Saturday, April 18, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Apartment complex could see multimillion-dollar renovation

monument arms 2_12_14

The Monument Arms Apartments, on East Alaska Avenue in Fairfield, are going to be bought and renovated by Jamboree Housing Corp. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | February 13, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Jamboree Housing Corp. plans to use $12 million in bonds to buy and renovate the Monument Arms Apartments.

The 92-unit apartment complex is located at 261 E. Alaska Ave. in Fairfield. It was built in 1972.

“It’s in fairly decent condition, but we would bring it up to a higher standard,” said Vicky Ramirez, senior project manager for Irvine-based Jamboree.

Jamboree plans to paint the building, put on a new roof, install new cabinets, counters and other features and increase the energy efficiency by 10 percent, Ramirez said. Residents would be relocated for three to four days while work is done in their units, she said.

The organization wants to close its financing by June, then start work that will take nine to 10 months, she said.

But Jamboree Housing needed some local help for the project. It needed a local elected body to approve having the California Municipal Finance Authority issue tax-exempt bonds not to exceed $12 million.

Fairfield was the logical choice. But Jamboree has a deadline of Feb. 18 and the City Council has no meetings scheduled during that time frame.

City Manager Sean Quinn turned to the Solano County Board of Supervisors. He wrote a Feb. 5 letter to the county asking if it would hold the necessary Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 hearing to make the tax-exempt bond issue possible.

The Board of Supervisors did so Tuesday and granted unanimous approval.

Solano County is not financially responsible for the California Municipal Finance Authority bonds, county Treasurer Charles Lomeli told the Board of Supervisors. He noted the board on Sept. 10, 2013, approved allowing NorthBay Healthcare to seek $60 million in similar bond financing to pay for new equipment, building renovations and tenant improvements in leased buildings.

Jamboree is a nonprofit group that owns properties that are home to 15,000 Californians in 67 communities. Its self-described mission is to create opportunities for families, seniors and those with special needs for affordable housing and to provide responsive resident services and programs that improve the residents’ quality of life.

Monument Arms is a complex of two-story buildings amid lawn areas. In 2009, Monument Arms joined the city Police Department’s Crime Free Multi-Housing program to help limit gang activity and crime there.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 12 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • The MisterFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Logical question (not answered in the story, but should have been): If Solano County isn't responsible for the bonds, even though it is their vote that allows for them, then WHO is responsible, ultimately, for those bonds? Until there is an answer to this, it appears to be a shell game with the taxpayers holding the bag.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Lynne CookFebruary 13, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Theres alot more here going on than anyone wants to admit. Being a tenant at Monument Arms for longer than anyone else has been here - I have lived through 4 different Managers and am on a subsidized income. Seeing as this is suppose to be a "non-profit" corporation - where do they have the right to evict totally decent tenants and expect us to live where??? 6 of us are being kicked out for no other reason than making too much! These apartments go according to your income, so I don't understand the validity of that. With new owners coming in, there are so many changes in the works also. The Manager is leaving, the assistant Manager is no longer "needed" and has to go. There were "2" Maintenance for the past 40 years and only 1 Maintenance now is going to be held accountable for all the units. Word on the street is that management and maintenance alike will be taking a serious pay cut. We were all gathered up in the rec room and given the news. Is there anybody out there that can help us? We need someone that has a VOICE that will be made to listen. Why uproot us and shuffle others into other apartments. Our lives are being totally destroyed. We have no additional family, and there are stories by each and every one that will be forced out of their apartments (homes). We pay our rent on time and have never had complaints. The apartments here have changed so much - it use to be such a happy place but now the curtains are coming down and doors are slamming in our faces. We are being forced to becoming homeless at their expense. But again as I mentioned earlier and as you can read in their article this is a "non-profit organization". They are the ones profiting but cutting jobs, wages and throwing the good tenants out. I have seen so many babies born, children growing up, going to college, getting married and still live here and now they have children. Where will they go? Do you care? I do hope you use your "bond" money wisely because these will no longer be able to be kept up to the standard at which they are now. They use to have back to school BBQ's for the children and festivities throughout the year to keep the moral up of the children and parents alike. Life is a struggle by itself, having to wonder where we're going to live is now going to be a tragedy.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Lynne CookFebruary 13, 2014 - 11:19 am

