The Cactus Speaks: Mobile Home Park racism accusations continue for no good reason
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by Earl Gipson
Mobile Home Park racism accusations continue for no good reason
Amid accusations of racism/discrimination, the Firs Mobile Home park residents appeared in Council chambers during Public Comment at the March 14 meeting, again reading from a script written by agitators.
Firs Mobile Home Park residents were misled. There is no question of the legality of the Firs Mobile Home park closure. The owner, Mr. Park, met all the state requirements, the City reviewed them (as SeaTac code requires it, others do not), and the hearing examiner under his sole authority rejected their appeal. Next stop Superior Court to appeal the hearing examiners decision. The SeaTac City Council has no role so protesting the Council and calling them racist is futile not to mention disrespectful, rude, misguided, stupid….. (I could go on).
The fact that the state makes the rules for closure, compensation, and relocation also reflects State Representative Gregerson’s involvement in making signs and only helping them protest says volumes of what she was willing to do. Nothing.
Instead of submitting legislation at the state level to add CPI to the mobile home park closure compensation she would rather harass the sitting City Council/Citizens that ousted her. Sore loser and vindictive is putting it mildly. Making signs (we have a picture) and even trying to involve me (believe it or not)) does nothing for the park’s residents.
The Tenants Union
I think the Tenant Union just wants some free press and further push their own agenda. They are smart enough to know the legal requirements have been met. The laws be damned, we have signs and T-shirts. That’s fine. Go protest in Olympia where you can change the laws on mobile home parks. Better yet, write some legislation for Gregerson to sponsor (good luck).
Here’s some free press. Tenant’s Union Staff (here) . Helena Benedict was the translator/speaker/organizer at the Council meeting. On this issue, please protest the right place. Olympia is Exit 105 heading South on I-5.
Closure has nothing to do with racism, discrimination, etc
Mobile Home Park living in an increasing urban area is a bad idea when you do not own the land yourself. You are buying a depreciating car and parking it in a rented parking space. Improving it and expecting to get your money back is a pipe dream.
This story is repeated time and again with these parks. See (here) for another recent mobile home park closure story. It has nothing to do with racism/discrimination. It is money/investments plain and simple.
Know that your mobile home is temporary, take advantage of the low land rental, and save your money for buying your own property. Even that is not completely safe. Just ask the people who got in the Light Rail right-of-way.
Once the Angle Lake station was sited, the game was pretty much over. The land value jumped and those who were (land banking) waiting for inevitable redevelopment are going to cash out. This goes doubly true if it is second or third generation owners who have no emotional attachment to the property and is the legacy left to them by their parents/grandparents.
My advice to Firs residents
I can empathize with your plight. I made a mistake in 1980 regarding real estate. It took us 12 years to recover from my own stupidity and our home was taken. I was not smart enough at the time to negotiate. Now is the time for the residents to negotiate with the owner in person (if the waters haven’t already been poisoned by the agitators).
To the owner Mr. Park (we have never met) I ask that you reconsider your offer to the residents. The belligerence and any bad blood is not their fault. They were led to believe signs and T-shirts would do the trick and force your hand. In the economic and legal sense, we both know better. I truly would like the residents to remain residents of SeaTac but remaining in the mobile home park is not feasible and we know the outcome however long these tactics may delay the inevitable. I will not write about this again but I will about Ms. Gregerson’s continued covert and overt harassment of the sitting SeaTac Council.
Cactus song selection
I admit I read a LOT of Science Fiction (unintended consequences taken to extremes) but at the rate we are going we will not last even close to 10,000 more years. In the cosmic sense “a flash in the pan.” Cool song.
In The Year 2525-Zager and Evans-1969-Lyrics in the video: