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Re: Downtown: Woman robbed outside her (second street) home
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so, if you had your way, this woman would have been carrying a gun. and now the thief would have her purse...and the gun it was holding.

super plan.


Purses don't make the best CCW holsters. Its best to keep a firearm on your person. One option here:

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Posted on: 2010/9/10 4:09
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Re: Downtown: Woman robbed outside her (second street) home
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It would be nice for NJ to join 40 other states in becoming a "shall issue" (or no permit required) for concealed carry. The perps would be a little more hesitant if their intended targets could fight back.

Posted on: 2010/9/8 19:56
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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Please forgive my stupid question, but this is THE tax raise they told us about, right? Are they going to raise our taxes again in the near future?

I can only hope that the door-to-door assessment will lower my taxes somewhat. Looking at my mortgage statement, my principal and interest combined are dwarfed by my taxes!!


Given the fact the city is $80mil in the hole and is doing nothing concrete to fill that gap.. yeah.. we are going to get hit with another tax increase.

At some point, the city will raise taxes to the point where people will just stop paying them. At that point, the tax delinquent list printed in the Jersey Journal will be thicker than the rest of the paper.

Posted on: 2010/9/8 15:09
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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PSE&G actually split itself up into a number of different companies. The part you pay on your bill is still a regulated utility, with pricing approved by the BPU.

PSE&G divided up its generation with its fossil plants under one company and its nukes under another (Excelon tried to buy the nukes a few years back).

When you chose a supplier, you are choosing what generator / reseller you buy power from. PSE&G.. the regulated portion, still delivers it.

You also pay fees to upgrade the PJM grid. These fees went up a lot a little over a year ago. At least this money is going to infrastructure, hopefully preventing future blackouts. The PJM grid covers New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.


The rates really started to rise back in late 2007. That is when Corzine signed a bill that put NJ deep into the Global Warming scam. From NJBIA:

In a move that could lead to higher electricity prices, Governor Jon Corzine on July 6 signed A-3301 (Stender, Vainieri-Huttle)/ S-2114 (Buono, T. Kean) to severely cut New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions. The new law requires the State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent between now and 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The law does not detail how these reductions will be achieved. Instead, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will list sources of emissions and set up a reporting and monitoring system by January 2009, and by next June will recommend regulations and legislation to implement the 20 percent reduction. By June 30, 2010, DEP will recommend regulations and laws to achieve the 2050 goal. NJBIA was able to convince lawmakers to eliminate provisions for fees to be imposed on businesses that were in an earlier version of the bill.

All that money paid to people with solar panels in the form of energy credits is paid for by you, the ratepayer.

Posted on: 2010/8/31 19:26
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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For anyone keeping track, over the last 2 years PSE&G has raised its rates for delivery + service by approximately 50%, from $.12 to $.18 per Kwhr.

I have often wondered whether that blah-blah on every bill about alternate providers was just boilerplate to LOOK like there was some competition. I guess that's exactly what it it IS.


Those rates are set by the BPU. The reason for the rate increase was to fund solar, wind, and other projects. Money is collected through the Society Benefits Charge (on commercial meters) and increased rates through the delivery charges. NJ requires the utilities to produce or purchase a certain percentage of power from wind, biomass, and solar. Since the amount of power produced from these sources is tiny, the amount bid for the energy credits (every megawatt-hour of power generated equals one credit) has hit upwards of $600 per credit. This money is then paid to the owner of the solar panels, wind turbine, etc. You the rate payer are paying for those credits. This is why you are now paying $0.18 per kWh.

The majority of power produced in NJ (which is part of the PJM grid) is nuclear (over 50%) followed by coal. The costs of nuclear have dropped significantly over the past decade while coal has been price stable compared to natural gas or oil. The increase in your bill is largely due to government mandates and not due to the increase in the cost of fuel.

Posted on: 2010/8/30 19:53
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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teacher wrote:
gotta be anarchy, new regime, Fulop is good, but I think,
a more conservative candidate would be better.
Starve the pension Beast, save the simple museum, library and reduce taxes.


The towns that have gotten out of their pension obligations have done so by basically firing the entire police and fire departments. Those services where then contracted out. Either via a privately run fire department and / or by contracting out the police protection with a neighboring town or country sheriff's department.

Posted on: 2010/8/28 12:38
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Re: Gov. Christie Fires Schools Chief, Bret Schundler
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NJ should be running away from any Federal bailout money as fast as possible. This cash is designed to ultimately prop up the education union as it delay the day of reckoning when school budgets will have to be cut drastically. There will be strings attached to the cash that will make it harder for NJ to get its fiscal house in order.

At some point, the Fed money WILL run out: Either by severe budget cuts or through inflation (the Fed can't monetize the debt without consequences). The sooner NJ learns to live within its means, the better off this State will be.

