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Mobile home park associations are moving in the same direction as the Democratic Party.

An April 29 filing from the San Diego Democratic Party shows that four separate mobile home park owners and affiliated associations gave the party a total of $12,000 on April 26.

The listed donors include Ocean Bluffs Mobile Home Estates in Otay Mesa which gave the dems $4,000; Cliffs Mobile Home Community in Allied Gardens chipped in $2,000; the Mobile Home Acceptance Corporation donated another $4,000, and lastly the Villa Cajon Mobile Home Park which gave $2,000.

San Diego's democratic party didn't sit on the money very long. In fact that same day, April 26, the party wrote a check to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner for $20,000.

The donations from mobile home parks comes at a time when the fate of many parks remains up in the air. In recent months, as property values are rising, developers are moving in and are kicking mobile home owners out.

That was the case in Allied Gardens where Archstone is building a large mixed-use project at the former site of the Mission Valley Village Park. Residents in the park went on to file a lawsuit against the developer, claiming the company tried to hold out on paying them the full relocation benefits. The residents, those that remained, eventually went on to win in court and were awarded relocation benefits in some cases amounting to $50,000.

Go here to see the April 29 disclosure:

http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/PDFGen/pdfgen.prg?filingid=1763122&amendid=0

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Lindaslegal May 3, 2013 @ 9:45 a.m.

These tactics by park owners are happening state-wide. Billionaire corporate park owners are trying every possible tactic to eliminate rent control so they can raise rents for the space the home sits on, in some cities to as much as $5,000 to force the homeowners out of the homes they OWN. The 9th Circuit Court in Guggenheim v. City of Goleta found that BOTH parties are property owners (homes built in 1980 & after pay PROPERTY TAXES like every other homeowner) and these are contracts between 2 property owners. To alter the contract in favor of park owners AFTER the fact would be a "windfall to park owners" and a "disaster for homeowners." The majority of these homeowners are senior citizens living on fixed incomes, retired veterans and disabled persons. This is the largest segment of affordable housing in California. These homeowners are living independently within their means. To force them out puts them on public assistance & there's a 9 to 12-yr. waiting list in California. $50,000 for a home that can cost in excess of $100,000 plus the costs and stress of lengthy litigation is not enough for homeowners to buy another home elsewhere. If park owners didn't want to comply with state and local laws, they should not have entered into these businesses in the first place. We need to pass legislation to protect our seniors and preserve this housing, especially with thousands of baby boomers creating a greater need for affordable housing.

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Trueheart_Allgood May 3, 2013 @ 1:31 p.m.

Millionaire mobile home park owners will donate to anyone who they think will perform like puppets on strings. Bob Filner, BEWARE! There will come a time when they will try to cash in on their new-found "influence." They spent big in Oceanside, but for their efforts they earned only the undying hatred from thousands of voters for their chosen puppets there.

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