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Re: “Neill Sullivan's Oakland

As tenant of Sullivan's SMC Management, I can vouch to say that although the face of these "renovated" homes are quite pleasing compared to what they had been before, the skeleton of each is in no shape to be habitable with out nightmare. I have lived in one of Mr. Sullivan's properties since 2013. Have witnessed faulty work of electric, water and gas specifically to my unit to the point that I had become aware that no unit was connected properly leaving myself (a single person working full time in Oakland to afford the rent plus utilities) to struggle paying the difference out of my own pocket. As if it isn't enough to attempt to afford the rent higher than I had originally expected before being moved from the original location desired to the current one I am in now last minute upon my move in, (original not approved by city, fire department and PGE to be considered habitable). There is no explanation for my EBMUD bill to be of over $400.00 dollars, and obvious spike in PGE once all other tenants moved in. I had finally proved this to Sullivan's management team only to be given the run around for over a month and a half just after a promise of SMC taking over utilities and reimbursing me atleast half of what I had struggled to cover from move in date until current only to find out maintenance and contractors were "fixing issues while I was at work mainly dodging all times my unit is occupied not providing any documents.
June 1st of this year I was notified by EBMUD and PGE the bills went unpaid and left in my name after being promised to be paid in full and me being released of responsibility. During this time I was hit with a nearly $400 water bill as well as a 15 day notice of shut off Due to non payment and nearly $200 for PGE & Gas. Surprised, I contacted management asking what the deal was. Lets just say many unprofessional texts, inspections and lies later, I was told it is not their responsibility I am to assume the responsibility of this bill and be expected to pay my rent in full.
I can't live with out water. I am now facing eviction even after I had proved to them via PGE that I was paying for electricity used by tenants other than myself. After I made it clear I occupy this unit alone and manage a 24/7 company near the Oakland Airport and am not home enough to run any bill up as this nor do I even own a television to leave on to add. I have presented a plethora of proof with photos to and my own calls to PGE inspectors (also red tagging heating system as a danger to my health with a 7 inch wide hole in the flute) the skeletal condition of this building alone and have been told this is a sad joke to be being put through this by many professionals.
Many reviews left by tenants other than myself all over the web are just a cry to Sullivan.

Sullivan is building his own city on top of unhealed scarred history promising a new wave of community (who I can tell you are not ready to be apart of this city with out making a mock of it) by simply covering it with makeup. The IKEA kitchen, bathrooms and easy install of Emeryville's Homedepot wood floor lay ins are not worth the hell of disrespect a lot of us tenants are being put through. Original Oakland citizens or not.
The rent increase from a year ago through SMCrents.com has risen $1k and more as advertised. During my application, I was sold a promise that Sullivan Management aka REO 3, LLC was for the community. Affordable housing for local people and families. Although I adore my neighbors who I cannot blame for running to Oakland from SF's unfathomable high rent, and welcome them here, they were lucky enough to come in during the time I did before SMC began to advertise a one bedroom in WEST OAKLAND for $2000.00 (Two thousand dollars http://www.smcrents.com/#!rentalshtml/ctzx) My two bedroom no doubt will be profited off of some poor incomer by at least an additional $1,000 to $1,500 dollars on top of what I am already paying over $1,300 not including high utility and optional additional payment for garage and undisclosed additional amount for garbage that is not in the tenants name but held responsible to pay for upon monthly rent.

For the community outreach he claims being responsible for, is none other than a distraction from what is really going on here.

Gentrification with bad blueprints left for building glass houses ran by over worked local women in sales, inexperienced management and sweet maintenance whom apologize on behalf of the rot we live upon destroying ourselves to pay for.

Had I known what I had signed for, had I known not to be so naive in thinking that this was an honest mans company...I would have rather risked losing my place in Oakland as tax paying productive citizen already amongst the city.

Some may read this as dramatic but very much necessary ; I want to boldly let all know that this is the kind of business that takes peoples lively hood in to their own hands to make a buck, have staff under them scattering like mice to scrounge up lies showing obvious stress when confronted by the fed tenants whether it be about sketchy documents, or maintenance and if I lose this battle of what I highly believe as un ethical, unfair and unlawful eviction-
I will not only lose my home, but due to lack of family left in the area, I will be forced to give up my job I have occupied for well over 6 years in management in this city )responsible of providing local jobs to actually benefit the community), only to be booted to the valley to nearest KIN to start from scratch.

There is much left out due to the emotional message being shared I guarantee you.

Sullivan either thinks he's doing something amazing with a snake running the show- or is in fact himself thee snake.

