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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.

HUD Secretary Jackson was the subject of a FBI investigation for criminality issues, including contracting practices according to  the Miami Herald.

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”

Corporate Office

National Community Renaissance

9065 Haven Avenue, Suite#100
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 483-2444
(909) 483-2448 fax
info@nationalcore.org
http://www.schdc.org/about/about.htm

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

 

 

 

 

 



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29 Responses to The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, NATIONAL CORE Senior Housing

  1. Branson Hunter

    Branson Hunter

    December 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for the one star. I won’t say who it is because it’s not important, what’s important is the person was able to openly express to the community their opinion.

    I’m guessing here but the fire department may not be too happy about advanced-aged seniors smoking in their affordable CORE appartments.

    Mr. Cifford Lindquist is a Vietnam Era Veteran. That should be important to us in the Morongo Basin because there are so many Marines and Navy personnel stationed here, not to mention all of its veterans. Lindquist will be in the streets looking for an affordable place to live.

    My Christmas wish is that CORE would rescind their 60 day Notice and work out other problems. Senior housing is important to Yucca Valley. Everyone is very positive about it.

    • Dan OBrien

      Dan OBrien

      December 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

      There gave you a 5 star so it would bring it to at least 2.5

    • desertrider

      desertrider

      December 29, 2011 at 5:43 am

      Branson, why don’t you locate Mr. Lindquist and offer for him to stay at your place? At least until he can find other suitable living quarters. Who knows maybe you two would hit it off (being Vietnam Era Marine Veterans and all) and make things more permanent?

      • Branson Hunter

        Branson Hunter

        December 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

        desertrider I hasten to inform you my Marine service doesn’t fit into your stereotype.

        • desertrider

          desertrider

          December 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

          Branson, I don’t have any idea what stereotype you think I was trying to fit you in.
          My point was that maybe you in your humanist ways could step up and give Mr. Lindquist a place to stay, and that since you are both Vietnam Era Vets you might find him to be an excellent roommate with things in common, there was nothing nefarious inferred nor intended.

          • Branson Hunter

            Branson Hunter

            December 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

            desertrider, have you a repressed memory? I don’t get it”. What exactly is your stupidly expressed point?

            You wrote: “Who knows maybe you two would hit it off (being Vietnam Era Marine Veterans and all) and make things more permanent?”

            Now you wrote: “Branson, I don’t have any idea what stereotype you think I was trying to fit you in.

            And your stereotype of my Marine service is erroneous.

            Don’t be a sap.

            • desertrider

              desertrider

              December 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

              Branson, I guess I am a sap, because I am completely at a loss as to what you are disgruntled about.
              Did you not serve in the Marines during the Vietnam Era? Or have I mistaken you for someone else?
              Or is it you think I’m stereotyping you as Marine that liked to serve and you did not?
              Bottom line Branson Vietnam Era Marine or not, you should go find Mr. Lindquist and offer your abode to him until he gets things figured out, since you are so concerned, it’s the humanist way.
              Maybe you both could make tinfoil hats together.
              Please be gruntled, I hate to see you this way.
              As I said it was not my intention.

            • Dan OBrien

              Dan OBrien

              December 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm

              I had to look that one up……

              grun·tle verb ˈgrən-təl
              grun·tledgrun·tling

              Definition of GRUNTLE

              transitive verb
              : to put in a good humor
              Origin of GRUNTLE

              back-formation from disgruntle
              First Known Use: 1926
              Rhymes with GRUNTLE

              frontal

            • Branson Hunter

              Branson Hunter

              December 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

              For the 3rd time, your classification of my Marine service is erroneous. Then you keep repeating it. Not a big deal but it’s hard to take you serious.

            • desertrider

              desertrider

              December 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

              Ok for the forth time then.
              Did you or did you not serve in the United States Marine Corps?
              If the era is what you are claiming is “erroneous” that really matters not, but I will stand corrected.
              Maybe since I am such a sap, you will have to enlighten me as to the erroneous part.
              You claim not a big deal, yet it is the part of my comments you have chosen to single out.
              Are you doing that to distract from the main point of my comments?
              Which is why don’t you offer your lodging to Mr. Lindquist on a temporary basis until his issue is resolved.
              The fact that you harangue me about my “erroneous classification” of you Marine service affect that it is hard to take you serious.
              Mr. Lindquist awaits your rescue.

