Prior Secretary Reports

 Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
April 13, 2013 Community Meeting Minutes

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

Everyone introduced themselves and shared concerns.

The March 9th DeAnza Symposium was discussed. Everyone agreed that it was a very worthwhile event. The Panelists were excellent and everyone learned a lot—specifically we must not lose our rent control agreements. The De Anza residents have lost the value of their homes—a total of well over $25 million dollars.  Can rent control be returned to the city of Santa Cruz?  The De Anza Homeowners have signed a 34 year lease. There will be an article in THE CALIFORNIAN, GSMOL NEWSLETTER written by Mardi Brick.

There are hundreds of manufactured/mobilehome parks in our county and we still 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 .

GET SENATE BILL 510 PASSED! Our website will have up to date information on the passage of this bill, starting in the Senate Committee on Housing that needs passage of a majority of the  Committee members. Then, the full Senate votes and when passed the bill goes to the Assembly Committee on Housing. And, when a majority of the committee votes yes the bill goes to the Assembly for the vote. It Is important that we write to Senator Monning for his vote and then a letter to Assemblyman Mark Stone.  Also letters to the committee members will be helpful. This bill clarifies the process for the Survey that Homeowners must vote on yes or no when the Park Owner wishes to convert his park to condominiums.

The Board Members will be organizing and getting a facility to have GSMOL come and give us a ROADSHOW of information on  MOBILEHOME RESIDENCY LAW AND OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES.

A proposal to move our website to sccmmha.com for a cost of $20.00 per month was made. No action was taken.

It was suggested that we continue with Donations at our meetings rather than asking for membership dues.  Currently we have 88 people on our e-mail list. We could ask for donations from our e-mail list.

There is $261.00 in the Treasury.

Barbara Rios gave a report regarding our County personal property tax being too high for many years. An article “A Tax Story” is in the new Mobile Home Magazine April issue. Our President will follow up with a letter to Supervisor Leopold.

Our next meeting will be June 8, 2013 at the Capitola City Council Chambers.

Carole Harris
Secretary

 Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
November 10, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

 The meeting was called to order by President Bob Lamonica at 10:00AM.

Everyone introduced themselves and many asked questions about something happening at their Park.  There is a lot of dissention regarding a Fire District Tax Assessment fee of $150.00 that Mobile home Residents have received.

The “Fun Fundraiser” that happened Saturday, November 3, from 12:00 to 3:00 was considered a successful and well run event.  Every one enjoyed the four panel speakers, Will Constantine, David Loop, John Leopold and Greg Hull from GSMOL.   The great questions asked by the participants were answered well by all the panelists. We all learned a lot!  Clare Sawyers’ LIVE BAND was also a big hit!  The food was also appreciated.  Many thanks to the Board Members and all others that helped at the Event. In future fundraisers, we need a larger committee to help us organize an Event.  We also needed more Residents at the Event.  We need to be sure we all participate in the publicity for future events.

The results of the November 6, 2012 election gave us Bill Monning as our new Senator in Sacramento and Mark Stone as our Assemblyman.  These two men have understood our Mobile home issues in the past. Homeowner Associations may want to set up meetings with these legislators so that they will know you when you start lobbying them on specific legislation in the future.  Measure R in Watsonville that would assess mobile home owners $5.00 per month that is to be used for a Legal Fund for the city of Watsonville to use on litigation costs for mobile home issues passed by 800 votes.

The Green Valley Residents chose not to be part of the new lawsuit by owner Mr. Vierra.

A guideline for the Homeowners’ Association Formation Assistance Committee is available on our Website and all Board Members are willing to offer assistance.  We are still in need of Park Liaison sign ups.

There will be a Santa Cruz City Former Mobile Home Rent Control Ordinance and History Symposium that Is tentatively scheduled for  February, 2013 at the De Anza Clubhouse.

The Treasurer, Clare Sawyer reported a balance of $144.25 after the expenses of our November 3rd Event.

Pinto Lake Residents stated that they are working on a formation of a Homeowners’ Association. The owner Waterhouse is working on lighting issues.

