Oceanside voters on Tuesday
soundly rebuked propositions that would phase out rent control in
mobile-home parks and change how city elections are held.
E on rent control lost with 65 percent voting no and 35 percent voting
yes. Proposition F, though closer, was far from passing. Fifty-seven
percent voted no and nearly 43 percent voted yes.
E aimed to enact vacancy decontrol, which would have phased out rent
control in the city’s mobile-home parks. The protection would have been
eliminated when homes were sold or passed on, but would have kept low
rents for current park residents.
F would have revamped the city’s election procedures with a charter
amendment. Under the proposition, City Council candidates would have
picked a specific seat to run for and would have needed to win a
majority. The system would have lengthened elections by requiring a
runoff. The city currently uses a single at-large election in which
candidates simply have to garner one of the largest pieces of the
control goes back to 1984 and says rent for spaces can increase no more
than 75 percent of the consumer price index, generally at a rate less
Mobile-home park tenants typically own the home but rent the land beneath it.
Leaders in the fight against Propositions E and F gathered to watch the election results Tuesday night.
am ecstatic, and the several hundred people who are gathered here are
ecstatic," said Jim Sullivan, a mobile home park resident who had
vocally opposed vacancy decontrol since the council voted for it more
than a year ago.
win this and the percentages hold, the people of Oceanside will have
shown they have taken back their government, and that will be cause for
pause for all," Sullivan said, alluding to the City Council majority
that placed both measures on the ballot. Some residents have said the
voting bloc, made up of Councilmen Jerome Kern, Gary Felien and Jack
Feller, does not represent the interests of most Oceanside residents.
E supporter Amy Epsten Magness, whose family owns Mission View mobile
home parks, said she was disappointed but not surprised by the early
results. She said her side had to fight the notion that mobile home park
tenants would lose rent control altogether.
misconception that these seniors and veterans were going to be kicked
out of their homes was certainly hard to overcome, so we knew we were
the underdogs," Epsten Magness said. "You can definitely count on the
fact that we’ll fight for our property rights."
council placed Proposition E on the ballot more than a year ago, and it
has been a point of controversy since. Mobile home park residents
attended City Council meetings frequently, held public demonstrations
and campaigned door-to-door to protest the measure, saying it would
diminish the value of their homes and might not actually preserve their
low rents. Park owners spent hundreds of thousands to fight what they
say is an unfair ordinance that diminishes the value of their land.
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