  2. Cliff Lindquist

    December 28, 2011 at 3:19 am

    REGARDING:

    “I’m guessing here but the fire department may not be too happy about advanced-aged seniors smoking in their affordable CORE apartments.” http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/30790

    RESPONSE:

    One of the seniors who was a former tenant at Juniper Senior Village Apartments (JSVA) moved to a nearby senior apartment called Quail Creek Apartments. He moved out because of the noise, dust, and cigarette smoke and management problems he suffered from at JSVA. His health demanded he move out ASAP. I visited him there and talked to his manager Patty who advised that she recently had a meeting with all her senior tenants to advise them that Quail Creek Apartments in Escondido are enforcing the new SB 332 as it relates to cigarette smoking there. She told me that after January 1st. when the bill goes in to effect that those who smoke will have 60 days to either stop smoking or move. This same former JSVA senior was also concerned about the possibility that Griselda the manager at JSVA was using the close circuit cameras to spy on the seniors at JSVA.

    My letter to the Escondido Fire Department (in part) regarding the recent fire at JSVA

    Addressed to Mike Lowery Escondido Fire Chief:

    Griselda’s comment a “Minor Accident” is no such thing sir! Added with what this letter outlines relative to the top management and corruption allegations, JSVA poor construction, poor ventilation, no handicapped access for those of us who are in wheel chairs, under medication, using walkers, too old to open the heavy doors to gain access to our apartments, smoking, and a manager who is related to the CEO and who is negligent, etc., is anything but minor Mr. Lowry! Not to mention the building is not even a year old.

    The tenant on the 4th floor three doors down from my apartment has wall to wall books in his apartment and he is a 24/7 smoker. Yesterday morning your fire department Mr. Lowry had to come to his apartment to put out a fire on his deck. How secure should we seniors feel sir under these conditions that our security is safe in light of all the officials who seem to care less about the health and safety of the elderly located at Juniper Senior Village Apartments here in Escondido, CA where they classify such an event as a minor accident. What will they call it when the building burns to the ground sir especially if the management allows smokers SENIOR Smokers!! to live with those who don’t smoke?

    Perhaps the situation at JSVA can be better explained this way:

    To even be a tenant at JSVA you must have reached an age of 62 years old. Out of that how many are much older even as old as 90? How many are in wheel chairs or require a walker to get around? How many have mental disabilities? How many are suffering from some debilitating disease like Lupus or any number of diseases that require lots of medication? How many of these medications may cause drowsiness or sleep when taken? How many have knee problems and are being treated for it and can’t get around very well? How many are on oxygen bottles? Now let’s see here one of said seniors is a smoker and falls asleep with his/her cigarette in their hand which falls to the bed or carpet and burns the tenant to death before the fire department gets there to save them. We are talking about perhaps over 80% of the tenants living here with these kinds of problems sir not just at any apartment complex. Then there is the water damage from the overhead sprinklers to the senior’s property that said seniors have to replace.
    Who is to blame here Mr. Lowry the City of Escondido, their fire department, or the management over JSVA? I’m sure that the answer will of course be the senior that smoked the cigarette in the first place case closed! RIGHT?

    One of the relatives of a senior living at JSVA has complained to Griselda that they have no access to their loved one living here if said senior can’t reach the phone to open the front door to allow them into the building. This is usually at night time. They say that when they try to call the manager she is not home and they fear for their family member for their safety. I even complained to Griselda recently Michael that I was solicited by a newspaper man ringing on my door wanting to sell me his paper. I asked him how he got in to the building and saw that Griselda gave him a badge that allows him access to the apartments inside the building. Yet she refused to give the seniors family any such access for the sake of their elderly family member who is a tenant at JSVA. Griselda is provided a large two bedroom apartment on the first floor next to an executive style office at JSVA Michael. Yet as I understand it she lives off site in another apartment building close by.

    Tell me what’s wrong with this picture sir??

    And with this new insight at JSVA is this really a “Minor Accident” what happened yesterday or future distractions of things to come. Only the next time someone will get killed from the flames for such incompetence as is being practiced at JSVA. There is blame enough to go around for it but the question sir remains, who allowed smoking at JSVA and how can we seniors put a stop to it before the next “Minor Accident” occurs?

    END

    Response from the Escondido Fire Department to my letter to the chief

    Mr. Lindquist,

    Thank you for your letter dated 11/23/11.

    The smoking matter is civil in nature and between you and the manager of the complex.

    I trust you will follow through with Griselda Cabrera.

