clare Sawyer
    • Reported 4/8/17: $ 368.42
    • Reported:8/12/17: $ 368.42
    • Approval of April 8, 2017 General Meeting Minutes; Approved
  • Key Points of 4/8/17 minutes
  • AB1269
    • State Assemblyman Mark Stone is working on legislation that will create a dispute resolution program within the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) to resolve problems related to the MRL. AB 1269.
    • So far, we have a growing number of supporters of AB 1269 – 3,983 homeowners and residents from 101 cities have submitted support letters, made calls or signed petitions supporting AB 1269.
    • We have 4 days until the Senate Appropriations Committee decides the fate of          AB 1269 when the App. Committee reviews the Suspense File and decides which bills to consider on Friday, September 1, 2017.
    • Over 300 Bills, in the Suspense File, are competing for Approval – We need to PUSH AB 1269 to the Top of the stack!!
    • For information from GSMOL on AB 1269 please visit
    • Rep. Mark Stone said that letters from constituents are most helpful when he is arguing policy on the floor of the legislature.

 

  • Pinto Lake Resolution
    • Mr. Gigarjian, Hearing Officer – did an excellent job sifting through the information and coming up with a reasonable conclusion: “Fair return” income in 2015 of $909,844. The actual income for Pinto Lakes MHP in 2015 was $939,665. As the actual income in 2015 exceeds the “fair return” income of $909,844, no special rent adjustment is justified.
    • Waterhouse Management Corp. owns Pinto Lake and manages 51 properties, 5 of their properties are within the SCCMMHA boundaries. All are within GSMOL’s membership.

 

Waterhouse Management Parks – Properties Managed by Waterhouse Management Corp.

http://www.waterhousemanagement.com/

Avalon Mobile Lodge Lazy Wheel Ranger Road
Buena Vista Lido Estates Rio Plaza Mobile Estates
Carmelita Court Little Woods Mobile Villa Rodeo Gulch Mobile Estates
Carriage Court Mobilehome Park Mac’s San Leandro
Clifton Mobile Manor Meadows Manor Shady Oaks
Coddingtown Mobile Estates Mono Vista Sherwood
Coral Isle Napa Olympia Mobilehome Park Stonegate Mobilehome Park
Countryside Nomad Mobilehome Park Sunny Trailer Park
Covered Wagon Oaklane Mobile Village Tahoe Vista
Del Monte Oakridge Mobile Estates Tah Wye
Dixon Oaks Oak Terrace Mobilehome Park Twin Lakes
Fairview Mobile Manor Old Stage Mobilehome Park Twin Pines
Gold Hill Mobilehome Park Orosi Victoria Mobile Village
Golden Wheel Mobilehome Park Pacifico Del Amo Mobilehome Park Walnut Grove
Grass Valley Pine Knoll Mobile Manor Yacht Harbor Manor
Herlong Pinto Lake Mobile Estates  
Idle Wheel Pleasure Point Mobilehome Park Ranch  
Imperial Ventura Rancho Salinas Mobilehome Park

President’s Corner by John Anderson

I would like to address a couple of points made during our August meeting:

    1. AB 1269; John Mulhern is doing a fantastic job staying on top of State Bill AB 1269 – kudos. We need to contact our state representatives to push AB 1269 to the top of the Senate Appropriations Committee review on September 1, 2017.
    2. Role of SCCMMHA, concern for all mobile home residents.
        1. I received a call June 4 from an American Hero and was told by him that he was facing eviction from his father’s mobile home located in Trailer Haven park and was there anything SCCMMHA could do.

    3. The short storyHis father passed away Feb. 27, 2017. Which has left him in a bad position emotionally, losing his Dad. He lost friends in the War, but your Dad is a different matter. He has continued to pay the rent – on time.
      1. I contacted Maureen McCarty, District Director for Assemblyman Mark Stone, June 5. Maureen put her efforts in high gear and contacted Sheila Challbery of CA Veteran Services to intervene in the eviction proceeding, there wasn’t time to prevent the eviction however, the Veteran Services representatives are working with our veteran now. Maureen McCarty is another real Hero in this event. That is why we have to support Assemblyman Mark Stone and his office as he does his job.
      2. Then on June 2, 2017, Sherry Bailey, Trailer Haven Mobile Home Park Manager, informed him that he would have to complete a rental agreement application, even though, he has lived there since 2012 – it was just a formality (for the records) per Ms. Bailey. After submitting the application, within one hour, Ms. Bailey informed him that he was disapproved and would have to move. 2 Tours Desert Shield, bone cancer, his father’s death and now he would have to move.
      3. Veteran’s father suffered a stroke in June 2012. His commitment to service did not stop at the War. He moved into his father’s mobile home to care for his father. He helped with paying the rent and other associated services required to support his father’s condition.
  • Pinto Lake Resolution Revised

