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Mobile Home Parks Rent Control Under Study
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Riverbank City Council members moved in the direction of imposing rent control for mobile home parks on Monday night while members expressed concern that will become impossible if Proposition 98 passes at the November elections.

Mayor Chris Crifasi asked staff to prepare a resolution opposing Prop. 98 for formal adoption by the council. Councilmember David I. White reported the League of California Cities also is opposed to that Proposition and Councilmember Virginia Madueno encouraged everybody to vote against it and encourage their friends to vote against it.

These three were the only council members present Monday in the absence of Dave White and Sandra Benitez.

The council action followed a presentation by a consultant Dr. Kenneth Baar on the subject of mobile home parks and those in Riverbank in particular. There was also comment by Quail Meadows park resident Bert Cook on a lawsuit going on in Marin County between a city and the same park owner, Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), which operates Quail Meadows. (See related story.)

"A 72 percent rent rise over five years is not only unheard of but criminal," Madueno commented on figures that Dr. Baar produced about Quail Meadows.