Toxic Chemical Secretly Dumped in El Cajon – Making Residents Sick
Sat, Feb 1, 2020 –Several El Cajon residents believe a toxic chemical in the ground is making them sick. The Department of Toxic Substances Control addressed their concerns at a community meeting held at Magnolia Elementary School Saturday evening.
Representatives with the agency explained Senior Aerospace Ketema (formerly Ametek) had secretly dumped thousands of pounds of a chemical degreaser into a pit, resulting in trichloroethylene – or TCE – exposure. The chemical then got into the ground water and contaminated the soil and indoor air.
The contamination is affecting Magnolia Elementary and three nearby mobile home parks.
During the meeting, agency representatives listed symptoms associated with TCE exposure, which include headache, dizziness, skin irritation, bronchial irritation and blurry vision.
Andrew Nomura, Fox 5 San Diego
Ametek Granted Partial Judgment in Alleged Ground Contamination Case
Thu, May 10, 2018 –The owners of mobile home parks were not able to immediately claim compensatory damages after they alleged a nearby facility dumped toxic waste on its property.
The court stated that Ametek pointed out the plaintiff Greenfield MHP Associates LP, et al. are not allowed to be rewarded compensatory damages grounded on any potential remediation costs for the future. The district court decided the case will proceed under the notion that if the plaintiffs do win at trial when it comes to Ametek’s alleged liability, the district court will move forward with the new information in mind.
The legal issues between the parties began after the mobile home parks' owners filed a lawsuit against Ametek and Senior Operations LLC after a manufacturing facility allegedly contaminated the ground after it released toxic chemicals, including more than 500,000 gallons of liquid waste into the soil and water by 2003. The plaintiffs allege a plume extended beyond the facility's boundaries and contaminated soil and groundwater under the mobile home parks. An expert pointed out that if the plume was not remediated, it could impact the plaintiffs' properties for 185 years, the court's decision states.
Charmaine Little / Northern California Record
El Cajon Toxic Plume Still a Problem for Mobile Home Residents
Fri, Feb 23, 2018 –Ana Hayes moved into her home at the Starlight Mobile Home Park in El Cajon in 1969. It’s where she raised her three children, and it’s where she and her husband still live.
Hers is one of the 457 mobile homes that sits above a toxic groundwater plume that residents first learned about in October 2016, though state officials and the company responsible for the contamination knew about it in the late 1980s.
So far, 151 homes in the Starlight, Greenfield and Villa Cajon mobile home parks have been tested, and 63 more are expected to be tested this year.
Lawsuits Filed Against Ametek
The lawsuits allege that Ametek “knowingly, willfully and intentionally failed” to stop the contamination from spreading and possibly affecting nearby homes and businesses. Fiske told inewsource one of the primary goals of the lawsuits is to provide medical monitoring for the people living and working on the plume who may have been exposed to TCE.
Last year, Ametek asked the court to hold the owners of the mobile home parks liable along with Ametek. The company said the owners knew about the contamination and never told the residents. The judge ruled against Ametek.
Ingrid Lobet / inewsource
Every Home Located on Toxic Plume in El Cajon Should be Tested
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 –There is no doubt now that some residents of two mobile home parks in El Cajon have been exposed to toxic gas seeping into their homes from a plume of contaminated groundwater. Recent air testing and a newly released health risk study make that clear.
Residents of the Starlight Mobile Home Park and Greenfield Mobile Home Estates will have their first chance this week to question public officials since the testing of 17 initial homes.
Ingrid Lobet / inewsource
Starlight Mobile Home Park – El Cajon TCE Contamination Updates
2016 Dec –This email follows up on our recent correspondence regarding soil contamination in El Cajon. We have finished investigating the presence of TCE in the area and, unfortunately, will not be pursuing the matter further.
If you recall, a class action lawsuit was filed in 2015 by another local law firm for teachers and students of Magnolia Elementary School exposed to contaminated soil gas. The development of that lawsuit will likely inform whether or not a similar claim can be made on behalf of the residents in the area. Given the pending litigation, we have decided not to pursue additional legal action at this time.
Please be aware that if you decide to pursue individual claims concerning the contamination, those claims are governed by a statute of limitations. This means that a person like yourself has a certain length of time to bring a lawsuit against the party that you believe is responsible for the harm you suffered. Statutes of limitations range among the different states and the causes of action you might wish to pursue. The statute of limitations can be as short as one year from injury, or even shorter if the government is a responsible party. They are also often halted, or stayed, when a class action is pending. Consequently, it is important that you promptly seek other legal counsel if you wish to pursue a legal claim.
