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Re: JUST BECLAWS
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I came. I ate. I left extremely happy.

Posted on: 2015/5/15 13:14
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Former JC School Board Candidate Arrested
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http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ey_city_charged_in_v.html

Believe this is the same Hiral Patel that was supported by Dan Levin and Riaz Wahid in the school board elections a few years ago.

Posted on: 2015/5/13 19:08
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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Bubble? You got to look at the economics:
- Proximity to greatest city on the planet: no. JC is cheap.
- Interest rates on mortgages: as cheap as they've ever been. So no.
- Demand - Millenials want to rent, Overseas investors want to buy. So Debatable.
- History - on zillow - looks like there's been a 20-30% pop on prices in the past 2-3 years. Bubble - probably not. But I wouldn't bet your retirement on it.

Is there a bubble in JC? IMO you've probably missed the opportunity. Dollar will fall, interest rates will rise...entirely my guess though....make your own guesses. That's how it works.





Interest Rates being low = (higher likelihood that) asset prices have/will decouple from income.

Posted on: 2015/4/28 18:11
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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Just because a deal is all cash does not mean that it won't be financed post-close.

a bubble is when prices de-couple from value. it is extremely difficult to determine whether an asset class is experiencing a bubble, and 1-3 family real estate is even more difficult because the intrinsic value of the property class is not based on the cash that could be earned from the asset.

Posted on: 2015/4/27 14:27
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Re: Coming Soon - Carvao BBQ in McGinly Square
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Hard to tell from those pictures, but I didn't think the ribs looked like St Louis style in particular. In the St. Louis style, the ribs are more "boxy" and rectangular, and usually heavily sauced. Whatever they are, I will definitely check them out and give it a try. I love (LOVE!) BBQ, and I am always disappointed with what passes for BBQ in this area. Dinosaur is pretty good, but the location in Newark is a pain to get to, and the one in Harlem is a little too far to make it a go-to place. Daisy May is pretty good, but it is in the middle of nowhere, quite literally.

For really good Brazilian grill, I normally hit up Golden Grille. I feel they don't get enough attention or mention. Their food is really good, plentiful and very well priced. For $20 you can feed three to four people with food that is tasty and well executed.


You know what you are talking about! not too many people know that there are different rib cuts or even styles of american bbq. By st louis i didn't mean the style of rib cut, just that the ribs were covered in sauce and looked grilled. Whoever said they cant wait for texas style bbq... are you serious?! the only thing that texas bbqs well is brisket... 1 dish.

Dino in Newark is for sure the SECOND BEST accessible american bbq in the area (its not that tough to get to... its 2 blocks from the path statation in newark). and I agree that Golden Grille is pretty solid churasceria style bbq for the price. I wish that it were a pay by the pound place for lunch like brazilian hole-in-the-wall spots in astoria. My personal favorite rodizio places are Rio 22 in Union and Churrascaria Plataforma on 49th street.

If you are interested in trying some of THE BEST BBQ in the area though... message me - I smoke north alabama style bbq almost every weekend.


Posted on: 2015/4/22 13:17
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Re: Coming Soon - Carvao BBQ in McGinly Square
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Is it brazilian or american style bbq? the name is portuguese but the website image is of st louis style ribs...

Posted on: 2015/4/21 21:10
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Re: How much do Jersey City residents spend on taxes? Report says more than most
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All that aside, the taxes in JC could be FAR higher if it wasn't for state aid. Given the very low crime rate (for an urban area), access to decent quality schools (including 2 very good high schools), and focus/attention from city hall, downtown tax payers (especially) don't have it so bad... it's another story for those paying taxes in some other parts of the city though.

Posted on: 2015/4/21 21:08
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Re: How much do Jersey City residents spend on taxes? Report says more than most
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LimpiarElSucio wrote:
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Monroe wrote:
My Newport comment was towards those wondering why there isn't low income housing available in Millburn/Short Hills, because some feel that low income people should be able to live wherever they choose, not where they can afford.

