SAN DIEGO, CA. Community and labor leaders from San Diego and Los Angeles are rallying around June Reyno, the Mira Mesa woman who is taking a controversial stand against being evicted from her home of 19 years now in foreclosure. Initially Reyno chained herself to a front porch pillar in a dramatic show of defiance to any Sheriff’s eviction action, an act that has generated alot of interest in the blogosphere, both pro and con.
Now a group calling itself the San Diego Ad Hoc Campaign against Foreclosures and Evictions has stepped forth and declared its support of the Reynos. The Ad Hoc group has called a press conference for Thursday, October 30th at noon at the Reyno’s residence, located at 10169 Presley Street, in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego. Spokespeople from a variety of backgrounds will speak on her behalf at this press conference. In a press release, the Ad Hoc group states:
Homeowner chained to her home demands justice! (June Reyno’) courageous stand against an unjust eviction and for a national moratorium on foreclosures and evictions has prompted statements of support from San Diegans and others across the nation.
Community and organizational support is growing quickly for June Reyno, Filipino American homeowner, in her effort to maintain possession of her home of 19 years. San Diego and Los Angeles political, community and labor leaders will speak out on her behalf.
June Reyno has has written statements for the press. They include the following:
“People are becoming homeless by the minute in our own communities and across the nation,” writes June Reyno in her previous statement to the press.
“Banks made risky investments in mortgage-backed securities, putting the hard-earned money of their depositors on the line. Americans, under the $700 billion bailout … received a billing statement from the banks to pay the debt of unscrupulous lending institutions. …
“This fleecing and deception of Americans by our governmental system must stop today.”
Her supporters say that Reyno goes on to point out that the continuing mortgage-based manipulations of the major financial institutions are hidden from the public. She has evidence that in her own case, her right to repurchase her home is being denied because the corporate title holder intends to make a bigger profit from a different buyer.
The following people are scheduled to speak at the press conference: Rosie Martinez, executive board member of SEIU Local 721; John Parker, West Coast coordinator of the International Action Center; Paul Valen, Anakbayan San Diego; Gloria Saucedo, director of Hermandad Mexicana Nacional; Kathy Hughart, Crown Point Shores Condominium Assoc.; Martha Rojas, co-coordinator of Labor-Community Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions; and a representative from BAYAN-USA. For more information on the press conference, Kathy Hughart at (619) 922-7535 is available.
June Reyno’s stance is a controversial one as critics have found public records showing that June Reyno ran or runs a business that helps homeowners avoid foreclosure, and whether her action is actuallly a con to get her house remortgaged. Other questions have arisen about dealings surrounding the house at issue. These questions involve sales of the house – including a sale in 1999 despite her claim that they have had it for nearly twenty years. There are also questions about what happened to the money – quite a good sum – that the Reynos gained in mortgaging the house.
Despite her detractors, June Reyno’s stance has touched a lot of people, sympathetic to her cause, who see her as a symbol of the larger problems affecting homeowners fighting foreclosure across the nation.