    Thank you,

    Mari J Hill
    Deputy Fire Marshal
    Escondido Fire Department
    1163 N. Centre City Pkwy
    Escondido CA. 92026
    760-839-5412
    MHILL@ci.escondido.ca.us

    MY RESPONSE:

    I wonder how bureaucrats sleep at night and if this one even read the concerns I submitted not to her but to Mike Lowry the Chief as they related to seniors health/safety. Then the question begs to be asked if this same Deputy Fire Marshal even knows about SB 332 or even cares. http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/Bills/SB_332/20112012/

    Perhaps this same “Deputy” will also be sending out notices to the families who were collateral damage from a tenant who caused the fire at Mission Terrace Apartments a few miles from JSVA where a fire totally destroyed his apartment and that of several neighbors from the smoke and water putting out his fire a fire that was started on Christmas Day. I’m sure that said Deputy will also advise these victims that this is civil in nature and not to bother the fire department with such minor issues i.e.,

    Several Fires Burn on Christmas Day

    Firefighters say it’s unusual to have so many fires burning on Christmas Day “Crews were called to the unit on E. Mission Avenue just before 2 p.m. Sunday.”

    “There was a lot of damage too,” said Battalion Chief Ken Slaven. “The overhaul was fairly extensive.” http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Several-Fires-Burn-on-Christmas-Day-136224223.html

    Since JSVA is just a year old they must comply with modern fire codes which calls for five overhead sprinklers in each apartment. There is one even in your closet so nothing is safe from water damage if they go off for any reason. Let’s say the 80+ year old 24/7 smoker that has a prior record starting a fire at JSVA only sets off his sprinklers in his apartment and not his neighbors. Does that mean his neighbor is safe from the smoke and water damage it will cause? Perhaps on the side of his apartment but what about the tenant on the 3rd. floor just under him? Water will seep down to the apartment below him and damage his neighbor’s property there. Then there is the possibility that once the fire department uses their water hoses they will cause a lot of smoke and the excess water will then damage his neighbor’s apartment next to him and their property as well. Keeping in mind the recent fire set at Mission Terrace where five neighbors were affected by the one fire on Christmas Day.

    Now you must consider that the manager at JSVA Griselda Cabrera has made it clear that each tenant must carry their own insurance for their apartment. Does that mean even if it’s due to management’s negligence for failure to remove the fire danger the 80 year old is causing for the seniors at JSVA now? According to Griselda management is exempt from covering the loss to the senior’s property. Said property that they can’t afford to replace and is why they are forced to live in affordable housing such as at JSVA.

    It’s imperative that this management evicts me to prevent full scale uproar from the other tenants complaining and exposing them to the authorities. I am in essence the gestapo’s way to scare any who might challenge Griselda’s authority at JSVA. I must be sacrificed to stop any future rebellion from any others who want answers for management’s negligence/ineptness as it relates to their health/safety concerns.

    Can you see the difference in the two managers I’ve listed for you here? One has served me a 60 day “retaliation” eviction notice for sending her ten emails that highlight such “Minor Accidents” as a tenant starting a fire in his apartment, or the cigarette smoke we seniors are forced to breathe, or no handicapped access and poor ventilation vs. the other manager giving her tenants a 60 notice to stop smoking on the premises or move.

    Which one is a responsible manager and which one is negligent? Then ask which manager would you want to rent from and which one needs to be evicted? Or better yet ask yourself which manager would you want to leave your elderly relative with to live out their golden years in safety or at “Hell House” at JSVA under negligent management?

    But hell according to the City of Escondido it’s neither it’s civil in nature. Case Closed!

    Cliff Lindquist CPL. USMC
    Viet Nam Era Veteran &
    Tenant at “Hell House” aka
    Juniper Senior Village Apartments,
    Escondido, CA 92025

    • desertrider

      desertrider

      December 29, 2011 at 5:48 am

      The tenant from JVSA moved out because of “noise, dust and fumes”, sounds like most of the seniors at JVSA must be off-roaders.

  3. Dan OBrien

    Dan OBrien

    December 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    First Cliff…. In a place like 29 Palms or Escondido damned few are impressed with the boast of being a old Vietnam Era Marine…. Its like saying I have weathered skin. Most all in this area 55-70+ are “Vietnam Era” Vets. And in reality who gives a rats ass. I mean does that fact that your opinion hold any more water than an old Navy Chief or a Army Spec 5, or for that matter an old “Vietnam Era” Airman?

