Capitola’s arguments against Surf and Sand lawsuit fall short
By JONDI GUMZ
Posted: 06/12/2010 01:30:58 AM PDT
CAPITOLA — A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Surf and Sand Mobile Home Park challenging the city’s refusal to let the owner to close the park, which is one of the most affordable places to live in Capitola.
U. S. District Judge Robert Seeborg, in a ruling Wednesday, said most of the property owner’s claims for relief can go forward. Continue reading
THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, CALIF. | JUSTINE FREDERIKSEN | Fri, Jun 4, 6:08 AM
Jun. 4–Issue tabled until budget workshops are completed
The Ukiah City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to postpone discussions and further action on a proposed rent-stabilization ordinance for mobilehome parks.
“We need a clear understanding of the potential outcomes before we pick a path,” said Council member Doug Crane. “This step should follow (the budget strategic planning) discussion later this month. I hope that we simply continue this until we’ve had a chance to digest the budget and do some prioritization.” Continue reading
City Council moves ahead with expanded protections for SM renters
By Nick Taborekwrite the author June 14, 2010
CITY HALL — A plan that would strengthen rules that protect against evictions and extend protections to tenants who live in non rent-controlled units got the City Council’s initial approval last week, a step that could pave the way for the proposals to appear on a citywide ballot in November.
The proposals would extend basic eviction protections that tenants in rent-controlled buildings receive to all tenants in Santa Monica and would afford added eviction protections to senior citizens and those who are disabled or terminally ill. Continue reading
Is it time to improve San Francisco rent control?
June 11 Merrie Turner Lightner
via Is it time to improve San Francisco rent control?.
Is it time to question rent control? Rent Control Economics 101
It is not a surprise that the benefits and costs of rent control are hotly contested in San Francisco. Most tenants, especially those who are long term residents, will espouse the benefits of rent control concluding with the very real and very personal benefit: “I couldn’t live here without it.” Continue reading
Taken By Regulation
The 9th Circuit considers the constitutionality of rent control
Damon W. Root | June 11, 2010
According to the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, “private property [shall not] be taken for public use without just compensation.” The classic example of this is eminent domain, where the government seizes property, compensates the owner with taxpayer dollars, and puts the property to an alleged public use. But what happens when government regulations violate property rights? Do regulatory takings require just compensation as well?
It depends. In Pennsylvania Coal Company v. Mahon (1922), the Supreme Court held that “while property may be regulated to a certain extent, if regulation goes too far it will be recognized as a taking.” But how far is too far? Continue reading
By Jonathan Friedman
June 8, 2010 — Santa Monica residents could have an opportunity to vote on enhanced tenant protection laws in the November election. The City Council on Tuesday will consider placing modifications to the City’s rent control law on the ballot.
The modifications were endorsed by a majority of the Rent Control Board and are opposed by Santa Monica’s longtime opponent on rent control issues as well as the Rent Control Board’s lone landlord. Continue reading
By Jessica Bernstein-Wax and Bonnie Eslinger
Daily News Staff Writers
Posted: 06/09/2010 12:01:35 AM PDT
East Palo Alto voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a new rent control law that will strengthen and modernize an existing 22-year-old ordinance.
As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, with seven of eight precincts reporting, 77.7 percent of voters had cast their ballots for Measure H, according to the San Mateo County elections office.
“We’re elated that the community would come out so strongly in support of rent conrol,” said East Palo Alto Vice Mayor Carlos Romero, who campaigned for the ordinance. Continue reading
Posted at: 06/08/2010 8:34 PM
By: Cristina Rodda, Eyewitness News 4
It was not a good day to be without an air conditioner, but that’s what some Albuquerque mobile home park residents had to deal with all day Tuesday.
The residents blame the park owner Del Rey Investments and claim it’s just more salt in their wounds after they were recently told to find a new place to live. Continue reading
Mobile home residents lose in courtroom Ventura County Superior Court recently dismissed a lawsuit brought against the city of Thousand Oaks by residents of Conejo Mobile Home Park, which will be closing.
Twenty-two coach owners, who must move their dwellings off rented spaces on property at 1200 Newbury Road, were seeking more relocation money. The residents claimed they would lose money they’d invested in their mobile homes due to Thousand Oaks’ violation of a city law requiring higher relocation fees.
The city had earlier agreed that the property owner had to pay less than the law required due to court case rulings overturning similar laws in other cities.
Although the lawsuit was filed within a required 90-day time frame, it was dismissed because it wasn’t served to the city before that same deadline.
via Mobile home residents lose in courtroom | www.toacorn.com | Thousand Oaks Acorn.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/letters/ci_15246451 (scroll down to 2nd article)
Ronald W. Rose of Glendora (Your View, May 20) makes a valid point concerning mobile home space rents. I own and reside in a manufactured home situated in a park in Glendora and am well aware that mobile home parks are being bought up by large corporations that are making large increases in space rents. And I agree that something needs to be done to control the situation. Continue reading