What is the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA)? What does the WMA do? Who are the WMA Executives? Who are the WMA Members? The WMA website states this...
Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA) is a nonprofit organization created in 1945 for the exclusive purpose of promoting and protecting the interests of owners, operators and developers of manufactured home communities in California. WMA assists its members in the operations of successful manufactured home communities in today’s complex business and regulatory environment.
What is WMA?
WMA is a statewide trade association whose members are largely mobilehome park owners who, collectively own, operate and control over 175,000 mobilehome spaces in California. WMA has over 1,600 member parks located in all 58 counties of California.
Who are WMA’s Members?
The WMA has been in existence since 1945 which makes it 74 years old in 2019. Through the MHPHOA’s continuing research, it is evident that this organization is significantly influenced by industry names that many of us are familiar with e.g. Dan Fischer (Past President), Robert Coldren (Advisor), Terry Dowdall (Advisor), Hart | King (Advisors), Brad Harward (HCD Programs Manager), among others.
Regarding Brad Harward, the WMA states this on their website...
WMA maintains a positive relationship with HCD, the state agency responsible for enforcing codes and regulations that impact the manufactured home community industry. WMA represents owner interest during the drafting and enforcement of regulations.
WMA Programs & Services
How much “owner interest” does the WMA have when drafting enforcement of regulations? The WMA have a website profile for Brad Harward who is the Manufactured Housing Programs Manager and among other programs oversees the Mobilehome Parks Program for the Department of Housing and Community Development in Sacramento. Brad Harward’s profile on the WMA website states this...
Brad Harward is the Manufactured Housing Programs Manager and among other programs oversees the Mobilehome Parks Program for the Department of Housing and Community Development in Sacramento. He has years of experience as a field inspector and has been the program manager since 2001. Brad reorganized and rewrote the mobilehome parks and installation regulations contained in Title 25 in 2004, and created the Special Occupancy Park regulations in Title 25, Chapter 2.2. He has also produced the near-annual amendments to these regulations since the 2004 rewrite.
WMA Profile for Brad Harward
Note: Online information indicates that as of May 2014, Brad Harward is now the Field Operations Manager, Division of Codes and Standards for the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Brad Harward previously held the titles of; Program Operations Manager (Dec 2013-May 2014), Manufactured Housing Programs Manager (Mar 2010-Dec 2013) and Mobilehome Parks Program Manager (Mar 2002-Mar 2010).
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, California 95814
For the 2016-2017 year, the new President of the WMA is Wynn Hornburg, the President Elect is Larz McAdoo and the immediate Past President is Dan Fischer who is also a community owner. The MHPHOA have come across Daniel C. Fischer’s name many times during our research into Kort & Scott Financial Group.
According to online records, Daniel C. Fischer appears to have been the Acquisitions Director for Kort & Scott Financial Group (KSFG). Dan Fischer also appears to have been the previous owner of at least two (2) mobile home parks currently owned by KSFG; Friendly Village Mobile Home Park in Long Beach and Reseda Mobile Homes in Reseda. The MHPHOA have a questionable timeline of events for both of these mobile home parks which have been, and/or are involved in civil litigation with the park owners.
Based on our continuing research of the California Mobilehome Residency Law (MRL), California Assembly Bills (AB), California Senate Bills (SB) and amendments thereto, the MHPHOA have logically concluded that the WMA is being utilized as a tool by a group of predatory property owners, and their advisors, to significantly influence legislation governing California’s mobile home parks.
The rotten apple spoils his companion.
Poor Richard’s Almanack – Benjamin Franklin