After standing by its commitment to boycott Arizona businesses, the Santa Monica City Council has approved an agreement with an in-state company for a project to replace homes at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park.

The City Council voted Sept. 28 to authorize a $3 million contract with Golden West Homes of Perris to design, build and install 20 new affordable and sustainable manufactured homes to replace the 20 existing rental units at the city-owned mobile home park.

City staff had initially recommended in August that the council approve a contract of the same amount with Arizona-based Cavco Industries, Inc., but the council rejected all bids in order to uphold its approved boycott of Arizona-based companies. The council voted earlier this year to impose financial trade sanctions against Arizona in response to the state’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law.

In rejecting the project bids, the council directed staff to negotiate on the open market to find a developer that is not based in Arizona. After reviewing several proposals, staff determined that the Golden West Homes plan is consistent with the city’s design and sustainability goals and has the same $3 million budget of the previous proposal, while remaining with a Southern California company.

City Councilman Richard Bloom said he was pleased that the city could stick to its policies with the project to acquire new affordable housing, and he commended Councilman Terry O’Day for his efforts in support of the issue.

“I’m really, really happy to hear staff say that they found a way that we could achieve our policy goals and get first-rate housing, and that’s exactly what’s happened,” Bloom said at the Sept. 28 meeting.

The existing Mountain View rental units that are proposed to be replaced include older travel trailers and mobile homes. The city purchased the property 10 years ago in an effort to preserve it for affordable housing.

City representatives have met with residents of the mobile home park to address concerns regarding the anticipated replacement of their units and plan to continue working with the residents as the new homes are designed and installed. Installation of the new units is expected to begin by April 2011.

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