Occupancy drops to 89 percent at larg...

Occupancy drops to 89 percent at large rental complexes in Santa Cr...

There are 35 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jul 24, 2010, titled Occupancy drops to 89 percent at large rental complexes in Santa Cr.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

After bidding farewell to a larger than usual number of university graduates, Cypress Point is offering a deal to lure student renters before the September rush: $1,400 off the move-in rent with a 14-month lease.

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meth madness continues

Watsonville, CA

#28 Jul 24, 2010
Nose to the grindstone wrote:
Sure glad I paid off the mortgage last month.
i wish i could afford my own house. i have rented almost my entire life. but i never knew what crazy was until i moved to the Mission Gardens Apartments. none of the other apartment complexes i lived in had meth cookers, meth tweakers and gang bangers going around killing people.

also the other landlords took care of problems. none of them would accept criminals terrorizing their other renters. The John Stewart Company is the low point in property management for me. they punish the law abiding residents to protect the criminals. it's all about money and preserving an advertised image. think of it: the landlord protecting criminals!

i hope to use my hard earned degree and work my way out of the Mission Gardens Apartments. between The John Stewart Company and their criminal tenants, the future here looks pretty bleak.
Sweetz

Oakland, CA

#29 Jul 24, 2010
June wrote:
That is so incompatible with the wages of any job listings at the back of the Sentinel.
a $1150 studio? Landlord traditionally require 3X rent in income. You would need to be making over $40,000/yr, which many people with decent jobs at the university don't even make. Where are the 50% who make below average wages living?
With people who can afford to rent these places.
rent crime

Watsonville, CA

#30 Jul 25, 2010
hmmmmm wrote:
Rent in SC is a crime; home cost are ridiculous and don't even get me started on the impact that the ever increasing UC population is having on the area...OK just a little...rent for a studio/garage conversion (cute place, well maintained) in 1998 =$650.00. Same place 4 years later =$1150.00.$100.00 a year increases what? why? omfg? I asked the landlord what was going on as I knew there were no new mortgages; she had owned the place for years and the Landlord said "well I can always rent it to a UC student willing to pay the rent" so I moved and she did.
from 1998 to 2002 i lived in a somewhat shabby apartment in Live Oak. around 2002 the landlord suddenly raised the rent about $350/month to $1250 for a 2-bedroom unit that is smaller than the 1-bedroom unit i currently rent. the landlord told all the tenants that he was raising the rent so much because he could get away with it. not because anything of value had been created or the apartments had been improved. merely because he could get away with increasing our rents so drastically. i moved out of that place about two months later.
SCPD watching

Watsonville, CA

#31 Jul 25, 2010
no vacancy wrote:
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this entire town is really going downhill like you say.
the Mission Gardens Apartments -- managed by The John Stewart Company -- has a 100% occupancy rate, no vacancies. a management employee told me they have hundreds of families on their applicant waiting list.
yet Carl Reimer was brutally murdered here about three months ago by meth abusing gang bangers. there have been lots of vandalism and car break ins, domestic violence, gang activity, meth cooking, meth dealing and meth/alcohol abuse. the list goes on and on here ...
because rents are so expensive in Santa Cruz, all of these poor people here are stuck. they have no place to escape to.
worse, The John Stewart Company stubbornly refuses to admit there is crime and criminals at the Mission Gardens Apartments. so they are not going to evict anyone for being a threat to other residents and to the neighborhood.
thus the article carries some irony for me. i would be cheering if the Mission Gardens Apartments had some vacancies.
do you think the SCPD looks through all the posts on the Sentinel boards?
Overappraised Slum Lords

San Jose, CA

#32 Jul 25, 2010
These real estate franchises are capitolizing off the federally subsidized student loan under the Student Financial Aid Commission.

Meanwhile, as they are RAKING in huge sums of moneys, they squander THAT equity in piss poor investments.

On the other hand, kids who pay these prices might as well be paying a mortgage.

