Editor: Whatever it is called, whether Saratoga Park or Ocean Park Villas, the 12 unit, 3-story condo project slated for the corner of Abbott Street and Saratoga Avenue has been a source of controversy for a while now. Just recently we noticed a “For Sale” sign prominently displayed on the corner of the current, old two-story apartment building on the south-west corner. Allison W. Maris – a nom de plume of one of our bloggers – took the project and pledged to get to the bottom of it. Here is her or his or – whomever’s – report:
“O rose thou art sick. The invisible worm that flies in the night in the howling storm, has found thy bed of crimson joy and with its dark secret love does thy life destroy.”
– Wm. Blake
by Allison W. Maris
You see the sign. It dominates the northeast corner of what the former chair of the Ocean Beach Planning Board called a “controversial proposal.” A fresh wind of inquiry at your back, you set a course into the mysteries of Saratoga Park.
You access the real estate company website but can’t find a listing for the property. So calling Grubb and Ellis/BRE Commercial only to leave a message, you aren’t aware of lighting the cigarette. But for the natural pauses in communication you aren’t able to take in the heavily mentholated smoke as much as you’d like. And you’d like to…what the hell! It’s the holiday season and one of the agents should respond sooner or later.
Curiosity gets the best of you and the wild horses of your imagination are off to the races. Who owns this property? How much do they want? Why isn’t there a published listing? Does this have something to do with the Coastal Commission permit? What’s the common thread in all of this? What’s the obvious? What’s impossible? Where do you begin? – With the questions outnumbering the answers, you decide to ride the paper trail and so is born Allison M. private eye!
Allison handled her cell phone like a weapon. She would leave it in the car when she got there to avoid suspicion. She had already called Guy Friday to bring the car around as she felt the need for back-up going into this one. They were headed off to The County where there was bound to be an official record of some sort.
The art deco of the county building was the perfect starting point for unraveling the threads. Law enforcement, politicians, lawyers and clerks all gave our investigator the proper respect; all without ever once blowing her cover. Guy Friday was the perfect gentleman assistant even when called upon to take notes as Allison was otherwise engaged. After a few hours of work (less cigarette time) she headed back to Ocean Beach with Guy to chew over what they had found and plan the next step.
Abbott & Saratoga LLC headquartered at 17150 Via Del Campo, suite 205 in the San Diego zip code 92127 currently owns 1984 Abbott Street in Ocean Beach. The 2009 assessment for this property was on a total value of $3,284,438.
Allison resolved to take her weapon with her this time. The office park in Rancho Bernardo appeared quiet enough plus she had Guy Friday and “Muscle” Moon Dance remaining in the car covering her back; for a girl can never be too sure! And for sure, as soon as she checked out the directory and saw “Sidney Frank Importing Co.” listed for suite 205 her suspicions became aroused. She grabbed her weapon and dialed.
“Do we have the right address G?”
“Double check that, M.”
“I’m going in!”
“You want me to come with, Mom?”
Allison waived them off. Guy had it on speaker and Moon was riding the wave of indiscretion like a kid on a skateboard. There was no apparent security present and besides what could Sidney Frank Importing throw at her anyway? She got in the elevator and pressed 2.
There was no sign on suite 205 and the door was locked with two key locks and one electronic lock. Allison took a step back, thought that perhaps Sidney Frank was a heavier cat than she assumed, stepped forward and knocked. No answer. She hammered at the door and listened for activity. Nothing.
Back at the Noodle House the three of them went over what they knew and what they were going to do about it. Moon would be out of the picture. No need for muscle here. Guy would do the legwork downtown and Allison would get on the laptop to find out what else she could do to pierce the corporate veil that had been thrown over Saratoga Park.
You awake from your sleep, light another cigarette and try to get back in focus. Medical marijuana is a good solution for anxiety and allows you to flow in the stream of consciousness even though a few hits of OB Headband eventually lead to a nap. You turn on the computer, go over to the coffee to boot up on caffeine and cigs while the hard drive warms up. Well, what do you know…?
Abbott & Saratoga LLC is 20% Oakcrest Manor S D, 40% Tony Struyk and 40% Todd D. Struyk all as Tenants in Common. Sidney Frank Importing Co. Inc. is a New Rochelle, New York importer of specialty liquors. Best known for his distributorship of Jagermeister and Grey Goose vodka, Sidney Frank died in Rancho Santa Fe on January 10, 2006 of heart failure a year and a half after he sold the Grey Goose distributorship for $2 billion.
The coffee and the nicotine are doing their trick. You throw the Sidney Frank lead back as a red herring at least or a mail drop at best. After all, you’re a property manager who recognizes the value of covering your tracks, removing the stains and laundering the carpet of gold.
Oakcrest Manor S D is a California Corporation with an address in Mooresville, North Carolina with a guy by the name of Bill Benson out of Yucca Valley as the agent for service of process according to the December 11, 2009 State of California Business Portal.
Tony Struyk is the agent for service of process of Abbott & Saratoga LLC. T.S. has got to have some more information than what appears on state records. Who is this guy? What can be known about him? Why should we care? At this point the herbal remedies wane… Todd D. Struyk?
You’re a single mom so your focus turns to your son and the real people in your life… Hours delightfully drift in harmony with the sparkling winter luminaries. Divinity rests in the company of love, soothes you, calms you and dries your tears. Outside awaits tomorrow.
Today your spirit’s awakening precedes your beau’s caresses. The Joni Mitchell spills out like sunshine over the Otay to fill your day. No natural power, however, can control your mind. You are soon backing into active inquiry. Who is Tony Struyk? Who is Todd Struyk? Real people not their legal fictions hold your interest. You wish that all these corporate wormholes were banished from every aspect of our lives. Dream on, oh romantic dreamer.
Todd Struyk is the owner of Calpacific Mortgage in University City and a member of the Point Loma Ocean Beach Realty Association as well as Rotary Club 33, San Diego. Todd Struyk is a San Diego real estate agent and loan officer with Calpacific Mortgage. According to the Huffington Post, the Struyk household (including a self employed attorney named Jeff Lake) in Rancho Bernardo gave $5100 to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.
According to I-Newswire (11/24/2009) a predatory lending suit filed on 11/20/09 in San Diego Superior Court alleged that Todd Struyk, Tony Struyk and CalPacific Mortgage Consultants Inc. engaged in loan sharking. The plaintiff, a disabled, retired sheriff’s deputy named Gregg Carling alleges that the Struyk brothers used a predatory lending scheme to defraud him out of his $3.25 million Point Loma home.
So is that it? Did the Struyks, under advice of counsel, put Saratoga Park up for sale as a contingency in the Carling lawsuit? Does the Coastal Commission permit give this property a “white paper” value in the sale? What will the future hold for the shadowy Abbott & Saratoga LLC?
You are left with only questions and a feeling shared by your family, your community and your country. But what is the fabric and weave of this feeling? How deep into the subconscious does it go? And why are you feeling it now? Is it a real person or another phantasm? Where in your world…? When, oh when…?