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Mary England Denies Being Evicted in Family Home Foreclosure Case

The chamber CEO and Assembly candidate calls circumstances “a painful period in my life.”

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary England, a Lemon Grove councilwoman and GOP candidate for state Assembly, has denied being evicted from her residence as alleged in reader comments on the 2010 foreclosure of her longtime family home.

A recent Patch article about a chamber event where Assemblyman Brian Jones called for support of England’s race for a seat in the new 79th Assembly District elicited an exchange of reader comments on the foreclosure and whether a candidate’s private financial troubles have any bearing on holding public office.

Teresa C. wrote:

Mary England remained in her foreclosed upon home until forcing the lender to file an eviction action to vacate the property in 2010 … In my opinion, she is not a suitable candidate for any office. Apparently, behind the façade is a person who lacks prudent financial management.

England, the La Mesa chamber’s president and CEO since 2008, denies she was evicted. She says that after struggling for two years with a loss of income and divorce from Dennis England, she could no longer afford to keep the home in which her family had lived for nearly five decades.

She says she exited the house under an agreement made with the new homeowner, leaving the home in move-in shape.

She calls the circumstances heartbreaking, telling Patch:

After the recession began in 2008, my husband and I saw our incomes steadily decline. My financial situation was worsened when, in 2009, we began the divorce process. In the end, I could simply not afford to keep the home and lost it to the lender. This was heartbreaking for me because this was the home in which I was raised and where my family had lived for 47 years. 

Like many other Americans in this economy, I learned that it is possible to rebuild your life after losing one's home. This was a painful period in my life but one that have given me greater empathy for those who are struggling in this economy.

What I can tell you is the house was left in excellent condition for the new owner. I left on my own, adhering to an agreement I made with the new owner.”

Another reader, No Bad Government, commented:

You have no clue about Mary England and her personal life. If getting foreclosed out of a home is what you are basing your decision to elect a representative on people in office and not their record of representing their constituents, keeping taxes low and fighting against government waste, then you are obviously the type of person who voted in all the clowns we currently have in Sacramento who take bribes, support illegal aliens, waste your tax dollars and you deserve the mess we are in now.

How is that working out for you? There are plenty of people who lost their homes for one reason or another are it doesn't make them bad managers of money. You are very short sided [sic] and obviously have a personal bias against Mary England that has nothing to do with her personal business. Maybe she didn't raise your taxes enough.

The comment refers to England’s decisive vote against putting a sales tax increase on the ballot two years ago.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, San Diego County had 69,799 notices of default recorded on residential properties, according to San Diego-based DataQuick. In that same period, the actual loss of homes to the formal foreclosure process totaled 35,431.

England, who last month kicked off her campaign for the Assembly with a celebration at DCH Honda, says she is prepared to step down from her council seat if she finishes in the top two in June.

She is one of two Republicans in the race, and will face four Democrats in the June open primary, where the top two vote-getters will vie in November.

