Good afternoon Lauren,
We had an immediate board meeting in the MRA1441 this morning to discuss your letter. Would you please forward this letter to all supervisors? Thank you.
We agreed to work with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) before because the DCBA was appointed by the board of supervisors and there was no Manufactured-Home Regulation Commission (MRC) yet. However, we the MRA1441, from many different instances, felt enmity from the DCBA. DCBA had refused to provide information from their sign in sheet for past round-table meetings, making it hard for us to collect resident's opinions. Also, the last roundtable meeting held last month could have failed if we hadn’t back off from the meeting agenda. Because the MRA1441 was appointed to hold the final round-table meeting with the DCBA, we made an agenda so we can unite in the meeting, as we never received any formal agenda from previous round-table meetings. However, just less than three hours before the meeting, the DCBA sent us an agenda they made that has no inclusion of us. We felt challenged, but we decided to step back. After the Pledge of Allegiance led by Tom Meng, a Boy Scout (It was never done in previous roundtable meetings), we gave the microphone to the DCBA and worked with them to have a great meeting, with over 80 people in attendance. The person appointed by county, Joel Ayala, who was supposed to come to the meeting, was not with us in the meeting without a reason.
We like to emphasize the following again:
Even though the County currently has no agency working on affordable housing and the DCBA is one that was created to handle disputes between businesses and consumers, we have to always remember that the focus of the rent stabilization ordinance is not about handling disputes between businesses and consumers, but is to protect AFFORDABLE HOUSING. The DCBA officials must have a concept of homelessness and affordable housing to be competent in resolving disputes between mobilehome owners and monopolistic park owners.
Therefore, we request that the following should happen:
1. The MRC cannot be under the DCBA, but directly report to the Board of Supervisors. Otherwise, the problem of affordable housing will not be resolved.
2. Supervisor Hahn's office be authorized to form a committee to discuss the process and the results of the round-table meetings. The 7 committee members should be from each district, with MRA1441 and others be invited to provide homeowners‘ rights experience and help create the MRC in LA County.
3. The Board of Supervisors vote to create the MRC and select its members, delegating them to form the Manufactured-Home Regulation Ordinance, MRO. To ensure that special interests will not interfere with intended protection of mobilehome owners, these members must not have any relation with park owners in any way or receive benefits from them that will affect their ability to protect these residents that can only live in affordable housing. This condition also has to be an item in the MRO.
Also addiction on drugs is another main source of homelessness. Please assist us to stop the El Monte marijuana plant project at 4400 Temple Ave, the city council meeting will be held on 12/18/18 in El Monte City Hall at: 11333 Valley Blvd. Around 800 people marched and 400 protested on 12/8, the day of the mayor's oath of office ceremony. Videos attached.
The future of Los Angeles is in all of our hands.
Ken Meng - President
1441 Manufactured-Home Residents Association, www.mra1441.org
On Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 7:47 AM Yokomizo, Lauren <[email protected]> wrote:
On behalf of the Supervisor, we would like to thank you for contacting us regarding the rent stabilization ordinance and for sharing your input during the series of County outreach meetings.
I have forwarded your email to Joe Nicchitta, Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to review your 10 points which are supported by other unincorporated mobile home park residents.
The Supervisor would like to thank you for taking the time to draft the 10 points which you believe will help protect and ensure better quality of living for mobile home residents in unincorporated areas.
We will continue to keep you updated on the time line and progress of the draft ordinance.
We do appreciate your family’s participation during the process since the beginning.
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
Office of Supervisor Janice Hahn
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On Dec 10, 2018, at 5:03 PM, Ken Meng <[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>> wrote:
Dear Honorable Supervisor Hahn and Board of Supervisors,
Mobilehome residents throughout unincorporated LA County are thankful for your decision in voting for a mobilehome park rent stabilization ordinance and reaching out to mobilehome residents before finalizing this ordinance.
The first priority is to create a commission for mobilehome parks to protect residents from loopholes in the MRL and address residents’ complaints. Due to the special nature of mobilehome parks, being a form of affordable housing and governed by the Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL), none of the existing departments in LA county are suitable to lead in the creation of an ordinance that will effectively protect mobilehome residents.
We went to every round-table meeting proposing the idea of forming a Manufactured-Home Regulation Commission (MRC) in 10 main points, it was approved by all homeowners who have participated in the round-table meetings and in the final meeting. Therefore, the 10 points must be included in the rent stabilization ordinance to become a more protective, “Manufactured-Home Regulation Ordinance” (MRO).
The following points are what we, the MRA1441, have drafted as important points the MRO should have. Almost all of these were read in every round-table meeting, receiving unanimous support from manufactured-home owners:
* The Manufactured-Home Regulation Commission (MRC), consisting of 5 selected officials and 2 residents for a total of 7 people, must be established under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, and be the enforcing agency of the future ordinance and have the right to propose amendments to the ordinance as necessary.
* Give the MRC power to supervise, inspect, audit, and be aware of the situation of each mobilehome park in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
* Because of the monopolistic nature of the rental agreements, to abolish such agreements or create a way for residents under long-term leases to receive the rent protection of the future ordinance.
* Lower the base rent to $650 including fees in LA. Any changes to the rents must be determined and approved by a hearing in front of the MRC before it can be applied.
Reduce the rent for seniors 55 years or older or qualify them for government subsidies. To especially protect the elderly living on fixed incomes, having the rent to be no more than 1⁄3 of their income.
* Enforce a vacancy control rate of 0%, which means that space rent cannot go up upon the sale of a home.
* Investigate the restricted use of park facilities and utilities including but not limited to the clubhouse, internet, mailing tubes etc. upon complaint.
* Examine or require safety and utility equipment upon receiving residents’ complaints.
* Create a way to prohibit and investigate retaliation, intimidation, harassment, extortion, and/or oppression.
* Enforce the future ordinance by levying fines, sanctions, lowering rents, or other penalties and working with the District Attorney or code enforcement to do so.
* Enable the MRC to regulate every change of use or ownership of mobilehome parks or proposed closure of them and give residents the right of first refusal. To create special mobilehome zoning to ensure that these protections are there.
To ensure that the purpose of the Manufactured-Home Regulation Ordinance (MRO) is achieved, the MRA1441 should be involved in the entire process and be part of the Manufactured-Home Regulation Commission (MRC).
MRA1441 volunteers had initiated this process by bringing up the problem of excessive rent in mobilehome parks to you through appealing a Conditional Use Permit for a mobilehome park. We then supported your approval of an RSO and participated in all of the meetings, held by the DCBA, hosting the final outreach meeting with them.
To continue to help the county, take responsibility of overseeing mobilehome issues, make sure that the MRO will improve homeowners’ quality of life, and consider the needs of park owners for drafting a fair Manufactured-Home Regulation Ordinance (MRO), we highly recommend Sam Meng to participate in the MRC.
Sam is my son, 22 years old, recently returned from a 2 year mission in Taiwan. He has an associate degree in paralegal studies and received the student of distinction award from Mt. SAC, even was selected from the 20 students of distinction, receiving a special award for academic achievement. While we started out uniting mobilehome residents, he has been by my side, even before graduating high school, helping my family defend a retaliatory eviction from the park owners. Sam delayed his college plans for this, but without his help, the MRA1441 will not be here today, proposing to the Board of Supervisors this important ordinance. He knows the MRL and court process, is selfless, loyal, obedient, caring, helpful, and dependable, willing to work for and defend great causes.
Since Prop 10 failed, the mobilehome issue is the last hope for affordable housing to prevent homelessness. The MRO must include the 10 points above to protect mobilehome owners from having to face homelessness as well.
Ken Meng - President
1441 Manufactured-Home Residents Association