I heard yesterday from Homer Barrs. He’s a mobile home owner at Mission Valley Village, and I wrote this story about his plight last year. The land underneath the park was sold in February 2007 to Archstone-Smith, an apartment developer based in Colorado. The developer plans to clear the site and build 445 apartments in place of the mobile homes, some of which have been there for 42 years. The residents will have to find a new place to live.

Today the City Council is scheduled decide whether the land zoning that currently allows for the mobile home park use should be removed. That would allow the developer to proceed with its apartment plan.

Barrs said he and dozens of other mobile home owners will be downtown today, protesting the developers’ plan at noon and hoping for a City Council decision in their favor in a meeting at 2 p.m.

Barrs has been in front of the council often to plead his case. He thinks they have a good chance of getting at least four council members to vote in their favor, which would force a tie on the eight-member council.

“We’re hoping for four and praying for five,” Barrs said.

Check back for the council decision later today.

KELLY BENNETT

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