Job market is grim, no thanks to their landlords. They take that money and hire at less than living wage standard, advance an empire of serfdom where nobody is earning equity into the property they're paying .. effectively stifeling deer enterprise and sustainable industry.

It's questionable whether these kids will ever be able to sufficiently pay back against their student loans that pay this kind of rent under the current job market.

Plus, the UC Santa Cruz has terrible reputation nationwide with being the, erm, "prettiest campus" to distinguish it's brand.

And Santa Cruz itself is also considered "least affordable" (fancy way of saying "jip") under national statistics.

City taxes are being siphoned as it is to meet the special interest agenda of the Union Lobby interests of the UC through the Redevelopment Agency - which is highly exclusive against the common constituent in the area.

Upon trying to recruit graduates from UC Santa Cruz system, an employer quickly learns how these kids chose such a campus .. a pleasure camp for stupid rich kids.. ultimately giddy, uninformed, uneducated, liberal, confused, and kinda ditsy.

Even the US Marines had to endure quite the reception from that campus under it's recruitment program. The US Marines only need a few good men, and what they find instead at UC Santa Cruz is an army of ninnies.
Cops vs Constituency

San Jose, CA

#33 Jul 25, 2010
SCPD watching wrote:
<quoted text>
do you think the SCPD looks through all the posts on the Sentinel boards?
That would mean they'd be doing their job.. but no, they'd rather not. They'll harrass you over a seatbelt ticket in an inhabited area baring no risk to public safety, instead.

All they want are their pensions, silly! As someone said on one of these forums, "they're too afraid to do their job, and too afraid to quit."

Job market is really bad, you know..
SCPD watching

Watsonville, CA

#34 Jul 25, 2010
no vacancy wrote:
<quoted text>
this entire town is really going downhill like you say.
the Mission Gardens Apartments -- managed by The John Stewart Company -- has a 100% occupancy rate, no vacancies. a management employee told me they have hundreds of families on their applicant waiting list.
yet Carl Reimer was brutally murdered here about three months ago by meth abusing gang bangers. there have been lots of vandalism and car break ins, domestic violence, gang activity, meth cooking, meth dealing and meth/alcohol abuse. the list goes on and on here ...
because rents are so expensive in Santa Cruz, all of these poor people here are stuck. they have no place to escape to.
worse, The John Stewart Company stubbornly refuses to admit there is crime and criminals at the Mission Gardens Apartments. so they are not going to evict anyone for being a threat to other residents and to the neighborhood.
thus the article carries some irony for me. i would be cheering if the Mission Gardens Apartments had some vacancies.
I've watched all your posting about Mission Gardens and J. Stewart. You might want to consider that the SCPD is probably watching.
SCPD watching

Watsonville, CA

#35 Jul 25, 2010
Cops vs Constituency wrote:
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That would mean they'd be doing their job.. but no, they'd rather not. They'll harrass you over a seatbelt ticket in an inhabited area baring no risk to public safety, instead.
All they want are their pensions, silly! As someone said on one of these forums, "they're too afraid to do their job, and too afraid to quit."
Job market is really bad, you know..
I find it difficult to believe that the SCPD doesn't mine the Sentinel posting boards for all the golden nuggets of info contained therein.
Colonel Burnside

Felton, CA

#36 Jul 26, 2010
SCPD watching wrote:
<quoted text>
I find it difficult to believe that the SCPD doesn't mine the Sentinel posting boards for all the golden nuggets of info contained therein.
BFD. What if they are? So what.

I've read their posts, & I've read your posts. Unless someone here is stupid enough to say something that's self incriminating, then they're "peeing into the wind".

The only 'nuggets' I see in here thus far are brown.

