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Second arrest in Palo Alto animal-hoarder case

Original post made on Jun 18, 2010

The fiance of Ana Ramos, the woman charged in the biggest abuse case involving cats and dogs in Palo Alto history, has been arrested in connection with the case.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 18, 2010, 9:10 AM

Comments (32)

Posted by Moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Police can't find the door to the trailer for all the junk? The trailer park manager didn't file eviction papers and call authorities immediately? And Ramos calls himself a breeder? And has a Lexus? Those are some crazy priorities.

Posted by Wilber, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

What a waste of the public's money.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

Again, why hasn't the city filed charges against the owner/manager of the mobile home park for dereliction of his duty to provide a reasonable standard of housing? I know personally, that the owner/manager has no interest in maintaining the park or the adjacent property housing the Blockbuster video store, Jamba Juice and Baja Fresh. That commercial property is rarely cleaned and the exterior is so dirty I don't know how anyone can sit out there and eat. The park itself suffers from unbelievable overcrowding because the owner/manager refuses to issue a set of written rules regarding such safety issues as parking vehicles on patios and in driveways, thereby having a vehicle next to both exits of a trailer, which would be a fire hazard, six to ten individuals living in a single wide trailer with one bathroom, and I could go on and on. The owner/manager does not enforce any existing rules regarding parking, thus there are vehicles in the fire lanes at all times. The owner/manager is driven by greed. The rent is increased every other year, the year in which he purchases a new Mercedes and there are no upgrades to the park, not even planting a flower. I know because I have lived there for 15 years. If a resident complains, they are ignored, or yelled at and threatened with eviction. The city refuses to act on most complaints and the owner/manager gets away with his neglect because the city will tell you that "its private property" and refer you to the management. A convenient catch 22 for the owner/manager. The park is regulated by the state, so there is an inspection about every 20 years. The manager/owner does not provide an on-site manager or a night manager as required by state law. He will tell the authorities that he does. He is only present for a few hours a day on the last week of the month and the first week of the month for the collection of rents, which are mostly paid in cash, which he enjoys. I believe he charges some tenants based on a head count (illegal) which is why he enjoys and allows the overcrowding. Children's play areas are completely unregulated thus there are children in the streets creating very noisy and dangerous conditions constantly. It seems like there is no remedy for this situation as the city will not step in or even offer to hear these grievances. This greedy owner/manager has it made! There is currently a trailer advertised for rent in the other daily newspaper while it is illegal to rent trailers, they must be owned. The manager is either unaware of this advertising or doesn't care.

Posted by What?, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

The article says that the police had already visited the home and she had six dogs and three cats, and they did nothing? Didn't they say that there is rule that only 3 pets per household. This was the chance for them to rescue the pets and so they could stop, but instead they found nothing wrong. Is this article wrong or animal control officer did not do their job at the first time? I guess they needed to see it worst in order to act.

Posted by Sylvia, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

I hope someone in an enforcement capacity reads Maria's comment above. If half of what she says is true, the city needs to go after this property owner.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

For further information, I personally saw a copy of the monthly rental bill addressed to T-Mobile for their rental of the cell tower located next to Blockbuster (owned by the owner/manager of the park). T-Mobile's bill was for over 2k. I was left wondering if other cell carriers such as AT&T and Verizon are similarly billed. It seems like 2-6k per month income from the cell tower would be sufficient for some upgrades to the park and to pay an on-site manager. The park is a cash cow for the owner/manager! He owns the entire property fronting El Camino, including the gas station.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

Sylvia, thanks for your support, but all I can say is don't hold your breath!

Posted by Moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

Wilbur, this is not a waste of the public's money. This is a crime, as it should be, as well as a public health issue.

And from Maria's comments, I'd say the owner should be prosecuted.

Posted by Moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm


I'm sorry I mis-spelled your name.

Posted by Manuel, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Couple of clarifications

- To What?: PAPD had not been to the mobile home before if you read the article carefully you can see that the prior contact with the suspects occurred in another city..thank you PAPD for your what you did in this case.

-To Maria: I am not sure if you know this, but most mobile home parks (including this one) is under state control, which means PAPD must treat this area as private property.

Also in reading the article, you wonder why neighbors did not call police or at least animal control. If the officers were overwhelmed by the smell, why weren't the neighbors? If people are afraid to call, then they have the option to call the PD tip-line.

Just in case you are curious, I live here, and am quite happy.

