There is a saying: “all it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing”. If people don’t vote Yes on Measure V, that is what will be happening in Humboldt. I define evil as that which is deliberately designed to make others suffer for the benefit of the perpetrator. Right now, without an ordinance to stop them, investment corporations and greedy owners are unfairly and unsustainably charging more and more money to people who own their houses in manufactured home parks. By and large these people who can’t afford property to put their homes on; they are beholden to park owners for their lot.
Therefore they are subject to attack. These home owners pay a tax similar to other home owners, then they also pay the park owner’s taxes. They pay school and fire bonds, road, power and sewer taxes, and they pay for all of that in their park. When their roof leaks, or plumbing goes out, there’s no landlord repairing it — They must pay just like other homeowners.
While it is true that park owners deserve a fair return on their investment ( and Measure V allows for that), the home owners are co-investors; without their homes, the park has no income potential. We voters have a unique chance to change what amounts to a feudal system into one that permits homeowners to live in their neighborhoods with dignity, while providing park owners with a very viable income.
Wilma Mendes, Fortuna