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As East Palo Alto searches for more affordable housing, a mobile home park with some of the city's lowest-income residents is headed for closure

Original post made on Aug 9, 2019

Amid the ongoing Bay Area housing crisis, in which the stock of low-income housing is shrinking and elected leaders are scrambling to enact policies to get new homes built, a 29-space mobile-home park in East Palo Alto sits half-empty.

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Posted by A recurring theme.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

The property owner can afford to do this because of Prop 13. The owners are probably paying next to nothing in property taxes because they purchased in 1943, so they can afford to sit on the property and "starve" it. This is being done by developers all over the place. They hold properties hostage to get extreme allowances for higher density and other development bonuses.

Corporations love Prop 13 so the State won't touch it. "It's the third rail," they say. "Touch it and you die."This is Republicans AND Democrats who say they support public education. VOTE. Talk with your representatives, and let them know that you have noticed the many ways that they are prioritizing corporate interests over the people. Get out there and override corporate lobbyists with your weapon. Your voice and your VOTE.

Our government is not working for the people any more--on either side of the aisle.

Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 9, 2019 at 11:34 am

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Of all of the things that one can do to alleviate the housing situation, forcing individual property owners to continue to rent their properties is the most counter-productive.

If we want low-income housing, it is time for governments to step up and provide it.


Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

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Margaret Nanda is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Real Estate Practice. She has been practicing for more than 36 years primarily in the manufactured housing industry providing representation to mobile home community owners and managers in all aspects of park ownership and management, with a focus on mobile home park closures.

Margaret facilitates this unique mobile home park closure process from inception to end, regularly interfacing directly with developers seeking to convert the use of the existing parks. Margaret was lead counsel for the seminal mobile home park closure case, Keh v. Walters (1997) 55 Cal. App. 4th 1522.

Sounds like she knows what she is doing.

Posted by Not Worth Saving
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm

>> At Glory, most of the tenants are seniors who admit they aren't necessarily interested in preserving their aging RVs and mobile homes. Many are retired or near retirement, but that doesn't mean they aren't concerned about their futures.
from the PA Weekly...

>> Asked if they were concerned about the park's closure, some residents were matter-of-fact. Relocation money and trailer buy-outs, provided they are substantial enough, would be acceptable, some said.

It appears the 12 current residents are ambivalent for the most part + they haven't done anything to spruce up the place on their sense of community pride.

The land is worth more as development property than a run-down trailer park that no one seemingly cares about.

A weed patch with a few dilapidated trailers is blight...there are places near Barstow if folks wish to live like that.

Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Aug 9, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Just like Palo Alto, there will be bleeding hearts with no common sense who think that mobile home parks in this area are a good use of land to provide low-income housing. Most of these people are probably over 50.

Posted by Marrol
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 9, 2019 at 11:12 pm

Progress is progress. Creekside property is valuable and no one, especially a government agency, should dictate to a property owner when or how they should develop what they've earned, maintained, incurred the liability, and paid taxes on. Time for gentrification to continue to transform East Palo Alto into a more viable and desirable community.

Posted by EPA resident/cyclist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Maybe they can make this into a parking lot for EPA residents that can't find parking for their extra commercial or other vehicles that they can't park in Edgewood in Palo Alto because of NIMBYs who created no overnight parking in Palo Alto.

Posted by Marrol
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

To EPA Resident/Cyclist, yes, they should absolutely look for internal solutions to the parking problems in EPA. The Crescent Park and Edgewood neighborhoods in Palo Alto should not be used as an overflow parking lot for an adjoining city in a separate county. That's why they instituted permit parking. Nothing to do with Nimbyism. It's called consideration and common sense.

Posted by Former Tenant
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2019 at 11:18 am

This trailer park gave me a place to live when I first moved away from home. I was very lucky that it existed, as I couldn't afford to live anywhere else in the area and remain near my family. It's sad to see it go.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 12, 2019 at 10:26 am

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Many Motor homes are now parked at the KMART on Veteran Ave in Redwood City across from the Kaiser Hospital. They are also parked on the adjoining streets. And yes - residents are concerned since that area is next to a harbor area with a number of water ways. They are not interested in those water ways which lead to the bay being the toilet. Also people are stealing shopping carts from the KMART = they are finding them all over the city with broken parts. Major businesses which cater to the public struggle to stay in business and then have to have a security guard at the door for people who are stealing stuff. The WALMART in Mountain View has motor homes and a guard at the door to check outgoing customers.

Changing demographics since the whole area next to 101 is now being rebuilt due to SU starting a new campus in that city and has a new hospital next to 101. The whole are next to Woodside Road and Broadway is going to be rebuilt.

EPA is being rebuilt due to Amazon and FB activity. The peninsula is a growing area for new building in a limited space.

Posted by Member
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Punitive rent control is likely a driving force behind this closure. The government should not require private parties to provide affordable housing. Redeveloping the site to its highest and best use is in the best interest of the larger community and will likely provide a greater number of housing units that are clean and modern. The closure should be supported and the rent control should be abolished.

Posted by C
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Low income renters, and certain occupations such as teachers, should be given tax breaks. This increases the amount of money available for rentals, thus *encouraging* and increasing the available housing supply. Additionally, this will only benefit *taxpaying* residents.

Rent control is portrayed as benefiting low income renters, but actually helps middle- and upper-class renters more. An expensive apartment under rent control will still not be affordable by a lower-income worker, but it *will* be a better deal for a wealthy renter whose rents will not rise as fast.