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Siena Update

Thanks again to the inscrutable blogging superstar behind REReno for the attached document and the willingness to provide their thoughts: Continue reading

Barney’s “Hobby” Revisited

The Siena saga is nearly over, but info keeps landing in our laps.  Therefore, we present another document with the following reader comment:

3 Page Notice that all claims close 15 April, then 26 pages of creditors.  Wouldn’t you love to know how much American Document Destruction is owed, and exactly what their services were?  It takes some major cajones to stiff your shredding company.

Click here for the document:  Creditors Doc 265

Do you see any creditors on the list that spark your curiosity?

 

Barney’s Failed Experiment – The Siena…where the fun never ends…

Interested in staying up-to-speed on the Siena?  Click on the two links below and let us know if you can find any items of interest:

Cash Flow July 2010

Cash Flow August 2010

The Long Trail Of Lies Continues

Walter’s letter to RE Reno investors, dated November 11, 2010, states that the sale of the Siena “has not closed as of November 15, 2010.”  That’s just the beginning of the absurdity contained within Walter’s letter, found HERE.

Walter states that “it appears likely that the aggregate distribution to R.E. Reno from the sale proceeds will be in the range of $2 million to $2.5 million.”  Is Walter so senile as to actually believe that RER will command over half of the sale price when companies like IGT, Konami Gaming and the various city and state agencies are all vying for the proceeds?  This is just another case of half-truths and nonsensical blue sky B.S.

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Siena Auction TODAY – Rambling Thoughts and Questions

From REreno:

“So tomorrow is the auction. I’m a bit of an insider and have been following the activity closely. There was only one party who conducted a thorough due diligence inspection of the Siena as far as I can tell (I read vanity plates and the contractor signs on the F-150s in the parking lot). I think the opening bid will be $1. And I have no indication that there is a back up bidder. I don’t think that RE Reno or Loans has the deep pockets anymore to enter the fray. Meaning you investors will be wiped out 100%.”

We know Konami Gaming filed another objection yesterday.  We read what REreno wrote above.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


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Siena Watch – UPDATE

Per the RGJ’s Ray Hagar this morning:

The auction of the Siena Hotel Casino in downtown Reno will take place next week in a Reno courtroom, where a national investment banking firm will try to sell the downtown resort that recently closed after a long string of financial problems.

“The reality is that the Siena has ceased operations and we are going to sell this in a bulk sale in one transaction to a singular buyer,” said Matt Sodl, managing director of Innovation Capital LLC in Los Angeles. “It will be a turn-key operation for that buyer and that buyer can either run it as it were, with the hotel and casino, or the buyer can decided if they want to operate a casino there or not.”

Those interested in participating the Nov. 10 auction are asked by Monday noon to submit a $250,000 deposit by wire transfer, evidence of financial wherewithal, a signed non-collusion affidavit and a mark-up of the Debtors’ form purchase agreement.

One-on-one tours of the property will be held on Tuesday with the auction Wednesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Judge Gregg Zive.

“We have marketed this thing far and wide and have a lot of interest in this asset,” Sodl said. “We have had a lot of interest from in-market competitors to buyers who are looking to get involved in the Reno market.”

Siena Watch – Update

It appears as if the Siena will be put on the auction block. No “binding, acceptable offer[s]” were made to buy the property.

Here is the closing paragraph from the Arent Fox filing:

WHEREFORE, based on the foregoing, the Debtors respectfully request that the Court enter an order: (a) establishing auction procedures with respect to the sale of the Debtors’ real and personal property; (b) approving and authorizing the sale by auction of the Debtors’ real property free and clear of liens, claims, interests, and encumbrances, subject to higher and better offers, (c) approving the assumption and assignment of certain unexpired leases and executory contracts to the winning bidder and establishing the cure amounts, if any, payable under such Assumed Agreements, or, in the alternative, approving the rejection of the Debtors’ unexpired leases and executory contracts to the extent such agreements are not assumed and assigned to the winning bidder, (d) approving that certain addendum to Innovation’s engagement letter dated October 28, 2010; (e) waiving the 14 day stay provided in Rule 6004(h); and (f) granting such other and further relief the Court deems just and proper.

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Siena Watch

Today is the day Barney, Clyde and their team of attorneys from Arent Fox are due in BK court before Judge Zive.  Noticeably absent, of course, are the attorneys from the Kelly Law Group.  We’ll keep you posted if and when we hear anything.

**BREAKING NEWS** SIENA HOTEL SHUTTERED

Inside sources report that the Siena will close at noon today. 

This page will be updated as the story unfolds.