A Board Election must occur soon.  There were no nominations from the participants.

Bob Lamonica had to leave and John Mulhearn conducted the rest of the meeting. Two residents from Country Villa—the newest Resident Owned Park spoke about some of the problems that occurred for them.

The meeting was adjourned by 11:20.

The next meeting will be on December 8, 2012 at the Capitola Chamber at 10:00 AM.

Carole Harris
Secretary

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
October 13, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Bob Lamonica at 10:00AM.

Everyone introduced themselves and many asked questions about something happening at their Park.

The “Fun Fundraiser” was updated.  It will happen Saturday, November 3, from 12:00 to 3:00. There will be food and at 1:00 there will be four panel speakers, Will Constantine, David Loop, John Leopold and Greg Hull from GSMOL.  The speakers will speak for 10 minutes and there will be a Question and Answer time.  Don’t forget Clare Sawyers’ LIVE BAND.  All this will happen at the Live Oak Grange at 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz from Noon to 3:00, on Saturday, November 3rd. Caren King reported that the Posters will be ready today and she wrote down orders of what members wanted and said that she would get back to them.  35 large posters in color and at least a hundred colored smaller ones were to be ordered.  We were asked to give people we know a small poster and get commitments from people that they would come.  Someone also suggested we put them in Parks that we have not contacted.

Marged Mc Neely gave an update on Green Valley Mobile Estates. The Arbitrator awarded in favor of the Residents with no increase in rent and no charges for legal expenses.  However the owners, the Vierra Family, are appealing the decision. The appeal is against the city regarding fair market value/return on investment for the owner Vierra.  Terry Hancock will be talking to the residents on October 30th to get the residents decision on whether their Association will be part of the lawsuit. Attorney Albert needs to know if the homeowners are going to be involved in the Lawsuit.  Does the HOA have anything to gain?  Their attorney Terry Hancock will be leaving at the end of the year.

The National Mobile Home Association, headquartered in Seattle, Washington and led by Ms Dickens. Is bringing a case to the Supreme Court from Tumwater, Washington.  The case should be heard by the end of the year.

Henry Cleveland suggested that we have on our website the steps to forming a Homeowners’ Association in your Park.  Bob Lamonica has already got this information on the Website.  Chris Girard, from Pinto Lake is working on forming a HOA with 177 home sites that is 80 per cent Hispanic.

The Santa Cruz County former Mobile Home Rent Control Ordinance and History Symposium Preliminary committee report is tentatively scheduled for February, 2013 at the DeAnza Clubhouse.

The three legislative bills we were lobbying for have been signed by the Governor and will become laws.

Clare Sawyer, Treasurer reported that there is $244.25 in the Bank and payouts included the following: $100.00 deposit for the Live Oak Grange; $50.00 for Poster Design; and $160.00 for Insurance at The Fun Fundraiser.

There are about 5800 Homesites in Mobilehome parks in Santa Cruz County. Henry Cleveland suggested that we might check into getting as a guest speaker Ron Kingsford from the Housing & Community Development(HCD) that enforces Title 25 rules that affect us in our Mobilehome Parks.

The meeting adjourned about 11:15.

Carole Harris

Secretary

The next meeting will be November 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Ave. Remember to check out our WEBSITE, sccmmha.wordpress.com for up to date information.

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
September 8, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Bob Lamonica at 10:00AM.

Everyone introduced themselves and many asked questions about something happening at their Park.

The Fun Fundraiser was updated.  It will happen Saturday, November 3, from 12:00 to 3:00. There will be food and at 1:00 there will be four panel speakers, Will Constantine, David Loop, John Leopold and Greg Hull from GSMOL.  The speakers will speak for 10 minutes and there will be a Question and Answer time.  Don’t forget Clare Sawyers’ LIVE BAND.  All this will happen at the Live Oak Grange at 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz from Noon to 3:00.

