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Google Employees Go Public, Protest Controversial “Project Dragonfly”

November 27th, 2018 Comments off

 

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We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly,” reads the opening of a letter obtained by the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

 

It’s news that has implications for manufactured housing on several levels, as will be noted further below.  This is an issue that was bubbling during the run-up to the midterms, so millions missed the news that 1400 Google employees were internally protesting against a corporate project code-named “Dragonfly.”

We are among thousands of employees who have raised our voices for months. International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project. So far, our leadership’s response has been unsatisfactory,” said the new letter, published today.

Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” said the employee generated protest letter.

Their concerns relate to numerous concerns previously raised for industry consideration on MHProNews, as well as in mainstream media, such as the CBS News report, found posted below.

 

 

Our company’s [Google’s] decision comes as the Chinese government is openly expanding its surveillance powers and tools of population control,” said the employee letter.

Dragonfly would also enable censorship and government-directed disinformation, and destabilize the ground truth on which popular deliberation and dissent rely,” the letter’s growing number of signatories stated.

 

Why This Matters to MHVille

Let’s first note anew that in the industry’s trade media, most of the serious issues are being publicly raised by what may seem at time to be only a few lonely voices, and published here on MHProNews, and usually no where else in our industry’s trade media.  Yet, even the top man at a competing industry site with a blog told MHProNews’ publisher that you write about the topics like the problem of monopoly [in manufactured housing] that thousands of the industry’s professionals privately talk about at bars and restaurants.’

With that brief backdrop – which helps explains our trade media’s runaway larger audience – MHProNews alone published reports on troubling subjects like problems that Google and Facebook pose to our industry, and the nation.

 

“The Creepy Line” Video DocuDrama, Manufactured Housing – The Problem, Solution, and You

 

Our Creepy Line Video report was just one of those Daily Business News items, which is arguably as relevant today, as it was when it was first published.

 

 

Back to those Google employees letter, “We join with Amnesty International in demanding that Google cancel Dragonfly. We also demand that leadership commit to transparency, clear communication, and real accountability. Google is too powerful not to be held accountable.”

The entire Google employees letter is found here or linked here as a download.

 

Brad Says POTUS Trump is Right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google Threatens Democracy, Online Freedom

 

With that once more in mind, it is also good to recall that President Donald J. Trump has signaled his concerns over this issue, and MHProNews published a draft executive order about anti-trust efforts, at this link below.

 

Draft EO for Trump Administration AntiTrust Order Obtained by MHProNews

 

MHProNews has also connected the dots between other methods of modern propaganda, including a tip from a senior MHI member company, linked below.

 

“Family Jewels,” MHVille Insider Tips, “Info Wars” and Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle and Arlington, and DC Connections

 

MHProNews reminds readers that work for Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) or like operations that want to provide news tips that they should avoided sending them from company email addresses, or from company issued cell phones.

 

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It was industry insiders that provided exclusive reports like the one linked below.

 

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

Industry insider news tips have also been critical for items like those linked further below, or provided insights on the “debacle” at Cavco Industries.

 

What Just Happened, to Cavco, Independent Communities, Retailers, and Manufactured Housing?

 

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Manufactured Home Community Residents Protest Rent Increase

November 22nd, 2016 Comments off
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Maxine Ventura (right) with her daughter. Credit: East Bay Times.

In what community residents are calling an effort to push them out, the new ownership of the Trailer Haven RV and Mobile Home Park in San Leandro, California is raising rents in a part of the country that already boasts record high housing costs.

I understand many are concerned about our plans for the property and the recent rent increase; we are responsible mobile home [sic] and RV park operators,” Cascade Corporate Management quality control director Brock Kaveny told San Leandro City Council members.

We have every intention of operating this property as a mobile home [sic] and RV park and are committed to providing affordable housing solutions to all San Leandrans. To do this, our rent increase is 100 percent necessary.

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Credit: Cascade Corporate Management.

Sacramento, California based Cascade Corporate Management purchased the property earlier this year from Bob and Lisa Granada, who had owned the community since 1937. In a letter to residents in July, the Granada’s explained their plans.

After a long discussion, we the owners of Trailer Haven have decided that it was time to move on to the next chapter of our lives,” the letter read.

With that said, Trailer Haven has been put up for sale and is in the process of being sold. We want to take this time to thank you for all the memories you’ve helped create with us over the 79 years of Trailer Haven’s existence.

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For 17-year resident Maxine Ventura, the sale presented challenges immediately, including an increase in rent and utilities from $595 to $750 per month.

I fear the rent increases will slowly push out Trailer Haven residents who cannot afford them, lower the value of homes in the area and take advantage of low- to very low-income earners,” Ventura told the East Bay Times.

Resident Bob Nelson is also concerned about being pushed out. He lives on a supplemental security income.

This is the only place that I could afford for now, but now I feel like I’m under siege,” Nelson told the San Leandro City Council on Nov. 7.

I’ve got a lot of stress, and now the $200 is just way too much for me to handle.

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Trailer Haven RV and Mobile Home Park (marked.) Credit: Google.

Kaveny disagreed. He says the costs are necessary to address serious infrastructure issues and offset property tax increases and operational costs. He pointed out that the rents are still well below market rates in the San Leandro area, which does not have a rent control ordinance.

It’s not our goal to have anyone move out from Trailer Haven because of affordability issues,” Kaveny said.

We’re still the most affordable place to live in San Leandro, and we’re committed to keeping the community intact.

According to Kaveny, Cascade is also willing to offer a rental assistance program to families who cannot afford rent increases.

Some San Leandro residents say that this case shows the need for the city to consider rent control laws.

If you don’t protect these people, they’re going to be out on your streets, and we don’t need that,” said Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League regional vice president Karilee Shames.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, a number of MH industry professionals have commented on the issue of rent control, including the hotly contested Measure V in Humboldt County, California.

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Paul Bradley. Credit: Fosters.

I think rent control is a symptom of a larger problem.  To my eye, these stories are always about both sides doubling down politically and legally,Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROCUSA) told MHProNews.

I would like to think there are alternatives that don’t rely on third-party boards and local ordinances.  I approach things with a win/win mindset, and from what I’ve seen, courts and boards seem to satisfy neither party in most cases.  A fundamentally different value proposition and mindset is required to stem the tide of rent control,” said Bradley.

You can read the entire story on the outcome of the vote on Measure V here. ##

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Home owners, State Association Protest as County seeks to restrict placement of older Manufactured Homes

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

bulloch-county-map=credit-georgia-info-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comThe fight goes on to protect thousands of manufactured homes owners and some related businesses in Bulloch County, GA. WTOC tells MHProNews that “Hundreds of mobile home owners demanded changes at a meeting last night in Bulloch County, where commissioners will adopt restrictions they passed last month. Under the rules, mobile homes ten years old or older couldn’t be located or relocated in Bulloch County without approval from the planning and zoning commission.”

The county’s leaders say surrounding counties have passed similar rules, and they didn’t want Bulloch to become a dumping ground for dilapidated homes.

But owners say the rules were vague and insulting. “We’re just middle class people,” said manufactured home owner Jimmy Driggers. “We’re not trying to ugly up the community. We’re all God’s children and this is America.”

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What Bulloch County Commissioners say they didn’t know is what Georgia Manufactured Housing Association Executive Director Jay Hamilton tells MHProNews, namely that Georgia Law “…prohibits any Georgia Municipality from limiting permits or re-location based on the age of a home. “

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Hamilton says they are working with the county to resolve the issue. A complete exclusive commentary from GMHA’s Executive Director on this issue, including a copy of GA law on this subject, are linked here. ##

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