So I ask again-why not demand the same of Newport? Where is the low income housing stock on the waterfront?


There is low income housing in Short Hills. It is just off of rt 78/24, essentially separated from the rest of town.


Additionally, there is affordable housing in the middle of Summit NJ. There is affordable housing in Livingston.

There goes that argument...

Posted on: 2015/4/21 20:32
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Re: How much do Jersey City residents spend on taxes? Report says more than most
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Monroe wrote:
My Newport comment was towards those wondering why there isn't low income housing available in Millburn/Short Hills, because some feel that low income people should be able to live wherever they choose, not where they can afford.

So I ask again-why not demand the same of Newport? Where is the low income housing stock on the waterfront?


There is low income housing in Short Hills. It is just off of rt 78/24, essentially separated from the rest of town.

Posted on: 2015/4/21 20:29
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Re: A plan to bring banks to N.J.'s low-income neighborhoods | Opinion
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The hub bank branch went to public bid/RFP. One bank responded. Investors bank is well capitalized (look them up), has a strong balance sheet, pay NJS's form of deposit insurance, in addition to FDIC, and the city struck a deal with them that ultimately saves tax payers a significant amount of money for the banking services they provide to the municipality. Hoboken, Red Bank, and other NJ municipalities are quite pleased with using Investors. The CEO was born in and grew up in Jersey City.


+1

Posted on: 2015/4/19 21:41
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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LimpiarElSucio wrote:
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caj11 wrote:

Welcome to American capitalism buddy. Competition is what it is, and as much as it sucks sometimes, this is completely fair competition. Nothing unfair or illegal about Wal-Mart or whomever being able to outbid you on a space. So which small business in Jersey City do you own?

Rather than expecting the local government to look out for your business, why not offer a superior product or service that gives me a reason to come into your store?

Case in point: the local pharmacy near me(NOT Palace Drugs) has extremely limited hours compared to Duane Reade or any other of the large chains, but the pharmacist there is very friendly and takes the time to explain any medications I'm obtaining at his pharmacy. Duane Reade just fills my prescription and doesn't seem to care whether they get my business or not (and I still regard the people in those stores as friendly too). As limited as the local pharmacy's hours are, I make a point to try and get prescriptions filled over there, because I like the pharmacist/owner there who gives me a reason to use the store. But he can't satisfy my needs all of the time, so I head to Duane Reade, and why should the local government deny me that choice by preventing a chain store from coming into a building?

I have plenty other examples of this and would be happy to provide more. Furthermore, as discussed on another thread, the small businesses are getting much more squeezed by something else anyway - online sales. Should Jersey City prevent Amazon and other online stores from delivering to our residences as well?

City hall might win a few battles here, but they will ultimately lose the war.


I think you should read a lil Adam Smith, Friedman, Keynes, Samuelson, etc... unfettered capitalism does not always result in the optimum result, there are several occasions where government (having the power to impose regulation) is required in order to drive an optimal situation/result. The butcher doesn't sell meat because he cares if you eat, he sells meat to make money, and if allowed to, he will give you meat that is pumped full of solution at as high a price as possible. oh, you will just go to another butcher you say because the quality elsewhere is better... well, unfortunately the conditions that are required for your theory to work aren't present in a world full of significant barriers to competition (i.e. long-term leases, deep corporate bank accounts).


There has to be government involvement in EVERY economy, I get it. I don't need to read Adam Smith, Friedman, or anyone else, I remember it from high school economics that there are times when the free market fails us, i.e. natural monopolies, common pool, external costs, external benefits, etc.

This is not one of those situations.


and there is the crux of our disagreement. I think it is one of those situations because of the nature of commercial leases and corporate backing. This is beyond hs economics. You are assessing the situation as if it was one of economic profits under competition whole the nature of the situation makes it one of economic rents (under competition).

