ANTELOPE VALLEY GROUP
VP Election Postponed Because of Low Attendance
A bad cold snap that brought rainy and snowy skies and the lack of publicity by the local press made for a very, very sparse turnout at the Antelope Valley CoMO-LAC meeting March 11 at the Boulders I MHP in Palmdale. Aside from the Antelope Valley Group’s four officers, only seven people (all paid CoMO-LAC members) were in attendance. The low turnout forced the Group to postpone the election of a new Vice President until its April 14th meeting at the Saggetree MHP in East Palmdale.
All agreed that the low attendance was because of some very nasty weather and because the local newspaper did not print a news release about the meeting, even though the news release had been submitted via e-mail to the newspaper Editor twice during the week preceding the meeting. Without making any direct accusations, this lack of publicity seemed suspicious because the Boulders I, Boulders II, and Boulders at the Lake are owned by the city of Palmdale Ralph Weber, Group president said, and the Press Release submitted by the Antelope Valley CoMO-LAC group said the meeting would focus on preventing future attempts to ban rent control. The City of Palmdale has a Rent Control Ordnance. Billie Thomas, Secretary of the Group and a resident of Boulders I (hosting the meeting) said that she did not receive any cooperation or support in preparing for the meeting. It seemed to me like they were discouraging residents from attending, she said.
In the meeting Ben Renshaw, Vice President of the AV Group, gave an update on his Parks (Hacienda MHP) dispute with management over almost doubling the trash pickup fee. He explained that management asked for an increase from the $11 fee to a $20 fee. Management explained that the increase was because Waste Management has increased its rate by $4. When told that simple arithmetic indicated that the trash pickup rate increase to the residents was excessive, management said that the Park Owner told him to go ahead with it anyway. The Hacienda Mobilehome Owners Association is now taking the matter to a civil suit. The Hacienda HOA is keeping records of the amounts of excessive charges the Park is collecting and may even consider getting a rebate of the overcharges via a small claims action. Well keep everyone posted on this one.
There was much discussion by Floyd Gilbert about the use of the Quartz Hill MHP Community Hall. It seems that most of the Quartz Hill Parks residents are completely intimidated and were almost impossible to organize an assault against Management abuses. Floyd Gilbert has filed a personal civil suit against the park owner. Most of the recommendations from the group in attendance said that Floyd should not give up trying to organize a viable HOA , because fighting alone against management is usually a losing cause. Tom Bakkila, a resident who sued his park to recover excessive charges and WON. Tom was not able to attend the meeting but in a phone call indicated that he would give us all the details of the case at our next meeting.
The next meeting of the AV Group will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at the Sagetree Village MHP, 3524 East Avenue R in Palmdale.