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Re: Eyebrow help
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Any suggestions for eyebrow grooming for a gemale with moderately thick brows? I don't think i want threading.


I've had my own grooming considered a crime, but most people would not admit it! (Note the category of your post)

Posted on: 6/14 11:16
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Bullshit. That's not what the link nor the cut and paste I posted from the state site says. Call the the state document wrong if you like, but don't say I'm misleading anyone or failing to understand.


I worked with the State Board of Education and the Jersey City Public School district and specifically on this matter.

You can go to the source, the NJ School Report Card Database and look up _the source_ of this information, as in the link you provided, for starters - but you are just too lazy or full of yourself to do so - much like your unwillingness to comprehend the information provided. Likewise, you can do the same - look at the school (capital) budget as I indicated earlier.


You again say the perfectly clear numbers I linked are wrong, don't provide a link to your data, and call ME lazy and full of myself????? BTW, I did try to find it on the awful JCBOE website you said it was on, now you're saying it's somewhere else.

Make up your mind or, God forbid, actually link the data rather than pontificate, so everyone can know. SO much of this game is obfuscation, even the format of the "user friendly" budget is deliberately misleading and confusing.

Posted on: 6/6 12:17
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
The link you provided is for total maintenace costs, which include other expenses than salry and benefits. Your comments are ignorant and misleading.



Bullshit. That's not what the link nor the cut and paste I posted from the state site says. Call the the state document wrong if you like, but don't say I'm misleading anyone or failing to understand.

Salaries and Benefits for Operations and Maintenance of Plant
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group* (2016-17 budget): 100|101

http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/c ... dist_code2390&maxhits=650

This clearly states we pay more than all but one big district. I link to my data, link to yours rather than saying some doc says what you want it to say.

Posted on: 6/5 20:26
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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At the last council meeting a person asked if fire trucks will be able to go down those streets since planters are there. It takes a while to move those planters so will that hamper putting out a fire in a timely manner. That question should have been asked the first time the mall started.


Perhaps they can actually ask the FD if they were consulted rather than assuming they had not, since FD's have to deal with security bollards and planters around virtually EVERY civic building in the metro area. At first guess I'd say they reasonably responded that getting in by the gated Grove end of the plaza, like ALL the delivery trucks, was just fine.

Posted on: 6/5 17:57
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Finally, throughout the various Abbott opinions it has been acknowledged that funding alone will not solve the problem. In the most recent decision Christie tried to reopen the entire line of cases and claim that funding doesn't solve the problem. The court's response is that funding alone wont do it, but funding is a necessary part of it.


Surely you must admit that the purpose of Abbott wasn't so that we could have the among the best paid janitors and the lowest funded extracurriculars in the state?

Posted on: 6/5 16:42
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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That "100|101" means we spend more than 99 of 101 large NJ districts on operations salaries, which of course means we spend more than almost anyone in the country.


Ok, and... you do realize that NJ has the 2nd highest or so median household income in the country, too, with Northern NJ towing the South in that statistic.


Jersey City ranked 597 of 702 incorporated areas and census-designated places in New Jersey ranked by per capita income based on the 2000 United States Census. Granted that's a little stale, but hasn't changed that much, from $27,512 to 34,887 in 2016, in 2016 dollars. So why are our janitors the best paid in the state?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ ... ions_by_per_capita_income

Posted on: 6/5 15:20
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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How much of this "more than average" spending is just the cost of providing two free meals a day to __% of the students in the system, versus the cost of actually providing the education?


Why don't you look for yourself?

Salaries and Benefits for Operations and Maintenance of Plant
Per Pupil Amount (2016-17 budget): $1,775
Per Pupil Ranking Within Group* (2016-17 budget): 100|101
% of Budgetary Cost Per Pupil (2016-17): 9.9%

That "100|101" means we spend more than 99 of 101 large NJ districts on operations salaries, which of course means we spend more than almost anyone in the country.

http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/c ... dist_code2390&maxhits=650

Posted on: 6/5 14:03
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Monroe, you'd be more credible if you focused on how the money is spent rather than graduation rates. To me the fact that we spend at the top for maintenance salaries yet near the bottom on extracurriculars, the things like arts and sports that motivates kids to stay in school and see it as a positive, is far more salient. Paying staff more in an already high paying state does not obviously improve outcomes, and I doubt that's what Abbott was intended to primarily do.