    In addition to the lengthy opinion I previously wrote I went back and read just in the headlines that states: "Apartment complex could see multimillion-dollar renovation". What type of tenants are they trying to attract if they're getting rid of the ones that supposedly make to much now? I'm still not understanding how we are told we make to much when we were making the same amount we did as when we first came here. We are on subsidized low income and I haven't heard of anybody getting raises. Whats really going on???

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 13, 2014 - 3:51 pm

    Sorry no disrespect, but I don't understand the problem here? Do you a paper that contains specific language and implies you're being evicted? Seems like the company is making an honest effort to make your home better, how can that be a bad thing? BTW Ms. Cook, you said " I have seen so many babies born, children growing up, going to college, getting married and still live here and now they have children. Where will they go?" If yours is subsidized housing, why have they not moved on?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • LynneFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:21 am

    To CD Brooks - Yes we were all notified and given our "walking papers" to leave. It's wonderful they are updating the units, there's no issue about that. And the reason why some of the older children have married and remained in their "own" unit is because jobs are so scarce and housing costs are so expensive. Things will get worse if more companies come in like this and cut jobs and income which is being done. There will never be a way to succeed. There are some tenants that have been here for so long and have no family to leave anything to and never planned on leaving, now have no where to go.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 14, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Lynne, the article clearly states you'll need to leave temporarily until the remodel is complete. In fact it reads “Residents would be relocated for three to four days while work is done in their units” sounds like they’re putting you up. Could it be you’ve misunderstood the process or has the company deliberately deceived the public? Curious.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • LynneFebruary 14, 2014 - 8:52 am

    No misunderstandings here - While some individuals will be shuffled into other units while there's is being re-vamped, again like I previously mentioned - they had a big meeting in the rec room, and only the ones who were being evicted were invited only to find out thats it for us. We have totally been deceived. We knew when the apartments went up for sale, of course we'd be having new management, but not being evicted.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 14, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Wow, you've been there all those years and out you go! There must be something legally to prevent this?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • B. ThiemerFebruary 13, 2014 - 10:56 am

    another question: why the rush to get this tax exempt bond permission? Shouldn't the buyers have lined this funding plan up in adavnce of buying the complex?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Danny BuntinFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    I'm curious about that as well. Being "Non-profit", does not make their intentions good by default. With that being said, they do have a very diverse Board of directors, and advisory board members. I would like the paper to follow up on the details of the transaction. Any time I hear the word "Bonds", it grabs my attention quickly.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • A Concerned TenantApril 13, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    I am one of the tenants that has not been asked to leave the premises permanently as I am considered low-income. My understanding is that 19 tenants have been asked to leave permanently as they are able to pay full rent and this complex is attempting to cater only to low income families that are incapable of doing so. However, for the last few days I have seen tenants that I have come to personally know, be forced to leave after many years of residence. Monument Arms used to be a place where your rent was based off your income and catered to disabled tenants. The people who have been made to leave are disabled and elderly! It is absurd! One woman I know has worked 3 jobs just to take care of her family and she is not a young woman. Why would this company displace so many of these people based off their incomes and not their physical abilities? Many of them have raised their children here and pay their rent on time. They are genuinely good people that should not have to uproot their families or be paid off to leave! I am deeply saddened that this is happening and even more so that I will have to uproot my family temporarily in order for this company to make the renovations that they deem necessary. I see this as a benefit but I also see this as a problem when many of us do not have alternate places to go or other family to lean on. I wish that the public new the stories that some of these families are facing; cancer victims, disabled vets having to leave their homes...It truly is criminal what is being done! The meaning of Monument Arms=where the people are monumental and welcomed with open arms. I can honestly say that it does not feel like that today.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • LynneApril 14, 2014 - 6:34 am