 

    1. June 5, 2017; Waterhouse Management Corp. who owns Pinto Lake filed an Appeal to Mr. Gigargian’s ruling. Chris Girard HOA President of Pinto Lake stated that the process starts all over again.
  • What’s the point? 

 

  1. If I had a wish, I would wish that State Assemblyman Mark Stone look into a way to:
  2. We had a very information discussion from both Rick Halterman, 5th District Commissioner of MMHC and Tom Reefe. It appears the point is, some mobile home park owners, intend to keep up litigation pressure at a rate that no county can afford, until rent control and government over-watch is abolished.
  • Standardize Rent Control Ordinances throughout the State for mobile home parks.
  • Propose a bill that would STOP mean spirited law suites.
  • Provide a review board for evictions – United We Stand, Divided We Fall!”

 

“SUPPORT AB 1269, MARK STONE, GSMOL AND VETRANS –

Next General Meeting; 10/14/17 From: 10 – 11 AM

420 Capitola Ave, Capitola City Council Chambers

 

April 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Pledge of Allegiance: John Anderson

Opening:

Pledge Of Allegiance: John Anderson

Welcome: John Anderson

  • Make sure that you have signed in to receive meeting minutes and email updates
  • GSMOL membership should be of major concern to all mobile home residents. That is why two of our Board members are dedicated to this responsibility. We are in the middle of a membership drive. The more GSMOL members, the greater support we can provide to Assemblyman Mark Stone and others, your voices are needed to help shape legislation.
    • In Attendance at meeting, to show GSMOL / SCCMMHA Commitment / Relationship:
      • John Anderson, President, SCCMMHA
      • John Mulhern, GSMOL Assoc. Manager
      • Candi Walker, GSMOL Assoc. Manager
      • Joy Hinz, GSMOL Assoc. Manager
      • All SCCMMHA Board / Advisory are GSMOL Members

House Keeping:

  • Treasurer’s report; John Anderson for Clare Sawyer
    • Reported 2/11/17: $ 368.42
    • Reported 4/8/17: $ 368.42
  • Approval of February 11, 2017 General Meeting Minutes; Approved

Key Points of 2/11/17 minutes

  • State Assemblyman Mark Stone is working on legislation that will create a dispute resolution program within the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) to resolve problems related to the MRL.
  • President Trump policies; Stone assured the audience that he did not see any changes to current Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL).

 

  • We are focusing on poverty and affordable housing, citing Proposition 63, which provides housing for homeless and mentally ill people.
  • Stone reported that the legislature is currently negotiating the state budget, scheduled for approval in June.
  • Rep. Mark Stone said that letters from constituents are most helpful when he is arguing policy on the floor of the legislature.

Pinto Lake Resolution

Mr. Gigarjian, Hearing Officer – did an excellent job sifting through the information and coming up with a reasonable conclusion: “Fair return” income in 2015 of $909,844. The actual income for Pinto Lakes MHP in 2015 was $939,665.

As the actual income in 2015 exceeds the “fair return” income of $909,844, no special rent adjustment is justified. I have requested that Mr. Gigarjian speak at one of our meetings.

President’s Corner by John Anderson

A small group battered the weather elements and attended, with that said; we still had a very lively and constructive meeting that addressed the key points of the 2/11/17 General Meeting minutes and the Pinto Lake Mobile Home situation.

State Assemblyman Mark Stone stated his resolve in supporting the residents of California by his past and ongoing actions:

Legislation that will address dispute resolutions regarding the MRL (Mobile-Home Residency Law)

Legislation, citing Proposition 63, which provides affordable housing for homeless and mentally ill people.

State budget scheduled for approval in June 2017

Mr. Stone stressed the power it gives him, to have letters from constituents, when he is arguing policy on the floor before the legislative body. So, write your local representative, not email, but write.

