Brookdale Inn and Spa former owners r...

Brookdale Inn and Spa former owners regret selling

There are 93 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 14, 2010, titled Brookdale Inn and Spa former owners regret selling. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Lee Ann Gilbert wishes her family had never sold the storied Brookdale Inn and Spa to Sanjiv Kakkar in 2007.

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Santa Cruz, CA

#90 Mar 15, 2010
That would be the word "laugh". Don't want anyone out there saying it's the Zoloft!

United States

#91 Mar 15, 2010
cop wrote:
Bill Gilbert was a SF Police officer for many years, and a helluva boxer. I went to school with their daughter, Kim. Lee Ann is not a police officer. She's the one with the inheritance. They used to own the Woodside Bakery and they built the Gilbert Center in Woodside. Jennifer is the one that worked in the bar.
I agree with everyone above; trying to sue for emotional distress is silly. They got their money, now it's time to move on.
Hey this Woodsider will set the record straight Kim worked in the bar. Jenny booked the shows. At least when I was there. I know Bill was a hell of a boxer too because I used to watch him shadow box in the bakery's freezer! But sorry the money is from Bill. Poor guy works hard his whole life and the wife gets the credit.

Santa Cruz, CA

#92 Mar 15, 2010
there's got to be a way to retract the sale if your property is abused as the lodge is being... make the property a historical monument, then no one can rape it again.. just keep it up to par. why this hasn't been done already is beyond me.
Answer Man

Lebanon, PA

#93 Mar 16, 2010
Mercury news

Watsonville, CA

#94 Mar 16, 2010
mhs wrote:
<quoted text>...and where did you get that info? Just curious. And yes, I've been here a long time....almost60 years.
There was a historical piece in the Mercury News, Oct 19th 1993. That is the best I can do for you. There are a million websites of course, Wikipedia, which can be unreliable as a source, but it happened. I have the newspaper in my hand and my grandfathers account who very close before he passed. I am not advocating the ghost story, it's just a pretty established fact that, there was a Shara, she did die by drowning in the river. It's not a mystery, it's simply very old data. She was the owners niece, not like some unknown person which was made up. She may not have lived here and her death record may be somewhere else, who knows. It was 1912 after all. Bur remember, the story is full of holes, the original building in 1912 burned down. She did not die in the current brook room as many say. Its not possible. I would be suspect of the other details rather than her death.
Mercury news

Watsonville, CA

#95 Mar 16, 2010
Barnes wrote:
<quoted text> Hey this Woodsider will set the record straight Kim worked in the bar. Jenny booked the shows. At least when I was there. I know Bill was a hell of a boxer too because I used to watch him shadow box in the bakery's freezer! But sorry the money is from Bill. Poor guy works hard his whole life and the wife gets the credit.
She did book the shows, but so did Kim at times. They used to book our band, and I have to say, she was very nice to us, and paid better than other venue at the time. I will miss that place. I wish all the eons of wasted time, energy and money went into the lodge as a historical landmark, instead of the Rispen Mansion project which I have been hearing for most of my life with
little to 0 results. Properly fixed up, the valley could have benefited.
RIP Brookdale

Santa Cruz, CA

#96 Mar 16, 2010
Everyone involved with the ownership and management operations of the filthy hovel and public nuisance over the past forty years is implicated.
The Gilberts are a joke; they do not deserve anything except the guilt they should harbor that they sold an unsafe facility that caused someone to lose his life. i hoe they are haunted forever with the ghost of the deceased!
And Kankar and his band of liars, cheats and low lifes--including the property manager, needs to be locked up in jail after all properties and assets are liquidated to pay his debts, including a lost civil suit of wrongful death.
I have had many interactions with the Manager, Andy Poon, while politely registering my complaints about the noise, commotion, pollution and blight from their events, "advertising" posters plastering obscenities on every pole and sign within a ten mile radius including the nasty thug they hire to knowingly desecrate private property with their promotional signs. Like his boss, Poon is duplicitous. he too must be made accountable for his actions.
If you ever worked there, you should have known what the heck you got yourself into pretty quickly and run without looking back. Don't claim that you were only an employee trying to do a job. If you deal with cheats and liars who essentially rape the community, you too are not immune to the same actions. Too bad! By not doing something about the problems you clearly witnessed, you too have blood on your hands for the death of wildlife, the Brookdale and another man's life.
What idiots are claiming that the place has been fixed up? Have you looked at the "work" done? My ten year old could do a better construction job than the masking tape and paint job that was slapped over exposed holes and wiring, the cracking walls, the crumbling foundation, etc. i dare you to sleep overnight there!
Come to grips with reality people! The Brookdale is a crack den that needs to go for good, taking with it all the miscreats that hang out there. Recalling former glory days will do nothing to restore the place to it's former condition, which is based on memories rather than actual quality lodging and dining. The only reason for the Brookdale remaining open over the last 30+ years was to launder money from the illicit drugs grown in the SC mountains.
It's simple: Don't be an enabler by patronizing the place or giving it any more free publicity! Let the Brookdale rot. meanwhile, work to clean up the Brookdale community so the parcel will eventually attract a legitimate developer with good intentions who will make the community proud to have something else in the Brookdale's place.
Professor Pat