    Well finally the truth about this company is starting to come out! What the public probably doesn't know is that they are clearing the way from the tenants who pay on time, and have been there for years so PRISONERS whom are being released will get a new start on life. Are the kids going to be safe, are we going to have to get special alarms for our units. How can they throw someone with terminal cancer out on the street. This tenant can barely walk, and has no one to depend on to help them move out but yet has to leave. Another tenant of 20+ years was told to leave and has done so, to where I dont know, maybe the streets. The complex is and never was just for "low income". There were a number of units set aside for "low income" but the other units were standardized rent, some paying face value of $800.00. So all these x-prisoners will be housed now in your local areas next to schools with a roof over their head while there is a possibility of some of the elderly and others with children homeless on the streets. I believe everyone deserves the right to a "2nd chance on life", however why should the good people who've never done anything wrong deserve to be the first to be extradited from their homes. Thats what half way houses are for. Something fishy here, and have said it from the beginning. Wages have been cut drastically of those who are able to remain there working. Who wins?? THE PRISON GANG

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
 
Child care program helps teen parents, students

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Wood students entertain guests at Epcot

By Susan Hiland And Susan Winlow | From Page: A2

 
 
 
Solano County Science Fair continues to grow

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Take stock of where you are now, and act

By Murray Bass | From Page: B8

 
Fairfield police log: April 16, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: April 16, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Weather for Saturday, April 18, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B10

.

US / World

Family awarded rights to rare coins

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
AG announces anti-bias training program

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
 
Dog flu outbreak sweeps across the Midwest

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Gas-line blast closes Highway 99, injures at least 11

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Germany mourns citizens lost in plane crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Following Alps crash, debate over pilotless planes heats up

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

.

Opinion

 
Time for meaningful financial reform

By Paul A. Volcker | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: April 18, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in history: Saturday, April 18, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: April 18, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

 
My daughter is upset that I didn’t attend my former in-law’s funeral

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

Idea from Adam Sandler film used to soothe dementia patients

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
.

Entertainment

.

Sports

Warriors, Pelicans enter series with different pedigrees

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Prep softball: Seldon powers Rodriguez to victory over Armijo

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

JC baseball: Falcons win as Pavlovsky, Evans homer

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Prep badminton: Mustangs roll to 15-0 win over Wolves

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

Prep baseball: Haney hurls Vanden to 3-2 win over Benicia

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

 
Armijo nears girls soccer title with 2-0 MEL win

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

SCAC girls roll past MEL 55-28 in All-Star hoops game

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
SCAC boys slip past MEL in entertaining All-Star game

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Athletics fall to Royals 6-4 in rematch of AL wild-card game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
2 weeks before Mayweather-Pacquiao, not a ticket to be seen

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Big Ten’s Delany lays out plan for freshman ineligibility

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Collmenter shuts down Giants, gets three hits in D-backs win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Merritt’s 61 trumps Masters champion Spieth’s 62

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

2 minor league baseball teams to test game with 5-pitch rule

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NBA could alter schedule, but no change to playoffs, lottery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Coonan stepping down as Santa Clara’s athletic director

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he “let down” fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

49ers fullback Miller at home in Georgia after March arrest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rockhold hopes win over Machida launches him into contention

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Martina Hingis to make singles comeback in Fed Cup match

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Injured Giants fan throws out first ball in San Jose

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Flyers fire head coach Craig Berube after 2 seasons

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hornets GM Cho: Stephenson ‘didn’t work like we expected’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Brazil eyes historic medal haul in 2016 Rio Olympics

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Before ruling out an upset in NBA East, listen to these guys

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Western Conference teams face perilous path to NBA Finals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
This date in sports history for April 18

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Back on the USA Network: Sports return with NHL playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
.

Business

California home prices hit new 7-year high, sales rebound

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

Frederick’s of Hollywood reveals closing of retail stores

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch next week

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Glaxo recalls flu vaccine due to potency problem

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5, 2 Comments

.

Obituaries

Douglas Craig Sparks

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Carole Anspach

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Dennis Burkhart von Ting

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7