Erin Brockovich to Investigate Toxic Plume in El Cajon
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 –Attorney Erin Brockovich will be investigating the allegations of a toxic plume of groundwater in an El Cajon neighborhood, according to a post on her Facebook page.
El Cajon residents say the plume is making the people living in the Starlight Mobile Home Park sick. The mobile home park sits above the plume.
‘We moved in November of last year, but we became so ill, summer gets worse.’ said Stephanie Jordan. ‘The hotter it gets, the more fumes you get.’ Until just a few months ago, Jordan had no idea she was living over a plume of toxic groundwater.
According to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, the groundwater has been polluted with cancer-causing chemicals for decades and can emit toxins into the air above via toxic vapors.
Two of the toxic chemicals present in the vapors are Trichloroethylene, also known as TCE, and Tetrachloroethlene, known as PCE.
Emily Thode / KGTV San Diego
El Cajon Residents Pack Meeting on Toxic Plume
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 –State officials were just minutes into their presentation about an underground chemical plume in El Cajon when homeowners began raising questions: ‘Have you tested it?’ a voice came from the back. ‘How are we going to sell our homes?’ asked another.
Residents of the Starlight and Greenfield Mobile Homes Estates, along with other neighbors – some 60 in all – nearly filled a Magnolia Elementary School auditorium Wednesday evening.
Ingrid Lobet / inewsource
Mobile Homes in Starlight Mobile Home Park to be Tested
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 –Residents in an El Cajon neighborhood are just finding out their homes have been sitting above a shallow, toxic plume for more than half a century.
Even after all this time, no one knows whether trichloroethylene and other chemical vapors have seeped up from tainted groundwater and entered homes through cracks in concrete. There has been no testing.
Now that is changing. In the last few days some residents of the Starlight Mobile Home Park on East Bradley Avenue have received visits from state officials offering to test the air in their homes. The state will also test the air outside.
For Anne Beams, a former Department of Defense teacher who has lived at Starlight since the 1980s, the developments come as a surprise.
‘No one at the park ever brought it to our attention,’ she said. Until this week, she was unaware of the plume. It’s a legacy of a 20th century aerospace manufacturing plant that once operated several hundred feet away.
‘Doesn’t it sound as though they were very slow in making those of us in Starlight aware of what could be happening to us all these years?’ she said of state authorities.
Ingrid Lobet / inewsource
Toxic Plume in El Cajon Reaches Beneath Kort & Scott Mobile Homes
2016 Oct –On Thu, Oct 20, 2016, an article was published in inewsource regarding a toxic plume of TCE (Trichloroethylene) reaching beneath mobile homes. The article mentions a mobile home park in El Cajon, California but no specifics are provided.
The MHPHOA investigated further and it appears that two (2) Kort & Scott owned mobile home parks are affected; Starlight Mobile Home Park and Greenfield Mobile Home Estates. Both mobile home parks have mobile homes that are within the 1,000 μg/liter contour. No action and little testing have taken place there – until now. Here are some key snippets from the article…
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued a notification Thursday, October 6, 2016 after a contractor tested soil there and found TCE levels that left no doubt further testing should be done.
We collected data near the mobile homes along the property boundary and concentrations were detected at 5 feet below ground surface that are at level that may result in what we consider a significant risk to residents,” said Shahir Haddad, a supervising engineer for DTSC.
Several people at the mobile park said they’ve not been told that the plume runs under their homes. Most did not want to give their names.
Residents at the mobile park will be told of the testing results. The county water board is arranging a location and time, the agency’s Sean McClain said in an email.
Ingrid Lobet / inewsource
2019 Apr –The new manager in Starlight Mobile Home Park is very rude and is always trying to find a way to ruin your privacy and freedom. All of the unnecessary rules she gives out. She takes pictures of me and my car for parking on my property in the space that I own. It is not fair. Sometimes I feel harassed because she wants everything to be done as soon as you're told. If you don't do as you're told she will take pictures and not even give you five minutes to do what she told you to do. She ignores you when you're trying to communicate with her on the action she was taking. I have been trying to get ahold of the owner of the mobile home park. I feel like I am not the only one who feels this way. I feel like I live in a prison and I have to be aware of everything that I am doing or else she will come driving around in her golf cart trying to figure out a way to piss you off after a long stressful day at work. Coming home should be a relaxing feeling and stress free but instead, I come home to her constant nagging and creating problems with all her residents.
2016 Oct –Lived here for three months, bought the home, new manager came on and runs the place like a concentration camp, beware do not buy here, if I had the chance to do it over I would.
2016 Sep –This place sucks. They will just end up raising the rent and taking possession of the home once you cant afford the space rent. The people who live here are on drugs. Everyone please don't move in here. They will get over on you.