Per a document filed by Hi-Five’s attorneys yesterday:


“…liquidity constraints have required that the Debtors shutdown their hotel operation until adequate operating capital can be obtained. The Debtors intend to complete their current negotiations no later than October 29, 2010, at which time they will either seek Court approval of a transaction that will provide for the reopening of the casino or reposition the Cases consistent with a longterm shut down of the business and the marketing and sale of the real estate asset. Consistent with this  repositioning, the Debtors hereby withdraw certain of the motions and applications currently set for hearing on October 21, 2010.

“On October 8, 2010, the Debtors were faced with a serious liquidity crisis precipitated by their inability to pay current invoices due to NV Energy with respect to their utility services. The Debtors considered a full shutdown of the Siena at that time. However, several investors remained interested in financing the property’s operations, even on a very compressed timeframe. Accordingly, in order to allow these negotiations to further develop, the Debtors took the interim step of closing the gaming floor at the Siena, thereby eliminating their
minimum bankroll requirement and freeing up cash to pay various operating expenses, including outstanding utility bills, Nevada gaming taxes, and certain insurance premiums.  This drastic step provided the company and Innovation with additional time to continue dialog with three interested investors. While one of those parties declined to go forward for reasons unrelated to the Siena, two others have remained in active negotiations with the Debtors and their advisors. However, due in part to the loss of revenue precipitated by the closing of the gaming floor, the Debtors have quite simply run out of time and money. As of October 20, 2010, they concluded that they are unable to continue to fund operations while these negotiations play out, and the Siena is currently in the process of being shutdown on at least an interim basis.”

We will keep you posted on all further developments.

Links Galore:

Reno Gazette Journal
Channel 4
Channel 2
KOLO TV
Las Vegas Sun
Siena’s own website
Letter To Siena Employees
REreno blog

PHOTOS:

Siena GM Clyde Callicott: "The staff and management of the Siena have made a major commitment to you."

The August 2, 2010 Siena Newsletter from Mr. Callicott speaks of such good things to come.  Do you remember all the way back in August when the Siena was on top of the world?  Yeah, neither do we.  Clyde teases us with this statement:  “We a few (sic) new surprises this time just to shake things up a bit.”  Who knew that meant they would stop allowing gambling at the casino?

Perhaps the Nevada AG should investigate this sentence:  “Everyone is a guaranteed winner.”  We’re not winners on this deal.  Are you?

Callicott ends by saying, “See you on the floor,” but fails to alert us to the fact that the table games will be gone, the slots will be unplugged and the gambling floor will be walled off two short months later.  Details, details….

 Message from the Siena General Manager – Clyde Callicott

Another Reno Summer is whizzing by at the Siena and the action is getting even hotter. We a few new surprises this time just to shake things up a bit. Let’s start with tournaments. Not only do we have $2K Open Slot Tournaments, now on it’s new day Tuesdays from 12vnoon to 8PM where you could win your share of $2000.00 in cash and prizes, we’ve added a new tournament, The Siena $1000 Free Video Poker Tournament, Saturdays from 12noon to 3PM . For River Club card member we are rolling out the Red Carpet as we host special “Guest Appreciation Days”.

On Monday’s all River card Members will receive 2X points for their Slot, Video Poker and Keno play as well as 2 for 1 lunch specials and 50% off all drink prices from 6PM to 9PM.

On Thursday join us for the all new Ladies Night – All Day !! All female River Card members will receive 2X points and 50% off drinks from 6PM to 9PM and that’s not all, all Female River Card members will also be eligible for a special drawing where they can win their share of $500.00 in cash and Spa packages.

It’s the return of 2 of our more popular promotions, Friday’s in August it’s the Great Point Stacker, where the top 20 point earners for the day win $50.00 in Free Play and on Saturdays The CASH IS KING is back. You could win your share of $1000.00 in cash simply by spinning the Siena Spin to Win Wheel.

Everyone is a guaranteed winner. Drawings every 30 minutes from 4 to 9 PM Spin the wheel of cash for your shot at $1,000 in cold hard cash. And don’t forget that you can now EARN 3X’s MORE FREE PLAY AND MORE VALUABLE COMPS than ever before simply by using your River Club Card.

It’s all about the experience, the guest service, the great food, and fun and exciting entertainment. The staff and management of the Siena have made a major commitment to you. So I ask you again – Don’t you think it’s time to rediscover the Siena?

See you on the floor,

Clyde Callicott, General Manager
One South Lake Street, Reno, NV 775-32-SIENA

Wikipedia Needs Your Help

There’s so much left unsaid on the Siena’s Wikipedia site.  Who wants to take a stab at correcting the record?

