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The following article was posted on October 2nd, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun – Volume 14, Issue 30 [ Submit a Story ]

Political Watch 10/3/13

• The San Luis Obispo Housing Trust Fund, the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County and Women’s Economic Ventures in Santa Barbara recently received $600,000 each in awards granted through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund. U.S. Representative Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) made the announcement in a press release sent out Sept. 26. Capps wrote a letter in support of the CDFI funding to these local organizations for the upcoming financial year. The awards were part of more than $172 million granted by the Department of Treasury to 191 organizations around the country.

• Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill by California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prevent lawsuits and give mobile home residents a voice when their mobile home park is being subdivided and sold. Existing law allows mobile home park owners to subdivide and sell individual lots on which homes are placed. If a majority of mobile home park residents do not support a sale, Senate Bill 510 allows a local government to disapprove of it. The bill was supported by Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennet. In a press release, Bennet said, “This bill protects affordable housing, protects local governments and taxpayers, and brings closure to many years of litigation over this issue.”


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