Roger Willenborg, is a twenty year resident at Alimur Mobile Home Park, a park with 144 spaces. The owner has removed five to  six mobile homes.  Someone from the audience said if the landlord puts in new homes, these spaces will be exempt from rent control because the owner now owns the home and the land.  There has been a new owner for the last 6 years and he does not want rent control.  He was involved in a San Jose Court of Appeals in the 6th District  Court where all three judges voted to uphold rent control and low income housing. Lately. the owner has been harassing and intimidating residents.  He says their checks are late or that the rent has not been received. He threatens the Residents with eviction.  The audience indicated that documentation with copies and dates and a summary of what happened  needs to be done.   Also the lack of maintenance  must be documented with pictures, dates and time as well as anyconfrontation with management or the owner. We thank Roger for his presentation.

Marged McNeely reported on the Arbitration between the City of Watsonville and The Green Valley Village Mobile Homeowners and the owner Albert Vierra.  The Arbitrator awarded in favor of the Residents with no increase in rent and no charges for legal expenses.  However the owners, the Vierra Family, are appealing the decision. Green Valley and Pinto Lake are forming Homeowners’ Associations. In Watsonville on the November 6th ballot will be a $5.00 fee on mobile homeowners that will be used for a legal defense fund.  EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE YES and only the residents of mobile homes will be assessed the fee.

John Mulhearn gave the Legislative Report: We are being asked to send letters to Governor Brown for his signature before September 30th regarding three Assembly Bills AB2150(Atkins);  AB1938(Williams) and AB1797(Torres).  You can find the explanation of the bills on our website http://www.sccmmha.wordpress.com.  The Governor’s address is: Honorable Edmund G Brown, Governor at State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.

sccmmha@gmail.com is our website to sign up for E–mails.
Clare reported that we have $224.00 in our account and we received donations today.
The meeting adjourned by 11:15.
Our next meeting will be October 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Ave.
Remember to check out our WEBSITE, sccmmha.wordpress.com for up to date information. Our meetings are now being translated in Spanish by Cesario Castillo from Snug Harbor Park.

Carole Harris
Secretary

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
August 11, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Bob Lamonica at 10:00AM.

Everyone introduced themselves and many asked questions about something happening at their Park.  Roger  Willenborg from Alimur Mobile Home Park brought up a problem regarding rent checks.  The President asked him if he was willing to be the speaker at the September meeting and talk about the issues at his Park.  He agreed.  Suggestions from many in the audience offered expert advice and we do have experts attending our meetings.  One person indicated how important the Homeowners Association is in keeping the Residents informed and creating a process to handle problems.  The need to document information which includes the date and time is important in law suits.  Another person asked whether the P G & E rates were the same in Mobile Home Parks.  Someone else asked about gas leaks. David Loop, Attorney, suggested that we become familiar with the Manufactured Home Forum, led by Michelle Smith at email melizabeth2@sbcglobal.net.

Our featured speaker Cesario Castillo from Snug Harbor Mobile Home Park had a sinkhole problem in the middle of his newer home that was a 20 foot circle 10 feet thick.  He took the problem to the City of Santa Cruz and was told that the problem was in the ground and was the landlords’ problem.  With pictures and written documentation of the issues, the suit with the County took 18 months to come to a resolution.  His home was moved to another space in the Park.  He paid no space rent after two months of the problem, but still had to pay the mortgage on his five year old home as well as pay for temporary housing  for his family.  Cesario is our volunteer Spanish translator and we thank him for volunteering.

The Green Valley Park Arbitration has not been decided as of our meeting date.

In Watsonville on the November 6th ballot will be a $5.00 fee on mobile homeowners that will be used for a legal defense fund.  EVERYONE NEEDS TO VOTE YES and only the residents of mobile homes will be assessed the fee.

John Mulhearn gave the Legislative Report: We are being asked to send letters to Governor Brown for his signature before September 30th regarding three Assembly Bills AB2150(Atkins); AB1938(Williams) and AB1797(Torres).  You can find the explanation of the bills on our website http://www.sccmmha.wordpress.com.  The Governor’s address is :Honorable Edmund G Brown, Governor at State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.  Also see Legislative Update from GSMOL attached.