Posted by RDO, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Sounds like Rubio and Ramos are possibly puppy millers in addition to being animal hoarders? They could be subjects of those shows on cable TV that give us a look into the lives of hoarders, who hoard more than just animals. Toy dog breeds command a higher price than larger breeds, and responsible dog breeders who show their animals, have health checks performed and certified on their breeding stock, and check out prospective puppy buyers have invested a lot in their hobby business, justifying the cost of a puppy--but people like Ramos and Rubio clearly do not.

Posted by To Maria, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I understand your clarifying matters by posting on this message board. If you're interested in doing more than that, perhaps contacting county health can get the ball rolling.

Posted by To What?, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

San Mateo County cities have different laws in each city. I'm betting the ACO was being kind to this woman in the hopes that shed take better care of her animals, and cited her for the animal with the eye problem instead of pet overpopulation.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Reply to "To Maria": The county will not act, I have contacted the county health dept. only to be told that they have no jurisdiction, it is up to the city and state. As far as the PAPD's "private property excuse", they respond to apartment complexes all the time, isn't an apartment complex private property? Isn't one's single family residence private property? Yet, we have just read about neighbors alerting PAPD to break-ins and police responding when the residents of the single family were not at home to welcome the PD onto their "private property" and the apartment residents were also not at home to welcome the PD onto their "private property". So, the "private property excuse" is just that, an excuse by the police to ignore the many issues at the park that are apparently just too tremendous and time consuming for them to deal with. If the park were located in the Crescent Park neighborhood I bet we'd get a response. Also the PD seems to have a new requirement, that when calling in a situation, if the caller does not wish to leave their name, due to fear of retaliation, the caller is advised by the dispatcher that the call will be made a "low priority" and PD will not necessarily respond at all.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Reply to "Manuel": If you "live here and like it" you are part of the problem, as there is little to like here. Also, your post has you as a resident of the Adobe Meadows neighborhood, the park is in Barron Park.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Here's a great recent example of what goes on in the mobile home park, a resident added an addition to his mobile home. No problem, right? This addition encompassed a heritage oak tree. Yes, that's right, a heritage oak tree was enclosed inside the addition with the floor and roof built tight against the tree trunk. It took at least 10 calls to the city arborist to finally get him out here and the complaint was dismissed as , all fine and dandy, so no problem for the heritage oak tree, I guess. It's ok to seal the trunk of a heritage oak to the roof and floor of your building, as long as its in the mobile home park!

Posted by cieboy, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

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Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm

To cieboy: I agree with your description of the owner/manager. Thank you for your planned action. No one has ever been responsive to my complaints. Here's hoping....

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Just for info, when the owner/manager originally submitted plans to the city for the fencing along Los Robles Ave., he was required by the city to include planting and irrigation along the fence line. Anyone see any planting and irrigation there?

Posted by pALO ALTO~buy them out..., a resident of Green Acres
on Jun 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm

That Mobile home park was probably at one time long ago a haven to travelers....the area has some HUGE beautiful shade Oak trees...the owner has in the past cut one very lovely HUGE one down...
Owner also had evicted several tenants in the past and rerented the mobile home..several times that I know of.

Some tenants had moved out and just left the home and the owner rented those out also, then being the new owner of the property.......he had a few hauled out off the property after evicting two tenants (a lot their posessions were taken by other people and the rest was hauled off- their clothes, etc.)...this was about 4 years ago that I remember that one happening.

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Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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Posted by Worry about the kids, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I remember that there was an article written about this place about two three years ago or so, it was called "The last Refugee". I know a lot of people who live there, and the only reason they stay there is because they can't afford nothing else. Yes the place needs a a lot of maintenance. What worries me more is that there is a register sexual offender living there and kids play few steps away from this home. I can't understand why the police allows the to live there but not close to a school, to me there is plenty of kids around him and he should move out, but no one listens. It is like sharing your house with a sexual offender, right back of his mobile home there is another mobile home with almost no place in between. How sad that this people have to live there with their children. Something should be done.

Posted by Maria, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

To "Worry about the kids": There are actually two registered sex offenders living there, next door to each other, and there is a school at the corner of Los Robles and El Camino! I'm sure nothing will be done because "its private property"!

Posted by Worry about the kids, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 19, 2010 at 11:33 am

You are right, now the new school that just open on el Camino could make a difference. There was a time when couple of kids complain that one of the sex offenders was touching them, it was my feeling that the police believed that they though kids were just saying that to get them out of there. But I do not believe little kids have that mentality or could think if I say this, he will go away, unless he did something to them. Now two sexual offenders is even worst. I know rich people will not want them to live next door. They will probably move or fight to get them out of there. But for some people living there moving out means going homeless, so they are stock with the offenders and anything else that that goes on.

