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News - April 8, 2011

Owner of condemned mobile home vows to fight

Uncertain future for units affected by collapsed creek bank at Sahara Mobile Village

by Nick Veronin

"It's just been a damn mess," said Bob Burnham, an eight-year resident of Sahara Mobile Village whose home is uninhabitable since his backyard was swept away by heavy rains and the rushing current of Stevens Creek on March 20.

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Posted by Spaghetti Freddie, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I can't believe it is worth it to Sahara Mobile Home Park to have a 77 year old man telling this story in the newspaper rather than moving this guy across the park. Crazy. Especially when the management makes it clear they have no intention of fixing anything unless the government pays for it.

Posted by unavailable, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Wow! I am amazed! I am a resident of this property owner, and I am absolutely astounded that they would not assist their resident. The cost to move that home to a vacant lot within that park cannot be more than $2,000 (and what do you want to bet they probably know a vendor that would be willing to discount their standard price - has anyone even asked??)

The park owners won't entertain the thought of footing a $2M bill to shore up the creek bed within their property lines (thus the plea for 'assistance'), yet they have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a resident, who I am sure, during his residency has paid that park an excess of $2,500 in rent. Yet the park is not willing to make an investment in the tenant by moving him? What do you want to bet they still expect him to pay his full rent!

Shame on the owners of Sahara MHP! I don't necessarily blame the property management company, they just work for the owners of the property.

This company owns THREE mobile home parks in our community. Surely they can take care of a resident when an act of nature destroys a home located on land THEY own!

Posted by q, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

The owners want everyone to move out so they can make more money with more expensive real estate. Why would they help anyone there?

Posted by unavailable @ q, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Trust me, owning a MHP is a gold mine. Maintenance, mortgage payments, insurance and payroll is low compared to the high rents the owners are raking in.

Their profit margin is doing just fine thank you! [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment].

Posted by MV Resident, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 8, 2011 at 4:52 am

So what kind of a "friend" charges a guy $100 per WEEK in rent?!!! I had a friend in trouble when I was young and I let him share my place for free for 7 months! All I asked was he clean-up after himself and buy his own groceries... THAT is what friends do for each other! Shesh!

Posted by Mv, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Property owners wants the tax payers to foot the bill. How pathetic.

Posted by Greed is Good, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Apr 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

If the park owners don't want to maintain the creek, maybe they should give up creek ownership and donate it to the County or the Water District?

Also, isn't the mobile park owned by John Vidovich of farm subsidy fame?

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Is he really now angling for another tax funded (water district) handout? Truly shameless.