Posted on: 2015/4/14 14:42
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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caj11 wrote:

Welcome to American capitalism buddy. Competition is what it is, and as much as it sucks sometimes, this is completely fair competition. Nothing unfair or illegal about Wal-Mart or whomever being able to outbid you on a space. So which small business in Jersey City do you own?

Rather than expecting the local government to look out for your business, why not offer a superior product or service that gives me a reason to come into your store?

Case in point: the local pharmacy near me(NOT Palace Drugs) has extremely limited hours compared to Duane Reade or any other of the large chains, but the pharmacist there is very friendly and takes the time to explain any medications I'm obtaining at his pharmacy. Duane Reade just fills my prescription and doesn't seem to care whether they get my business or not (and I still regard the people in those stores as friendly too). As limited as the local pharmacy's hours are, I make a point to try and get prescriptions filled over there, because I like the pharmacist/owner there who gives me a reason to use the store. But he can't satisfy my needs all of the time, so I head to Duane Reade, and why should the local government deny me that choice by preventing a chain store from coming into a building?

I have plenty other examples of this and would be happy to provide more. Furthermore, as discussed on another thread, the small businesses are getting much more squeezed by something else anyway - online sales. Should Jersey City prevent Amazon and other online stores from delivering to our residences as well?

City hall might win a few battles here, but they will ultimately lose the war.


I think you should read a lil Adam Smith, Friedman, Keynes, Samuelson, etc... unfettered capitalism does not always result in the optimum result, there are several occasions where government (having the power to impose regulation) is required in order to drive an optimal situation/result. The butcher doesn't sell meat because he cares if you eat, he sells meat to make money, and if allowed to, he will give you meat that is pumped full of solution at as high a price as possible. oh, you will just go to another butcher you say because the quality elsewhere is better... well, unfortunately the conditions that are required for your theory to work aren't present in a world full of significant barriers to competition (i.e. long-term leases, deep corporate bank accounts).

Posted on: 2015/4/13 20:18
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Whatever happens ... he's going to grow," he said. "Out of the most adverse situations are our greatest periods of growth in life. I hope that's what happens" - Bill O'Dea,

Hopefully that growth is achieved rapidly and involves maturity, morality, and an understanding of civic responsibility... all of which would direct him to "resign."

Posted on: 2015/4/10 16:27
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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JCMan, enjoy having the councilman who makes false statements that accuse innocent citizens of wrongdoing to the police, circumvents policies, and blatantly steals from the public he is supposed to represent be a decider on whether or not the 'formula business' provision is adopted. I'm sorry that you cannot see the connection between policies being adopted and the role and integrity of council members.

Aside from that, personally, I would describe Duane Reade as a dump. My personal opinion aside, while I dont know where to find the actual proposal so that I can read it, I imagine existing chains (such as duane reade, which is technically a "grocery store" anyway and thus exempt) are grandfathered in when it comes time to renew their 20-30 year leases.


Separately, thank you Terrence McDonald for some stand-up investigative journalism.

Posted on: 2015/4/10 15:24
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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JC Listers apparently care more about chain stores in downtown than this...

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_councilman_suspend.html

based on that sad fact, we probably deserve to have decisions made by someone like chico.

Posted on: 2015/4/10 13:49
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Re: Jersey City hotel tax expanded to include Airbnb, other short-term rental services
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+1 for Pebble

Posted on: 2015/4/10 13:40
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Re: Jersey City hotel tax expanded to include Airbnb, other short-term rental services
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Yvonne wrote:
There is no difference between renting an apartment or rooms for several days and a long term tenant. I see this ordinance turning into a 6% tax on apartments eventually. We don't need it. Boggiano is right, this is a tax on the small homeowner. The city is not providing any service for this 6%, it just has its hands in our pockets.


so what you are really advocating for isn't that we shouldn't have hotel taxes apply to people who treat apartments like they are hotels but that we should completely eliminate the hotel tax so that people who rent rooms out in hotels aren't treated differently than people who rent rooms out of homes...


hotel occupancy taxes are theoretically supposed to go towards promoting tourism, that probably isn't how they are generally spent in the real world, but if you benefit from the tourism you should have to pay your share towards the marketing that helps drive it.

