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Palo Alto’s Buena Vista owners have a right to not sell mobile home park

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted to join with the county Housing Authority and Palo Alto to issue an ultimatum to the owners of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: Sell your property to us, or we’ll take it by eminent domain. The threat is a moral, legal and political offense.

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Jury Rules Carson Violated Mobilehome Park Owner’s Constitutional Rights

A federal court jury ordered the city of Carson to pay $3.3 millon in damages to a mobilehome park owner for violating his constitutional rights when it repeatedly rejected proposed rent increases at his park.

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Part I – California Housing Crisis: Failed Policies / Real Solutions
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Part I – California Housing Crisis: Failed Policies / Real Solutions

Demand for new housing is at an all time high and new housing construction is not keeping pace. Government regulations are also to blame. It can account for up to 30% of the cost of a new home. Now is the time for real and meaningful solutions.

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This section tracks WMA’s bills of interest as they make their way through the legislative process.

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HUD Issues Guidance On Use Criminal Records by Landlords
HUD Warns Against Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders

Private landlords who have blanket bans on renting to people with criminal records are in violation of the Fair Housing Act and can be sued and face penalties for discrimination, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said today as they released new guidance on the issue.

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Rent control no fix for housing crisis

The biggest problem facing California is housing affordability. Rent and home prices are so high that middle-income and low-income households alike often struggle to pay for shelter. In metro Los Angeles, one-fourth of households spends at least half their income on housing. As understood by Gov. Jerry Brown and anyone familiar with how free markets work, the best, most decisive and longest-lasting solution to this problem is to add housing stock.

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Does my choice of housing define me?

To be honest, I had some negative reactions myself when I first considered Rancho Benicia. I thought about my friends in Moraga, Walnut Creek, San Francisco and Idaho and felt some misgivings about what they’d say. Good friends of mine, who had lived near me in the condo, moved to Rancho Benicia last year. They worked with an interior designer, and had the entire inside redone in their style. It’s lovely. They refer to their place as a “tindominimum.”

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Housing affordability requires turning NIMBYs into YIMBYs

Rents in California are 50 percent above the national average. The cost of a new home is 2.5 times what it is elsewhere in the U.S. And the chances of being “house poor” are significantly higher here than in any other state in the country.

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