We are MAKING A DIFFERENCE. But we can DO MORE. By a vote of 70:1 you voted to go state-wide as CoMO-CAL. Some ballots were not counted because they came after March 1st, but they all were yes votes also. The paperwork is going to the Secretary of State in Sacramento and it should be official by April 1st. One person, or one Board of Directors CAN’T DO IT ALONE. We were formed as an organization for our members, by our members. We need your help. Both in the San Fernando Valley and around the state. We are getting members in lots of different areas. Please help us!
WE NEED YOUR HELP
- IF YOU LIVE CLOSE TO CHATSWORTH, PLEASE VOLUNTEER:
One member to coordinate the newsletter folding, labeling and mailing. I will still print it. With the new printer it still takes 8—10 hours. This member will pick-up the newsletters and coordinate a group to help get them ready to mail. This usually happens 2-4 days before the middle of the month. The work involved in probably only 3-4 hours one day for the group.
One member to help in the office keeping track of members. Data entry into Microsoft Excel. It’s not hard, just time consuming.
- IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER AND E-MAIL, PLEASE VOLUNTEER – YOU CAN LIVE ANYWHERE:
One member to call those who have not renewed. For instance it is mid-March today, we need to call those who joined in January and February 2005. I know several have moved, perhaps others have decided we are not the group for them. In any case we need to be responsible and call them to double check what’s happening.
One member who will be our liason between active members and CoMO-LAC. Prepare a list of names and phone numbers. Let’s keep in touch with these people. I know there are upwards of 50 around the state who are active. We need to maintain contact with them.
Several members who are good at writing letters. We need to contact our government officials for a variety of reasons.
Two or three members who are a good speakers and would like to lead recruitment meetings in other areas around Los Angeles.
COMMITTEES: It’s time to organize CoMO-LAC members. Members willing to brainstorm an issue. Form a committee and make recommendations. If you have an issue you would like to work on, let me know. We can ask for committee members in THE VOICE. I’d like to see committees on the following:
- IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE LOS ANGELES, PLEASE VOLUNTEER
One or two members for each area. You can begin making a difference. If you will work with us, we can furnish you a printer and you can print the newsletter for your area. Please have a computer. It doesn’t take that much time. Members now can get THE VOICE online at https://www.comocal.org. In fact ALL members can get ALL issues of THE VOICE in the “members only section” of the new website.
If you live outside Los Angeles, you may be the only CoMO-LAC member in your park. HELP US. If you have an HOA or GSMOL chapter, let us know so we can contact the leaders. We are making THE VOICE available to every mobilehome owner in the state. Everyone should be informed.
We need members to pass out flyers in their parks. We will soon begin a campaign of flyers against illegal moving of older homes. Residents are losing thousands of dollars. We must stop this practice.
WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS
We need money, especially for legal services. We need the support and services of an attorney if and when we begin challenging the actions of managers and owners. Unfortunately this does not come cheap. But we have RIGHT on our side. And remember, DIG DEEP. Rent Increases can be as much as 50% – that means perhaps $250.00-$300.00/month! If you consult with an attorney, you’ll usually have to pay $200. or more. Don’t be like Blue Star and wait. Beginning April 1, 2006 they begin paying the $129.00 per month rent increase.
We need you to trust us. Our books are available to any member who wants to see where the money is going. We have several thousand dollars in our account today, but not enough for any legal action.
Although it is time consuming, we are willing to print and mail flyers into “virgin” areas. The cost per flyer is about $.33 each, so we can mail three flyers for a dollar. We would like to send out one thousand a month or more—costing about $333.00 a month. Previous flyer campaigns have paid off and we have picked up enough members to recoup 70% of our costs. We figure if we have a 4% success rate, the flyer program pays for itself. Help us get the word around, please donate to the flyer fund.
DONATE A LITTLE NOW, OR PAY A LOT LATER. IT IS YOUR CHOICE
A PLEA FROM THE PRESIDENT
I guarantee your donations will be used to help all of us, now. It won’t go to me, the office staff, or to board members. Some will be used to send the flyers into parks telling residents to draw the line in the sand and not trust managers who say you can’t sell your older mobilehome because the park is being upgraded. We will reserve most of it in case of litigation. That’s only smart. Send us $25. or $50. or $100.00. That’s less than you would spend for 30 minutes of time with an attorney. I’m always here for you. Call me and let’s discuss your problem. I’ll give you more than 30 minutes. And that donation will help us begin an OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN AGAINST INJUSTICES. This is so important that I am giving $100.00 to start the DONATION CAMPAIGN OFF. You may know I have a family to support,; a wife and an eleven year old son. I’ve worked FULL TIME for CoMO-LAC the last two years, including 3 months last summer when I was working as a general contractor. Anyone making a donation will be acknowledged in THE VOICE, unless you choose not to. . PLEASE DIG DEEP! YOUR DONATION WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!