Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Oceanside MHome Citizen Advocates WIN Election!

We have won !  It is a great morning, and a new day in Oceanside politics, and for all of us living in manufactured housing communities.   We can sigh a bit of relief for now, we have earned it.  But tomorrow?  Tomorrow we plan for November.
Working together we have proven that people, not money, win elections.  How we use this opportunity is going to be the key.   Below are a few of the notes from others and the newspaper articles and photos.
We owe thanks to everyone of the volunteers that helped in calling, walking, talking to the community.  To the leaders from OMHA, GSMOL, ACTION, Save Oceanside, Unitied4Oside, and all of the folks that voted in this election.   There are lots of heroes this morning



In a message dated 6/6/2012 4:04:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Congratulations to you on a hard fought win for all mobilehome owners!
And to all who signed petitions, held signs, contributed time or money or both.
I'm so happy that E was defeated. Now the next step is resident ownership
of all mobilehome parks!!!
Frank A. Wodley
Mobilehome Magazine
P.O. Box 3774
Chatsworth, Ca. 91313
I'm so thankful for all you're doing! Praying for you! Linda

The homeowners in Oceanside, and all over the state, appear headed for a victory, if the final results show that Prop E failed. This is Citizenship 101; democracy works, after all! Just shows what can happen when people get together in a common cause.
The Country MHP
Santa Rosa CA

You have expressed my exact thoughts, Linda, and have done it beautifully. Yes, whatever today's outcome, we all know that there will not be an end to our efforts as long as our council is polluted with the unconscionable greed that will enact destructive change for Oceanside. Prop E was their strike against mobile home owners and they will most certainly come after us again if we don't stop them in November. Prop F is their strike against everyone, in every neighborhood, and their plan to keep us from stopping them. We can't let that happen. Meanwhile, I would also like to extend my appreciation to everyone for their gallant efforts. Thank you. Bonnie

In a message dated 6/5/2012 12:16:58 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who's been a part of this effort. When Kern, Feller and Felien targeted the manufactured home communities, they must have thought we were just a defenseless group of senior citizens. They forgot these are men and women who've fought wars against much bigger enemies and WON. They forgot that these communities are made up of lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, engineers, computer techs, writers, artists, business men and women, CEO's, teachers, nurses, mothers and fathers, all of whom are the fabric and strength of this community. They did us a favor by introducing us all to each other and reminding us what we can accomplish when we join forces and put our heads together.

I've seen some remarkable things happen during the course of this struggle. What an honor to get to know the veterans to whom we owe so much. I've seen people with severe illnesses, in wheelchairs, with walkers and canes, stand up for their rights and come out to rallies and Council meetings and spend hours on phone banks. I've seen people from other areas of our community join us to support what's moral and just and speak for those who are too frail to participate. We've gotten to know everyone from the Mayor to the Mailman and everyone in between. We've met neighbors and made friendships we would have never experienced. It is an honor to know each and every one of you.

Regardless of the election outcome, our opposition won't "go away quietly," (i.e., Wednesday's "Circulation Element" Council meeting that will affect us all). We must stand together, continue the momentum of this fight through November to CHANGE THIS COUNCIL! When we have done that, the City will be able to enforce our existing laws and effect change for the better. Our victory begins with today's WIN at the polls as we move forward to TAKE BACK OCEANSIDE!

Hope to see everyone tonight at RSLR!


