A political committee sponsored mainly by mobile home park owners for a
campaign supporting Proposition E raised more than four times as much
money as opposing political committees sponsored largely by mobile home
park residents, campaign financial documents show.
Proposition E, on Tuesday’s ballot, would phase out mobile home park
rent control and replace it with vacancy decontrol. The political battle
has pitted landowners and mobile home park managers against tenants in a
passionate and often emotional campaign.
If enacted, current mobile home park tenants will be allowed to keep
rent control, but when a home changes hands, the rent control will be
Rent control has been on the books in Oceanside since 1984. It hold
rents for spaces to increasing at 75 percent of the consumer price index
annually. Mobile home park owners typically own the homes but rent the
Park owners say rent control keeps them from getting a fair return on
their investment. Proposition E would phase out rent control and allow
landowners to charge as they see fit after a home is sold.
The political action committee that supports Proposition E, called in
part Taxpayers & Property Owners for Fairness, Yes on E, reported
raising nearly $400,000 for the campaign, $238,000 of that since the
beginning of the year.
Financial disclosure forms for contributions received and expenditures
from March 18 to May 19 were due May 24. The political group raised
about $130,000 in that period.
A No on Proposition E group, which was funded and supported largely by
mobile home park tenants and called Taxpayers for Oceanside
Neighborhoods, reported raising about $60,700, $16,190 of that since
Jan. 1. Much of that was spent on a successful referendum effort in
which more than 15,000 signatures were gathered, leading a City Council
majority to place vacancy decontrol to a public vote.
Recent expenditures for the campaign include printing signs for No on
Propositions E and F and an infomercial on local TV station KOCT.
Proposition F would change the way elections are held in Oceanside.
Another group, Oceanside Manufactured Homeowners Alliance, reported
spending more than $12,000 on signs opposing Proposition E. The
Political group Save Oceanside also opposes Proposition E, among other
issues, and reported raising $16,643.
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