Comments on: Trailer park worth $30 million http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: isaacoomber http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-353039 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 05:25:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-353039 Great Article! thanks for sharing the information.

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By: dhsbrenda http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-351504 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 00:19:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-351504 By the way, NeoDem, you won’t be surprised to know the developer is from Texas. lol

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By: dhsbrenda http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-351503 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:49:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-351503 NeoDem and any other CA lawyers out there who may be interested: We are a group of 10-20 (depending on the week) residents of Village Trailer Park who saw the handwriting on the wall two years ago and started preparing a legal case against this done deal. We now have 46 separate legal bases for overturning this Development Agreement. These range from the fact that it violates CEQA by having been approved four years before the EIR was prepared, to a RICO cause of action, both criminal and civil, and everything in between. The City acted really sloppily, since they thought the danger of litigation was solely from the developer. This is, as you say, not just us the City Council is corruptly hurting. The entire poorest side of the City is targeted for outrageous overbuilding. We, however, are the only homeowners on the chopping block, so we had the most incentive to get the case prepared. Besides the professional land use planner in the photo (who has a Masters in land use planning from Cambridge in England and won a worldwide competition to advise the Kingdom of Norway on preserving village culture while drilling for North Sea oil), we also have a practicing lawyer (but in probate), a paralegal (in real estate) and a retired SM attorney who practiced for 20 years on both landlord and tenant sides of rent control law in SM. We also have a UCLA philosophy prof and several other professionals who have contributed to the preparation, and lately a non-resident UCLA historian has joined with us to try to find out who the original architect of this iconic mid-Century property was, since the City claims to have lost the original building permit (although I saw a complete file for a house built in 1909, not 1950, so I feel sure the architect was someone famous, and that is why the file was “lost”). We need to assemble a committee of lawyers to help us with the writ of mandate case and with the federal case. Please contact us at www.occupysm.com or me at brenda@flashbyte.us if you will discuss helping us. We will have some money to pay as we go along, but we are–as you would expect–not people who maximized income or assets, so we will probably not make any lawyers rich except in the knowledge you stopped a travesty.

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By: NeoDemo http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-351485 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 18:31:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-351485 Free market in action — throwing elderly and disabled people out of their homes. Nice, huh? Government, in this case the Santa Monica City Council, should get some gumption and give the little guy some support. I’m a lawyer so I’ll suggest that there are various options to consider that would be reasonable (emphasis on reasonable) to both tenant and developer. Not everything should be based on financial free market math, even with private property; policy, meaning public/societal/community benefit should be part of the equation and forced into the equation if reasonable developer minds can’t meet. Technology, design and creative policy/regulation can work wonders. Santa Monica (one of my childhood homes): stick up for principle and do the right thing here. California, the greatest state in our land, let’s show the world that even if the USA can’t get it together, we can lead to positive outcomes that blend societal, financial return, architectural/landscape aesthetic, and history to benefit the community soul. If not, let’s ship the developer to Texas where he’ll be much more appreciated.

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By: dGeezer51 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-351480 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:10:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-351480 These good people have more than earned the right to live there. They have given much over the years and now the land owner has $ signs in his eyes. Evict them… No! Let them live in peace right where they are.

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By: BrendaD http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-351479 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:21:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-351479 4 beautiful acres for 50 people versus 4 bulldozed acres for 500 people plus offices and shopping. I’m sure the city will opt for the more lucrative choice. If they’re going to displace these residents they should really consider making the area a park rather than extending the concrete jungle.

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By: stevelyon http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/07/18/trailer-park-worth-30-million/comment-page-1/#comment-351450 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:42:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=31337#comment-351450 The last thing Santa Monica needs is more condos, yoga studios, and retail. Just another example of the vanillafication of the city; pretty soon, it’ll look just like Orange County.

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