2012-06-05T23:45:00Z2012-06-06T01:21:01ZOCEANSIDE: Voters opting to keep rent control and reject election changesBy RAY HUARD rhuard@nctimes.comNorth County Times
In election returns updated early Wednesday morning, Oceanside voters appeared to be rejecting an ordinance that would phase out rent control in the city's 17 mobile-home parks, and also rejecting a plan to change the way the city elects its officials.
Proposition E ---- the measure that would gradually eliminate rent control ---- was failing with 65.2 percent of the voters saying no and 34.8 percent voting yes.
Proposition F, which would require city officials to be elected by a majority of votes cast, also was failing with 56.5 percent saying no and 43.5 percent yes.
Mobile-home resident Chris Gow said she Tuesday night was "just ecstatic" over the vote on Proposition E.
"I'm really not sure why people are voting the way they are except that they're tired of the way the three councilmen run this city," said Gow, president of the Oceanside Manufactured Homeowners Alliance.
Proposition E was backed by councilmen Jerry Kern, Gary Felien and Jack Feller.
"We're sure that some other issue about mobile-home residency will come up again so we can't let our guard down," Gow said Tuesday. "From what I understand, (the council majority) have a check list and they're just going down the list. We don't know what's next on that list, but we will be ready for them."
Kern, who championed the so-called decontrol measure that became Proposition E, said he's convinced that most people oppose rent control but "we just couldn't get people to the polls."
"Reform is hard," Kern said. "When you let people vote themselves a subsidy, they're going to vote themselves a subsidy. They have a financial interest."
Kern predicted that as long as rent control remains, there's no incentive for park owners to stay in the mobile-home business.
"Within the next 10 or 15 years, those mobile-home parks will either close or become condos because the system is unsustainable," Kern said.
Park owners aren't giving up despite the failure of Proposition E, said Amy Epsten, whose family owns two Oceanside mobile-home parks.
"We will regroup. One thing you definitely can count on is we will always continue fighting for our property rights," Epsten said. "I promise, we will get our property rights back."
Kern and Epsten blamed the no vote on Proposition E on low voter turnout.
The issue "resonates with a lot of property owners and Republicans but you can't make people vote," Epsten said.
Proposition F, also put on the ballot by the three-member council majority, was likely failing as fallout from the no vote on Proposition E, Kern said.
"People didn't read it," Kern said. Many of those who voted no on Proposition E just went down the ballot and voted no for F, Kern said.
Under Prop. E, rent control would stay in place for people already living in rent-controlled spaces but would be removed when they move or sell their homes.
Proposition F requires that the mayor, City Council members, city clerk and city treasurer be elected by a majority vote rather than a plurality.
If no one running for a specific seat gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there would be a runoff election.
Candidates for mayor and City Council will continue to run at-large citywide but they would run for numbered seats.
Before the election, some of those campaigning against Proposition E predicted that it would have repercussions in the November election, when Kern is running for mayor against incumbent Jim Wood and council members Esther Sanchez and Jack Feller are running for re-election.
"This whole rent control issue has gotten a lot of attention," said Dana Corso, president of the Alliance of Citizens to Improve Oceanside Neighborhoods.
Corso said the issue has united voters with disparate interests who are upset by some council actions, such as a push to resurrect a proposed Highway 78 interchange at Rancho Del Oro Road and completion of a segment of Melrose Drive to provide a new link between Highway 78 and Highway 76.
Kern, who led the drive on the City Council to eliminate rent control, said that by November, most voters will have forgotten about the rent control fight.
"I don't think it's going to be an indicator because the turnout is so low," Kern said. "In November, the issues are going to be a lot different."
Oceanside's mobile-home parks have been covered by rent control since 1984 but in May 2011, Kern led the council majority in voting 3-2 for the decontrol ordinance to phase it out.
Voting with Kern for a gradual end to rent control were Councilmen Jack Feller and Gary Felien. Wood and Sanchez voted against the decontrol ordinance and have campaigned against Proposition E.
Mobile-home residents and their allies stopped the ordinance from taking effect by collecting petitions signed by more than 15,000 people demanding that the council repeal the ordinance or put it on the ballot.
By another 3-2 vote, the council voted in August to put it on the ballot.
Kern and mobile-home park owners contended that rent control unfairly limited the return property owners could earn on their investments.
Mobile-home residents, most of whom own their coaches but rent the land on which they're located, argued that park owners are guaranteed a reasonable profit under rent control.
Many mobile-home residents are senior citizens or veterans, and they fear that they would lose the investment they have in their homes because no one would pay much for them if park owners could raise rents without limit, as they could with decontrol.
Under the 1984 ordinance, mobile-home rents could be raised annually by an amount equal to 75 percent of any increase in the regional consumer price index, which measures the costs of goods and services.
Park owners who wanted a greater increase can appeal to a city rent control board.
Proposition F was put on the ballot by the council majority at the urging of Felien, who contended that requiring candidates to win by a majority vote would result in a government more representative of the community at large.
Felien said voters may have been confused by the numbered seat provision in Proposition F, thinking it meant a switch from at-large to district elections.
With council members and the mayor now elected by a plurality, Felien said that a determined bloc of special interest voters could elect someone aligned with them.
No matter how many candidates run, the person with the most votes wins now.
Among those fighting against Proposition F, Sanchez said it would it would be a costly change for the city because Oceanside would have to pay for two elections instead of one ---- a primary and a runoff.
Sanchez and Wood also argued that Proposition F would disenfranchise many potential candidates because only those backed by special interests with deep pockets could afford to finance a primary and runoff campaign......At 12:30 am:
PROP E - CITY OF OCEANSIDE Rent Control Precincts: 75
Counted: 49
Percentage: 65.3%

Vote for: 1







PROP F - CITY OF OCEANSIDE Ch. Amd. Est. June Elections
Precincts: 75
Counted: 49
Percentage: 65.3%

Vote for: 1







MiraMar Community Home Owners Association
900 N Cleveland St, sp 159
Oceanside, CA 92054


  1. I'm so glad prop e and f won and yes everyone who says be ready for November is right. Go people. Prop e didn't have the money but the people who cared and worked their buts off. My hat goes out to all the seniors and veterans and I hope they keep their strength for November. Love you all and all the supporters of prop e and f. Good work!!!

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