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 For you who didn't receive the recent newsletter from the Singer Park Association, we include an excerpt from it regarding the Caltrans Homes.


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Affordable Rent Program Regulations

The regulations for the Affordable Rent Program have become official State of California Regulations (PDF of Regulations). We are pleased to report that one of the recommended changes that the Tenants Association made at the public hearings regarding the Affordable Rent Program was adopted.

For those who qualified for the Affordable Rent Program, if your current rental rate exceeds 30% of your household monthly gross income, Caltrans will lower your rent to 30% starting February 1st, 2014. Given the short time before February 1st, we are not sure how these rent reductions will happen, but the Regulations are clear and the February 1st date has been confirmed by Caltrans. One note: if you began renting from Caltrans in 1981 or earlier and qualified for the Affordable Rent Program, your gross household rental rate should not exceed 25%. If it does the Regulations require Caltrans to reduce your rental rate to 25% on February 1st.

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710 SURFACE FREEWAY ROUTE DEAD
Caltrans Tenants, yesterday afternoon Governor Brown signed into law SB 416. This bill, authored by Senator Carol Liu, removes a surface freeway route from consideration to connect the 710 freeway with the 210. For the first time we have a California law that prevents a surface route from being built. This means Caltrans no longer has a reason to keep the houses it owns in the 710 corridor. This law goes into effect on January 1, 2014. Now we must agitate for Caltrans to sell us our homes. This is a very big victory for us. Thank you Senator Liu!!!

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Help Needed on 710 Petition
The Association strongly opposes the construction of any freeway to connect the 710 Valley Blvd. stump with the 134/ 210 California Blvd. stump. This includes the proposal to build a tunnel. As most of you know, the possibility of a surface freeway will be eliminated on January 1, 2014 when Senator Carol Liu's legislation becomes law.

We are still concerned about the lasting negative effects of construction of a Toll tunnel under our homes. We are joining with a number of civic groups to support a No on 710 Petition. Please sign your name to this important Petition and ask your family and friends to sign also. The goal is 5000 signatures. The recipients will include Governor Jerry Brown; California State Transportation Agency Secretary, Brian Kelly; The California Transportation Commission; Metro; and Metro Staff Art Leahy, CEO and Doug Failing, Executive Director of Highway Programs.

The link below will take you to the No 710 Petition.
  1. Go to www.no710.com
  2. Click on the words "Sign the Petition" that appear in the yellow oval. This will take you to a page that shows all the officials who will be contacted each time the petition is signed.
  3. Click on the words "Sign the Petition" in the yellow box on this page and you will taken to the petition at Change.org.
  4. Fill in the information at the right to sign the petition, and if you wish, leave your comments on why this is important to you.
  5. Finally, click on the red box that says "Sign".


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Information on Major Maintenance Issues Common to Caltrans Properties

Mold california department of transportation Biological Pollutants
Get information about mold and other airborne pollutants from: Biological Pollutants in Your Home: An EPA Guide to mold, dust and other pollutants that may be in your home.
Roofrat  Rats
caltrans Guide to Prevention and Control of Roof Rats
caltrans More About Roof rats
caltrans Read the results in brief of Bureau of State Audits Caltrans Surplus Property Audit Report

caltrans Under Commission reports is 2000 annual report to CA legislature. Under volume II, Activities and accomplishments is item Q: Historic Houses along 710 Corridor PDF File.

caltrans Auditor's follow up report on 710 properties - PDF File

caltrans The 2000-127 Audit & Summary. The summary takes you into the full audit report. PDF File.

caltrans The Roberti Bill
Download Word Document.

 TENANT ISSUES
caltrans Read California State Law and Proceedures at the California Tenants Rights Web Site.

caltrans Habitability:
A rental unit must be fit to live in; that is, it must be habitable. In legal terms, "habitable" means that the rental unit is fit for occupation by human beings and that it substantially complies with state and local building and health codes that materially affect tenantsí health and safety. The California Department of Consumer Affairs provides information as to what is habitable on their Dealing With Problems page.



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