The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, NATIONAL CORE Senior Housing
By Branson Hunter ♦ Yucca Valley – National Community Renaissance CORE affordable senior housing is coming to Yucca Valley, California.
“Management failed to listen to health and safety complaints, giving the excuse they had no money in the budget. And now they are evicting me.”
National CORE (hereafter CORE) is the genetic Doppelgänger of Ebenezer Scrooge according to Cliff Lindquist, a senior who lives at the CORE’s Juniper Senior Village Apartments in Escondido, California.
Lindquist says, “It’s a hell house”. Lindquist is so disgusted with CORE’s he adds, “It’s some kind of gulag or gestapo.”
Lindquist’s holiday retaliatory eviction process comes at a bad time of the year for Lindquist. The manager of the CORE facility, Griselda Cabrera, at the Juniper Senior Village Apartments, denies the charges. Cabrera informs Lindquist — whom she calls a “Gringo” — it’s not a retaliatory eviction.
According to Lindquist, management’s stated reason for the evicting process is because the lease is running out and that Lindquist send out 10 emails complaining of problems at Juniper Senior Village Apartments.
Mr. Lindquist has retained the services of Katherine Winn, Esq., Winn has a practice in San Diego.
Lindquist did in fact sent numerous emails to government agencies and municipal officials exposing what he calls, “Their bad management practices as it relates to the health and safety issues.”
Yucca Valley’s Connection to National Community Renaissance (CORE)
NATIONAL CORE was selected by the remote town desert of Yucca Valley, California, to build Affordable Senior Housing Center absent a Request for Bid (RFB). When the Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, former Mayor of Fontana, California, was hired, he came to Yucca Valley with his sleaves rolled up and went to work. He opened his carpetbag and out came NATIONAL CORE.
Local bloggers began laboring behinds their keyboards when Nuaimi selected CORE without a Request for Bid (RFB). Nuaimi labored back for day explaining in the Cactus Thorns Blog [Linked above] that CORE was selected with a RFP (Requested for a Proposal).
CEO of National Core is Orlando J. Cabrera. Mr. Cabrera is no stranger to controversy. Cactus Thorns published a story in September 2011 concerning the FBI and IRS raid on the Rancho Cucamonga offices of National Community Renaissance. CORE CEO, Orlando J. Caberea threatened to sue its author and Cactus Thorns for libel.
Cabrera denied in Cactus Thorns that the CORE offices were raided in spite of the fact it was a top news story in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Orlando J. Cabrera, has a track record in both private and public sectors of the housing industry. Cabrera is a former HUD Assistant Secretary, appointed by President George W. Bush. Cabrera subsequently stepped down with his former boss HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson.
The Miami Herald reported Cabrera, the federal housing leader who helped orchestrate the takeover of Miami-Dade’s housing agency, resigned his position. The Herald said of Orlando J. Cabrera’s resignation — “he is tired and needs to take a few months off.”
In the same Miami Herald article, Andre Shashaty adds, “Orlando Cabrera’s resignation [does] not mention the investigations into HUD contracting practices, in particular, the public housing management contracts for the Virgin Islands Housing Authority, and other contracts under Cabrera’s jurisdiction?”
Shashaty wrote, “I don’t know what Cabrera’s role was in some of the cases now under investigation.”
It should be noted that Cabrera is not charged with any wrongdoing. As far as is known he resigned from HUD under honorable conditions.
CORE Founder, Jeffrey Burum, is no stranger to controversy. Burum was indited and arrested for corruption this year in one of the biggest corruption and bribery cases in the history of San Bernardino County. Burum was charged by the District Attorney with bribing public officials. Burum has since resigned his position from CORE.
CORE houses more than 27,000 seniors in its housing projects.
Lindquist has been complaining for months and months to CORE Manager, Griselda Cabrera. He explains some of the health and safety conditions he has complained of have been since been remedied, but says he, it took over a year to get it accomplished. And now Lindquist explains how they are processing him out the door.
Lindguist cites improper circulated and ventilation throughout the facility, including “allowing people to smoke and toxic air to breath.” Lindquist said, “It caught fire once and the fire department was called. A senior who is a habitual smoker caused the fire.”
The Manager, Griselda Cabrera shrugged it off, “It was just a minor accident.” Lindquist said Griselda advised him that “each tenant [is] to have their own insurance if a fire should start and the sprinkles be set off.
Lindquist said he has to use overhead fans to exhaust the smoke so he breathe.
He also cites vandalism in the parking area, marijuana smoke, the lack of handicap access and “poor construction of JSVA and the potential harm to seniors.” He says their apartment is flawed.
Linquist paints a picture of an Orwellian environment at the Juniper Senior Village Apartments. He says “the tenants are scared to death to do or say anything against them for fear of being evicted”.
Worse yet, Griselda uses close circuit security cameras located on the JSVA premises to spy on tenants and eavesdrop, according to Lindquist. All the camera monitors are in Griselda’s office to view at her leisure in privacy . Concerns have been made of Griselda watching what is being done and said about her.” Big Brother is a concern.
Whereas, the community of Yucca Valley does not want CORE management to put Yucca Valley seniors out in the streets in the freezing cold of winter if they complain. Nor does it want Yucca Valley’s affordable senior apartments to become what Mr. Lindquist has experienced — a “House of Hell”
National Community Renaissance
9065 Haven Avenue, Suite#100
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 483-2448 fax
Footnote: SB 332 – Smoking: rental dwellings. SB 332: This bill would authorize a landlord of a residential dwelling unit to prohibit the smoking of tobacco products on the property, in a dwelling unit, in another interior or exterior area, or on the premises on which the dwelling unit is located. The bill would make certain requirements on notices and leases executed on and after, and on and before, January 1, 2012. Note the Bill authorizes, but does not require, the safeguards.
Op-Ed updated 12-25-2011