As of 4PM Friday, September 29th, the Housing Authority of Santa Clara Co. became the legal owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. The last document was signed, sealed and delivered to the County Recorders Office, bring the 31-year ownership by the Jisser family to a close.
If this seems like old news to you, it should not – a lot of work by the Housing Authority and the Jisser family has been going on to put in place this vital final piece – subdividing the commercial strip on El Camino from the mobile home park acreage, and more. And as of tomorrow, Monday, Caritas will have an interim property manager living at BV – lifting a burden from residents and the Board who had taken much of the management responsibility on themselves in the last couple of years. Thank you Buena Vista Board of Directors for stepping in and helping to hold things together. And hello Housing Authority and Caritas! We are so happy you are here! Here is the news release from Santa Clara County Housing Authority.
The Buena Vista Homework Club
The other good news is that Buena Vistans continue to inspire people to involve themselves in their community. The latest example is the Homework Club, founded by Deborah Farrington-Padilla. She started it a few weeks ago for the BV elementary school kids and it’s already a brilliant success. Caritas immediately stepped in to provide its office at BV as the “club house” and is helping to provide materials. There’s been over 100 hours of homework help so far. BV Security Guard Moses helps out with on-the-spot fix-its. Long time Friend of BV, Prof. Amado Padilla sometimes volunteers, along with Stanford Grad School of Education students and a MV high school student (note – no more volunteers are needed at this time). Here is Deborah’s snazzy flyer with more information about the Club.
As you can see, the beat goes on at Buena Vista. Much more work needs to be done in the next few years but Housing Authority will manage. The anniversary of the 5 year effort to save BV was this September 12th – the date on the notices to residents that the park was to close. I remember when the City Manager notified the City Council that residents would likely be gone by the end of 2013. Wow – that didn’t happen. Buena Vista Mobile Home Park is 91 year old this year. Its people remain. It will abide. We did it.
You will hear from me again, dear Friends ~
Friends of Buena Vista