2016 Sep –I was buying a unit in one of their San Diego Parks called Starlight Mobile Home Park in El Cajon and the manager Manny forced me to sign a lease before I signed escrow papers. The escrow fell through two days later and 1 month later nobody knows where my refund check is, no one picks up the phone or returns calls after I’ve left numerous messages. I was told to speak to somebody named Drita Bronkey and she doesn’t even exist on their company directory. I had a Sheriff’s Deputy go out to speak to Manny the park manager and he wouldn’t talk to them. They are very shady. Do not deal with this company.
2016 Jun –I give this park a negative star. This park is so ghetto, loud neighbors, lots of crime. New owners (Kort & Scott Financial Group) changed it into a family park. This place is a dump, the new families that have bought homes in here are the SCUM of the earth! We are talking the trashiest, dirtiest, vulgar people you could ever imagine. Stay away! This is Elder Abuse in the highest form! Management (Sierra Corporate Management) is worthless. The new owners are criminals.
2016 Jan –At present Starlight Mobile Home Park is a Corporate Park Slum with units that have massive problems; overhaul heaters that according to SDG&E have limited time remaining, swamp coolers that are failing, termite damage, a park with an electrical system that is unable to support new units. Manufactured homes with all the bells and whistles and the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control Southern California Region working to stop toxic chemicals from flowing thru the ground under the park toward Gillespie Airfield. Starlight Mobile Home Park has become the Chicago West version of Shameless. Once again, another reviewer has written; RUN, RUN FAST and HARD from Sierra Corporate Management, it's not for the weak or elderly, and Starlight Mobile Home Park is a slum.
2016 Jan –Been here awhile. No longer a senior park. Pets allowed, $350/dog space rent, just the space is $1100/month. Many vacant units, good prices, however, the units are old and unmaintained. One example is a 50-year old unit for $27,000/make an offer. Many up for sale, get an inspection if you want to purchase. New management since April 2015, place has gone downhill since then. No real maintenance, parking can be crazy, gardeners are gardeners in name only. Park rules are not enforced. If you buy, you are responsible for taking care of the outside, if you have an outside. No, I cannot say move here, there must be better out there.
2015 Dec –New owners (Kort & Scott Financial Group) suck. They are turning the park into a family park. We rented here because it was a 55+ park. Now we have a screaming brat living next door. Rents were increased $99 per month, and owner's space rent went up $150 per month.
2015 Sep –We lived at Starlight Mobile Home Park from September of 2013 until August of 2015. We were happy enough there that we planned to buy a manufactured home in the park in May of 2015. While we were in escrow the previous owner sold the park to Sierra Corporate Management. The new owners refused to honor the rent we were quoted from the previous owner, they raised the space rent $175 per month.
2015 Aug –We moved out of Starlight Mobile Home park in El Cajon (owned by Sierra Corporate Management) in August 2015. We have not received our deposit refund which was due 21 days after we moved out. Company will not communicate with us, refers us to Park Manager who can't get any answers from them.
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|Alta Vista Mobile Home Park||14291 Rios Canyon Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-744-2215||60|
|Anchor Down Mobile Estates||260 E Bradley Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-749-0725||68||55|
|Arts Trailer Park||12043 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-448-9033||2|
|Bella Rosa Mobile Lodge||1155 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-420-7747||35|
|Bostonia Trailer Court||1009 N 2nd St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-560-5934||16|
|Brixton El Capitan||1425 E Madison Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||76|
|Cajon Mobile Manor||751 Bradley Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-448-7675||55|
|Chieftain Mobile Park||187 Ballard St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-439-2260||128|
|Crest Mobile Home Skylodge North||250 La Cresta Heights Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-232-8772||18|
|Crestview Heights||320 La Cresta Heights Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-697-3194||5|
|Crown Trailer Park||220 Shady Ln||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-439-2260||43|
|Dahls Mobile Home Park||12035 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-745-5112||9|
|Eastern Trailer Court||213 El Cajon Blvd||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-789-0029||33|
|El Cajon Valley Mobile Home Park||410 S 1st St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-442-4211||234|
|El Dorado Mobile Home Park||9041 El Dorado Pkwy||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-4501||51|
|Estrada Trailer Park||12051 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-4443||2|
|Evergreen Mobile Home Park||440 Van Houten Ave||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-247-0040||70|
|Flinn Springs Mobile Home Park||14959 Olde Hwy 80||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-0071||49||AA|
|Four Star Mobile Park||12029 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-449-4373||4|
|Glenview Mobile Lodge||13445 E Hwy 8 Bus||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-765-0035||51|
|Greenfield Mobile Home Estates