On November 3rd from Noon to Three we will have a FUN FUNDRAISER with food, a band with dancing as well as a Panel of experts on Mobile Home Issues that will take your questions.  Panelists that have so far accepted our invitation are John Leopold, Greg Hull and David Loop. The Fundraiser will be held at the Live Oak Grange on November 3rd-. SAVE THE DATE!!

We still need e-mails from those that have never signed up.  See Clare or e-mail her at sccmmha@gmail.com

Clare reported that we have $224.00 in our account and we received donations today.

The meeting adjourned by 11:15.

Our next meeting will be September 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Ave.

Remember to check out our WEBSITE, sccmmha.wordpress.com for up to date information.
Our meetings are now being translated in Spanish by Cesario Castillo from Snug Harbor Park.

Carole Harris
Secretary

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
June 9, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Bob Lamonica at 10:00AM.

The meeting was then turned over to Will Constantine, Attorney in Santa Cruz whose practice specializes in Manufactured/Mobile Home Issues.
Will started off by saying that we should be calling our homes manufactured homes because they are not easily moveable.
Mobile home is a term from the 1930’s and 1940’s.
He stated that Rent Control is a consumer protective statute.
He talked about Fair Rate of Return on our investment (our manufactured home).
He also talked about specific cases that have resulted in precedents in law.
He talked about current legislation in Sacramento.  AB317 sponsored by Calderon should be opposed because the bill states that only a primary residence qualifies under rent control.  There are several cases that are awaiting the results of the decisions from the Appellate Court.
Will has a wealth of knowledge that must be heard first hand.  It was difficult to get everything down—perhaps we need to record the outstanding speakers that come so that we do not miss-quote them.

The June 5th election results for the Board of Supervisors shows that John Leopold and Zach Friend were elected and there will be a runoff election between Bruce MacPherson and Eric Hammer in the Fifth District in November.

We have an event scheduled for November  3rd at the Live Oak Grange which will be a Fundraiser. More details will be available at the August 11th meeting.

There is a need for Park Liaison sign-ups so that this individual can put up notices regarding our meetings in their Park from using the WEBSITE, sccmmha.wordpress.com.

We must expand our e-mails list so that we can notify interested individuals about meetings and other important information.

Clare Sawyer, our Treasurer is keeping and informing email signed up individuals. Please let her know your email!!!

Henry Cleveland has made Buttons for us for a donation of at least $1.00.

We talked again about translating our meeting in Spanish and we will work on this for the August meeting.

There will be a special presentation to the Lund Family who own Shoreline Mobile Estates and have been chosen to receive the GSMOL Plaque for best owner at the Senior Commission meeting on July 26, at 9:30AM at the Live Oak Senior Center on Capitola Road and 17th Avenue.

Cesario Castillo from Snug Harbor spoke about how helpful our meeting was and he would like to tell his story—he will be the speaker at the August 11th meeting.  This meeting will also be translated into Spanish through the magic of technology and Cesario.

Clare gave the Treasurers Report of $200.00.  We appreciate everyones’ donations.

The meeting adjourned about 11:30AM.

Carole Harris
Secretary

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
 May 12, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

1-The meeting was called to order by President Bob Lamonica at 10:00 AM.

2-The participants were asked to speak out on whatever is on your mind.  The website is available at http://www.wordpress.com with a lot of information including the Mobilehome Residency Law.  You can send an email to sccmmha@gmail.com and it will get answered.  Many residents are purchasing their Parks. Bill Neighbors, Chair of the Senior Manufactured/Mobile Home Commission has been honored. There was discussion in regard to having Legislation Alerts added to the Website so that Homeowners can get involved in  the Lobbying process in Sacramento so that we can get bills passed that are in our interests as Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners. Carole Harris and Mardi Brick were asked to speak about the GSMOL Convention in April. Mardi reported that Shoreline Mobile Estates received the first outstanding Park Owner Award at the Convention.  GSMOL keeps us in the loop regarding legislation and at the convention provided great work shops that provided good information and skills to pass on to our Homeowners Associations.

3-Our organization has completed the application to the Secretary of State for Non Profit status.

