Monday, December 19, 2011

Bay Area rent fraud traps unwary

People who are relocation need to be real careful right now when seeking rentals on
Scammers are pretending they own homes to get large checks from rentors...
so if it looks like a great deal and too good to be true, it might be =)
just be careful out there people!

Bay Area rent fraud traps unwary

By Pete Carey
Posted: 12/15/2011 08:23:27 AM PST
Updated: 12/15/2011 10:21:15 AM PST

File this under too good to be true: One bedroom condo in Walnut Creek a short distance from the city's tony downtown; water, Internet and garbage included; pets OK; $850 a month.
As if the housing crisis wasn't plagued with enough fraud already, a new bunch of scammers is advertising homes for rent that they don't own and probably have never even seen.
The homes are often foreclosed and empty, or are for sale. The advertised rent is rock bottom, and the would-be renter must send a deposit to get the keys. The scam has become more frequent as unemployment and foreclosures have flooded the rental market with people desperate for something they can afford.
Legal secretary Sherry Davis said she regularly encounters these scams on Craigslist and other online classified ad sites. She's trying to find a place to rent, after losing her Walnut Creek condo to foreclosure following a hospitalization and loss of a job.
"It's rampant," Davis said. "The bottom line is if they can't show you the inside of the property, be very wary."
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has received complaints, some from people who have made the deposit, moved in and paid rent, only to find out later they've been victimized.
"With so many foreclosures on the market, we have had complaints of people lying and saying they have the right to rent the property, and they don't," said Paul Colin, a deputy district attorney. "We've heard of

situations where people have moved in."
Prosecuting is not easy. "If someone reports a crime and can't tell you anything about who ripped them off, then it's very difficult for us to pursue the culprit," he said.
Steve Mun, of Keller Williams Realty in San Jose, said he's had homes listed for sale offered as rentals by online scammers.
"They take my listing, flip it around, advertise it as a rental. People are told to wire money to an overseas account," Mun said. Monday, the Web page of one of his listings, a home offered for $760,000 on Alisal Avenue in San Jose, was copied and listed by scammers as a rental for $3,000 a month.
"Usually, the common thread is, I'm the owner, I'm out of the country for some reason, and that is why I can't come and meet you. If you're interested, here's my bank account, for the deposit," Mun said
It has become such a problem that Mun has blogged about it several times. Mostly, people aren't taken in, he said, especially if they go by the home and see a "for sale" sign on the lawn.
Mun said one scammer told a would-be renter they couldn't go in the house but only look inside through the window.
In her search for an apartment, Davis -- who from 1993-99 was

Friday, December 2, 2011


Zynga IPO seeks to raise $1 billion

Although ZYNGAS founder may be moving out of SF most ZYNGA employees, oh about 1000 of them, are going to be buying homes in SF!!
This is great news for SF Sellers selling their homes soon, because SFs home values will go even further north! Zynga is proof HIGH TECH is flourishing in SF...especially the hottest companies.
Bay Area is home to companies from FACEBOOK to GOOGLE to HP and APPLE!
great place to start a high tech company, all day long....

Zyngas employees will be looking to buy homes near their company soon...after all that IPO money comes home...

Anti-ballpark group "Stand for San Jose" sues city

This is GIANTS PAID garbage!
what right does a fake group paid for by SF have to sue San Jose?
Very anti south bay and should be investigated....probably very little support by
mainstream SAN JOSE....SF shouldnt be able to try to influence what happens in San Jose
as much as they try to....I find this very distasteful...
Bringing a baseball team to san jose is what silicon valley has needed since its inception to
give us credibility. Not to speak of it would help retail and property values in general.
The As should be allowed to Relocate to San Jose!!!