KSFG, Sierra Corporate Management
|400 Greenfield Dr||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-444-7752||167||AA||1,550||02/2022|
|Happy Villa Senior Park||998 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-561-0071||86|
|Heart Ohills Mobile Home Lodge||13792 Hwy 8 Bus||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-270-0648||46|
|Horseshoe Trailer Villas||150 S Anza St||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-436-5126||92|
|Ivy Trailer Park||309 Orlando St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-444-8828||36|
|Juniper Trailer Court||1369 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-439-2260||35|
|Las Dos Casitas||12031 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-745-5112||2|
|Lexington Mobile Estates||1430 E Lexington Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-422-5279||81|
|Los Coshes Mobile Home Estates||13217 Aurora Dr||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-597-4900||126|
|Lynnwood Mobile Estates||1285 E Washington Ave||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-442-0829||194|
|Melody Trailer Park||1313 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-422-5279||51|
|Monterey Mobile Lodge||13300 E Los Coches Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-4443||118|
|Mt. Helix View Estate||1105 W Chase Ave||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-588-7977||47|
|Oak Glen Village||15105 Olde Hwy 80||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-3632||15|
|Olive Acres Trailer Park||503 N First St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-749-2895||75|
|Olive Springs Villa||1347 Pepper Dr||El Cajon||CA||92019||619-477-9895||8|
|Palms Mobile Home Park||212 S Second St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-444-3979||65|
|Paradise Trailer Park||1346 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-749-2895||37|
|Park Place||8120 22 Royal Park Ln||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-4192||2|
|Pecan Park Mobile Home Estates||14215 Pecan Park Ln||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-758-0572||128||AA|
|Pepper Villa Mobile Home Park||1315 Pepper Dr||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-296-6333||90|
|Pepperwood Mobile Home Park||1120 Pepper Dr||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-444-7752||182|
|Rancho Canada Mobile Home Estates||8557 Rancho Canada Rd||El Cajon||CA||92121||619-745-5112||70|
|Rancho Laguna Mobile Club||13655 Hwy 8 Business||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-728-1500||113|
|Rancho Mesa Mobile Home Park||450 Bradley Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-279-0411||158|
|Rancho Sierra Mobile Home Park||10001 Dunbar Ln||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-3176||29|
|Rancho Valley Village||12970 Hwy 8 Bus||El Cajon||CA||92040||619-443-4443||140|
|Redwood Trailer Park||1117 Redwood Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-469-4697||22|
|Rios Mobile Home Park||9741-9743 Hawley Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-0323||2|
|Rios Mobile Manor||14360 Rios Canyon Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-597-4900||80|
|Royal Estates||12505 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-745-5112||100||AA|
|Royal Park Manor||8147 Royal Park Ln||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-4443||8|
|Royal Three||8120 28 Royal Park Ln||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-4192||3|
|Royal View Gardens Mobile Home Park||1351 Pepper Dr||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-7839||76||AA|
|Safari Mobile Lodge||1174 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-444-2470||184||55|
|Sahara Mobile Lodge||1345 E Madison Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-442-3950||71|
|Sequams Mobile Home Park||12033 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-745-5112||2|
|Shady Lane Trailer Court||1581 E Main St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-291-8780||41|
|Shangri La||14012 Hwy 8 Bus||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-390-0505||10|
|Singing Hills Mobile Estates||1810 Hillsdale Rd||El Cajon||CA||92019||619-442-8207||104|
|Starlight Mobile Home Park
KSFG, Sierra Corporate Management
|351 Bradley Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-745-5689||162||AA||1,350||02/2021|
|Swallows Sun Island Club||1631 Harbison Canyon Rd||El Cajon||CA||92019||619-445-3754||50|
|Terrace View Mobile Home Estates||13162 Hwy 80||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-744-2215||205|
|The Knolls Mobile Home Estates||12530 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-448-0244||64|
|The Meadows||15420 Old Hwy 80||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-443-5070||260||55|
|Tradewinds Trailer Court||13720 Hwy 80||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-0071||23|
|Turn In Trailer Park||205 S Second St||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-247-0040||37|
|Villa Cajon||255 E Bradley Ave||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-447-0706||126|
|Villa Novia||1440 S Orange Ave||El Cajon||CA||92020||619-449-3300||136|
|Vista Del Cajon Mobile Home Park||12250 Vista Del Cajon||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-232-8772||50|
|Vista Royal||12506 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-9002||18|
|Westward Ho||12044 Royal Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-583-3440||129|
|Whispering Meadows Mobile Home Park||12690 Jackson Hill Dr||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-561-1778||40|
|Woodcreek Estates||15935 Spring Oaks Rd||El Cajon||CA||92021||619-466-7716||209|
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