Thanks to our neighbors, Sidona, Barbara, and Sandra, who cared enough about AB 761 that they put notices on our backdoors today with sample of what needs to be sent to Sacramento asap.
Since I typed a letter just now, I thought I’d put it on the website in case anyone wants to copy it and save typing their own. I didn’t do an exact copy of what was sent, but did send what is below. Certainly anyone can make any changes. I just thought it might give people a start instead of typing it themselves. You can just highlight and copy the letter below, and paste into whatever you typically use for writing letters (or call Sen. Corbett at 916-651-4010):
June 18, 2010
Senator Ellen Corbett
Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
State Capitol, Room 2187
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Senator Corbett,
Please OPPOSE AB 761
We ask your support in opposing AB 761. The bill would raise rents anytime a mobile home is sold. This would quickly escalate the cost of living in mobile homes, and eventually eliminate low-income homes for seniors and families. This is not sensible at a time when there is already too little affordable housing in California.
Please preserve already existing affordable housing by voting NO on AB 761.
Several of the board members spent an hour with our president as he was trying to teach us, including this 82 year old, how to use this web site. It has so much potential to help inform us about our park and the world around us. I know that those of us who use the internet will find it useful and challenging.
At tonight’s Board meeting, Gene said he’d written something and clicked the “Publish” button. I was surprised that nothing seems to have shown up when he did that. I noticed in checking, that his access level (Role) was set to “Contributor” so maybe that’s why nothing showed up? I’ve upgraded his Role to Author, so when he tries again maybe it will work this time. Here’s a list of the different Roles people can have on this website, and a brief description of each:
Contributor – Can only write, but can’t edit.
Author – Can write, and can edit their own stuff.
Editor – All of the above, plus can edit other people’s stuff.
Administrator – All that, plus can change people’s Role and change the site layout.
You can read a more complete description of the Roles at this link.
Here are photos of the two gates, taken April 29, 2010. These may be handy for sharing with friends and family who come to visit, so they’ll recognize where to enter San Vicente. You might also want to check out the San Vicente Map (and the satellite composite version) in our Gallery on the Photos Page.
Above is the view from Cathedral Oaks, with a FedEx truck at the entrance.
As you might know, anytime you’re looking at SVMHA or any website you’re using a type of software called a web browser. The three browsers you’re most likely to be using or have heard of are Microsoft Internet Explorer (on Windows PC), Safari (on Mac), and Firefox (on Mac or PC). I’d like to suggest that you consider downloading the free Firefox browser and using that regardless of whether your computer is a Windows PC or a Mac.
Three reasons to use Firefox are:
It’s fast. Yesterday I was helping a Board member to get acquainted with this SVMHA website, and she kept complaining about how slow her computer was. On a hunch, we took five minutes to download and install Firefox and from then on everything we did was at least twice as fast.
It’s safe. Firefox does frequent updates of your browser by automatically notifying you when potential security issues have been found and fixed. Of all the major browsers, I believe that Firefox is quickest to both identify and to fix the inevitable issues that hackers work so hard to find. Why should you care? Because your computer can be slowed down because it’s busy trying to sell cheap drugs or scams, perhaps helping foreigners gain access to our government and industry, or maybe rummaging around your files looking for bank account info or anything else they might enjoy.
It’s reliable. I have used all three of the above mentioned browsers and several others. Of all these choices, I have found Firefox least likely to crash or cause any problems. Now it also has a lot of cool features your current browser might not have, and there are probably lots of other reasons to consider checking out this great free option, but there is one more reason that’s motivating me to write this: Firefox works really well on our SVMHA website.
“OK, I’m interested. How do I get Firefox?” Here’s what we did yesterday:
We used the old browser (in this case Explorer) to visit the Firefox website run by the non-profit Mozilla corporation (to do that now, click this link): http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox
We clicked the “Firefox (latest version) free download” button on that page (the latest version at this writing is 3.6).
We said “yes” to several questions from Microsoft Windows about whether we really wanted to download and run this application, and whether we wanted to make Firefox our default browser. In case you’re wondering, nothing will be deleted and it’s really easy to revert back to using your previous browser as the default and even to delete Firefox if you just can’t get comfy with it. Two of our Board members have now switched to Firefox, and both of them were happy about it.
When a new window opened running Firefox we clicked on the File menu at the top, scrolled down to Import, and clicked something like “Import Settings, Cookies, Favorites (or whatever) from Explorer.”
We closed Explorer and started having fast, safe fun. 🙂