Anti-ballpark group "Stand for San Jose" sues city

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The coalition group "Stand for San Jose,'' which is opposed to the Oakland Athletics moving to the South Bay and is supported by the Giants, filed a lawsuit Friday against the City of San Jose claiming the failure to perform a proper environmental review of land committed to the A's.
The 28-page suit, filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court and shared with The Associated Press, also claims the city violated citizens' rights by not putting to a public vote the contractual agreement it made with the A's to sell the discounted downtown property where owner Lew Wolff hopes to build a new ballpark. He is still waiting to hear from Commissioner Bud Selig about whether the club can relocate into San Francisco's territory.
Last month, the San Jose City Council agreed to sell nearly five acres at a huge discount to the A's as long as it is used to build a ballpark.
There was a 30-day window from Nov. 8, when the sides reached agreement on a two-year land-purchase option that costs the A's $50,000, for potential lawsuits to be filed.
"In the midst of its 11th consecutive budget deficit, San Jose politicians rushed to sell prime downtown land for only $6.9 million, even though it was acquired for $25 million and is currently appraised at approximately $14 million,'' Stand for San Jose said in a statement to the AP. "This huge discount for wealthy developers who want to build a baseball stadium comes at a time of fiscal challenges so severe that the Mayor recently admitted: `We're not as bad as Greece, I don't think.'''
The lawsuit claims that though several environmental reports have been done, the studies on issues such as traffic and air quality are insufficient relating to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and additional studies are needed.
Wolff, a successful Los Angeles real estate developer, said Friday night that lawsuits are often part of the process.
"In California, people can try to use the CEQA Act to stop someone from competing, to stop something they don't want to happen,'' Wolff said by phone. "Normally there are numerous lawsuits filed. This is a very solid EIS (environmental impact study), so it's somebody who doesn't want us to compete in that area.''
A phone message and e-mail to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed weren't immediately returned.
Also, Stand for San Jose challenges that a public vote should have happened before the City of San Jose decided to enter into a binding agreement with Wolff and the A's for land committed to be used for a ballpark or stadium.
It reads that the city and its agencies "abused their powers and ran roughshod over their legal duties, including their duties to protect the public's right to vote and to comply with laws designed to protect the environment, prior to committing to sell public lands for a Ballpark Project.''
Selig in March 2009 appointed a committee to evaluate the issue facing the Bay Area teams, yet he has provided no timetable for when he might announce a decision. Wolff has said he hopes to hear a resolution one way or the other soon. Moving to San Jose, he has said, would help the low-budget A's generate revenue and become a bigger spender.
The Giants have a significant fan base in technology-rich Silicon Valley in Santa Clara County, and they don't want to give that up.
Wolff, a friend of Selig's dating to their days as fraternity brothers at Wisconsin, is ready to break ground on an intimate ballpark projected to cost between $400 million and $450 million - if and when he gets the OK to relocate some 40 miles south of the team's current home in the rundown Oakland Coliseum. The A's share the stadium with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
Wolff has working drawings of the potential San Jose venue and an architect has been chosen. Wolff has said obtaining building permits would take about nine months, then the actual ballpark would require another two years to complete.
Stand for San Jose, a group of concerned residents financially backed by the Giants' Class-A San Jose club, is represented by San Francisco attorney Ronald Van Buskirk. Another portion of the lawsuit deals with complicated redevelopment issues and laws.
"Before making this sweetheart deal, the City failed to follow laws requiring a comprehensive environmental impact study and a vote of the people,'' Stand for San Jose said. "This legal filing simply asks the City to comply with the law by allowing the community to thoroughly study and understand the project's impacts and express its opinion in a public vote.''

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Santa Clara, 49ers announce deal to pay for stadium

Pretty exciting at last!!!
Looks like the niners are coming to Santa Clara for real!!
I for one am jazzed to have a local football team to call Silicon Valleys!
Forty Niners will be doing a Silicon Valley Relocation soon.
Happy DAYS!!!

