He called the folks “lucky” because of not too many legal problems here locally.
He had been called on Friday by 13-14 people but he’s been aware of the park’s situation for years. He knew of the issues with the park’s owner gone and been “waiting for this day,” which “finally happened.” He explained government benefits are funded by federal, State and county government and residents must qualify, fill out a “ton of paperwork.” He had talked to the court about the eviction notice this Saturday and had no guarantee but felt it “Not fair; don’t think it’s legal.” He needed a judge to agree and put a stop to it. He would work on the court aspect and get an immediate temporary court order to stop the eviction and would notify the residents. The next hearing would be 2-3 weeks.
Whitaker stated it’s not fair because it’s been going on for years and they “don’t notify you” and further, it’s not fair for those who own a mobile home.
Whitaker spoke in favor of at least a 60-day notice as “the owner needs service and you need rights.” He was taking all names and called it a “very unusual case because of so little time to get a court hearing.”
At a “bare minimum,” would be to stop the evictions and give more time to talk about the possibility of more money and resources made available. He noted there may be more claims if they took a car or damaged or took property. There could be an injunction in order to put a freeze on everything. He stated there would be no individual money claims.
The object on Monday was to get people signed up and authority to represent them.
He suggested residents talk to their elected representatives. For now, he would try and negotiate with the receiver by Tuesday.
Present at this meeting from Sierra County, were Detective Mike Fisher, Danny Henson and Supervisor Scott Schlefstein.
As of Tuesday afternoon, according to Tom Yatteau, Assistant Director of Operations Southern California Division, California Receivership Group, PBC, from their position, nothing has changed.
The case is to be heard on Thursday, November 2nd at 1:30 p.m. at Sierra County Courthouse in Downieville.