Pam Thurston forwarded this letter from a homeowner who has some experience with the developers. He owns a vacation home in Rancho Mirage on the now defunct golf course. He has given permission to reproduce it here.
Hi Pam- We have owned our home in Rancho Mirage Country Club since 2004. It is a great community which is well managed and extremely well taken care of in terms of homes and landscaping. The golf course was privately owned and though it was not fancy it was considered a great course to play. It was purchased by Oasis and they had a golf management company take it over, promising us it would continue as a course. They shut it down and fired all the staff shortly afterward, and offered us a ridiculous proposition to buy it from them. We engaged in negotiations which went nowhere, and things kept getting nastier when they stopped watering and erected a chain link fence completely around the property. The homeowners felt like they were in a minimum security prison! We got our lawyers involved and the city of Rancho Mirage who posted a cease and desist notice for them to remove the fence. They of course failed to comply and the city did remove the fence and billed them. We are continuing to litigate the matter which is costing each homeowner $100/month. Oasis business model is to scare, intimidate, lie and deceive and wait it out until the victims cave in to their demands. Please advise your neighbors to unite quickly and be prepared for this to happen in San Ramon. I am enclosing some pictures which I just took while we were down there last week. Good luck on this, Pam
Alain Pinel Realtors