Posted on: 6/5 13:00
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Yeah.. think I will stick with tomatoes and basil. I have to re-design the drainage system and improve the insulation. That is on hold due to new baby expenses followed by the fact the wife is tired of our "temporary" (for the past 14 years) kitchen.


LOL. When we built a stair to turn an upstairs unit into a bedroom floor, I left the kitchen there intact and moved ours up there, so I could reno ours and we wouldn't be kitchenless. I think about 1.5 years in she said she would move out if I didn't get it done by the end of year 2! When I first proposed this plan the big concern was a gate on the stairs for our newborn daughter. It was never an issue and she was in Kindergarten by the time we moved downstairs. Now it seems forever ago...

Posted on: 6/4 22:06
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Anyone with a closet and a grow lamp can grow cannabis.


Or an elaborate hydroponic greenhouse on their roof?

Posted on: 6/4 16:52
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
To JPHurst's point, Steve Sweeney recently expressed such sentiment and that school district consolidation is necessary.

For instance, New Jersey has over 600 school districts, which is more than it has municipalities at a count of 535.


I'm all for this, but see it as unlikely. This kind of "home rule" stuff is what NJ is all about, from PDs to tiny town governments.

Posted on: 6/4 13:39
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Brewster, 80,000 people commute to work in JC every day? Care to cite something to show this??


Top right graph
http://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/content/C ... 0Population%20Poster3.pdf


On the general point, I've already said many time I think the BOA is overspending. But the situation is unfixable in the short term, we're dealing with extremely powerful unions and entrenched interests. Look at the teachers contract, they tried to reduce costs by freezing wages and asking for healthcare contribution, since actual wage reduction was out of the realm of possibility. JC teachers are paid in the 94th percentile of big districts in NJ and therefore are basically the best paid in the nation http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/c ... dist_code2390&maxhits=650, but the teachers got hysterical and struck. Labor is where the money is, and good luck with that.

Here's the proposed budget, tell us where to cut and how.

http://www.jcboe.org/boe2015/images/p ... et-SY2018-19_03.28.18.pdf

Posted on: 6/4 12:05
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Brewster, I'm ok with the tax-but disturbed that JC would find a way to exempt JC residents from the tax.


Why? Something well north of 80k people commute to JC, that's what it was a decade ago, best data I could find. They spend at least 40 hrs a week here, why is it outrageous to suggest they contribute more than maybe buying lunch?

As for school aid, bullshit. You've made clear for years that you want state support to JC ended, not just cut back to SFRA levels. Your stuff is nothing more than classic right wing social darwinism orthodoxy: everyone look out for themselves, and justify failure with your armchair sociology.

Posted on: 6/3 23:33
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Monroe wrote:
When suburban taxpayers pump 1.2 billion dollars into JC schools every three years-which spend 25% more per student than the state average, and have putrid graduation rates (minus McNair), you're damn right other state taxpayers get a say. And they do, finally, through the state legislators who see how unfair it is to their own cities and schools.


It's a big jump to get from saying the state should not transfer your money to JC to saying JC can't be allowed to raise tax money how it wishes, with in-state precedent no less.

And I'm so tired of your citing poor performance as justification for defunding these schools, like that would help. You honestly couldn't give a crap how they perform, as long as you didn't have to pay for them. Poorly performing inner city schools are a universal problem in this country, JC is not an outlier. Most of your rhetoric shows you don't believe in the basic idea of Abbott/SFRA, that poor districts should not be abandoned to their own resources while wealthy ones like Short Hills can give a cadillac education to their kids.

Posted on: 6/3 22:06
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Doesn't it smack you of "taxation without representation?"

