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Gayle Cooper and David Latham are residents of Village Trailer Park in Santa Monica. Cooper, 66, has lived in her mobile home at the park since 1994. Latham, 66, has been a resident since 1990. The owner of the property proposes to put up a large mixed-use development at the site, but the dozens of remaining tenants want to stay. Some are low-income or retired.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Mary Herring, 78, a retired nurse's aide, stands in the kitchen of her 1953 mobile home in Village Trailer Park. She's been a resident of the trailer park since 1992. "Well I don't like it. Trying to make us all move," Herring said about the possibility of having to leave.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A sign in front of a mobile home describes the sentiments of residents contemplating having to leave Village Trailer Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Maria Viesca, 81, has lived at the Village Trailer Park for 23 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A poster of actor James Dean rests in a window of a mobile home at the Village Trailer Park in Santa Monica. The owner of the property proposes to put up a large mixed-use development at the site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

For several years, the park has declined to accept new residents, and, as residents have left or died, the owner has demolished trailers, leaving many vacant concrete pads.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Gayle Cooper, 66, washes dishes in her mobile home at the Village Trailer Park. She has lived there since 1994.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A sign echoes the nation's Occupy actions.

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Robert Jacobs leaves his mobile home. He has lived at the trailer park since 1992.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A number of Village Trailer Park's residents are low-income and/or retired.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Michael Corsaro, 86, sits in the living room of his mobile home. At left is his caregiver, Michael Samuels. Corsaro, a retired waiter, has been living at the park since 1976.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Ambience is provided by a collection in a window of the mobile home belonging to Joe and Doralisa Viesca.

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A mailbox captures the flavor of Village Trailer Park in Santa Monica.

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Joe and Doralisa Viesca stand in the yard next to the mobile home in which they have resided since 1991.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A sign in the front office makes intentions clear.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Vernon Van Wie, 90, stands in the front yard of the mobile home in which he has lived for 17 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Davidson Smith, 7, looks out from the front gate of a mobile home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

To its residents, Village Trailer Park in Santa Monica is a funky slice of paradise. The park's owner wants to redevelop the nearly 4-acre site into a complex with residential units, offices and shops. In 2007, residents received a reprieve from imminent eviction when the City Council voted to pursue a development agreement with the owner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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Built in the mid-20th century as a camp for vacationers and weekend beach visitors, the 109-space Village Trailer Park just might give way in the name of progress.

The owner wants to redevelop the nearly 4-acre site with residential units, offices and shops. But tenants have urged the city to consider buying the property, valued at as much as $30 million.

Longtime residents and other community activists are pleading with the city to deflect developers and preserve the quiet outpost off Colorado Avenue.

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