LIVE OAK -- The operator of Chanticleer Home for the elderly is asking the state to move her license to another facility in Watsonville and "at least 19 residents are moving with her," county Supervisor John Leopold said Thursday.
Chanticleer Home, licensed to serve 48 residents, is in Leopold's district.
Leopold said the change was "a business decision" by Sharon Scagliotti, who took over as Chanticleer Home administrator in June 2010 from Martha and Silvio "Angelo" Tufo after they lost their license.
"I will give credit to Sharon," Leopold said. "We've received no complaints ... She's running a much smoother operation."
Scagliotti moved 10 residents in December to a wing at 87-bed Watsonville Residential Care after a yellow tag was posted by the county requiring electrical repairs at Chanticleer Home. Those repairs were completed but the residents have not moved back.
Neither Scagliotti nor Elise Kim, administrator at Watsonville Residential Care, returned calls from the Sentinel.
According to Leopold, eight residents remaining at Chanticleer Home have 30 days to find another place to live.
"Nobody's being rushed out," he said.
Scagliotti had a three-year lease for the Chanticleer Home property but her attorney, Eric Emanuels, of the Sacramento law firm Beach Whitman Cowdrey, notified the Tufos by letter that the payments will end Jan. 31. The letter cited their failure to disclose the property was
The law firm said Scagliotti was moving residents, not closing, and cited county code enforcement reports.
Leopold said it's his understanding new operators are being interviewed to run Chanticleer Home. The licensee has to be approved by the state Community Care Licensing Division, which did not return a call from the Sentinel.
"We need a range of facilities that meet different needs of people," Leopold said. "They should all be well-run and well-maintained. We know our senior population is growing."
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