Three miles away, a ratcheting sound and slight tremors bring smiles. They’re signs of the thrill of a ride on Space Mountain. But here, at the Del Ray Mobile Home Park on South Manchester Avenue in Anaheim, the loud clanks and shakes bring more than just frowns.
As Emma Perez walks through her mobile home on a recent afternoon, the repeated thumps of a jackhammer outside drown out her already-muted voice. She lost her voice recently, Perez says, adding that the heaping piles of loose dust near her open window don’t help her throat any.
Santa Ana-based attorney Elena Torres, who represents Perez and several other tenants in the mobile home park, says she took the case because she wants justice. “I mean, what options do the tenants really have?” Torres says. “The city is just telling them, ‘This is what we’re gonna be doing.’ And, the tenants are low-income. Some of these homes are so old they can’t be moved and the cost to move a mobile home is about $10,000.”