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Driving Up & Down Home Values: Spotlight on U.S. Homebuilders, California's Central Valley, Fresno, Clovis, Calif. Real Estate
Sunday, 19 February 2006
Copy of Letter Sent to Sunriver or Mark One or Mark I, City Manager, Fresno Mayor and District 2 Rep.
Topic: Homeowners' ComplaintBox

Andrew T. Souza
City Manager Office
2600 Fresno Street
Second Floor
Fresno, CA 93721
Mr. Souza:

This letter comes to you as a formal complaint against Sunriver Homebuilder (Patriots Home, Mark One or Mark 1) which owns a vacant lot located on Hanna Ave (Cross streets: Cromwell and Hanna Ave) in district 2. This lot is located between two private homes in this Fresno residential area. We are asking you to take actions against Sunriver so they can clean up the lot.

Sunriver has chosen to store construction waste of all kinds on this vacant lot for months. Once this trash gets decomposed, it releases a putrid smell besides all the flying trash particles that take over the neighborhood anytime the wind blows. Despite our repeated phone calls to Sunriver and the office of Brian Calhoun, the stored waste ( has not been picked up on a regular basis. For the past few months, my family has been battling all kinds of pests, rodents such as rats, mice, frogs and other insects that seem to find a quiet refuge in the mountains of construction trash maintained and operated by Sunriver on above lot. For sure, we are distressed and concerned over the health of our children who become afraid of being in our own garage or back yard. In plain daylight, rats and mice run out of the waste to our garage and vehicles. For the welfare of our family and all the other families living in this quaint residential area and for Christ’s sake, get Sunriver’s owners to clean up the lot! The company put up a sign to prevent others from dumping trash there, yet it is continuing to do the same thing. The presence of the WM trailer on the lot leads one to believe that pickup is imminent, but it has only been a delaying tactic. Sunriver takes away one load only to replace it with two or more loads the same day. We believe that Sunriver can keep the vacant lot clean if forced to do so!

We are tired of living among rodent-infested construction waste left by a homebuilder. We do not know where to turn to to find help. If the city can not enforce its own code, who else will get them to do anything? By buying relatively expensive homes in a decent Fresno neighborhood, we expect the city to provide us with a minimum of services. Why should Sunriver drive down the property values of the whole neighborhood with its stored waste? What kinds of message is the city of Fresno sending out to business owners and other families who want to relocate here?

Sincerely yours

cc: Brian Calhoun / District2 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA 93721

cc: Alan Autry/Fresno City Hall 200 Fresno Street Second Floor Fresno, CA 93721

cc: Sunriver (Patriot’s Home, Mark 1 or Mark One) 4720 W. Jennifer Suite 107 Fresno, CA 93722

Neighbors’ Signatures:

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:37 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2006 12:38 AM EST

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