Cathie Anderson

Cathie Anderson: Eviction fight before business burned

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 - 10:28 am

Just days before an April 29 fire shut down Crepe Escape on Freeport Boulevard, landlords Jeffrey and Shih Ying Tu secured a judge's ruling that they could evict the restaurant's owner.

"They didn't pay their rent," said Shih Ying Tu. "We've had a lot of problems. It's been for about two years now. They keep paying installments. … A few times, it's OK because I know the economy is not that good. Everybody's money is tight."

Crepe Escape owner Francesca Zawaydeh said her lease didn't state when rent was due, so she had always paid the rent in installments. She said she didn't learn it was a problem until recently.

"I felt that the judge was completely one-sided," Zawaydeh said. "They only listened to their side. She didn't really listen to my side. I've been the owner of the business for four years, and I was never even served papers."

Zawaydeh said that she had planned to fight the eviction. She said she paid the latest rent installment, but the Tus refused to cash the check. A local attorney told me that the clock starts all over again on an eviction process if the landlord accepts any payment.

This case does not involve the Crepe Escape on H Street in east Sacramento. The Tus said that their insurer is investigating the cause of the April 29 fire, and until the investigation has concluded, they won't be able to get the building ready for a new tenant. They've already had inquiries.

He's ready for the heat

El Paso, Texas, is bracing for a week of 100-plus degree temperatures right now, so when that city's native son Edmundo Castañeda tells you that he can take the heat here in Sacramento, believe it.

The 42-year-old Castañeda took the helm at Mercy General Hospital in October after the retirement of longtime hospital president Denny Powell. The hospital employs almost 2,000 people.

Castañeda said he applied for the position in Sacramento because it was a larger market and because of California's reputation for progressiveness on health care reform.

He also looked forward to working for a faith-based hospital provider, an experience he hadn't yet had.

"I started out (my career) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at an independent stand-alone hospital that was not affiliated with any parent company," he said. "I've also worked for HCA, which is a large, for-profit hospital company. I was in the outpatient surgery center division. I was running two outpatient surgery centers at the time. I've worked for Triad, which got bought out by Community Health Systems. That was on the hospital executive track, and then most recently for Tenet. Tenet was the parent company for the hospital in El Paso."

Castañeda flew back home to El Paso last weekend to move his wife, Veronica, and their three children to the River City. It was a balmy 101 degrees there Saturday compared with Sacramento's high of 108 degrees.

In time for Father's Day

Gary Zavoral is finally scratching one big thing off a to-do list that he's had for about 20 years, compiling the columns he wrote on fatherhood for the Sacramento Union into a book.

The Internet has transformed the world of self-publishing, Zavoral said, making it possible for him to publish a book of his columns without spending much money.

"Everything's free," he said.

"The only thing I did was pay my friend Brad Van Stone to do the cover. … I hadn't done a book before, per se, but I started out at my dad's print shop, Citadel Press, ever since I was 12 years old. I know the whole printing process. I know all the terms."

Zavoral, now a media relations specialist with Sutter Health, also had many years of experience as a newspaperman. His last tour of duty was at the Union, where he was the entertainment editor and editor of the Sunday section called The Family.

"I put out three or four features sections a week, was the music critic and wrote entertainment stories, too," said Zavoral, who wrote the column in his spare time.

Zavoral's book, "The Grateful Dad," sells for $7.99 on Amazon's Kindle edition and soon will be available in hard copy from Amazon for $12.99. The book is printed when ordered.

Call The Bee's Cathie Anderson, (916) 321-1193. Back columns, Follow her on Twitter @cathiea_sacbee.

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