Cheers.
believe it or not

Watsonville, CA

#37 Jul 26, 2010
Colonel Burnside wrote:
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Unless someone here is stupid enough to say something that's self incriminating, then they're "peeing into the wind".
believe it or not there are people stupid enough to say something to self incriminate. mostly meth tweakers thou.
Mission Gardens madness

Watsonville, CA

#38 Jul 26, 2010
SC Longtimer wrote:
I don't know about most of the larger complexes....rents are extremely overpriced - greed proliferates!
As for Pacific Shores....I lived there for 6 months....couldn't take the abusive behaviour of management...also, crime (lots of it) and punctured car tires in parking lot. I also suspected (as did several other tenants), that my apartment was entered by staff when I wasn't there. Many clues.
Although they tell you they have a security patrol from "First Alarm", this is absolutely meaningless! They show up to close the pool area nightly and chase away tenants who hang around past closing at 10:00 pm. People who don't even live, or know anyone who does, show up to use the pool. However, any other time, it takes a long time for First Alarm to show up...worthless. SC police show up faster. Management doen't like it when you call the police. It goes on record - bad publicity.
Also: management is untrustworthy and unreasonable; they will show you copies of rules and regulations before you move in and, a couple of months later, reverse and rewrite their rules and regulations to meet whatever situation comes up that they don't like. They also ignore certain ruels for certain tenants. I kept copies of these rule changes! You are left in the dust....."They reserve the right to modify their policies as they see fit."
This complex is managed by Woodmont, as are both Paloma del Mar and Vista del Mar, next door, in Freedom: I know people who have lived there also....same story with management there also, possibly worse. Woodmont seems to hire absolutely the worst people for their complexes. Both Freedom complexes are for senior citizens....what a shame for a senior to move into what seems to be a very nice environment, only to discover what is hidden beneath the beautiful surface! Many seniors can't afford to move elsewhere and must suffer the abusive management.
Unless you enjoy living in a dictatorship with very abusive management' don't move into any of these complexes!
wow. terrible property managers. when i first read your description i assumed that Pacific Shores was managed by The John Stewart Company. i guess a few are the worst of the worst.
Buzz

San Mateo, CA

#40 Aug 17, 2012
endless bummer wrote:
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Bleak, indeed, John.
Two years later, you're still there, and the only thing you've managed to work your way out of is any semblance of credibility here, and elsewhere (as even indybay buries some of your self-aggrandizing rants in the broken health and housing link).
How does it feel being JSCO's bitch?
LOL no one except for you cares about "credibility" on the Topix board LOL

This is troll central. Everyone knows it.
rehabthebill

Pottstown, PA

#41 Sep 25, 2012
Large rental complexes equals a corporate complex or mindset. That mindset demands three months rent to move into a unit. A credit check. A CONTRACT ie move out early and they'll still come after you for the remainder of the contract NOT the last time you used the unit.
Whaaa whaaa whaaa

Santa Clara, CA

#42 Sep 25, 2012
meth madness continues wrote:
<quoted text>
i wish i could afford my own house. i have rented almost my entire life. but i never knew what crazy was until i moved to the Mission Gardens Apartments. none of the other apartment complexes i lived in had meth cookers, meth tweakers and gang bangers going around killing people.
also the other landlords took care of problems. none of them would accept criminals terrorizing their other renters. The John Stewart Company is the low point in property management for me. they punish the law abiding residents to protect the criminals. it's all about money and preserving an advertised image. think of it: the landlord protecting criminals!
i hope to use my hard earned degree and work my way out of the Mission Gardens Apartments. between The John Stewart Company and their criminal tenants, the future here looks pretty bleak.
whaaaa whaaaa whaaaaa
Nicola

Santa Cruz, CA

#46 Sep 16, 2016
I lived here in 2010 for almost a year. This place changed my life in a very bad way! With in 3-4 months everything I owned had mold growth, me and my dog became very very ill with skin soars, stomach problems, depression, we both had mold related medical problems. Now 6 years later, I still suffer from illness due to the sewer and mold problems and insect infestations at cypress point apartment! Management are cold hearted people who lie and burn people! Do not move here!

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