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Breaking laws that none should bend. (Chapter Three) (1 Viewer)

LET'S SEE YOU SWEETEN THIS DEAL

ALBERTSONS WON'T TAKE "NO" FOR AN ANSWER.
(they should have)

In their meetings with Tiger's owner/agents, the Albertson's team started from the gate telling Tiger's team that they were; "aware of the demands for 5 times the going rate" that was being put to everyone at lease renewal time.
This was a demand that no one could meet, and make a profit, and right here, Albertson's team should have realized; "Tiger did not want to rent this property to anyone."
They had watched the deliberate destruction of this shopping center. Hell, they had a front row seat. They watched merchant after merchant, no exceptions, driven off.
The corporate offices disregarded all this, and told their team to; "sweeten the deal." You don't find money making grocery sites like this everyday.
You don't find old crocodile, property owners like Tiger's everyday
either. Thank goodness.
So Albertson's team offers Tiger this;
IF YOU RENEW OUR LEASE FOR (4) YEARS, AND DON'T RAISE OUR RENT MORE THAN 20 PERCENT, ALBERTSONS WILL REPLACE YOUR OLD REFRIDGERATION COMPRESSOR, REFRIDGERANT LINES, FREEZERS, AND COOLERS THROUGHOUT THE STORE. (OVER 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STORE UPGRADES,) THAT WILL BE TIGER'S PROPERTY AT THE END OF
THE (4) YEAR LEASE.
Tiger ponders the imponderables
Tiger has a two fold problem with the Grocery store part of the shopping center. Getting rid of Albertsons in 11 months by outragous demands for rent increase is not to difficult, but it creates a problem in and of itself, once done. That being the fact that grocery stores are very competitive in southern Calif. and probably in most major population clusters everywhere. As soon as Albertsons is out, the talk is going to begin among all the major chains. "FIVE TIMES THE GOING RATE!?" Is going to be discussed in a lot of corporate offices. Vons, Lucky's as well as independants are going to be calling literally daily trying to rent this site.
Tiger's compressor, freezers, coolers and lines may be older, but they are intact, and functional.
WHEN IT IS LEARNED THAT TIGER'S OWNERS TURNED DOWN A TWENTY PERCENT RAISE IN RENT, AND OVER 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STORE
UPGRADES, FOR A (4) YEAR LEASE RENEWAL, THE CAT WILL BE
HALFWAY OUT OF THE BAG. THEN IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE IT CLAWS ITSELF ALL THE WAY OUT. GAME OVER FOR TIGER.
It isn't going to take long before quite a few sharp individuals start smelling "blood in the water." What is Tiger hiding? Why would they deliberately run an up and operating, money making, cash cow such as this property was, straight into the ditch? After a little sniffing around, they'll find that Tiger isn't strapped for cash, their other holdings are fine, so what's going on? In other words;
"questions, questions, questions."
And the answers will come. Count on it. If I figured this out, then others would too if they began looking into Tiger's strange doings at this property.
Tiger's owners, and dark side strategists, see the problem this offer poses for them, as a solution to not only Albertsons departure but the greater problem of fielding what they knew would be an avalanche of offers to rent this space afterward. So they accept Albertson offer.
On the condition that these upgrades were to be finished before the current lease was up. Albertsons complied. The work was done.
Then when Albertsons lease was up, Tiger demanded;
FIVE TIMES THE GOING RATE FOR THE SAME SQUARE FOOTAGE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTY! Oh yeah! They sure did!
Knowing full well that Albertsons managment would be so furious,
that everything that they had upgraded would not only be removed, it would be; Yanked out! Ripped out! Tore out! And, let's not forget; Cut out!
Resulting in the store being rendered unrentable to any grocery chain, or for that matter, any merchant.
No electricity, freezer units, coolers, electrical, plumbing. With open and exposed walls, floors, and ceilings, this place was; "off the market."
EXACTLY AS TIGER WANTED.
This also resulted in an added bonus, to Tiger's overall plan of driving the merchants out. The few remaining holdouts, who had till this moment been annexed to a major grocery store, were now on there own. Instead of owning businesses that complimented a major chain grocery store, they were now a few businesses sprinkled here and there with boarded up storefronts out numbering them 3, or 4 , to one.
As for Albertson's former site;
It looked like downtown Bahgdad, after our troops took it. Broken windows, copper ripped out of the walls. It had been a pretty powerful "consumer magnet" which aided their businesses bottom lines as well.
No longer though.
