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"Bring your own bucket," the notice said, and residents of Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park got angry. For five days in mid-September, no water came from faucets and no toilets could be flushed due to a broken water valve. According to a 27-year resident, management had decided to "benefit" the neighborhood by installing multiple valves instead of having just one.

"In the event of a problem," he said, "the water can be turned off one section at a time, instead of shutting the whole park off." In the process of installing the new valves, however, a worker for the contractor inadvertently broke a valve while digging. The problem couldn't be fixed until new parts came in, and that took a few days.

"It's out of our hands," the community manager said in her notice. "I know that all of you need water. If you have buckets and a wrench, there is a hose hooked up on the other side of the park by the maintenance shop, but you need pliers (or a wrench) to turn it on. You may go get your buckets full."

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jerrylen Sept. 21, 2010 @ 2:35 a.m.

There is a city ordinance stating that water in a mobilehome park CANNOT be shut off without 3 days PRIOR notice. Why wasn't this reported to the city, EMPAC,or GSMOL?

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jerrylen Sept. 21, 2010 @ 2:39 a.m.

Would someone from this park please contact me? Jerry Lenhard, 760-745-3734. I believe I can help.

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nan shartel Sept. 21, 2010 @ 2:08 p.m.

that happens to us occasionally Mindy...but we get notice and fill our tub with water for flushing and dog drinking use...i only have one wee fella to worry about

hope u get water again real soon

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jerrylen Sept. 21, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m.

You need to call Charlie Grimm, head of code enforcement & call Olga Diaz, YOUR city councilwoman. Third time in two weeks without water is bordering on criminal. Residents need to organize. If this happens again, you should call the newspapers, TV stations & picket city hall. You should also go to the next city council meeting & you can air your complaints on TV at 4 PM Wednesday (tomorrow?). The city is totally at fault for this & can/will do something IF you "put their feet to the fire" of public opinion. There are elderly & children in this park & these are THIRD WORLD CONDITIONS. You can also complain to the State, Dept Housing Community Development. They have an office in La Mesa.

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