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    Santa Barbara Ideal Org

    From Tony Ortega:


    http://tonyortega.org/2014/05/25/sci...maiden-voyage/

    The new Santa Barbara Ideal Org will actually be in Ventura in this building:



    Good Sam Office In California Has $9.7M Price Tag

    Good Sam office in Ventura, Calif.

    The building that houses the offices of Good Sam Enterprises LLC, formerly Affinity Group Inc., in Ventura, Calif., is for sale. The listing price is $9.7 million, Ventura’s Pacific Coast Business Times reports.

    The 72,649-square-foot corporate headquarters sits on 9.3 acres of land on Vista Del Mar Avenue in Ventura.

    The former Affinity building is being marketed by Nick Gregg, a senior vice president with commercial real estate firm CB Richard Ellis in Camarillo. He said the steel-framed building is suitable for another big institution, such as a corporate headquarters or college.

    Affinity has been in the building since 1994 after putting a major refurbishment into it. The structure was built in 1983. Affinity has a “slight preference” to sell the building rather than lease it, Gregg said, but would lease to a quality tenant. In that case, they would likely sell it, fully leased, to investors.

    Gregg said one large regional firm with about 500 employees has expressed interest in the site, though he could not disclose the company’s name. He is also searching regionally, nationally and abroad for a prospective buyer.

    The property has a beautiful ocean view, Gregg said, but it is large and unlike any other in the city. It would take a big firm to fill or buy it, and those firms take their time. “We don’t have a lot of competition for this size building and this quality building,” Gregg said. “Having said that, the economy is slowly improving only now.”

    Jeff Lambert, the director of community development for the city of Ventura, said the city is willing to work with prospective tenants or buyers to expedite permits for remodeling or other improvements. The city wants as many well paying jobs as possible at the site. “We would like to see a new corporate headquarters there,” Lambert said.

    Good Sam Enterprises LLC is the parent company of Woodall's Campground Management and www.woodallscm.com.

    http://www.woodallscm.com/2011/06/go...-7m-price-tag/

    The Santa Barbara Ideal Org is on a remote street that dead ends at the Org. It cannot be seen until you drive to it. I know people who have lived in Ventura most of their lives. They told me they have never seen this building before.

    Google St. view screen shots:





    Last edited by Miranda; 05-27-2014 at 09:57 PM. Reason: User requested--this is not my post.

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    They are claiming that Portland increase from 5 newbies a week to 110 since going Ideal?

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    110 people per week? I don't think there are 110 people anywhere who are still interested in Scientology.

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    From the link above:

    The building is still open. While I was taking photos a young woman came out of their unlocked front door this evening and asked if she could help me. I asked her where they would be when the building is sold and she said "Ventura". When I asked her where in Ventura she said she didn't know and went back inside. The first photo shows part of the interior through the front window. The letter in the second photo was posted in the window and says the police may enter the building when it is closed.



    There is another post on ESMB that says Santa Barbara and Ventura Scientology will combine into an Ideal Org in Ventura.

    http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.p ... post926895

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    For those who would like to take a slide show tour pre Scientology of this building:


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    That name Affinity Group has a culty ring to it. Anyone know if there is any connection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    That name Affinity Group has a culty ring to it. Anyone know if there is any connection?
    Good Sam Enterprises (formerly Affinity Group or AGI) is a provider of membership clubs, as well as subscription-based products, services and publications, targeted toward recreational vehicle and other outdoor enthusiasts in the United States. Additionally, the company owns Camping World, a leading RV-related specialty retailer, and RV.net, an RV-focused website.

    The company is the composite of several distinct businesses acquired through a leveraged buildup in the 1980s and 1990s and traces its earliest predecessors back to 1935.

    The company is based in Ventura, California with major operations in Englewood, Colorado and is 97% owned by private equity investor Stephen Adams.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Sam_Enterprises

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    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com...hen-adams.html Stephen Adams is probably too common a name to draw conclusions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com...hen-adams.html Stephen Adams is probably too common a name to draw conclusions.
    Yes it is, but if he is the same Stephen Adams that owns Good Sam Enterprises (formerly Affinity Group or AGI) it might explain why Scientology abandoned their strategy of buying historic buildings in high profile locations in this case. This building is invisible to the public due to it's location. There is no car or foot traffic on it's short dead end street and it cannot be seen from Hwy 101 below it or any other road.

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