Corporate Landlords in Unincorporated Areas, Los Angeles, 2018
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Urban Green gained notoriety in 2013 by evicting Mary Elizabeth Phillips from her home of 40 years on 55 Dolores Street through its Dolores Street, LLC. Urban Green Investments is a San Francisco Multi-family portfolio: 385 units over fifteen buildings. In July 2012 UGI picked up a 12-building multifamily portfolio for $38 Million cash from Prana Investments. Run by David McCloskey, they are a subsidiary of Cornerstone Holdings, based in Colorado.
Karen Wickre and Gillian Gillett Ellis Act evicted 2 units at 1516-1518 Guerrero Street on 9/7/99 with Jeff Goldberg. Karen Wicrke is the Editorial Director at Twitter.
Sean Whelan, now of Tahoe City is another client of eviction attorney Andrew Zacks. He has evicted, bought out, harassed or condoized the homes of numerous San Francisco residents. He is a classic property flipper. He has evicted at least 18 units. Whelan has partnered in his real estate ventures with tech executives Rob Krolik (Yelp) and and odd Trippany (Domo, Adobe).
Shelley Trew, of Vanguard Reality, has been accused by protestors of “fraud, elder abuse, and greed” for coercing the 76-year-old owner of the house at 117 Ripley Street into signing over the rights to her family home in 2013.
Anthony Theophilos is a real estate attorney who sits on the Piedmont Planning Commission, acts as a court-appointed receiver for distressed properties, and advises and publishes on real estate matters for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Patricia Theophilos is a senior banking executive and consultant, having worked at Bank of the Orient, US Bank, Pacific National Bank and Citicorp Real Estate. Together and through their LLCs, they have served 217 eviction notices on their three Oakland properties.
The Taplins are associated with at least 555 Oakland evictions under numerous LLCs. Albert Russell Taplin is an inactive attorney who was placed on probation by the CA State Bar in in 1995. His son Riaz joined him in the real estate business while in high school, focusing on the “ultra-luxury San Francisco real estate market.” Later Riaz “set forth to transform the dilapidated buildings” of Oakland, and now manage over 800 apartments in the east bay, with a “core competency in multi-family re-positioning.”
Gianmatteo Costanza, David Fuchs, and Andrew Swerdlow evicted a senior and/or disabled tenant in San Francisco. All are in tech, working for companies such as Google, Seamless Planet, and Youtube.
Using a number of aliases and family members to do OMI (Owner Move In) evictions on multiple properties, she is also known to threaten, harass, turn of water, cut lines, create "House Rules", install security cameras to put tenants under surveillance, and violate building codes.
Neill Sullivan and his investors are putting a lot of effort into convincing themselves and others of the do-good nature of their speculation scheme. “REO Homes, LLC respects West Oakland by investing in our neighborhoods.” Sullivan, the son of a Newport Beach real estate developer, was previously associated with Deocap Corporation, a mortgage brokerage with suspended or revoked licenses in many states. The list of properties in the hands of Neil Sullivan’s LLCs is staggering. Sullivan purchased at least 356 properties in Alameda County between 2008 and 2017, comprising 688 units.
The Sridhars own millions of dollars in property all over the bay area, including one building in Alameda with 33 families, whom the Sridhars (and their financial partner, Richard Strock) saw fit to evict en mass. The community organized and is resisting displacement, with the support of the Alameda Renters Coalition and the Alameda City Council.
Bonnie K. Spindler is the "Victorian Specialist" at Zephyr Real Estate, where she brags about her forte of flipping units. She has Ellised numerous buildings in San Francisco.
William J. Rosetti is associated with over one hundred companies, LLCs and speculative real estate partnerships across the San Francisco Bay Area. Rosetti's shell companies are associated with over 4000 eviction notices in Alameda County in the past five years, and more than 500 Unlawful Detainers in the last ten years.
The three founders--Kurt C. McCracken, Peter D. Larsen, and Richard Esposito-- of PRANA Investments LLC is associated with close to a 1000 evictions and over a 150 unlawful detainers in Oakland, Ca. As noted on the Prana Investments website, the company specializes in acquiring "underperforming" multi-family properties in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
After inheriting a building in North Beach from her aunt, filled with elderly tenants who had lived there, and cared for the owner in her final years, Ana Paganini invoked the Ellis Act on the tenants, many of which had been there for 20 years or more, and were elderly. As a researcher on a project getting public funding from the National Institute on Aging, it is ironic that Paganini is oblivious to the stress of displacement on the elderly. 78 year old Elaine Turner passed away during the eviction.