Tree trimming sets off protest at an American Canyon mobile home park | Local News
American Canyon Council member Mark Joseph who attended the protest said city officials are investigating the legality of the matter. Residents complain that the cost was added to their monthly room rent when they were unable to pay the entire tree felling fee of more than $ 800, effectively increasing the rent.
“It sounds like the manager is charging residents for tree maintenance, and I understand that is not the law,” said Joseph. “We also have a rental control ordinance, and (management) this can violate. The prosecutor is examining it. Mobile home parks are the closest we can get in consistent affordable housing and we need to (protect) it. “
The Napa County District Attorney’s Office has received a complaint about the operation of the park and an investigation is still ongoing, Assistant District Attorney Paul Gero said Tuesday. Gero said he couldn’t comment on an upcoming matter.
Long-time park resident Charlene Neill, a 71-year-old hairdresser, said she was angry that she was being charged with pruning trees.
“I’ve been here for 40 years and we haven’t touched the trees in years,” she said. “We weren’t asked to cut it. They (park administration) don’t care about us and the owners – neither do Santiago Corporation. “
Margaret Caragan Aldrich, whose family was one of the first to move to the park in 1989, said she was concerned about “a lot of discrimination going on here”.