At long last, the 49ers' drive for a new home in Silicon Valley is reaching the end zone.
The NFL team and Santa Clara announced Friday that they are on the verge of capturing all the money needed to build a proposed $1 billion football stadium next to the Great America theme park.
"It's like first and goal from the 9 yard line," said Ron Garratt, a consultant helping lead the project for the city. "We think we're going to score from here."
The two sides have lined up a consortium of lenders -- Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bank and Bank of America -- that have agreed to loan them a combined $850 million. The funds will be paid back through stadium-related revenues, such as ticket sales, naming rights, and the rent the team will pay the city. The NFL is expected to chip in $150 million, the city's redevelopment agency will contribute $40 million and another $35 million will come from a local hotel tax.
Essentially, the two sides are betting that the stadium will create so much profit that they will be able to pay off the loans over about 25 years. If that money doesn't materialize, the 49ers are on the hook to pay the difference in higher rent payments to the city.
The 49ers will contribute another $150 million form the team's own cash, largely through the luxury suite sales they have already sold. The final $20 million is expected to come from various seat sales expected before construction starts.
The two sides are now so
confident that the stadium might be able to open a year early, in 2014, though it sounds like a long-shot. The target date for starting construction in January 2013 and opening for the 2015 season seem like locks now, the city said.
The construction cost has also increased from $987 million to $1.02 million, largely because of tweaks to stadium design, more refined construction estimates and inflation.
The development agreement caps 2½ years of closed-door negotiations between city and team leaders and finally completes a planning process that began when the team announced interest in abandoning San Francisco five years ago.
The 49ers have already approved the 75-page deal and the City Council is expected to follow suit on Dec. 13, cementing the final green-light and a "formal commitment" from both sides to build the 68,500-seat, coliseum-style home field next to Great America.

THE CHALLENGE How to convince employees to relocate for work

This is a very informative article on the biggest challenge of relocating your company.
Specifically getting the employees to relocate with you =)
Many companies see the benefit of relocating for instance to the bay area.
But convincing all employees to make the move with the company is your biggest challenge!
read on blogophiles~

How to convince employees to relocate for work
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 6:00AM EST
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Every week, we will seek out expert advice to help a small or medium-sized company overcome a key issue it is facing in its business.

Since 2003, Kathryn Fraser has called Edmonton home. It’s where she went to university and where she started her mobile software company, Great Big Solutions Ltd.

And when she relocates her company, she wants her four employees to move with her.

Vancouver’s well-established tech community will offer Great Big Solutions more resources to assist its growth, says the owner and chief executive officer of the company that last year brought in revenue of $600,000.

“I’ve done a lot of work out there and there’s a really strong tech community. We could really take advantage of the area,” she says.

As well, she believes the focus in Edmonton is more on startups, so “it’s difficult to grow from here.”

She would like to bring all of her employees with her, rather than build a new work force from scratch. Her team, she says, knows Great Big Solutions’ products and customers, and has demonstrated hard work.

Ms. Fraser aims to move by the end of next year. She only recently told her team about her plans and, while supportive, none committed to a relocation.

Her staff still have plenty of time to make a decision and she knows she'll have some trouble persuading all of them to come – some have families, including working partners, and one has a young baby, as well as other ties to Edmonton.

The Challenge: When the company relocates, how can employees be enticed to move, too?


Dave MacKay, Ottawa-based president of Ceridian Canada

If she wants to move people to Vancouver, she needs to take care of the financial and emotional impact of the move.

The financial part could include covering costs for moving, real estate transaction fees on selling a house, commission fees for an agent and opportunities to travel back home to visit family.

But she also has to tell them that she’ll take care of the emotional aspects. She’ll need to help them find things like a new gym and hockey teams for their kids. The emotional challenges should not be on the employee – that’s key.

And be transparent. Ask the employees what it would take for them to move. Make sure they understand that this won’t be a painful process for them.

