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Palo Alto Levying Millions on Manufactured Home Community for Closing

November 21st, 2015 Comments off

buena_visat_mobile_home_park_paloalto_ca__nbcbay_areaMHProNews published a story on October 18, 2013 reporting that the owners of California’s Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, the Jissers, were interested in selling the community of 104 homes for possibly over $30 million if their plan is approved by the city of Palo Alto, where the median home price is $2.46 million.

At the time, according to the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, the city was required to have 1,200 affordable housing units by 2014, had only 200, and would lose more if Buena Vista closed.

Fast forward to 2015: Still trying to close the manufactured home community (MHC), the Jissers were told by the city of Palo Alto they will have to pay at least $8 million, possibly more, to residents for relocation costs to close the community, according to pacificlegal.

Represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Jissers have filed suit against the city of Palo Alto, alleging the high price violates the U. S. Constitution’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment limitations of taking private property for public use. The lawsuit also alleges this demand for payment violates California law regarding excessive relocation costs of a community’s residents.

No one should be forced to carry on a business that they want to close,” said PLF Attorney Larry Salzman. “The city is treating the Jissers as an ATM to solve a problem they didn’t cause — the lack of affordable housing in Palo Alto. That’s not just wrong, it’s unconstitutional.”

The way to make housing affordable in Palo Alto is to build more housing,” Salzman noted. “The city has for decades refused to permit enough housing to be built to meet the skyrocketing demand, and it is now shamefully scapegoating the Jissers for its own failure.

The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that individual property owners may not be forced by the government to shoulder the costs of public benefits.

The Jisser’s son, Joe, who now manages Buena Vista, says his parents immigrated here in the 1970s with nothing and built a successful business, but now the state is trampling on them.

Our family has worked hard for 30 years to provide safe and affordable housing here,” he continued. “Now we’re told by the city that providing that service is not enough, that we have to pay a staggering amount of money just to close our business. It’s not fair for the city to force us to pay our tenants millions of dollars as the price of my parents’ retirement.##

(Photo credit: nbcbayarea–Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, Palo Alto, California)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

California Land Lease Community on Track to Convert

October 18th, 2013 Comments off

The Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, California, currently home to 104 factory-built homes, and recognized in the city’s comprehensive plan as one of the largest sources of low-income housing, may be sold for over $30 million if owners Toufic and Eva Jisser’s plan is approved by the city. The Buena Vista Residents Association, with the help of state and local programs, offered to pay $14.5 million for the community but the Jissers denied the offer, preferring to pay homeowners $11,000 each in relocation expenses, $21,000 if their home could not be moved. The community is largely low-income Latino, and the main reason for not wanting to move is that Palo Alto Schools rank sixth out of 1,000 California school districts. According to its Regional Housing Needs Assessment, Palo Alto is obligated for 1,200 affordable housing units by 2014, and currently only has 200, and would lose more if Buena Vista is converted. Housing costs in Palo Alto equate to roughly four times that of living in Buena Vista. As psmag.com informs MHProNews, the Jisser’s lawyer says her clients have a constitutional right to sell their property. The city has 30 days to make a decision.

(Photo credit: nbcsandiego–manufactured housing community)