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Family-Owned Mobilehome Park Sues City to Stop Shakedown

Jisser v. City of Palo Alto


Contact: Larry Salzman

Status: On appeal at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Appellants’ Opening Brief filed October 31, 2016; decision anticipated in 2017.
 
Summary:
The Jisser family would like to get out of the mobilehome park business in Palo Alto as they look forward to retirement, but the City demands that they pay millions of dollars in “mitigation” payments to their tenants as a condition of receiving a permit to close the park.  If they don’t pay, they must forever run the business they just want to end and allow the permanent occupation of their property by tenants.  For more than 30 years the Jissers have provided some of the most affordable housing in the city, but Palo Alto is now forcing them to bear the burden of solving an affordable housing crisis that has been caused by the city’s own anti-growth policies!  As a federal court held in PLF’s case of Levin v. City and County of San Francisco, such unjust payments to tenants amount to an unconstitutional condition on property owner’s right to use and enjoy their own property.

 

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