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I am pretty much in a distracted mood now

I found out something before the weekend started and now well I am hoping my mom can handle this situation since this affect a lot of people. I would like everyone to know what is happening and how I feel about this and if you can spread the word around the better.

My Family [Mom, Grandpa and Aunt] live in Ashcreek Mobil Home Park in East Dallas. This place has been here since 1949 and granted it is not the grandest place on the face of the planet it is home to so many people. That are making a living trying to keep a roof over their families head or they are lone and this community is where they want to live.

As some of you know it quite literally on the other side of the tracks from a gated community that was built there that has over 200K $ homes. These people in this community have made it their crusade to remove the “Undesirables” that they can see from across the rail road tracks. So about 2 years ago they rezoned the area and didn’t tell anyone or the owners what they did and now people are in threat to lose their homes. During the worse time possible as well, I don’t know all the details as of yet but there is a court hearing on Dec 14th to fight this and insure these people have homes still. If they lose they will have to find homes which most of them will have issues in finding homes or it will be very difficult for them.

The people of this community have supposedly done back grounds checks on these people and say all of them are criminals or trash that needs to be removed. Which personally I find rather insulting and invasion of privacy, so what if they might have been in the past [I have no idea if they are any to be honest] but if they are it’s people like that that pressure people never to improve themselves and lose hope in society. I mean how can you rehabilitate someone if you keep stereo typing them and remove them from your sight. And what kills me the most about this if they do win what about the people in the apartments that are only a mile away? The same thing in the future for them? Then what? More people having to scurry and become a slave to the trends of snobbish narrow minded people? And the interesting part is some of these people do not live in the vicinity of this place. Mom is now the President of the Home owner Group of Ash creek and will be getting information together and putting on a website. She will also gather information from everyone in the community to help fight back.

I just hope I can help her with information and advice that I can gather for her. We are also going with a back up plan and house shopping as well.

I have been rather zoned and focused on the subject. I have been short with people and rather sensitive over things and I very sorry about it. But right now is not a joking matter for me I have to see this through with much seriousness and focus. This is the Time I am going to ask for help but on house hunting but on this situation.

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snow_lynx
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'd say the police is a good start. Explain the situation and tell them you'd like to know if there were any police reports for anyone in that community in the past five years. You may need to have your mom get a list of the names of as many members of the community as possible.

Ask your mom do do demographics on the residents. How many are there? How many parents? How many kids? How many old folks? What's the average annual income? How many automobiles do they own? How large are the trailers and what do they range from? What's the average water bill? Electric bill?

They're contributing and PAYING members of the community. And the place to start would be to paint a decent, hard-working face on them.

Next, with the average income and average budget - use that as an example. Find out how much it would cost to move a trailer (on average) and find out how much it would cost to live in the next closest park. Find out how many lots are available in the area.

Then ask how the city proposes these people afford to move their trailers to God knows where, and where they expect to find a good place to live.

If you DO find criminal records - run background checks on every member of the rich community. I betcha you find a bunch of slime THERE, too. Compare the percentage of slime to the percentage of people without records.

I'm acting like a lawyer, but it's the only way I know to fight something.

That's a good start to shoot down most of their arguements. After that, see what they come back with, and we'll turn THAT to shit, too.
twilightfenix
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Got it Thanks for that information
snow_lynx
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Next step. And I'm SERIOUS.

Get me as many details as you can and I'll write a letter to the Dallas Morning News, as well as the Mayor, the Governor, the state Senators, and even Kinky Friedman.

Get someone famous' hackles up, and you'll have money AND power behind the cause.
twilightfenix
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Rodger that I will get more information ASAP
snow_lynx
Nov. 21st, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Since my Dad worked for the governor's office and was on the City Council for years, I called and asked him what can be down about this. He said nothing. He said that according to law, the owners of the trailer park (though not the residents) MUST be notified if their property is coming up for vote for rezoning. If they claim they were not notified, they can get an attorney... but basically, the city has the right to do whatever they like, and can even claim imminant domain, and all they are required to do is give people a reasonable amount of time to sell the property and get out.... :-/

We can try anyway though!