 

Pinto Lake Mobile Home Park Situation

Pinto Lake was faced with a huge rent increase and the park owner requested a “Meet and Confer” to resolve the residences reluctance to accept their increase.

The Meet and Confer was conducted and both sides presented their perspective on for or against the increase. Mr. Gigarjian, Hearing Officer, did an excellent job in sifting through the information and sided with the residents based of the presentation of facts.  The park owner has 90 days to appeal the decision and start the process all over again.  However, Mr. Gigarjian was excellent, referencing many court cases, in his summary supporting his decision. Juan and Irma Magdaleno, Pinto Lake residents, came to the meeting to hear what was said and to stress that hearings and outcomes are not just words, but that the words actually represent lives and that they sincerely appreciate all of the support and effort that Chris Girard and everyone made in supporting their situation.

The problem is, cities that have “rent control” ordnances vary considerably, there is no standard and most of the ordnances have been in effect since 1970. Hopefully, Mr. Stone can add this to his full State Agenda.

Pinto Lake was lucky that Mr. Gigarjian was assigned to their situation. Someone, who was not as honorable or committed to “What is Fair and Reasonable” could have sided in favor of the park owner.

 

Henry Cleveland, Commissioner 2nd District, Santa Cruz Mobile & Manufactured Home Commission (Pinto Lake is one of his parks) asked the question:

Do Real Estate Offices’ Disclose, if a listed mobile home is within a Rent Control area ordnance?

In a perfect world, or if I had a wish, I would wish that State Assemblyman Stone look into a way to standardize Rent Control Ordinances throughout the State for mobile home parks, because they are not just numbers but actual lives.

That is why every resident of a mobile home become a member of GSMOL –

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall!”

Next General Meeting; 6/10/17 From: 10 – 11 AM

  • 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola City Council Chambers

 

  • Meeting Adjourned: 11:45 AM

 

February 11, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Santa Cruz County Manufactured Mobile Homeowners Association (SCCMMHA)

Meeting Minutes for Saturday, February 11, 2017;  Capitola City Council Chambers

  Meeting called to order by President John Anderson around 10 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance: Mark Stone, State Assemblyman

Opening:

Welcome to all attending our first General Meeting of 2017

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Welcome Special Guest Speaker: Assemblyman Mark Stone

Introduce our Board and Reorganization

  • John Anderson, President / Community Liaison / Web Site
  • Clare Sawyer, Treasurer / Mobile Home Park Liaison / Email Notifications
  • Grace Voss, Secretary / Special Guest Speakers

Advisory Council

  • Mardi Brick, Founder

Bob Lamonica, Communication Advisor

John Mulhern, GSMOL Zone C – Region 10, Associate Manager

Candi Walker, GSMOL Zone C – Region 10, Associate Manager

  • GSMOL should be of major concern to all mobile home residents. That is why two of our Board members are dedicated to this responsibility. We are in the middle of a membership drive. The more members that GSMOL has the greater support we can provide to Assemblyman Mark Stone and others, your voices are needed to help shape legislation.

Special guest: State Assemblyman Mark Stone. About 35 plus people were in attendance.

California Overview for 2017, by State Assemblyman Mark Stone

To give park resident complaints more validity, Assemblyman Mark Stone of Santa Cruz County  and his staff are working on legislation that will create a dispute resolution program within the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) to resolve problems related to the MRL, a move that favors park residents over park owners.

The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) currently investigates health and safety violations, while problems related to rental agreements, utilities, park rules and enforcement, rent increases, miscellaneous fees, and other MRL violations are challenged in court with a private attorney.

Stone also praised fellow assembly member Eloise Gomez Reyes, who was elected last fall to represent District 47 (San Bernardino) saying she is an effective lobbyist for mobilehome park residents. As a lawyer, Reyes provided free legal services to local residents in her district who could not afford them.

Trump Policies?

When asked if residents need to be wary of President Donald Trump and his policies, Stone assured his audience that he did not see any changes to current Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL), but if it did come, he would expect it to favor individual park owners. (The MRL governs both ROP’s and single–owner parks.)

Stone, a tall, athletic (–looking man, spoke on Feb. 11 to the bi–monthly meeting of the Santa Cruz County Mobile and Manufactured Homeowners Assn. (SCCMMHA) at the Capitola City Council chambers. About 35 park people at- tended.