Los Altos, CA

#98 Mar 16, 2010
mhs wrote:
<quoted text>...and where did you get that info? Just curious. And yes, I've been here a long time....almost60 years.
Here you go:
thats it

Watsonville, CA

#99 Mar 17, 2010
that is almost the same exact "article" that was in the mercury news in the 90's.
Professor Pat wrote:
Jen M

Sacramento, CA

#102 Mar 30, 2010
I am telling you, I was there in 2004-5 when the Gilberts still owned the place and it was a DUMP!!!!! They argued with me over the fact they had crazy meth head residents who kept me up all night and told me it was the ghosts instead. I saw with my own eyes who it was. We left early and they still charged me for the 2nd night we didn't stay.

United States

#104 Apr 16, 2010
cop wrote:
<quoted text>
Barnes, I've known the Gilbert's since I was 12 years old. I've been to their house (off Canada Road) in Woodside both before and after their renovations/addition (when I was 14...I'm now 43). Kim did work in the bar, but she had 4 kids to keep up with and moved with her firefighter husband to LA. Jenny was always a character, and was in a men's magazine at one point in time. Bill actually trained my brother (who also helped him on the remodel of the Woodside house) when he boxed in the Sports Spectacular at St. Francis in Mountain View.
Lee Ann's parents were ALWAYS the ones with the money. They (Bill & LeeAnn) were acquiring properties in both Woodside and SF back in the 80's, so I'm sure they earned together, but I'm pretty certain that the bulk of their fortune came from Lee Ann's family. I was raised in Portola Valley and was best friends with Kim in high school.
Honey Leanns mom died when she was a small child and was brought up by various relatives in SF. Her dad was a plumber certainly not rich. I think your childhood memory is a bit clouded. We have always known their story . It was Bill who made it all. He was the richest SF cop ever on the force. I love that man. I read these posts and have to laugh at how the lowley brookdale Lodge can bring out such ridiculous comments. Who the hell cares anyways? The Brookdale was a cool place and now is a ghost town. I hope the best for the place hope someone comes along and picks up the lodge gets it going again. Just want to ask them though ,Why didya have to sell to dotheads???
Used to Love Brookdale

Woodland Hills, CA

#112 Oct 23, 2010
My first stay at the Brookdale was shortly before the Gilbert's purchased it. I fell in love with the antiques in the lobby area, the stream running through the Brook Room and even one of the rooms (#41). The rotted wood, exposed wiring & other aspects of an aging building didn't matter. Shortly after the purchase by the Gilbert's , I went back to stay, only to find the friendly management staff gone (the prior manager toured me through the ENTIRE hotel, and gave a wonderful account of lodge history)and some of the larger items in the lobby missing. Despite the missing pieces of history, I felt it was stil an OK place to stay,even on my own, which I did over the course of the last 20 years. In 2008, I took my son there so he could see my favorite place to stay (I hadn't been there since '06). I was horrified as we drove up to find that it had been sold yet again and that the new owner was "modernizing" a piece of history...with beige stucco, fake tile, beige paint and a red roof :(. I met the new owner who advised that the lodge was closed for remodeling ( I wish I could say I was nice to him, but couldn't resist giving him my thoughts on his hideous project). Since my first stay at the lodge I wished that it would be purchased by someone who would restore the hotel to it's previous glory...not ruin it's charm with a modernization project...and a badly planned one at that. You in the construction business know what I'm talking about, right? I still harbor hope that that a new owner comes in and WITH THE HELP OF THE COUNTY cleans up the area (including the druggies and child molesters residing in the hotel) & restores the hotel, storefronts & original lodge back to the way they deserve to be (think 1930's...). Only then would I ever venture back. Isn't there a historical society in the area that could get involved?

Los Gatos, CA

#118 Jun 24, 2011
Does anyone know what's been happening with the lodge over the past year? My wife and I live in Brookdale but we've been away. I notice most of the posts on this topic are from a year ago, but I thought maybe someone might still be around to give me an update.


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