Posted by Jon, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

Can't we all just get along, be civil, and not hypothesize (concoct) offenses? Puppy mill, hoards of children, unreported income, and so on and so on. There are real problems, and then there is the problem that people without degrees from MIT or Stanford or the Ivy Leagues actually have the audacity to live in Palo Alto.

Posted by concerned resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2010 at 6:16 am

Well put Jon, so when are you moving out??

God bless.

Posted by A Palo Alto parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

They now plan to move to Vallejo. I'm afraid they're moving to an area that will be even less regulated than here. I hope they at least move to a place where they have a little space to accommodate the needs of the quantities of helpless creatures they'll begin to accumulate again.

Posted by Hey Maria, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

Maria, do you still live at this mobile home park? You sure know a great deal about the ins and outs such as the bills you've seen them send out. Also, if you've been there for 15 years and are so unhappy, why don't you just move?

Posted by Disgusted w Neighbors, a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2010 at 5:25 am

I would like to know HOW the NEIGHBORS can sleep at night?? What is wrong with you people? Are you so hungry for attention that the moment you see the police involved you think you may miss out of your Jerry Springer moment and suddenly you chime in?? They are ANIMALS that DEPEND on ALL of us. It breaks my heart knowing that someone could have helped. If you didn't want to make some calls - fine - because it's not about punishing the owners- that's for the court to handle. Did any of you think of asking if the couple needed help getting cleaned up? Helping the animals in any way they can? Was it easy falling asleep hearing animals cry for basic needs??

Blast me -its fine - at least I will know you read the post!! Thank a teacher you can read.... oh yeah - don't forget how society expects teachers to get involved with child abuse cases and they do so at the risk of retaliation. When you are in that type of position, people depend on you. Brings us back to this subject - when you hear an abused animal you HELP!! I am not judging any of you or assuming anything of your lifestyle, I am merely questioning...... your character.

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on Jul 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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Posted by BVtrash, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

Maria is right about everything she has written here. I'm going on 6 years as a tenant at the trailer park. I don't move because I can't afford to live anywhere else unless it's in my car. Buena Vista has it's good points. The drug problem is less obvious now because a some tenants who let their druggie drifter friends hang out have moved away. More illegal immigrants have moved in, and they are family oriented, and I guess I'd rather endure the wild screaming kids who live here. The illegals also walk softly for fear of attracting too much official attention.
The park is under state authority when it comes to housing, safety, and tenant/landlord laws. The landlord breaks a significant number of these laws. He doesn't prevent any illegal construction. Most of the cabanas that have been built onto the trailers are done without the required permit and inspection. A violation of state and Palo Alto laws, not to mention unsafe. Additions have been constructed too close to neighboring trailers and without fire insulation. Who cares? Even the state honchos who are currently doing a rare inspection of the entire park are going to let that and other issues slide. There are too many violations for the state and the lazy landlord to deal with. The landlord doesn't provide adequate garbage disposal when needed, instead instructing tenants not to throw anything away until the dumpsters are emptied. Palo Alto zoning officials did step in once when the landlord allowed at least 21 mattresses to pile up for weeks leaning against a wall of a structure housing several different units.
Finally, as to the very large oak tree that is now surrounded by another illegally constructed cabana, well gosh, that's okay. It's okay because that tenant works for the landlord as a handyman/janitor/live-in manager. It's his job to move from abandoned trailer to abandoned trailer. Fixing up one after another to make it livable so the landlord can rent it out. Abandoned trailers have state laws too, which the landlord never follows. He leaves it up to the new tenant to find out who the original owner was/is to be able to purchase it. Of course, that doesn't happen. I've seen this little system work at least 3 times. Where are those tree huggers now?

Posted by An Bay Area Animal Control Officer, a resident of Woodside
on Jan 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

I know this is old, I needed to respond! The PAAS Animal Control Officers had done a way better job than Peninsula HS & SPCA Animal Control Officers. It's also sad to think PHS's Capt. was Animal Control Officer of the Year by The National Animal Control Associations. Palo Alto has to deal with a problem that was on PHS's side of the county line (San Mateo). I would ask why wasn't called PHS. I'm sure they were called, But failed to show up. Which is typical when they know another agency will do their job at the border. So, Palo Alto was called to take up the slack for the PHS's lazy Officers. With ALL THAT MONEY with OVER PAID lazy Animal Control Officers & Humane Officer PHS, you think they would do a better job or at least get off their cans? Palo Alto almost lost their shelter and Animal Control Officers due to city budget cuts. But, still their under paid hard working and often over worked Officers do better job than PHS's Officers. Good job PAAS for doing a job doing a job that PHS failed to do!

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