Posted on: 2015/4/9 17:31
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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Are you really sure about that? Is every non-chain restaurant owned by people who physically live in Jersey City and are all their employees living in Jersey City? Furthermore, do they spend all their profit in Jersey City or do they take it over to the Garden State Plaza in Elizabeth and spend it at places that are also chains? Or do they go into Manhattan to spend it at stores, theaters and other places that are not in Jersey City either?

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I am 100% certain of that as I define NYC and Elizabeth as "fairly local," certainly more local than Tampa, Fl. When the locally earned profits are spent on chains in other nearby towns, at least a greater share of the profit is being kept in the area before it ultimately makes its way out of the area.

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The whole concept of "spending your money locally" is just ludicrous when we live in a very fluid economy in a large metropolitan area with lots of places to spend your money both inside and outside of Jersey City. Money leaves Jersey City all the time and money comes right back in as well. I don't think we have a problem of "capital flight" like they had in post-World War I Germany.

Yes, Outback Steakhouse is a chain with headquarters in Florida but it's owned by a larger publicly traded company with stockholders all over the country (maybe even some in Jersey City).
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This has nothing to do with "capital flight" but you should really take a trip to the midwest or even south jersey or upstate ny and check out what towns look like when the small business base is eliminated.

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I'd also love to know what Fulop will define as a "chain" because Ibby's Falafel, with a second location in Freehold could be considered a chain without getting more specific. Two Boots claims it is a "local " restaurant as well yet I see numerous locations listed on their website, all over the country (I wonder how both of these places will react to this proposal).
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Check out the article again, the definition is in there.

Posted on: 2015/4/7 21:02
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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and you will still have that option. you can always get in a car and drive to the suburbs or hop on the path and head up to times square.

unfortunately, because of the dynamics of rents and scale, the consumer isn't the decider (like we would like to think it is) when it comes to whether big chains come in or not or whether small businesses have the opportunity to start.

price/quality aside, when you dine at a non-chain in JC, the profit stays in JC (or at least fairly local), when you dine at outback, the profit flees to Tampa (where outback is HQ'd). this is a policy that will not only help define the feel and image of JC but also likely benefit the local economy.

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Would Whole Foods be considered a 'chain store'?




"Grocery stores aren't affected by the proposal, according to the draft ordinance."
this is bs. although i am not a fan of the big chains, i think the market is the bes decider of whether big chains come in or not. honestly, whether i spend my money at outback or marco & pepe, that should be my decision not fulop's....

Posted on: 2015/4/7 16:41
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Hmm so chico takes advantage of his office to get questionable access to JCIA property (which Dabney just hands him apparently).

Chico drives around JC with emergency lights on, fraudulently posing as emergency personnel.

Chico makes a false statement to the police where he attempts to pin a crime on the fully innocent victim.

Chico lies about graduating from high school.

Terence, do you know how long has chico been on the abatement committee ?

Posted on: 2015/3/17 11:44
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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He just became a commissioner this month. He's had possession of the stolen "borrowed" car for months!


Chico was actually appointed in October. The JCIA's PR person issued a press release about it just this month.


Is there anything in the bylaws of the JCIA that gives commissioners access to vehicles? My guess is no.