Focus on Affordable Housing

“We are engaged in business as usual, even though things are unstable at the federal level,” said Stone. “We are focusing on poverty and affordable housing,” he said, citing Proposition 63, which provides housing for homeless and mentally ill people. (In the past this funding came from redevelopment agencies.)

Stone encouraged residents of rental parks to seek conversion to status as resident owned parks (ROP’s), although he admitted the high cost of housing on the Central Coast is a problem.

Now in his fourth year of a 12–year term, Stone is chairman of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, which reviews legislation on civil practices and procedures. A former vice chairman of the California Coastal Commission, he is responsible for the ban on single use plastic bags, which voters approved last November.

Danger To EPA

Stone reported that the legislature is currently negotiating the state budget, scheduled for approval in June. At the federal level, he feels the US Congress realizes the risk of tearing down The Affordable Care Act without replacing it, as it has benefitted 20 million people. He decried Trump’s defunding The Environmental Protection Agency, saying endangered species will no longer receive protection. Stone said the EPA is “pretty much going away as its current head official, Scott Pruitt, cuts out important regulations. It is run by a climate denier,” adding that California’s emission standards are in danger of being rolled back. One bright spot is Sanctuary Cities. Stone said the federal government is “on weak ground by denying funding to them.”

Letters Are Important

Rep. Mark Stone’s Santa Cruz office is 318B on the third floor of the Santa Cruz County Building, 701 Ocean St. (831-425-1503). He welcomes letters from constituents, saying they are most helpful when he is arguing policy on the floor of the legislature.

A hearing over the need for rent control at Pinto Lake Park in Watsonville will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 on the fifth floor of the county building. The meeting is open to the public. Besides introducing Stone, John Anderson, president, introduced his advisory council: Clare Sawyer, Grace Voss, John Mulhurn, Bob Lamonica and Mardi Brick, founder. The meeting adjourned around noon. —Grace Voss, Secretary

House Keeping:

Approval of September 17, 2016 General Meeting Minutes; John Anderson

Treasurer’s report; Clare Sawyer

 

Next General Meeting; 4/8/17

  • 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola City Council Chambers

  • 10 am – 11 am

September 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Santa Cruz County Manufactured Homeowners Association (SCCMHA)

Meeting Minutes for Saturday, September 17, 2016 Capitola City Council Chambers

About 12 people were in attendance. Special guests: Jean Crowder, GSMOL state president and Esperanza Ross, GSMOL lobbyist. Meeting called to order by President Carole Harris around 10 a.m.

Carole Harris said that Joy Hines will be the new assistant manager for our district.

Pinto Lake Mobilehome Park in Watsonville has 116 new GSMOL chapter members out of 177 total residents.

Its owner has raised the monthly rental and placed a special assessment on members. A mandatory settlement conference has been scheduled. After this conference, a hearing may take place.

The park has contacted Senior Legal Services for help.

3.  The rest of the meeting included an introduction of and talk by Esperanza Ross, who spoke for about 45 minutes about her lobbying efforts on behalf of GSMOL in Sacramento. Ross has owned her own lobbying firm for 15 years and is an expert lobbyist. She was hired in March.

The Legislative Year begins in November, but she has stopped two pieces of legislation from getting out of committee.

One is SB34 which will change the status of mobilehome coaches installed in 1980 or earlier so that they will be charged regular property taxes. (They are currently taxed by HCD under DMV rates, which are cheaper than property tax rates.) Thanks to Esperanza, this bill did not get out of committee.

The second bill put on hold is AB 2855, which would impose more specifications on non-profit organizations to allow them to have tax exempt status. (Some mobilehome parks are non-profit mutual benefit corporations.)

Besides putting two bad bills for mobilehome park residents on hold, Esperanza wants to provide GSMOL members with a weekly bulletin containing events/happenings in Sacramento. She also wants to set up more meetings with state legislators and GSMOL members. Her philosophy is to look at history for guidance to the future. She has had experience in balancing the power so she wins for her clients.

She wants mobilehome parks to remain affordable and out of the reach of developers. (This may mean reading and changing the language in development projects to state that any new housing will not affect mobilehome parks in the area.) In closing her remarks, Esperanza said her job is to empower her clients.

Carole Harris announced her resignation as president of SCCMHA because she is moving from the area.

