SOUTH EL MONTE – Children played in the background as a mother of eight leaned on an old wooden fence Monday and discussed with three other residents of the Avalon Trailer Park how to fend off the park owner’s bid to move them out. Should they hire an attorney? How much does an attorney cost? What does the law say? “The city is anxious to have it removed,” she said. The 70-year-old park houses mostly wheeled trailers that can be towed behind a truck. A few are at least 30 years old. Many small trailers house families, including one family with eight kids and another with four. Some residents, who declined to give their names, said they feel confused about what to do next. They do not think $3,000 will be enough to rent a new place and move their trailers and belongings. City Councilman Hector Delgado denied the city had pushed for the sale of the property, saying a private company, Primestor, was trying to assemble land in the area for a commercial project. He said the developer has been fair with landowners and has donated cash to several area charities. “I realize that financially, this is going to be very tough for these people,” Delgado said. “They were probably paying between $400 and $600 for their spaces at the park. And they probably will not be able to find anything else like that in the San Gabriel Valley.” He said Primestor agreed at the request of the City Council to increase relocation costs from an initial proposal of $1,250 to $2,250. Mayor Blanca Figueroa said the city and the developers must do a better job to reach out to the people at the park. “It bothered me that all they got was a letter at first,” she said. “We should have had someone out there. I think we need to realize that some of these people do not read in English or Spanish.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWould a $3,000 relocation fee be enough to get a new place? The 50 or so people who live at the half-acre park on Durfee Road about a mile north of the Pomona (60) Freeway in South El Monte are trying cope with the news that they have a year at most to move out of their wheeled homes and make way for developers. The city has worked with Avalon Trailer Park property owner Linda Griegorian to create a plan to relocate the residents and clear the property for Primestor, a Beverly Hills- based development company that specializes in development in Latino neighborhoods. The plan approved by the City Council calls for families to be paid a baseline fee of $2,250, according to a relocation plan filed with the city. Families would also get $60 for every year they lived in the park and another $500 if they move out before August. State law mandates relocation costs when a mobile home is closed. Residents have a year to leave, according to the plan. Griegorian’s attorney, Elaine Alston, said the city pressured her client to sell the park to a developer.