Posted on: 2010/8/28 12:37
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Re: What to do about over sized garbage in downtown JC?
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How do you get rid of old paint cans?


Latex paint (if dry) goes into regular trash.
Oil base paints are collected several times a year by JCIA.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 16:31
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Re: What is with Downtown Jersey City's war on trees?
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Could it be due to Long Horn beetle infestation? Back in 2003 - 2003, they were found in trees in Newport. The only way to fight the beetle is to cut down and destroy the infected trees.


http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/scie ... -beetle-awareness-program

Posted on: 2010/8/20 14:28
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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gordonh wrote:
When we got reassessed, the tax office claimed it was because the previous owner had pulled a permit for some work. Nothing big; new floors put over the old ones. No addition, no big renovation. So we were really surprised when we got reassessed two years after that permit was issued..


I can shed some light on that. The Building Department got raided by the police (exact details of what they are looking for.. I can't say). The records collected were in such disarray that a forensic auditor was assigned to work though everything.

The building department failed to collect payments for abated properties. They also failed to properly report completed projects to the tax department.

You got this two years after the date probably because the tax department is still playing catch-up.

Posted on: 2010/8/17 15:10
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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fraulein wrote:
. So they should have had a heads up about the re-assessed value and subsequent tax implications? (I'm a recent homeowner and trying to understand the logistics myself).


Whenever I got re-assessed, I received a certified letter stating such which included a bill since the assessment is back billed to the beginning of the fiscal year.

Posted on: 2010/8/17 13:00
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Re: Wind Turbines Are Coming to New York, and Not Just Offshore
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great! More financial white elephant that have the added bonus of killing lots of birds. Windmills are even worse than solar when it comes to delivering reliable, affordable source of energy.

Posted on: 2010/8/16 17:57
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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coop wrote:
I just called the tax office and was told that a reassessment of my property had kicked in this quarter. This has increased my assessment threefold and therefore my taxes reflect that increase. And the appeal season for this assessment is not until January so I can't do anything, except pay the bill, until then.


Been there, done that. People in the downtown (1 to 4 family buildings and condos) should not be surprised if their assessments go up 100% to even 200%. I figured this when I went through the County Board of Appeals. A former tenant of mine pulled comps (real estate agent) and in the process of building my appeal, I realized the downtowner's are going to get hosed during the next reassessment.

The reason is that on 1 to 4 family homes (residential.. not commercial properties) the tax is based on comparable resale values and square footage. With the huge runup in sale prices during the housing bubble, people in the downtown are now a big, fat, juicy tax target.


Welcome to tax hell everyone! I ended up a here a few years ago. BTW: my appeal was partially successful (got the 200k in tax assessed value increase reduced by about 81k). Still, I am paying over $20k a year now on my 4 family.

Posted on: 2010/8/16 17:55
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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You got me... I pulled out my bill that arrived on Saturday. Everything ads up correctly on the one bills I pulled. Sounds like you might need to take a trip to city hall and ask them.

Posted on: 2010/8/16 14:00
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Re: Anyone Get A Phone Survey About The Sheriff's Race?
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Was it a "Push Poll"? I used to get those years back when I lived in Hoboken.

Posted on: 2010/8/9 12:06
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Re: Volunteers needed for Jersey City Recall
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Papers are still in the process of being filed. After which, the current office holders have to respond in writing.

Then signatures can be collected.

Posted on: 2010/8/4 21:46
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Re: Dumpster emptying at 2:30am?!?!?
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that's around the time my dumpster gets picked up on Tuesday morning. Pickups are overnight because there is no traffic making it easier to move large trucks through the city. This is part of the reason that J.C. moved to overnight trash collection a few years ago.


Don't worry.. you will get used to it after a while...

Posted on: 2010/7/27 22:08
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Re: New York Times: Possible Second Life for Stalled Xanadu Project?
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Dear god why was this abomination built in the 1st place? Does NJ really need another mall?

Posted on: 2010/7/25 16:55
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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Well, believe it or not the technology is here, it works, and is being perfected by inventors all over the world.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDeXTXYFKAY&feature=related


This is a scam recycled from the late 80's (in fact, given the VHS quality of the video and clothes worn.. it looks like that vid was made around then).

There is no magical free energy. Never has been, never will be.

Posted on: 2010/7/25 16:51
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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Dude... put down the bong and take the tinfoil off your head. The 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics are not going to be bypassed. There is no such thing as a free lunch or free energy.

Posted on: 2010/7/24 3:52
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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ianmac47 wrote:
So you are against solar. You are against natural gas. How about you turn off your computer and stop using so much electricity.


Well.. NJ does get a little over 50% of its power from nuclear. But don't plan on anymore nuke plants being built in NJ anytime soon.