-SMC East Bay drowning tenant,
A. Shelton

Posted by Antonay Shelton on 07/26/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Arran, Thanks for adding information that was not stated or was ambiguous in the brief article. Of course I agree that the University should pay for a student's care as per SHIP, etc., but I don't believe U.C. is legally obliged to continue payment of dependents' healthcare. I guess it depends on what your contract says. I was not and am not wealthy. I worked my way through school. The summer I'll remember the most was when I got to work full-time for a guy working on his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF. He had me conducting experiments to try to create a new molecule to be used to treat certain cancers. We confirmed formation of a new molecule, but he didn't complete his work before I graduated, and I was then immediately drafted and forced to move away for years. It's appropriate that parents pay the premiums for their children's healthcare. If you are full-time employees of U.C. as you state/imply, I concur, U.C. should offer you and your family some type of insurance either via Obamacare or other approved plan. Again, if you believe U.C. is doing something illegal, then take them to court. Otherwise, I'm not sure you have any other recourse. During my career I've personally (with an attorney) had to take a multi-billion dollar national healthcare corporation to court because I believed I was wrongfully terminated. (I won after a 2+ year battle of being unemployed. I was well into my career and had barely saved enough money to take such action. If I had lost, my life would have been much different.) I wish you and yours good luck in your search for justice.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/25/2015 at 12:43 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Tom you seem to be a bit misinformed. My wife and I are not taking classes at this point (that's only the first 2-3 years of a 6-7 year long PhD program), we are each working (over) 40 hours a week on research which benefits our respective labs - attracting grant money/new students, producing very meaningful scientific results, fostering international collaboration with other scientists, etc. If we could be so easily replaced we wouldn't be working in these labs in the first place - you don't really seem to understand how research in the sciences works. Life isn't always fair, that's true, but you're describing a society in which you can only succeed in higher education if you are single, wealthy, and lucky enough not to have a chronic health condition. If a student (without children) needs treatment for cancer, surgery for a heart condition, or has a high-cost but easily treatable chronic condition, should Berkeley also drop their health insurance? Should they be forced to leave school? That's the level of savings we are talking about here. And stop saying that UC Berkeley is financing my children's healthcare because that's simply not true - we paid the premiums for Berkeley's dependent health care out-of-pocket. A full-time employee at any other job would be required by law to have their employer offer an affordable health plan for dependents or pay some very hefty fines.

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Posted by Arran Phipps on 07/24/2015 at 4:57 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Great article! Thanks, Susan, for good reporting, and thanks John for telling it like it is. And thank you Arran, Kayleigh and family for putting your health issues in the spotlight over and over for the benefit of all of us. And yes, it's disgusting that someone would take the opportunity to attack you personally, but it's just a sign of how compelling this struggle is and how few legs the trolls have to stand on...

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Posted by Seth Leibson on 07/24/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Donald, You have done nothing to enlighten me (e.g., taught me anything I did not already know), but you have exposed your own flawed thinking.

You overestimate the "value" of/need for these students to U.C. There are thousands of other equally talented and qualified individuals who can fill the slots (and need healthcare assistance only for themselves) if existing students can't take care of their own personal responsibilities.

You and others are past due in learning/ accepting some "basic facts of life". One is that life is not always fair. If you think you can do something concrete to effect a change you want, take action. Quit whining on here, accomplishing nothing.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Pontificating here?,,,lol Tom, I am only trying to enlighten you so that you may have a clearer picture of the facts of this matter. I'll try this again.

1. The University courted these students with an offer of salaries for teaching, benefits for health care etc. if they would choose UC Berkeley for their Doctoral programs. This is no less than what larger companies do when they try to recruit an valued employee, wouldn't you agree? Apparently the University feels a it derives a benefit from these two attending their school. There are no handouts, asked for or received, in this scenario. You seem to want to continue trying to convince others that these two are asking for a handout. From what I gather, they pay for a health care plan that the University promised would cover dependent care. (see # 2.)

2. The University offered, agreed to, and had up until recently, provided an affordable health insurance plan that included dependent health care. This was as condition of many students choosing to attend UC Berkeley, to their mutual benefits.

3. This is not about the University providing anything that they had not promised and provided in the past. Not a freebee, but a health care plan that met certain requirements. I reiterate: The University promised to provide this level of health care IF these students chose to attend Berkeley instead of other top-rated Universities.

4. The University never stated that it would provide this inclusive health care plan for only a short while during their doctoral program. They stated it as a condition of their agreement.

5. This is not state wide, but only at Berkeley as a direct result of some apparent under-handedness and quite possibly unethical and illegal behavior on the part of one or more University administrative personnel. Only time and further investigation will tell.

