Equifax, Experian and TransUnion await their asbestos moment

If you watch late-night television, you're bound to see plenty of commercials for law firms soliciting clients for their big class-action suits involving asbestos and mesothelioma, or targeting those who've suffered side effects from a wide array of popular medicines. I will take it as a sign that America is getting better when I start seeing ads like that going after Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Those are the big credit-rating agencies -- the unelected, unaccountable Fourth Estate of … [Read more...]

Voters shoot down unlimited power for landlords

So the big news from the election that everyone was watching yesterday is cause for celebration. Oh, no, I don't mean the Wisconsin recall. That's awful. I mean the defeat of Proposition E in Oceanside, Calif.: In election returns updated early Wednesday morning, Oceanside voters rejected an ordinance that would phase out rent control in the city's 17 mobile-home parks. … With 100 percent of precincts counted, Proposition E -- the measure that would gradually eliminate rent control -- … [Read more...]

Another post about manufactured housing


I know I've written this same post every few months about manufactured homes (or "mobile homes" or "trailer parks"). But it keeps happening. It's always happening. All that changes are the names of the towns, of the parks, of the councils and legislatures, and of the desperate homeowners explaining to reporters that they just don't know what they're going to do. Writing for The Nation, Laura Flanders notes the vital importance of manufactured housing for Americans over the age of 65. … [Read more...]

#Occupy the trailer parks

Stimulus plan: Government-backed low-interest loans for manufactured home communities to allow homeowners to purchase the land beneath them. These people pay their rent, so they can afford the loan payments. When you own a not-so-mobile home but rent the land it sits on, you face the prospect of imminent upheaval, homelessness and the loss of all your savings if your landlord decides to sell the land, hike the rents, cut services, or do all three at once. Helping these communities own the … [Read more...]

Judge says Alabama cannot steal immigrants’ homes

This is good news: "US judge stops Ala. from enforcing part of law." A federal judge in Montgomery has stopped state officials from using Alabama's [harsh]* new immigration law to prevent immigrants from renewing required permits on manufactured homes. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday evening that allows Alabama residents to renew registration of manufactured homes without requiring that they prove that they are in the country legally. The … [Read more...]

Crops without plowing

Via ABL on Balloon Juice, this quote from loathesome con-man "historian" David Barton in a Sept. 2009 Texas textbook review (.pdf link): Multiple locations in the TEKS even suggest that it is people from “racial, ethnic, and religious groups” who “expand political rights in American society.” This is an absolutely false premise. Only majorities can expand political rights in America’s constitutional society. In fact, in every case where a constitutional protection has been established … [Read more...]

She is on her way

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. -- Arundhati Roy From Minnesota, "Residents work to purchase their own mobile home park": Owner Bill Halverstadt decided to give the residents who live in the 14-acre Meadowview Manor park the opportunity to buy it and pointed them in the direction of help to make it happen. It started the residents on a path of forming a cooperative to manage a resident-owned park. Halverstadt said his decision … [Read more...]