Is the JCIA auto insurance going to cover the damage to the JCIA vehicle or the t-boned car? would chico even be covered since he isn't an authorized driver? Either way, I don't know of any insurance that provides coverage when a driver is under the influence. If chico is claiming he takes "full responsibility"can we 1) get a promise,in the form of a check, that he will cover ALL damage IMMEDIATELY, and 2) resign... He didn't try to maintain his innocence in the police report, no, he blatantly made false statements for the police report where he tried to pin the accident on an innocent hard working taxi driver and an off duty nypd officer. Talk about character. Redeem yourself And prove to jersey city voters how sorry you are for your actions and that you are prepared to take FULL responsibility

Posted on: 2015/3/17 11:33
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Yvonne wrote:
Chico is a commissioner at the JCIA.


Do all JCIA commissioners get free city cars? With flashing lights?


He just became a commissioner this month. He's had possession of the stolen "borrowed" car for months!

Posted on: 2015/3/17 1:02
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Yvonne wrote:
Chico is a commissioner at the JCIA.


???

Posted on: 2015/3/17 0:59
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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He gets to borrow a city car because he's having problems with his personal car? Is that available to every JC employee, or only Fulop supporters?


What do you mean JC employee? Chico is NOT a JC employee. There is an apparent violation of the law by Dabney and Chico. Dabney gave the car to a resident (Chico) who accepted use of the car even though he knew had no right to it. In NJ a conviction for violating Section 2C:21-15 - Misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institution carries a 3-5 year prison sentence.

Dabney and Chico need to resign or be dismissed. immeadiately. What are we going to learn about the "loose cannon" from the newspapers next? that he is taking bribes? impersonating police officers? making more false statements to the police? bought his middle school diploma online?


Posted on: 2015/3/17 0:57
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Right after the Mayor was sworn in he said that any employee/councilperson that takes out a city car and doesn't sign it back in will be charged with theft

According to the new policy, any employee who needs a city-issued car for work must sign it out at the beginning of a work day and return it by the end. Any city car that leaves Jersey City without prior approval will be considered theft of property.

Fulop also urges the city?s autonomous agencies to adopt a similar policy.


http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... les_mayor-elect_says.html

Chico skirts this rule by "borrowing" a car from the JCIA (for 3+ months!)... even though he isn't an employee of the agency. Can anyone spell "misappropriation?" I think I learned the spelling as F-E-L-O-N-Y.



Posted on: 2015/3/17 0:36
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Re: Jersey City could eliminate employee parking lot to open way for development
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There is a big difference between an abatement offered today and an abatement offered more than two years ago.one of the first things that Fulop did when he started was improve the abatement policy. Previously the city was treated as a homogenous entity, the new policy provides greater incentives to develop in neighborhoods that were previously ignored while the old policy offered incentives to develop dwntown. Pretending that an abatement issued five years ago to an an abatement authorized today is the equivalent of comparing a model t to a new Ford.

Posted on: 2014/11/29 23:54
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Re: Lions of Judah being removed from church/synagogue/mosque on Grove?
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Keeping the lions would be smart community relations as they are clearly appreciated by the larger community. They provide an aesthetic beauty to an otherwise bleak streetscape.

Posted on: 2014/11/20 12:29
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Re: 2014 Board of Ed Candidates
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Yvonne, you really do have your own brand of logic.

Posted on: 2014/10/25 12:23
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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What bothers me about the friends of the loews is the salary they pay themselves. Egan and friends did a great job saving the theatre from destruction and he/they deserve recognition but if you want to call yourself a volunteer...should you be receiving compensation? I'm pretty sure that by definition, volunteers don't receive a salary.

what specifically bothers me about the fol during this process is thirty stubbornness. Entrepreneurs routinely handover the companies they started to managers that know how to take the business to the next level. If the friends of the loews really want to see the loews fully restored and operating, their started goal, then it's time to recognize that it's time for a handoff. Personally I'd love to see mana/njpac or the other non-profit win out.

Posted on: 2014/5/2 1:29
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Re: Bright St. Redevepment Plan - Ward E Councilperson's Comments and Position
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I'm sure if many of those at the meeting looked in the mirror objectively they would/should probably throw the words "racist" and "classist" at themselves.

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