No more so than if I went into NY and had to pay higher sales tax. I don't get a say. There's a pretty good argument for this merely from a macro POV, these employees drive JC roads and benefit from JC 1st responder services, etc without paying anything to this city. I've heard this argument defending NYC's tax. It makes a lot of sense for a city with a big non-resident commuter population, unlike many sprawling smaller cities in this country that include much of the nearby suburbs in their borders.

Sure you can argue their employers pay property tax or PILOTS, and they spend money here, but that's not nearly as much as if they lived here.

That said, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the city exempts nonresident city employees.

Posted on: 6/3 20:54
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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HeightsNative wrote:
Monroe, and non JC residents like him, quite frankly, have just as much skin in the game with JC as residents do.


No, they don't. Same as we don't let foreigners, even ones who live here, vote in our US elections. If a JC public employee chooses not to live in the city that employs them, they give up the right to vote in that city. They can choose to work elsewhere, same as all the people who complain about street noise and parking are told to move if they don't like it.

I hate the fact that we have Monmouth County resident cops who, when told of a crime, think and even occasionally say, "what do you expect, living in this shithole?" I had a friend who taught in the system say the other night that one of her colleagues was an deep racist who hated all the kids in the school. When your city employees are only interested in what they can extract from a city they don't live in, you don't give them a say in the budget.

Posted on: 6/3 19:37
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Monroe wrote:
Does this mean that if you're a resident of JC you would be untaxed on the 1%, while JC workers from other towns have to pay it?


Sounds like yes, unless JC decides to tax it's residents too. So...NYC does it, Newark does it, will the world end if we do it too rather than raise the rate 25%? Obviously this is a component of how NYC keeps it's residential property taxes so low.

I'd rather see school cost reformed, but that ain't going to happen, we're talking seriously entrenched interests. And BTW, a lot of those so interested city employees don't even live here, same as you don't.

Posted on: 6/3 18:02
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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With the amount of wealth in Jersey City now there should be no way that we aren't funding our own way in such matters.


I disagree, there's a huge difference between "paying our own way" and what SFRA (and Abbott before it) was designed to do in making the wealthier areas of the state contribute to education in the poorer parts. And like it or not, JC is still proportionally poorer than many areas of NJ that have no poor people at all. We are far from a demographic microcosm of the state, which is why SFRA says we need to pay 33% not 100%.

Posted on: 6/3 15:27
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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bodhipooh wrote:
I tend to think/believe that if it came to that, the city would flex its muscle to get the BOE to find ways to shrink their budget.


I have never seen any evidence that this can be done, just witness the recent teacher strike. Even among the teachers there's cognitive dissonance, any of them can rattle off examples of the dysfunction in the system like utterly incompetent teachers, fake disability retirements, and even no-shows, but will still claim they're underpaid. This is a machine designed over decades to make money disappear.

Posted on: 6/3 15:16
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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JCGuys wrote:
I'm getting the hell out. I don't like payroll taxes on principle. It hits small businesses the most. Screw That!


I'll bet there's no tax you like on principal. The payroll tax idea is a "hail mary" to extract income from the commercial development DT because they already gave away the property tax abatements.

Here's all anyone needs to know about JC schools priorities:

Salaries and Benefits for Operations and Maintenance of Plant rank: 100 out of 101. We pay more than almost any other large district in NJ, which means more than any district in the nation.

Extracurricular Costs: 8 of 101. We're near the bottom in giving kids a reason to be involved in their school. This is what you get when the unions capture the school board.

http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/c ... dist_code2390&maxhits=650

Posted on: 6/3 14:27
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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Well, it's finally happened. It's the end. The massive state aid to Jersey City is proposed to end under Democratic Governor Sweeney. Sayonara, assholes.


Ignoring your interesting mistake(?) about who's governor, why are you gloating? Unlike the reval, this affects all of JC negatively, which from your username, you profess to be a resident of. So who are you saying goodbye to?

This is a mess. There's no doubt in my mind we spend too much because it's been other people's money for decades, but a 25% rate spike in taxes on top of the reval will not be a good thing for the city.

Posted on: 6/3 13:33
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Re: New Jersey to lose three Sears, one Kmart, in latest round of store closings
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On 440.