4-Bob Lamonica reported on the protest that he attended in Chicago on May 8th that was sponsored by the National Manufactured/Mobile Home Association.  Equity Life Style Properties (ELS) is the largest manufactured housing community owner in the country.  They own DeAnza, Santa Cruz.  Conservatively, about $30 million was lost collectively to 260 homeowners in DeAnza and Clearview Court Mobilehome Parks with the disastrous collapse of rent control in Santa Cruz in 2003.  The city administration was empowered to monitor home sales at the two parks, but was negligent, allowing the city to be threatened by endless and expensive litigation.  The City Council capitulated after $700,000. in court fees on a 6 to 1 vote that ended rent control in the two Santa Cruz parks.

5-There are two events that are in the planning stages for later this year.  One is a Santa Cruz County Mobilehome Conference and the other will be a fun/networking event.  We are looking at the Live Oak Grange and the Live Oak Senior Center to hold our events.  It is possible that Senator Simitian as well as other elected officials may wish to speak at the Conference Meeting.

6-There will be a meeting scheduled to meet with Senator Joe Simitian’s aide Rose Filicetti in the Santa Cruz office.  We need 4 or 5 participants to discuss our concerns.

7-PARTICIPANTS WERE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE CANDIDATES FORUMS FOR SUPERVISOR FOR DISTRICTS 1, 2 and 5.

8-On the Park Liaison Report, John Mulhearn reported that there are close to 10,000 residents living in mobile homes in our county.  Many of these mobile home parks have no homeowners associations, others have older residents and many are Spanish speaking and others have no clubhouse to meet. Some contacts have been made and we have a liaison contact.  There is much more to do, but we need more people involved on this project. We will be sending out half page flyers regarding our next meeting at some targeted parks.  Can you help?

9-In regard to Communications, emails were sent out in regard to this meeting.  Our website is up and running https://sccmmha.wordpress.com.  There is a lot of good information which includes the Mobile Residency Law in large print and information regarding the Manufactured/Mobilehome Senior Commission.  There will also be minutes of our Community Meetings and Treasurers Reports from all donated funds as well as updates on meetings and events and Legislation. We could use help on the Computer input. There was a discussion on a park owner changing from a 55 plus park to an all age park, Attorney Dave Loop clarified the law.  Under Federal Law a 55 plus park – 1 person 55 and older must live in 80 per cent of the park.  If the owner wants to have the park to be an all age park, the owner must inform the residents that in 6 months the park will become a family park.  There is usually not much incentive because the cost of maintenance is higher in a Family Park.

10-Members and Volunteers Report—we can always use more volunteers helping out.  If you did not get an email notice let Clare know be emailing her at sccmmha@gmail.com.

11-Secretary Report: Everyone got a copy of the last meetings minutes and the Agenda for this meeting when they came in.

12-Treasurers Report: Claire Sawyer reported that there is $178.00 and Shoreline Mobile Estates gave a $50.00 donation and we thank them very much.

13-A Committee formation to first draft public SCCMMHA Declaration of Purpose and Intentions will be formed later in 2012.

14-The next meeting will be the second Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers.

15-New Business: Marged McNeely from Green Valley Estates in Watsonville announced that the continuation of the Arbitration will be on May 17, 2012, at the City Building at 275 Main Street, 4th Floor in Watsonville at 9:30 AM. There should be a judgement in four to six weeks.

The meeting adjourned by 11:00 AM.

Carole Harris, Secretary

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
April 14, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 10 AM.

It was announced that Governing Board and Community Meetings would be combined beginning Saturday, May 12.

A California Unincorporated Nonprofit Association formation Committee was established with Bob Lamonica, Henry Cleveland and Rick Halterman. After Board review, paperwork will be filed before May 12 meeting.

Upcoming Districts 1, 2 and 5 Candidate Forums were discussed.

John Mulhern spoke regarding the Special Events Planning Committee. We are looking at available dates and expenses to rent the Live Oak Grange. We may hold a Santa Cruz County Mobilehome Conference and/or other events in the Fall.

The GSMOL Park Owner Awards were discussed. Gerald and Bonnie Lund, Owners of Shoreline Park Estates were awarded for exemplary Park Owners in Santa Cruz County.

