Friday, January 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Travel costs for Parkway Gardens manager total $25,550

By
From page A3 | August 21, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The court-appointed manager for Parkway Gardens has billed $25,550 for trips to the condominium development over the past 17 months – an expense Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani says should be controlled.

“We can do better than that,” Bertani said.

Her comments came after a discussion Tuesday by the City Council about the $102,000 – including travel costs – that the Parkway Gardens Homeowners Association will pay Sacramento-based Ben McGrew.

Bertani said during the meeting that Parkway Gardens is struggling to pay for the receiver.

McGrew said Wednesday that most people appointed by the court to manage properties charge their full hourly rate for travel, but he billed half the $275-an-hour he’s paid. He said delegating authority to staff members has been part of his effort to reduce travel expenses.

“It is a fair amount of money,” McGrew said. “It’s a very expensive case.”

He noted improvements at Parkway Gardens and that Mayor Harry Price has spoken about a renaissance at the development.

Fairfield joined a legal action last year – one that led to McGrew’s court appointment. The legal filing challenged the 240-unit Parkway Gardens Homeowners Association for failing to maintain a required five-member board. The lack of a board affected the ability to police crime and enforce city codes at the condominiums, Fairfield said in a 2013 court fling.

Parkway Gardens resident Minnie Noble told the council Tuesday during public comment that homeowners at the condominium pay $306 a month in dues – more than any other such site in Fairfield. She said it’s time for McGrew to end his work as manager.

City Manager David White said McGrew is paid about $8,000 a month, less than an ineffective property manager who preceded him and received $10,000 a month.

City Council members will receive a report at their next meeting about Parkway Gardens, White said. He noted improvements included upgraded lighting, increased cameras and license plate readers at the complex.

“It’s going to take time to build the community back,” the city manager said. “We’re very committed to Parkway.”

McGrew, in a July 30 report to the homeowners association, listed his costs, including travel expenses that cover his time and mileage costs.

He said the average value of Parkway Gardens units has increased up to 100 percent and some have gone up in value by $50,000 to $80,000. Total cost for the receivership has been just more than $400 a unit, he said.

Crime has been substantially reduced at the development, McGrew said.

An election for a homeowners association board of directors is a crucial step to ending the receivership and related expenses, he said.

“I will stay as long as the community and the courts need me,” McGrew continued in the report, but said he would like to be out of this case and the association returned to the board in the next 90 to 120 days.

City Attorney Greg Stepanicich said McGrew is accountable to Solano Superior Court.

Walt Tibbet, police chief for Fairfield, told the council that the city’s goal is to develop property management at the site and conclude the receivership. He recounted the start of the city’s assistance at Parkway Gardens.

“After years of difficulty,” Tibbet said, “we knew this was not a six-month project.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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

  • Rudy MadronichAugust 21, 2014 - 3:21 am

    When will the city council and the mayor stop flushing money down the toilet and have someone that already works for the city handle problems with in the city. Why must they continue to bring in people from out side to do a job that a fairfield city employe should be doing. Or better yet why not have one of the council members do the job.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalAugust 21, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Rudy, you may want to re-read the article. The city was simply part of a legal action. The courts put Parkway Gardens into receivership and brought in McGrew. The homeowners association is paying the bill.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rahAugust 21, 2014 - 3:57 am

    All of them are all part of it they all should be investigated. Check the books to see where the cash is going.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 2realAugust 21, 2014 - 5:38 am

    Bertani we cab do better than YOU!!! YOUR THE DEFINITION OF ABUSING PERKS! LEAVE NOW!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 2realAugust 21, 2014 - 5:40 am

    *can

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SKAugust 21, 2014 - 7:30 am

    Here's an idea. How about offering/appointing Ms. Minnie Noble, the position. That way, she'll have way more than 40 acres, except, sorry, no mules allowed there :-). I want my 1/3 of an acre, a lawn tractor, with a beer cup holder.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SteveAugust 21, 2014 - 11:34 am

    This just in. Bertani is having a town hall meeting to discuss forming a committee to see if they "can do better than that." They will discuss what "do better" means and then she will take input on "that." Once she can better define what she means after taking input from the community, she can determine who on the committee would best fit to make recommendations about "doing better." She may have to form a second committee about "that". At "that" point she will bring her recommendations back to her Saturday morning town hall meeting for input from the community so she can get further input on ways to "do better than that." And that is that.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • terAugust 21, 2014 - 11:54 am

    what was that?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • DotAugust 21, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    You forgot "Outstanding" committee, which it was "very difficult for her to decide" who to appoint because they are so "outstanding"!! Outstanding!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Mr. PracticalAugust 21, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Empty, unsubstantiated campaign rhetoric.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SKAugust 21, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Yup, seems so doesn't it. Maybe we need a committee for a committee. One thing I always hated and found to be a waste of time at work were meetings and committees. Seems some PPL just can't think or figure out things for themselves.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • clancyAugust 21, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Steve . LOL !! And so true

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Fraud among challenges immigrants face, Fairfield panelists say

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Teens earn right to perform with symphony

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

From classical to Queen: Chamber Players are ready

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Photographer has a passion for color

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Solano summit focuses on ways to end poverty

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
 
Cadets learn skills for future careers

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Sports aircraft company CEO recalls effort to locate in Solano

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
‘Souper Bowl’ coming to Solano County

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4

 
SolTrans announces changes to bus routes

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Fairfield police log: Jan. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

 
Suisun City police log: Jan. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

California’s snow survey shows far less snow than last month

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
State to move more than 2,000 inmates

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Boy Scouts reaches settlement in sex abuse case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Protestors shun sister-city relationship

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
City event criticized for Mexican mafia connection

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Killer says his ideas influenced family suicide

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fort Hood gunman Hasan says he wants to keep top lawyer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Simultaneous attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill 26

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Gas blast at Mexico children’s hospital, at least 2 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Deadly San Francisco blaze spurs look at fire alarms

By T. Burt McNaughton | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 30, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
 
 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Jan. 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Jan. 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

My cousin’s 14-year-old son sleeps in the same bed as his grandma

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

 
Horoscopes: Jan. 30, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

Week in preview Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, 2015

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

 
Lil Wayne sues mentor’s record label for $51M, seeking split

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jim Parsons to play God in Broadway’s ‘An Act of God’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Review: A tired gimmick weakens thriller ‘Project Almanac’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
‘The Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hilary Duff, George Lopez help in search for stolen dog

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Musician Geezer Butler arrested in Death Valley altercation

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
 
Bernie Mac widow drops malpractice lawsuit against doctor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 30, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Desert stars: Celebs converge on Phoenix for Super Bowl 49

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Sports

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs. Sharapova

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn’t talk to the media

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Vanden boys pull away from feisty Fairfield 86-66

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B7

Gronkowski and Chancellor make for must-see Super Bowl matchup

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
This date in sports history for Jan. 30, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Signups for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B9

 
.

Business

Chevrolet polishes its mid-size truck

By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Prospect of Chinese cars in US still remain years away

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Senate passes Keystone XL bill, battles loom

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

 
McDonald’s under siege as new CEO steps in

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

Obama seeks spending spike for defense, domestic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11, 1 Comment

 
Who wants a bite of Hershey…jerky?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

.

Obituaries

Anthony Neal Hunley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Joseph Phillip Raiff

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Frank Z. Perez

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Dzhon Athanc

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Gloria Elizabeth Neal

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9