Letter sent via email to California legislature officials on April 28, 2021 by residents of the Oasis Mobile Home Park in the Eastern Coachella Valley.
Dear Governor Gavin Newsom, President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Speaker Anthonoy Rendon, Senator Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Phil Ting, Senator Anna Caballero, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia:
We write as Californians and residents of Oasis Mobile Home Park to ask you to include $30 million in the May Revise and in budget negotiations to resolve a crisis impacting our lives and the lives of our children and neighbors, and are thankful for Assemblymember Garcia’s support.
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Oasis Mobile Home Park is a majority-Latino and Purépecha community that is home to our families, children, and neighbors in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Many of us are essential workers, and we have been severely harmed by COVID-19.
We have lived in terrible conditions for too long. The homes are very old and falling apart. The drinking water is poisoned with very high levels of arsenic. Sewage pools near our homes and contaminates the drinking water. We lose water and power often, especially in the summer.
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When we raise issues with the owner, we are told that if we don’t like it we can leave. He has also retaliated against us by raising rent and we believe he called immigration authorities in response to complaints.
Because there is little affordable housing in the area, we feel trapped. Like the “Duroville” mobile home park, Oasis Mobile Home Park must be shut down.
We ask for funding to help with relocation and construction of affordable housing. We understand that the state has a budget surplus and is receiving more funding from federal stimulus. It seems that the time is right to solve this issue now, and we do not want to miss this chance. We believe that real change and relocation to safe homes for our community is possible and ask for your support.
Juntos Por un Mejor Oasis and Oasis Mobile Home Park Residents
Maria de Jesus Diego
Viridiana Garcia Jacobo
Josefina Pantoja Regalado
Adriana Reynosa Flores
Jorge Ramirez Padilla
Teodocia Francisco Lorenzo
Julian Ochoa Lopez
Pedro Zacarias Felipe
Elena Diaz Perez