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

Siena – This Is A Must Read

Our favorite Reno-centric blog, REreno — Hardcore Real Estate News — does a great job of providing local (and insider) analysis and information, especially concerning the Siena.  This witty repartee can be found RIGHT HERE (yes, please click HERE)

They ask some great questions.  Does anyone have any of the answers?

Hoping these questions will, at the very least, spur ongoing dialogue.

RGJ Update: Siena shifts money "to other obligations"

Update at 3:38 p.m.:

 Dennis Neilander, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, said the Siena requested temporary closure of its gaming operations. Its sports book will remain open because it is run by the Cal Neva under a separate license.

Neilander said there is a requirement for licensees to maintain a minimum bankroll, calculated based on the types of games they have and potential jackpots.

“They decided to shut down (their) gaming operation and take that bankroll to other obligations as part of steps to make the property viable,” Neilander said.

Gaming was shut down about 4 a.m. Friday morning and agents from the board were on hand to observe the final drop about 6 a.m.

Neilander said the Siena is working on proposals to redo the slot floor.  “I think they decided this was the best course of action,” he said.

Temporary closures are done by quarter. The approval runs through the end of this quarter. If the Siena wants to remain closed for another quarter they can make another request.

Jeff Siri, CEO and president of the Cal Neva, said they will continue to keep the sports book in the Siena open.  “Our sports book’s done OK business today, surprisingly,” he said, noting that a 6-foot wall had been placed around the slot machines. “Hopefully we can spruce up the area and stay active. If they can keep the hotel business open I think it could do OK.”

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said about 3 p.m. he hadn’t spoken with anyone at the Siena yet, but had heard they closed the gaming to do a renovation.  “I’m just hoping they’re not closing,” he said.

Siena Hotel & Casino – Is The End Near?

According to a local TV station, the Siena’s casino floor is not currently open due to money woes. 

READ THE STORY BY CLICKING HERE

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Tri-Ng to look out for our Well B Ng?

Sometimes it feels like we’re just “Tri-Ng” too hard in life, doesn’t it? Or maybe we’re not “Tri-Ng” hard enough.  The information is out there, but we’ve all been too oblivious, too lazy, or too gosh darn blind to search for the truth.  Whatever the truth may be, we’re certain Barney Ng is always Tri-Ng really hard to get ahead.

Tri-Ng, Inc. was operating out of 432 Estudillo Avenue, Room 9, San Leandro, CA 94577.  Room 9 just so happens to be the current global headquarters for Five-Way Development, Wild Game Ng and Hi-Five Enterprises.  RE Reno’ers following the Siena’s bankruptcy proceedings or reading this blog will recognize the names of these three entities.  It isn’t too hard for anyone with a PACER account and some initiative to figure out that Barney NG is the Manager of each of these entities, all headquartered at, you guessed it, 432 Estudillo Avenue, Room 9, San Leandro, CA 94577.  This building is 20 miles or so from Bar-K’s building in Lafayette.

Tri-Ng, Inc. Entity Number C1189195, was formed December 27, 1985 by Barney J. Ng.  It’s current status is listed as “Merged Out.”  What does “Merged Out” mean?  We’ll let you know what has become of Tri-Ng if and when possible.

Finally, a quick search of the expensive Alameda County Recorder’s site lists a record showing a tax lien for a company called “Tr Ing Props” that may or may not be Barney’s “Tri-Ng” entity (is it misspelled?):

Document Detail
Instrument Number: 89298117
Sequence #: 0
Date Received: 11/02/1989 12:00:00 AM
Document Type: NOTICE OF TAX LIEN (COUNTY)
Book: 0
Page: 0

Names
TR ING PROPS
We love the creativity of the cute names, but, cute names aside, how do all these known and unknown entities affect us MF’08’ers, REL’ers and RE Reno’ers?


Siena Bankruptcy

There are a few documents that we are anxious to see as the bankruptcy moves forward.  The first document is the supposed lease signed in March 2000 between Wild Game Ng (Barney) and Hi-Five (Barney) where Barney is supposed to be paid approximately $350,000 per month in rent.  The second document is the underlying paperwork attesting to the fact that Hi-Five (Barney) owns 25% of One South Lake (Barney).

If you’re confused, it’s quite simple.  Barney will come out of this filing smelling like roses.  The rest of us won’t.  We’re not surprised.  Are you?

More Trouble At The Siena

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This isn’t getting better.

Well…this isn’t good

http://barkinvestors.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-trouble-at-siena_16.html

Looks like our good friends at the Siena have been dipping into their employee’s paychecks, charging them for their health care benefits, but not passing the funds along to the insurance company. That’s not good, right?