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I think they were being ironic. I've been in that store perhaps 3 times in 21 years.

Posted on: 6/1 12:21
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Re: NJ Now Taxing Residents Without Health Care
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The Republican tax cuts signed by President Trump repealed the Obamacare individual mandate tax nationwide, but New Jersey residents will be stuck paying it due to the state’s Democrat legislature and governor. Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed the new tax into law that will impose the tax on residents who choose not to purchase “qualifying” health insurance as defined by Obama-era regulations.

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Do you believe people who choose not to purchase health insurance will not use the public healthcare system if they get hurt or sick?

Posted on: 6/1 11:27
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Monroe wrote:
How is it irrelevant? JC's tax rate is so ridiculously low because of Abbott.


That's a terrible argument, the rate is low because of property value hyperinflation. If you use the school levy per capita argument rather than rate, you can see it's not nearly so drastic.

Posted on: 5/30 20:17
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Re: Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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I'm surprised a single 2 pt ticket will have any effect. I don't think a nonsense one I got in Hoboken last year affected us, and we changed insurance recently.

FYI, we got Metromile, where they give you a GPS dongle for your car and charge by the mile. Saving us a ton. Creepy as hell though, I can see where the wife is going using the phone app. Definitely not for everyone! We had to leave Allstate because they refused to stop charging us for our son even though he's moved out for college and is never going to live here again. Nice to see innovation taking the wind of of rigid old guard companies taking our business for granted.

Posted on: 5/30 20:12
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Re: Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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In my general experience, not specific to Hoboken, the municipality wants their money and could care less about the points. So you can probably negotiated down to there, but simply calling the cop a liar is probably not going to get you much traction.

Summary dismissal if the cop doesn't show is a myth, I had a cop not show up for the hearing of a completely bullshit ticket in Lyndhurst, but the judge would not dismiss.

Posted on: 5/30 15:30
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Re: Real Estate lawyer recommendation
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I don't know anything about the specific situation, but I will say don't use any old lawyer who closes deals. They may have no idea about this kind of stuff but take it on figuring "how hard could it be?" This kind of Rights and Zoning issues is a specialty that you should put in the effort to find the specialist.

I once had a problem with the code officials, and friends who were general lawyers told me I should just fold. The Specialist looked at the papers and said "this is bullshit", which of course it was.



OP asked for a recommendation, do you have one?


#forum ad nauseam


No, the lawyer I used is no longer practicing here or would have made the referral.

Posted on: 5/28 23:07
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Re: Real Estate lawyer recommendation
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I don't know anything about the specific situation, but I will say don't use any old lawyer who closes deals. They may have no idea about this kind of stuff but take it on figuring "how hard could it be?" This kind of Rights and Zoning issues is a specialty that you should put in the effort to find the specialist.

I once had a problem with the code officials, and friends who were general lawyers told me I should just fold. The Specialist looked at the papers and said "this is bullshit", which of course it was.

Posted on: 5/28 15:25
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Dolomiti wrote:
That's funny, because I keep getting realtors pestering me, asking if I want to sell my DT condo. Dueling anecdotes!

That's why we cannot rely on anecdotes, and have to look at actual data. So far, it shows an increase in inventory, and no change in prices. Long-term data from Hoboken after its reval shows very strong market values, too.

The softness is not attributed to the reval, but to the new construction. And getting hustled by agents means nothing. The biggest challenge to agents in any market is getting the listing. Get a $1m listing and that's a $25-60k payday if you price it properly.

Posted on: 5/24 11:10
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Re: Notice of violation & Order to correct - JCFD
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In my limited experience with the JCFD inspectors, they're poorly trained. I wanted a definitive answer to where to place smoke and CO detectors in a unit, so I took a floor plan drawing to the firehouse and met with an inspector. Among other fuzzy comments, she said there should be a monoxide detector in the kitchen in case the pilot light goes out. I gently pointed out that if the pilot goes out, there's no combustion, and CO was created by incomplete combustion. She had no idea really where CO came from.

For the record, CO detectors are required outside bedroom doors.

Posted on: 5/23 23:53
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