Tiger knew that with the anchor gone, profits for the remaining
merchants would shrink to a point where the cost of doing business wouldn't be sustainable. Meaning that the rest of the merchants would dry up and blow away quicker. Some even before their leases ran out.
There ain't to much to add, once all the subtracting is done.
The last large peice of the puzzle fell into place in June, or July, 2001. This came in the form of a three and a half page story in the L.A. Times that dealt with a major toxic chemical bloom, that was contaminating the groundwater, on the Naval Base at Port Hueneme. It also had several "sonic" pictures, which showed this Toxic bloom over a period of years. It was evident that this toxic bloom was moving inland from its source. This move inland was explained by two factors;
The first factor being;
The geological nature of west Oxnard, which primarily consists of a loose sandy soil;
The second factor being;
The proximity of these toxic chemicals in the ground water to the oceans immense pressure pushing through this loose sandy soil.
These two factors resulted in;
Toxic chemical blooms in west Oxnard being subject to a; SLIGHT, BUT CONSTANT PUSH INLAND FROM THEIR SOURCE.
This article went on to explain that even though this site was eligible for the EPA's superfund clean up list , and would have been prioritized, due to its severity, they had been exempted, due to the fact that the govt. can't sue itself. yadda, yadda, yadda,
but something was going to have to be done in the next few years.
Because as the sonic pictures clearly showed, this toxic bloom was poised to; leave the base boundry, at Ventura Rd., and when it did, then the people that live there, and from there on for miles inland, will be impacted. (That's a euphemism for; "we're gonna get lawyers.")
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW (or at least much better)
With this article, everything that was strange, and without any reasonable connection to the other strange aspects , and incidences that had transpired at this shopping center locked into place to form an elaborate construct, elagantly designed and evil in its intent. that I could now view as a whole. It became understandable.
I understood the reasons that prompted the owners of Tiger to chart this course. I understood why each strange, mystifying, action, attitude, and scheme that had come to life here over the two and a half years, that seemed to make no sense at all, were in fact well thought out actions. Albiet, for the most part illegal.
I also understood that this was dangerous information.
I knew that it was very dangerous for me to know what I now did.
First; Discovery, of a leaking, chemical tank underneath the drycleaners.
Then; Removal of contaminated soil CLOSEST TO THE LEAKING TANK.
Then; Containment.
Then; Monitoring the sight.
The water analysis wells that were drilled in 1999;
The "repairs to a shifting foundation that were something else;
The two tractor ore car loads of soil removed from under the drycleaners;
The seepage into this dig under the drycleaners that was pumped into over fifty, 55 gallon drums, then hauled away;
The test well left exposed just behind the dig, that water samples were periodically taken from;
Then;
IF; THE MERCHANTS WERE REMOVED, ONE AT A TIME, OVER THE NEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS, ONE AT A TIME, AT LEASE RENEWAL, SO AS TO NOT CALL ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON,
AND IF;
THE BUILDING WAS BROUGHT DOWN,
AND IF;
THIS LEAKING TANK WAS DUG UP, AND HAULED AWAY;
THEN;
THIS "SLIGHT, BUT CONSTANT PUSH INLAND OF CHEMICAL
CONTAMINATION BLOOMS IN THE GROUNDWATER THAT OCCURS IN
WEST-OXNARD, ONLY HAS TO PUSH THE LAST TRACES OF THIS CHEMICAL SPILL ABOUT 40 FEET TO BE COMPLETELY OFF THE BACK BOUNDRY LINE OF TIGER'S PROPERTY.
IF;
THERE IS NO CHEMICAL TANK ON TIGER'S PROPERTY.
IF;
THERE ARE NO CHEMICAL TRACES LEFT OF THE SOURCE SITE OF THIS
CONTAMINATION.
THIS RESULTS IN;
NO PROVABLE EVIDENCE THAT TIGER'S OWNERS HAVE LIABILITY FOR
THE REMEDIATION OF THE GROUND WATER, AND SOIL.
AND;
NO YEARS OF LITIGATION WITH HUNDREDS OF HOME OWNERS,
AND THEIR ATTORNEYS. AS TO DAMAGES THAT TIGER MIGHT BEAR RESPONSIBILITY FOR.
AND;
NO OPEN ENDED LIABILITY FOR YEARS, AS TO THE POTENTIAL FOR
HEALTH RELATED LIABILITY THAT TIGER MIGHT INCUR.
NO LIENS PLACED ON ALL OF TIGER'S HOLDINGS;
BY DOZENS OF ATTORNEYS, REPRESENTING DOZENS OF HOMEOWNERS, FOR UNTOLD YEARS.
NO FREEZING OF TIGER'S ASSETS, PROPERTIES, AND DEVELOPEMENT
DREAMS, UNTIL THIS WAS ALL LITIGATED OUT BY THE COURTS.
IN 15 TO 20 YEARS OR MORE.
iT WAS EITHER THIS, OR SIT BY AND WATCH tIGER'S REAL ESTATE EMPIRE PICKED CLEAN BY AN AVALANCHE OF LITIGATION.
NEXT: CHAPTER FOUR; ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE!
 
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