Next meeting is Dec. 17. Capitola City Hall

Submitted by Grace Voss, Secretary

March 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Santa Cruz County Manufactured Homeowners Association (SCCMHA)Meeting Minutes for Saturday, March 12, 2016, Capitola City Council Chambers

About 16 people were in attendance. Meeting called to order by President Carole Harris around 10 a.m.

Marty Brick shared a letter from National Executive Director of Mobile/Manufactured Homeowners Association Ishvell Dickens, who works with Equity Lifestyles, an organization which advocates for the underserved, especially those who need a loan to purchase a mobilehome. She said California is the only state with a full-time lobbyist in the state legislature, thanks to GSMOL.

Carole reported on the current state-wide status of GSMOL. Two board members and the GSMOL lobbyist Bryan Augusta have resigned effective 2/19/16, with a new lobbyist to be named soon and two directors to be elected by delegates at the GSMOL state convention in April in Sacramento.

Dave Loop reported that GSMOL’s membership has decreased fro 90,000 to about 10,500 members. Non-renewals are due to death or members moving to other forms of housing. Field managers for GSMOL are frequently busy with local park issues at the expense of focusing on recruiting new members. Finances are not rosy as GSMOL is spending more than it is taking in. Lobbyist Augusta had offered to be GSMOL’s executive director at the same salary he earned as a lobbyist, but board did not support his request, so he resigned.

Loop also reported that, as of 1/5/16. Alimur Park in Soquel is now resident–owned. He has written a booklet entitled “Owning Your Own Park 101”.

SB510 blocks condominium conversions in parks with single owner unless majority of residents approve of condo conversion.

Loop reported the GSMOL’s future agenda should focus on a) building membership; b) balancing its budget; c) hiring fulltime lobbyist

Bryan Augusta’s letter was shared with members present.

Carole said she would inquire about receiving regular reports from GSMOL state treasurer. Members approved $50 travel expenses for her to go to the convention.

Member issues: Kay Wood reported problems with management at Yacht Harbor Manor regarding electrical power surge; suggested solution is obtain a surge suppressor. A member of DeAnza Park reported on management’s failure to maintain facilities.

Respectfully submitted: Grace Voss, secretary

June 8, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
June 8, 2013 Community Meeting Minutes

 1. President Bob Lamonica opened the meeting at 10:00 am.

2. Bob welcomed Greg Hull, Vice President of GSMOL. The Mobile Home Residence Laws came into being because GSMOL hired Lobbyists in Sacramento to get legislation passed for the rights of Manufactured/Mobile homeowners for the past 50 years.  Joining GSMOL will continue the lobbyist efforts in Sacramento as well as help from GSMOL when legal help is needed.

3. Everyone introduced themselves and shared concerns.

4. Barbara Rios spoke to the Tax Overcharges that the County Assessor charged for about six years. She will follow up with other letters to our legislators in Sacramento. This mistake was found by the Board of Equalization and for Barbara it was a $6000.00 mistake. She may take legal action.

5. There was an update on Senate Bill 510 by John Mulhearn.  This bill clarifies the Survey part of a Park Conversion law that was passed six or seven years ago.  All the residents vote yes or no and then the City Council makes the decision whether the conversion will take place due to the results of the survey. The residents will now have a say.  We need to contact Assemblyman Mark Stone and Senator Bill Monning.  Please visit our WEBSITE  www.sccmmha.wordprress.com, and look for legislation. There will be a hearing on June 19th at 9:00 AM.  Everyone should make phone calls to the Assembly Representatives on the Housing and Community Development Committee or send them a faxed letter.  We have from 6000 to 10,000 mobile homes in Santa Cruz County and that is a lot of power!!

6. Park Owner Equity Lifestyles that owns De Anza in our county has a lawsuit happening with the residents of Contempo Mobile Home Park in San Rafael, Marin County.  The results will be reported at our next meeting.

7. We will be planning for a GSMOL Road Show in 2014.  The focus will be on the Mobile Home Residency Law. Two attorneys Bruce Stanton and Henry Heater will be conducting the workshop. We have to determine a place and a date.

8. We need to work on park outreach.  There are so many parks that do not have Homeowners Associations or active GSMOL chapters. What can we do next— make a brochure, develop a phone tree.  With a brochure, we could take them to parks without an HOA or GSMOL Chapter.  We now have 104 people on our e-mail list.

Our next meeting will be on August 10, at 10:00 AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers.

Carole Harris
President

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