CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 |
June Manning has multiple forms of arthritis, and at 84, just mopping the floor is a challenge. So she said the idea of moving out of her spacious, well-kept trailer home is giving her nightmares. After a six-year battle with a local developer, Manning and her neighbors at Santa Monica's Village Trailer Park must prepare for eviction. "I'm so stressed out," she said softly. "I'm scared, because I have no place to go. " Manning is one of several park residents who are elderly, have health problems or both.
August 19, 2012 |
Authorities are investigating whether some of the seven people arrested in a shootout that killed two Louisiana deputies may have ties to extremist anti-government movements, law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times. Deputies had been conducting surveillance on several of the suspects for more than two months and considered them armed and dangerous, DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said in an interview with The Times. Their surveillance led them to believe that several of those under watch held anti-government beliefs and were heavily armed, Arbuckle said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2012 |
Four years after a dilapidated Coachella Valley trailer park known as Duroville became a national symbol of slum housing, Riverside County officials were well into investing millions in a solution: building a new mobile home community for hundreds of the park's impoverished residents. But the plan abruptly stalled this spring when cash-hungry state officials yanked back $12.1 million in funds that local officials needed to complete the project. The action "puts in limbo the health and safety of men, women and children who had planned to leave the squalor of Duroville for a safe, clean home," complained Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit, who called the state move a "travesty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2012 |
OASIS, Calif. - Past the new clubhouse and neat landscaping at the Mountain View Estates mobile home park, rows of dusty lots sit vacant, waiting for new units. This is to be the new home for residents of Duroville, the infamous Riverside County trailer park that houses farmworkers in conditions that until recently resembled a Third World slum. But the move to Mountain View has been thrown into question by the recent demise of California's redevelopment agencies. "It's conceivable all of this will be mothballed," Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit said, glancing toward the first of 181 brand-new mobile homes that the county plans to install here.
April 14, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A tornado hit Wichita on Saturday night as a series of storms tore through central Kansas. The number of injuries and the extent of the damage could not be immediately confirmed, but local media reported that a trailer park had been hit by the tornado. "Total destruction at trailer park south off 47th and Clifton," Wichita Eagle photographer Travis Heying (@travisheying) tweeted around 11 p.m., saying that he could hear voices in the rubble. He later tweeted photos at the Pinaire Mobile Home Park showing survivors walking through heavy damage, with one photo showing a man digging through the rubble: "This man shouted, 'Quiet!
January 1, 2012
Spare the parade Re "Occupy protest plan prompts beefed-up Rose Parade security," Dec. 28 It is a shame that the Occupy movement has plans to demonstrate at the Rose Parade. The parade is a New Year's tradition that is loved and watched by millions. People love the floats, marching bands and everything that goes with it; I don't think they want to see a group of protesters mixed in. This is not the kind of event for such things. It is also a shame that more money is being spent on extra security.