Though Toshiba did come up with a pretty cool min nuclear reactor for powering small towns and large facilities. I think they are going to install one in Alaska soon.

Posted on: 2010/7/23 21:05
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Re: Will PSE&G Solar Panels be Placed in Front of your Historic Home? They are coming soon to JC!
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You the rate payers are paying for this program. Did you notice that your electrical rates went from about 0.12 per kWh to well over $0.17? Well, that was done to pay for these panels.

Solar makes no sense financially. It can't pay for itself. Without subsidies, the solar industry dies overnight.

Solar is not as 'clean' as you think. Refining silicon for the panels is an extremely energy intensive process that involves the creation of toxic waste. This waste must be heated well over 1,000F in order to treat it. China leads the world in producing the silicon because they don't bother treating the silicon tetrachloride. They just dump it. The stuff breaks down into hydrochloric acid and pretty much poisons the soil to the point grass won't even grow.

Posted on: 2010/7/23 19:07
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Re: pseg "partners" asking to see my bill?
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You can get a list of natural gas and electricity suppliers here:

http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/commercial/shopping.html

Scroll down to the bottom for links to the pdf docs that list the suppliers. Not all the suppliers service residential (they are commercial and industrial only).

Posted on: 2010/7/21 18:01
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Re: Furloughs coming for Jersey City workers; Mayor Healy to take pay cut
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Furloughs are a, as previous poster(s) pointed out are a minor part of the budget. Putting the school side of the budget aside for the moment: As previous posters pointed out, salaries, overtime, pension, and insurance eat up the bulk of the non-school side of the budget (followed by healthy chunk of $$$ for interest on debt).

The city is headed for bankruptcy unless some other entity bails it out. The entire state pension system is insolvent at this point. Options the city should be looking at:


No pensions for all new hires. Defined contributions only. But at least give employees a 401k and not the typical 401b normally offered to govt. employees. 401b's are often nothing but annuities which is the wrong investment say for a 23 year old rookie cop.

Renegotiate with the unions. No more multiple pensions. Existing pensions and salaries will need to be frozen and / or cut. Overtime issues need to be resolved. For example, a lot of police are paid overtime to sit a watch a hole be dug into a street (construction). Do we really need full-time uniformed officers doing that job? Can we use a part time (not paid overtime) auxiliary police (say police that retired from full time work)?

Nuclear option #1. If the unions don't cooperate: Privatize everything to get out of the pension trap There are private companies that handle fire for airports and municipalities. I am not sure if there is one for police. The only contracting out of police I found so far was a town contracting with a neighboring city police or sheriffs department. Wouldn't be nice if we made Jersey City the most cost effective police force in the county? The city could give us some tax relief by contracting the police out to the rest of the county at a profit (yeah.. I know.. fat chance on that one).

Nuclear option #2: Hit the reset switch. Default on all obligations. Write off debt, cancel all contracts, and go ahead with nuclear option #1.

Posted on: 2010/7/19 11:38
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Re: Reliable company for new windows
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Decent windows typically cost $600+ to have installed. Beware of the lower grade vinyl windows and pay close attention to their warranties. Lower grade vinyl windows, especially the very tall ones found in brownstones, will warp over a period of about 5 years.

Those "lifetime" warranties typically only cover the cost of materials, NOT LABOR!. Servicing the windows in the future is how the company makes more $$$.

Companies like Harvey, Marvin (whom you may be stuck with if you are in a historic district) back their windows with something along the lines of a 20 year warranty. If anything goes wrong with the workmanship, the factory send out a rep (not the installer). There will be no charge for parts and labor. So if your contractor gets hit by a bus, you are still covered.

Posted on: 2010/7/16 13:13
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Re: Jersey City looking to cut employees, vehicles & more; switch budget from fiscal to calendar year
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The city is sunk unless something is done about pensions. The city should privatize everything possible (including the fire department) to get out of the pension trap. Any new hires that work directly for the city should be on a defined contributions plan only.

Posted on: 2010/7/14 20:23
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Re: Volunteers needed for Jersey City Recall
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Count me in as a Ward C signer. I am now forced to ask my bank to adjust my payments so I can keep my head above water.

I bought all my properties before the housing bubble.
I am not heavily leveraged.
The mortgage payments are reasonable

I have had to cut rents to keep my tenants. A couple are paying me sporadically because of under-employment issues. What is killing me are the property taxes and fees (sewer increase of 45% is insane). I am now cash flow negative. I can't wait until 2013 to get new leadership in.

Unless someone is voted in that will support radical action (for example, privatizing the fire department to get out from under the crushing union pensions and salaries) Jersey City will be bankrupt. At some point, taxes will stop being paid and the liens will no longer be bought at auction. Its happened before.

Posted on: 2010/7/9 11:26
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