Stephen Cryne, president and CEO of Toronto-based Canadian Employee Relocation Council

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Raiders rumored to be heading to Los Angeles, or sharing stadium with 49ers

Raiders like the niners may be moving soon....either to LA or to share a stadium with the niner....
Huge moves coming to BAY AREA FOOTBALL TEAMS! Looks like the Raiders may be doing a
San Francisco Relocation shortly.....Bad news for the East Bay who has been home to the raiders since they moved back here from LA.....
GL silver and black

By Angela Woodall and Lisa Fernandez
Bay Area News Group
Posted: 10/11/2011 10:59:28 AM PDT
Updated: 10/11/2011 10:30:02 PM PDT

Oct 11:
Mark Purdy: Laying down odds on where Oakland Raiders will be playing in 2020
High school football: Al Davis was consistent supporter of Oakland sports programs
Live chat: Inside the Oakland Raiders, Tuesday, noon
Oct 10:
Oakland Raiders notebook: Plan for football operations in the post-Al Davis era remains unclear
Monte Poole: Hue Jackson seems clear choice to take over Oakland Raiders football operations
John Madden: Al Davis was a friend till the end
The death of Raiders owner Al Davis has renewed speculation about the team's future home. Controlling interest in the Raiders is expected to go to Davis' son, Mark, opening the door to changes in the NFL's stadium construction and franchise relocation plans.
Rumors that the team might move to Los Angeles began circulating immediately after fans learned Davis had died Saturday morning. Several months before, he spurned suitors trying to lure a team to Los Angeles despite the offer of a new stadium. He reportedly turned down the offer because the developers wanted a stake in the Raiders. The question now is whether Mark Davis will keep the team in the family or sell it.
Mark Davis did not comment on his intentions.
But even if the team opts to stay in the Bay Area, Al Davis' death could also increase the chances of sharing a two-team stadium in Santa Clara with the San Francisco 49ers.
A Raiders-49ers stadium option has been on the table for several years without any concrete movement by either team. Davis was known for his ironclad grip on the Raiders and the idea that he would be willing to relinquish any of that control made a two-team stadium seem like a remote possibility. But he also wanted a new stadium.
Raiders CEO Amy Trask said repeatedly that the Raiders were keeping an open mind about sharing a facility in Santa Clara or in Oakland.
Asked about the new round of speculation, Trask said, "I am working with our team,

our organization and the Raider family to navigate a very difficult time."
The Raiders contract with the Coliseum in Oakland expires after the 2013 season.
The Raiders have been meeting with the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, which governs the coliseum complex, to discuss the team's future in Oakland, according to Commissioner Ignacio De La Fuente.
"Everything is on the table," he said Tuesday afternoon by telephone.
That could entail a year-to-year contract extension, or a long-term agreement -- with or without a new stadium in Oakland.
But no decisions have been made, several commissioners said Tuesday.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is proposing to build a 72,000-seat football stadium next the Los Angeles Convention Center, expects to have the stadium built in time for the 2016 season. A site in the City of Industry is also on the table.
Meanwhile, what the 49ers management is thinking is being kept under wraps. Team spokesman Steve Weakland said in an email: "Out of respect to the Davis family and the Raider organization, we have no public comments at this time."
Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews doesn't see Davis' death changing anything regarding any immediate or sure-thing changes to where the Raiders will choose to locate.
"We've had no discussions with the Raiders," Matthews said. "And we're focusing on creating a landmark building for our primary tenant, the 49ers."
Santa Clara City Councilwoman Lisa Gillmor, however, was much more eager about having Oakland's Black Hole partner up in the South Bay.
"I would like to think that this improves the odds of the Raiders making a change to Santa Clara," Gillmor said. "Our citizens voted to have a second team. And now is the time. We can't wait much longer. If they are interested, they need to let us know."
The majority of Santa Clara voters did vote in June 2010 to allow for two teams to play at a $987 million stadium in their city, and by doing so, the additional team would accelerate the payment on the $40 million the city of Santa Clara put into the deal. A second team also would increase the rent paid on the land under the stadium that Santa Clara will own.
The vote, however, never specified the Raiders, though that is one of the most likely scenarios since the Oakland football team plays in an old stadium and is so physically close to Santa Clara.
Both Matthews and Gillmor said any second team would be welcome because of the finances. "It would be economic vitality times two," Gillmor said.
She also noted that having the Raiders play in Santa Clara could pose a security issue because of the reputation of a small pocket of Raider Nation fans.
But she said similar security challenges could be true for adding any other second team.