John Mulhern spoke regarding the Park Liaison Committee status. Liaisons were requested to sign on after the meeting. We will be requesting Liaisons to sign on at our monthly meetings, and there will be additional outreach.

Communications were discussed in absence of Caren King who had a prior commitment including the website, media relations and incoming email monitoring. We are planning to have these functions established by May 1.

Clare Sawyer discussed members and volunteers including outgoing email and volunteer outreach. We are planning to have these functions established by May 1.

Secretary. Bob Lamonica will provide minutes for this meeting, in lieu of Carol Harris who is attending the GSMOL Convention. Eventually, meeting minutes will be posted on the website.

Treasury. As of 4-13-21, Clare Sawyer reported there is $141.00 in the Treasury. Eventually, monthly treasury reports will be posted on the website.

Committee formation to first draft public SCCMMHA Declaration Of Purpose And Intentions was tabled for later 2012. Issues like rent control protection and communicating park owner responsibilities were raised to be included.

Announcement of next Community Meeting (usually 2nd Saturdays) to be Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10 AM, Capitola City Council Chambers or alternative date/location.

New Business. Henry Cleveland introduced SCCMMHA buttons, which were made available for a $2 donation. A Legislative Update will be a part of future meetings.

The meeting closed at 11 AM.

Signed,
Bob Lamonica, in lieu of Carol Harris
April 22, 2012

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
March 10, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

Mission Statement: To act as an educational and political outreach organization for Manufactured and Mobile home residents in Santa Cruz County.

1-The March 10, 2012 meeting was called to order at 10:00AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers at 420 Capitola Avenue. President Bob Lamonica led the Pledge of Allegiance.

2-Copies of the minutes of the Governing Board meeting of Saturday, March 3 2012 at 10:00AM at the Rodeo Gulch Estates Clubhouse were given to each person along with the Agenda for this meeting. Everyone also got the minutes of the February 11, 2012 General Meeting in Capitola. Mardi Brick, GSMOL Associate Manager of Region 10, introduced Rick Halterman, GSMOL Region Manager, who spoke about joining GSMOL and attending the GSMOL Convention, the 50th Anniversary, to be held April 13-15 at the former McClellan Base north of Sacramento.

3-The reading of the minutes was not necessary since everyone had copies.

4-Treasurer Clare Sawyer reported that $50.00 in donations were received at the Governing Board meeting on March 3, 2012.  At present there is no Bank Account.  Mardi Brick indicated that she is looking into a bank account for our organization through Bay Federal Credit Union. Some of the Mobile Home Parks may give donations to SCCM/MHOA.

5-Bill Neighbors, Chairman of the Senior Manufactured-Mobilehome Commission, gave a report on the two days of Arbitration between the City of Watsonville, defending their Rent Control Agreement by AttorneyDwight Herr and Green Valley Village Mobile Home Park was represented by County Council Attorney Terry Hancock and the owner Albert Vierra was represented by his Attorney Mark Alpert.  The Arbitrator wants one more day scheduled by the attorneys so that the arbitration can  be completed. The owner has asked for about a $400.00, per month, rent increase. The owner has taken away the club house so there is now no meeting place in the Park. The owner is also buying homes of Residents and then he sells those homes to new Residents.  This practice may not be within the Civil Code Mobile Home Residency Law. Mark Alpert, from a Southern California Law Firm has been representing Park Owners throughout our State on Rent Control Issues and he has been winning cases.

6-Marged McNeely, who is the President of the Homeowners Association from Green Valley Village stated that  Residents are under a lot of stress.  There is a settlement offer that the Residents are against.  Many of the Spanish speaking residents were at the Arbitration Hearing both days and filled the seats.  The City of Watsonville provided an excellent interpreter.  At the end of the second day, the Residents lined up to give Marged McNeely a hug and a thank you.  Their Park has unified through this excruciating and frustrating experience.