Teresa C. March 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Copied from the public records: Click here: http://i43.tinypic.com/2rxzf54.jpg Evictions records are not filed with the court unless the eviction is challenged and the judge enters a verdict on behalf of the plaintiff. If there were an agreement, an eviction would not have been filed and later recorded. You cannot have an unlawful detainer action record if you were not evicted. The court does not record an unlawful retainer action if a deal has been made prior to trial. S. [§31.95] Access to Unlawful Detainer Filings; Notice to Defendants Public access to the court file, index, register of actions, or other court records in unlawful detainer cases filed as limited civil cases is not allowed until 60 days after the complaint is filed, except under an ex parte court order issued on a showing of good cause. CCP §1161.2(a), (c). Access to the court file is allowed to the parties and their attorneys, and to…any other person 60 days after the filing of the complaint if judgment against all the defendants was entered for the plaintiff after trial.
No Bad Government March 09, 2012 at 04:44 AM
WRONG Teresa. When a Landlord wants to evict a tenant, they begin an unlawful detainer action which is usually the case when someone buys a home out of foreclosure and the former owner is still there. New owners do this right away to protect themselves. However as is the case with the majority of UD actions regarding foreclosures, most of the former owners, now tenants make arrangements with the new owner to leave voluntarily and avoid "finalizing" a UD action. Since you are such the sleuth, why don't you find out when the Sherriff came to Ms. England's house and forceably evicted her which would be an EVICTION! You won't find it. Also, if you actually look further into the UD action, you will find it was dismissed after Ms. England left voluntarily a short time after she lost her home. The UD action was filed but not completed, Get your facts straight. You really have no idea how the eviction process works but it always starts with a recorded eviction notice.which does not mean she was evicted. Any good landlord would always file the UD action since it starts th clock running and puts the landlord in a better bargaining position if necesary. Now feel free to validate everything I just told you about the foreclosure process Teresa so you can put your mind to rest and know that an eviction action was filed but not completed. I hope we are now done with this non-sense.
Chris Glenn March 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
So her bio needs an update?
Honest La Mesan March 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Mr. Smylie: Are you an attorney?
Teresa C. March 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
@ No Bad Government, you certainly are a passionate apologist for Mary England. “Good landlords” do not immediately start an eviction process when they purchase a foreclosed property. They communicate with the tenant to see the status of the property. If the tenant is still in the property they ask them to move and if the tenant does not vacate in 3-days, then they file and eviction. Nobody wants to evict a tenant, but when a tenant who has been in foreclosure for almost a year does not move out, they are usually not ready to move in 3 days after the property changes hands. You are taking great liberties with the definition of eviction when you claim it is only an “eviction” if the Deputy-Sheriff must remove that tenant. That is so far from the truth. An eviction is a process, a process that was used to remove Mary England from a residence she no longer owned. If she had come to an agreement with PGI Investments, they would not have a need to file an eviction in the first place. I suspect England was offered “cash for keys” to move out. It is not a necessary part of real estate investor’s duties unless he/she encounters a “tenancy at sufferance” for which there is no foreseeable remedy without judicial action. The fact of the matter is an eviction action was filed. If it is not true, then have the San Diego Superior Court correct the record. Please quit twisting the facts to suit your personal agenda.
David Smyle March 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Honest La Mesan (yeah right). Sorry to disappoint you but I am not "No Bad Government" and at least spell my name correctly.
Honest La Mesan March 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Mr. Smylie: You are "No Bad Government". You are also Ms. England's personal lackey employed by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Why not just be honest when you write? Or is that possible? This is going to be some election year. Wouldn't you agree?
Batman March 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I don't know what the situation is here but everybody I know who's been forclosed has gotten themselves into the home equity loan scam. I don't see the logic in changing from a 30-year mortgage to 90-year mortgage just to have a boat and a motorcycle in the garage.
As a Realtor I know first hand how this economy has effected so many people. To me, this shows Mary is a real fighter, who can pick herself up from the bottom and in a few short years has become a real success story. I believe there is a lot of value in learning from the past and one's mistakes and/or misfortunes and making a postive move forward. In the interest of full disclosure, I am newly elected on the Board of the La Mesa Chamber, which has given me the opportunity to get to know Mary and witness the powerhouse that she truly is. These are the kind of people we need fighting for us!
Beth Edwards March 09, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I like my politicians to know the "real world" and I think Mary England will bring her experiences to the table to fight for us a very positive way. Sorry for your lose Mary, I'll look for your name on the ballot!
curious March 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Where did she live after her eviction? Was/is she even still a resident of the city upon whose council she was serving? Anybody know?
Teresa C. May 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Hi curious, she moved to a condo community near Kunkel Park. Therefore, she remained in Lemon Grove. During that same period, Mary England filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in November 2009. England received a discharge of all her debts on March 5, 2010. Will she deny that she filed bankruptcy. It’s not as if she was one of those people who were unemployed. She has had continuous employment. So why the bankruptcy? Another factor pointing of her financial mismanagement while she wishes to be elected to “fix the finances” of the people of California.
Komfort May 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM
The State can use an expert on bankruptcies.
Komfort May 10, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Yet you have a fixation for them, it seems.

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