Matt Potter 6:30 p.m., May 5
Mobile home parks give big to San Diego Democratic Party which in turn gives $20,000 to Mayor Filner
Four mobile home associations gave a total of $12,000 to the SD Democrats on April 26
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:
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