    While I have a great deal of respect for veterans and being one myself take great pride in being one. It does not define me as a man or as a hell raiser. I don’t believe that my being a Veteran makes a tinkers damn bit of difference in my believability.

    What we all might have done at 18-22 years old in the jungles of Vietnam has nothing to do with your opinion of what some lady in a senior housing project perceives today.

    Second, you knew when you moved there that it was a smoking facility. The building owner and managers have taken the risk and liability as it were for the many activities that you obviously find so objectionable.

    So let me ask you something Cliff, It seems that as long as everyone follows your narrow rules of life, they MAY find that you are Okie Dokie with it.. Well as long as you get first right of approval. Huh?

    My opinion here has nothing to do with the Management Firm and do not confuse my impression of you being less than a good neighbor as taking sides with CORE… I am no friend of CORE.

    So let me get this straight you want everyone in your immediate purview to Macht Schnell and follow your orders. If I was your neighbor I would take up smoking Cigars, distilling Moonshine and banjo music. But then that is just the way this Vietnam Era Vet rolls.

  4. Mark Clemons

    Mark Clemons

    December 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Dam dan you sound alot like Ron Paul, had to give you a thumbs up and a five stars

    • desertrider

      desertrider

      December 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

      What’s next Dan, are you going to call for legalizing illicit drugs and prostitution? Then tell us we should not have been involved in WWII and that we should not be concerned about Iran’s nuclear program?

      • Dan OBrien

        Dan OBrien

        December 29, 2011 at 6:03 am

        … and deny that I ever published a blog.

      • Mark Clemons

        Mark Clemons

        December 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

        rider many know this man for his shinny medals but not many ever listened to what he had to say
        General Smedley D butler

        He had started letting loose before retirement. In August 1931, according to Jules Archer, he used the “racketeer for capitalism” epigram that appeared variously in his speeches and writings thereafter. Most frequently cited was the 1935 Common Sense article:
        “I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purifly Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras “right” for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested… . Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.”
        In January 1932, Nation reported him characterizing the U.S. military as “a glorified bill-collecting agency” and saying he “wouldn’t want to see a boy of mine march out with a Wall Street collar about his neck.”

        • Dan OBrien

          Dan OBrien

          December 29, 2011 at 7:35 am

          Clemons steps to the plate, and takes the first pitch of the morning, a fastball from desertrider, he swings. It is a pop up foul that stays behind home plate…. An easy catch…. Clemons is out and slowly returns to the dugout.

          • Mark Clemons

            Mark Clemons

            December 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

            it is a hard read for many

        • desertrider

          desertrider

          December 29, 2011 at 8:41 am

          I did not find it a hard or difficult read, I am though at a loss as to how it pertains to Mr. Paul and his crackpot ideas.
          Do you pick one thing a candidate espouses that is your pet cause and overlook everything else they say/do no matter how convoluted? Much like others on this blog claim obama is wonderful and their life is great because we are leaving Iraq, forget everything else he is doing to bring down this great Nation.
          Maybe it’s time to get that tunnel vision problem checked.

          • Mark Clemons

            Mark Clemons

            December 30, 2011 at 6:55 am

            “Ron Paul is often chided by his Republican opponents for his extreme views on American foreign policy. His calls for ending all foreign wars and shutting hundreds of military bases across the globe have drawn howls from his GOP rivals, who have labeled the moves irresponsible and naïve.
            His campaign pledge of cutting all foreign aid and withdrawing U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization and the United Nations has been at odds with even the most conservative members of his own party.
            Yet as voting day in Iowa and New Hampshire draws near, Paul, the Congressman from Texas, is finding support for his non-interventionist positions from a growing number of foreign policy experts.
            “He’s attacking our rich lazy friends, why is that not more popular,” said Harvey Sapolsky, emeritus professor of public policy and organization at MIT. He backs Paul’s calls for reducing America’s military budget, arguing that much of it is used to defend wealthy nations’ security”.
            http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/foreign-policy-experts-agree-with-ron-pauls-controversial-foreign-policy/

  5. Margo Sturges

    Margo Sturges

    December 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Mr. Lindquist,

    Thank you for your service to our country. It means a great deal to me that you served while there were so many trying to avoid serving. Then there are “locals” that boast of “flying Black Hawks” or spent a couple of days as a civilian reporter behind enemy lines that enjoyed a dry bed every evening and a warm meal, bottom line-they never served in the military. They only serve up “lip-service.”

