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Ronald S. Javor

Ronald S. Javor

California Department of Housing and Community Development
Former General Counsel and Assistant Deputy Director, Housing Standards (Ret.)
Sacramento, CA, USA


Ronald Javor earned his J.D. in 1974 from the University of Southern California after a three-year term as a VISTA Volunteer, mostly in the mid-west.  He then was a legal services attorney in San Pedro, CA, specializing in housing issues until 1978 when he joined the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  Until semi-retirement in 2009, he was a prior General Counsel, Department Deputy Director, staff counsel, and Assistant Deputy Director for Housing Standards.  A significant portion of his time during his tenure dealt with housing code development and enforcement for conventional housing, mobilehome parks, and employee (farmworker) housing.  His litigation role on behalf of the department included Barela v. Superior Court (1981) 178 Cal.Rptr. 618; (statutory and constitutional retaliatory eviction protections) and Briseno v. City of Santa Ana (1992) 8 Cal. Rptr. 2nd 486, (invalidity of city ordinance imposing limits on occupant.)

Since 1986, he has been the lead co-author for the mobilehome parks landlord-tenant practice chapter, with annual updates, for California Residential Landlord-Tenant Practice, California Continuing Education of the Bar, and the lead co-author for a housing codes and enforcement chapter in The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development, American Bar Association, 2005. 

Since retirement, he has worked with Sacramento’s homeless population and served in a number of nonprofit organizations providing and advocating for affordable housing and homeless services.  He provides training for various organizations related to rights and obligations related to mobilehome parks, employee housing, and code enforcement and often volunteers as a Small Claims Court Pro Tem.  He has written two illustrated children’s books on homeless families’ trials and tribulations (“Homer Finds A Home” and “Wendy’s Wonderful Window”) and another on a family’s self-help housing construction adventure (“Jerome Builds A Home”), all of which are available on-line at Amazon Books and Barnes & Noble or in group sales.

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