7-John Mulhern and Carole Harris reported on the updating of contacts at all the Mobilehome Parks that are not resident owned. We want to be able to have one or two contacts in each park so that we can communicate issues.  We will be getting phone numbers and e-mail.  We may have to visitsome of the Parks where we have no contact information.

8-Candidate Forums for the Board of Supervisors election in June for Districts 1, 2, and 5 are being planned. Zach Friend will be at Aptos Pines March 31st at 10:00 AM.  District 5 has two Candidate Forums planned that are being sponsored by the Scotts Valley Banner and the Chambers of Commerce from Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley. One is on April 30th at 7:00 PM at the Scotts Valley Community Center located at 360 Kings Village Road. The other Forum is at San Lorenzo Valley High School at 7105 Highway 9 in Felton on May 3 at 7:00PM.  The candidates for District 5 are Erik Hammer of Boulder Creek,  Bill Smallman of Lompico and Bruce McPherson of Pasatiempo. Residents have an opportunity to submit  questions before the forum online at www.pressbanner.com or by emailing editor Peter Burke at peter@pressbanner.com. A panel will select the questions that will be asked by guest moderators.

9- Our first Fundraiser will be May 6. 2012.  President Bob Lamonica will serve as liaison to get a Committee of the Board together to plan this event.

10-Clare Sawyer reported on getting the Volunteer List on an Excel spread sheet so that these residents can receive information regarding meetings and events.

11-Community Outreach and Communications Report: Care’n King has contacted Good Times, Metro Santa Cruz, Patch and the radio station KPIG and will post information regarding our meetings and events.  She would also like Park Newsletters to note our meeting dates and events.  Our organization will have an email account soon.  Those signing up will get an email advising of meetings and events of interest to us.

12-President Bob Lamonica spoke for the need of incorporation that must be explored—a 501C4. We need to find a pro bono attorney.  There was a similar organization in the 1990’s and we have copies of their By-Laws, but we must figure out :Who we are and Where we are going? Rent Control does provide affordable housing to our communities.

13-Board of Supervisor, John Leopold was given a HUGE card acknowledging his support  for rent control and our mobile home issues.  He indicated that all residents need to work together.

President Bob Lamonica ended with a quote from the Declaration of Independence: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”.

The meeting adjourned before 11:30.

Carole Harris, Secretary

Santa Cruz County Manufactured/Mobile Homeowners Association
February 11, 2012 Community Meeting Minutes

1-The February 11, 2012 meeting was called to order at 10:00AM at the Capitola City Council Chambers at 420 Capitola Avenue.  Copies of the minutes of the Governing Board meeting of Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:00AM at the Rodeo Gulch Estates Clubhouse were given to each person along with the Agenda for this meeting.

2-Mardi Brick introduced the Governing Board:

President                 Bob Lamonica, bob@cruzexpo.com – 831-469-9248

Vice President         Dean Lundholm, lundholm@cruzio.com – 831-234-9210

Treasurer                 Clare Sawyer, clare@cruzio.com – 831-464-2274

Secretary                  Carole Harris, carolemae_harris@yahoo.com – 831-438-4404

Community Outreach  Caren King, caren_king1601@yahoo.com – 831-402-2435

3-There were no questions regarding the Governing Board Minutes.

4-Bob Lamonica announced that the next Governing Board Meeting will be March 3, 2012 at 10:00AM at Rodeo Gulch Estates Clubhouse.

5-Updating of the Mobile Home Commission Park List. Bob asked for volunteers for this Committee.  John Mulhearn and Dave Allenbaugh as well as Carole Harris volunteered.  The job is to help get the present list updated as well as including an active homeowner contact at each Park.

Dave Allenbaugh asked if there were any Mobilehome Parks having rent control issues?

Marged McNeely, the President of the Green Valley Park in Watsonville has an Arbitration Hearing on their rent space being raised.  The Hearing takes place on March 1, 2012 at 10:00AM at the Library/City Building located at 275 Main Streetin the Library meeting room on the second floor.  Many individuals said they will attend.

6-The next meeting will be on March 10th at 10:00AM in the Capitola City Council Chambers.

The meeting adjourned by 11:15AM.

Carole Harris, Secretary

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