Our History And Accomplishments
The Coalition of Mobilehome Owners (COMO-CAL) was formed by GSMOL managers Frank Wodley, Tom Lockhard, Ralph Weber, Donna Matthews and others after two events: a) The presentation by Patrick Guzman, CPA who spoke about the loss of membership, revenue (membership dues and advertising). In fact after the meeting two managers resigned. and b) In late summer 2004 a group of eight GSMOL managers submitted a Recommendations Report which suggested ways that GSMOL could improve. Essentially nothing came from the managers efforts to help improve GSMOL. At that time the group felt it necessary to form another nonprofit to provide service to mobilehome owners in California.
The first nonprofit 501(c)3 was named the Coalition of Mobilehome Owners – Los Angeles County. It was patterned after the Sonoma group in northern California with the help of Elaine Hoffsteder. COMO-LAC immediately began publishing a newsletter – THE VOICE.
COMO-LAC was successful in getting information to mobilehome owners in Los Angeles County, so the decision was made to go state-wide. The new name was The Coalition of Mobilehome Owners – California. COMO-CAL was not in competition with GSMOL, in fact we sent GSMOL a letter to that effect. COMO-CAL worked primarily with residents in parks, GSMOL primarily with their lobbyist in Sacramento.
COMO-CAL’s #1 priority has always been Enforcement of the laws (Mobilehome Residency Law, Title 25 Health and Safety). We realize laws, without effective enforcement, are not worth the paper they’re written on. We have also been concerned with Ethics in Advocacy.