Note: If anyone decides to file a federal lawsuit against the University I will be sure to let them know it was at your encouragement Tom.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 12:05 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Donald, When did people go off-track and believe that, just because they are students, they have a right for U.C. to finance their children's healthcare?
It is now being seen by U.C. as inappropriate (and unaffordable), and, as I've said, laws, regulations, etc. are often changed when it becomes appropriate to do so. It is a parent or sibling's responsibility to take care of their own - not U.C. As I've said, if it means students have to cut back on classes in order to provide care or work more to bring in more money, then they should do that. Too many people shirk their personal responsibilities. You and others who feel they've been wronged by U.C. should stop pontificating here and instead take concrete action, like by filing a lawsuit.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Eowyn, that's a good question. Given our own Congress wouldn't even make the time to read the mountains of double-talk by Obama before signing it. Those who bought into Obama saying we could keep our doctors....lie. " I was born in Hawaii"....lie.... He opens his lips, he is again lying, but i would venture that plenty people across America have finally seen that the "emperor" has no clothes.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

You know Tom, the more I read your diatribe, the more I find myself having a hard time believing you graduated with a doctoral degree. Be that as it may, you state that " A university is not a day-care center with healthcare thrown in. Thanks to Obamacare, they can get insurance for their kids cheaper than if Obamacare had not passed." I do not think you realize that no one seems to be asking the University to subsidize day care, but than maybe you know someone who is. Not all people can qualify for Obama care. You might like to look into this further. Too many loop holes eliminate affordable Obama-care plans for working people who make enough to get by but not enough not afford the outrageous fees perpetuated by Obama and his preferred insurance companies..You also state "Fees collected should be focused on improving students' situations, not on the needs of their families." Can any intelligent person dispute that the health and the well being of their children is the most important element of improving a student's situation? (At least for responsible parents)

I feel your emotionality but an agreement made by a University/Employer should ethically and legally be abide by.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

dokusan, I did my undergraduate at Cal and got my postgraduate doctorate in healthcare at UCSF. We weren't offered any kind of healthcare for dependents. I am sorry to hear about your family's health problems, but U.C. is there to teach students, not take care of their families. My family was poor. I had no scholarships. I worked my way through school, taking 3 buses to and from work, while in school full-time. If someone has family issues that need to be attended to, then perhaps they should give serious consideration to dropping back to part-time status or something similar.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Donald, Many laws, regulations, rules, etc. that were appropriate, affordable, etc. a decade ago are no longer appropriate, affordable, etc., and, hence are changed, repealed, etc. If U.C. is as guilty as you say, then you or someone should file a lawsuit against them. Pontificating here will accomplish little, if anything.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

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Posted by Editor on 07/24/2015 at 11:19 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Tom, your daughter is an undergraduate student. Did they recruit her and promise her dependent health care, or just a scholarship? I agree the University should not subsidize tuition or health care for illegals in our country, and certainly not at the expense of American graduate students, who have earned their own way, more than you will ever know, given your lack of research into this matter, and as you only offer emotion. The crux of this entire matter is the deception by a few University administrator, who if you look deeper, may also be guilty of collusion, if not just a conflict of interest between a University administrator (who had lied and perjured herself,) who is also the spouse of an Aetna employee; and Aetna now holds the University's policy it seems. Hmmm, I wonder why not one other Cal University has implemented this type of behavior.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 11:13 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

dokusan, Just to clarify, I have a doctorate degree from Cal in healthcare and was on the faculty for a few years before pursuing other interests. I suspect I know more about healthcare insurance than you. Have a nice day.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Tom Thompson. If UC Berkeley attracts graduate students, (who, by the way, had been courted by the University, and had their pick of many 1st tier Universities in our nation) by offering them dependent healthcare, and then after years decide to pull the rug out, that is not only unethical but a breach of contract. You might do well by reading some of the facts of the University's ongoing deception, lies, and unethical behavior. One would expect our nations politicians and even some business boards to behave in such an unscrupulous manner, but our University administrators should be above this type of under-handedness.

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Posted by Donald Oberloh on 07/24/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

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Posted by Editor on 07/24/2015 at 10:56 AM

Re: “An Alternative to the Tunnels

Always a delight to know about some out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes known as Plan B.

There's enormous problem-solving potential in imagination.

Unfortunately imagination is usually unemployed and permanently out-of-work.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/24/2015 at 10:29 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

It's really hard to read some of these comments, especially the claims that we have "little common sense nor knowledge of contraception." You don't think we asked around the department before we decided to have another child? If anything, we were encouraged and told that this would be the perfect time! The article fails to point out that we weren't getting the dependent insurance for free from the university - we paid about $4000/year for the coverage. And your claim that I'm just a step-father (only to Finn, those are my biological daughters) so my statements are somehow unjustified is disgusting. I don't think it's unreasonable for me to assume that my employer will provide an affordable option for dependent health care coverage (as they have for several years now) especially since UC Berkeley prides itself on the fact that 10% of the graduate students are parents. Now I'm going to be paying nearly $10,000/year for coverage while the chancellor gets a raise on his half a million dollar salary. It doesn't seem right to me.

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Posted by Arran Phipps on 07/24/2015 at 9:19 AM

Re: “An Alternative to the Tunnels

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Posted by Editor on 07/23/2015 at 9:38 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Step-father Phipps and his wife have 3 kids. She is book-smart but appears to have little common sense nor knowledge of contraception. No students should be naive enough to expect a university to provide insurance for their children. A university is not a day-care center with healthcare thrown in. Thanks to Obamacare, they can get insurance for their kids cheaper than if Obamacare had not passed.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/23/2015 at 7:04 PM

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