    The real issue here is the 27,000 senior citizens that are housed in these planned facilities, Low Income Senior Housing, by CORE. While we do not know the exact age or militiary ID of the residents, the bottom line is they are Seniors trying to live out the last chapter of their lives with low income, failing health and there are sure to be many veterans too.

    It takes courage to speak up and speak out to right a wrong. One of my concerns that I voiced with the CORE project here in Yucca Valley is they are planning to build three stories and there is no adequate ladder fire truck to accomodate a third floor. The one fire engine truck cannot be used at the last rung and Seniors will require extra care. The elevators will be shut down in case of a fire and there are no handicap ramps to take the walkers or wheelchair bound down the stairs.

    I do not feel you were trying to impress 29Palms or Escondido by stating your military status. To me it is a sad state of our country there are so many veterans living in the streets and while I doubt this would apply to you personally, it could because of a retaliatory eviction, as I see it.

    I have sent this story link to all the news media outlets that I know, to include the LA Times, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, The Sun, The Press Enterprise…..just to name a few. I hope just one of them pick up this story about the (retaliatory) eviction of a “Vietnam Era Veteran” from a Senior Housing Program funded by our State and Federal Tax Dollars….

    Some photos of the poor conditions, confidential interviews with other residents-hiding their identity, of course…..Yep! The print media loves to cover these type of stories. During your anticipated interview(s), be sure to say it was blown wide open by a bold blog called Cactus Thorns.com that gave you encouragement.

    Don’t give up. Others are counting on you as their voice.

    Sincerely,

    Margo Sturges

  6. desertrider

    desertrider

    December 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    SB 332 should be unnecessary as it should already be the landlords right to set forth the rules to rent his dwellings, just as as should be the right of the restaurant owner to allow certain activities in his establishment, just as it should be the right of an owner of a business to refuse service to anyone for whatever reason. But in the nanny state we live in today that is not possible.

  7. Terry Elam

    Terry Elam

    December 29, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Another example of government negligence in taking care of the flock.
    They enact a program, throw a bunch of money at it, round up the sheep, then they turn it over to the wolves.

  8. Branson Hunter

    Branson Hunter

    December 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    desertrider, I wrote “My Marine Service” four times. Why do you care? I was in Marine Security, don’t ask anymore questions.

    • desertrider

      desertrider

      December 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

      OK Branson, it’s my fault?
      I was not the one that brought the issue to the forefront YOU WERE.
      I was basing my comment on your comments of the past in which you made reference to you serving in the Marines, what would you expect the readers of this blog to take away from that? I would think they like I would assume you are a former Marine. You accused me of erroneous classification of your Marine Service, I attempted to determine where I was mistaken by asking you to elaborate. I don’t care, YOU DO, you could have let it go but YOU didn’t.
      In all ranting about your “Marine Service” you have avoided the main point of the comment,it’s almost as though you wanted it to get to this point so you could brag about your “Service”
      So once again, the main point WHY DON’T YOU FIND MR.LINDQUIST OFFER FOR HIM TO STAY AT YOUR HOUSE UNTIL HE RESOLVES HIS CURRENT ISSUE. Wouldn’t that be the humanist thing to do? After all Mr. Lindquist is a human.

  9. Cliff Lindquist

    December 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, NATIONAL CORE “Senior Housing”

    Trailer:

    To even be a tenant at JSVA you must have reached an age of 62 years old. Out of that how many are much older even as old as 90? How many are in wheel chairs or require a walker to get around? How many have mental disabilities? How many are suffering from some debilitating disease like Lupus or any number of diseases that require lots of medication? How many of these medications may cause drowsiness or sleep when taken? How many have knee problems and are being treated for it and can’t get around very well? How many are on oxygen bottles? Now let’s see here one of said seniors is a smoker and falls asleep with his/her cigarette in their hand which falls to the bed or carpet and burns the tenant to death before the fire department gets there to save them. We are talking about perhaps over 80% of the tenants living here with these kinds of problems sir not just at any apartment complex. Then there is the water damage from the overhead sprinklers to the senior’s property that said seniors have to replace.

    Who is to blame here Mr. Lowry the City of Escondido, their fire department, or the management over JSVA? I’m sure that the answer will of course be the senior that smoked the cigarette in the first place case closed! RIGHT?