First step would be to make sure your mom's landlords aren't lying to her - that maybe they didn't lose the notice or ignore it....!
twilightfenix
Nov. 22nd, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Well they are going to court over this already on DEc 14th so they must be doing something right atm ..

But yeah .. =/ damnable goverment crap
cosmicmonster
Nov. 21st, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
There's a trailer park right next to my subdivision, but it was there before they built my house so to me it's their right to lay first claim. The people never should've moved across the street from your mom's place if they didn't like it.

I got a card in the mail notifying me that a registered sex offender had moved into the trailer park, so those things happen in every town. They probably think it will be easy to roll over the trailer park because they obviously don't have any respect for them as human beings. Rich people are used to getting their way.
feachador
Nov. 21st, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
If they're criminals, they don't have a right to privacy. Seriously, anyone can call up anyone else criminal background, it's public domain. And of course, criminals will always be criminals, so even if they've done thier time, we don't want them living or working near us. So screw em if they are criminals. If they wanted places to live or work, they shouldn't have commited the crimes in the first place!

That was just a bit of bitter sarcasm from my own situation pouring over. Sorry to vent. Anyway, the best bet is to involve the media. Perception is everything. That's why the other side wants to make them look like evil criminals. If the media shows them as poor downtrodden individuals just trying to get by, and the other guys evil landowners, you're more likely to get the public on your side. The more people on your side, the more likely the politicians will listen, or at least try to find a compromise. And remember, the squeekiest wheel gets the grease.
twilightfenix
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
1st off I know these people very well.. You know why? CAUSE I LIVED THERE, granted I was miserable with things cause I live din a nice place and had nice things but I had people in this community that were nice down to earth people. If they have a criminal background I don’t think can just assume all of them are bad maybe they made some mistakes in the past or were desperate and were not thinking straight but now they are living here and have made themselves part of a community. YES you can get criminal records on people, but it is invasion of privacy when it comes to investigating people and with no criminal backgrounds. AND NO Yes there are some sick people out there but damn it some of these people are trying to make things right again. Why press your heel into their back when they are helping us in Society.


So the next time you feel this need to shit on others cause of thier past why dont you think that it could be you..
feachador
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
ok, calm down, I did mention sarcasm. The reason it was so bitter is that it is me. I thought you knew the story but I guess not. My background is what's keeping me from finding a job right now, and it's why in another 2 weeks, I'm going to be homeless myself. Nobody cares if I'm trying to make my life right, or that the one mistake I made happened 8 years ago. They still don't want to hire me, and they don't want me living in thier neighborhood. I'm sorry if I came off too serious, perhaps I'm just overly angry because of my situation, and I haven't been eating a lot lately. Ignore the first paragraph, and stick to the second.
twilightfenix
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
0.o ; Errr no I didnt know about that part of the story =/
feachador
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.

Here's the story. About 8 years ago, because of lots of different problems, I ended up spanking my stepson. My mother-in-law found out and called the police. The police told me they understood, and wanted to help, and so I cooperated with them so they would help me. In reality, they screwed me. Then the court-appointed attorney told me just to plead guilty, and it would go easy on me. So I plead guilty to Cruelty to Children, which is a felony, and doesn't look good on a record, since it's a 1.) Felony, 2.) Violent crime, and 3.) child related. So almost noone will hire me, and most places will deny a residency application.

In addition to that, which is why I've been screwed finding a job, my roommate now wants me to leave, and we just had an arguement before I made that post. Plus the fact that I haven't eaten since Friday, and I don't know when I'm going to be able to eat again. I'm dizzy, light headed, and really tired of living like this.

Anyway, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to snap at you, and I didn't mean to derail your LJ...
twilightfenix
Nov. 21st, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
No I didnt know I am sorry .. =/ I wish these kind of things could be reconsidered.. such asses
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