By Goesch's reckoning, upward of 2,500 people are affected in the half a dozen subdivisions owned by Kawamoto.
"We've got bleeding heart stories all over," he said. "But they're all true."
In the Stony Point-Villa Royale neighborhoods of southwest Santa Rosa, many residents have already cleared out.
The post office has received 40 change-of-address forms. The local U-Haul office said it's having trouble keeping trucks in stock. So many people moving at once has strained the local housing market.
Those left behind feel like they're living on an empty movie set--the props are in place, but people are lacking.
Kathy Wagner, 55, said she's thinking of locking her garage door for the first time since she moved in. "It's kind of scary," she said.
Most people who do find housing are discovering that they must pay more for less. "Here we pay $1,190 rent. Our new place is smaller but we're paying $300 more," said Christine Chisholm, 25, who is living with her parents.