    RESPONSE:

    The green cactass

    I am no friend of CORE, 29 Palms or Escondido damned few are impressed with the boast of being a old Vietnam Era Marine, in this area 55-70+ are “Vietnam Era” Vets. And in reality who gives a rats ass, While I have a great deal of respect for veterans, It does not define me as a man or as a hell raiser, I don’t believe that my being a Veteran makes a tinkers damn, the jungles of Vietnam has nothing to do with your opinion of what some lady in a senior housing project perceives today, I am no friend of CORE, you knew when you moved there that it was a smoking facility, the building owner and managers have taken the risk and liability, you obviously find so objectionable, as long as everyone follows your narrow rules of life, you are Okie Dokie with it, I am no friend of CORE, as long as you get first right of approval. Huh?, My opinion here has nothing to do with the Management Firm, I am no friend of CORE, and do not confuse my impression of you being less than a good neighbor, taking sides with CORE, I am no friend of CORE, you want everyone in your immediate purview to Macht Schnell and follow your orders, follow your orders, If I was your neighbor I would take up smoking Cigars, distilling Moonshine and banjo music, But then that is just the way this Vietnam Era Vet rolls, I am no friend of CORE. LOL

    Trailer cont’d:

    It’s imperative that this management evicts me to prevent full scale uproar from the other tenants complaining and exposing them to the authorities. I am in essence the gestapo’s way to scare any who might challenge Griselda’s authority at JSVA. I must be sacrificed to stop any future rebellion from any others who want answers for management’s negligence/ineptness as it relates to their health/safety concerns.

    Can you see the difference in the two managers I’ve listed for you here? One has served me a 60 day retaliation eviction notice for sending her ten emails that highlight such “Minor Accidents” as a tenant starting a fire in his apartment, or the cigarette smoke we seniors are forced to breathe, or no handicapped access and poor ventilation vs. the other manager giving her tenants a 60 day notice to stop smoking on the premises or move.

    Which one is a responsible manager and which one is negligent? Then ask which manager would you want to rent from and which one needs to be evicted? Or better yet ask yourself which manager would you want to leave your elderly relative with to live out their golden years in safety or at “Hell House” at JSVA under negligent management?

    But hell according to the City of Escondido it’s neither it’s civil in nature. Case Closed!

    RESPONSE:

    The dessertudder

    I guess I am a sap, because I am completely at a loss, tinfoil hats, Vietnam Era, Did you not serve in the Marines during the Vietnam Era?, I’m stereotyping you as Marine, a loss as to what you are disgruntled about, please be gruntled, I guess I am a sap, because I am completely at a loss, I hate to see you this way, humanist way, “erroneous”, lodging to Mr. Lindquist, “erroneous classification”, you Marine service affect that it is hard to take you serious, I guess I am a sap, because I am completely at a loss, Mr. Lindquist awaits your rescue, seniors at JVSA must be off-roaders, did you not serve in the United States Marine Corps? What’s next Dan, are you going to call for legalizing illicit drugs and prostitution? SB 332 should be unnecessary, So once again, the main point WHY DON’T YOU FIND MR.LINDQUIST OFFER FOR HIM TO STAY AT YOUR HOUSE UNTIL HE RESOLVES HIS CURRENT ISSUE. Wouldn’t that be the humanist thing to do? After all Mr. Lindquist is a human, I guess I am a sap. LOL

    I am no friend of CORE!
    you are Okie Dokie with it

    • Dan OBrien

      Dan OBrien

      December 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Huh? I don’t think they need to evict you, I think they need to commit you to a nursing facility, you old coot.

      Your response to at least my dialog, was without a doubt the most irrational babble I have ever read in my life. Parroting? Seriously? This gives rise to the strong possibility you should be under 24 hour care in a lock down facility, as it appears you are not quite wrapped right.

      Every apartment complex or village has its idiot. I’m going to make a leap here and guess you are JSVA’s.

      If you were any kind of sensible person you would quit your belly aching and make that move to the Nursing Home.

      I’m getting this impression that you are a professional victim. Yeah I know your single tour stateside during the Vietnam War messed you up for these 40+ years…. right? Yeah you got PTLSD.

      I feel you have wasted at least 10 minutes of what remains of my miserable life on your sad story. I feel cheated I want those 10 Minutes back.

    • desertrider

      desertrider

      January 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      It looks like Branson went out and found Mr. Lindquist and is letting him use his computer.
      Live long and prosper, fellows

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