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The following article was posted on September 11th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 27 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 27

Political Watch 9/12/13

• A bill by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) aimed at preventing lawsuits and giving mobile home owners more of a say when their mobile home park is being subdivided and sold passed off the Assembly floor on a bipartisan vote of 41-23. The bill now heads to the Senate floor. According to information from Jackson’s office, existing law allows mobile home park owners to subdivide and sell the individual lots on which homes are placed. This is commonly referred to as a “condo conversion.” But without clarity in current law, condo conversions have often left mobile home park residents without a say in the process and cities confused about how to proceed. S.B. 510 allows a local government to disapprove of the conversion of a mobile home park if a majority of parks residents don’t support it. “This makes the process of ‘condo conversion’ more fair, by giving residents and local governments a way to have a voice in the process, if they so choose,” Jackson said in a statement. “Mobile homes are a source of affordable home ownership. We should be as respectful of these homeowners’ rights as we are of any others. At the same time, it’s vital that we prevent costly litigation to local governments that drains limited resources.” California has nearly 5,000 mobile home parks. Typically, residents own their mobile homes but rent the spaces on which their homes are placed. The bill has the support of a number of groups, including the city of Ventura, the county of Santa Barbara, and the county of Ventura, and well as the Goleta Manufactured-Home Owners Coalition, and the Ventura Manufactured-Home Resident’s Council. Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

• On Sept. 4, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton released a statement regarding U.S. congressional deliberations on using military force in Syria after the country’s government officials allegedly staged a chemical weapons attack in Damascus. “As Congress debates the resolution authorizing use of military force in Syria, here are the questions that must be asked and answered: Will the U.N. inspectors’ report be made public to the Congress and the American people before the vote to authorize military action? If one of our military strikes kills just as many men, women, and children as the reported chemical weapons attack, what is our responsibility and how do we deal with that? If a Syrian missile hits one of our ships or planes and kills an American service member, what will be our response?” Burton said in the statement.