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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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Like I said earlier... why would anyone be surprised that a headlining rapper shows up late for a concert... whoever booked him is a real dope.

And if that comment by Fulop is accurate, it really demonstrates his inability to honestly assess a major screw up with a city sponsored event that had his name and face prominently displayed in the media campaign.

The main event was the fireworks not some egocentric rapper... or a mayor's statewide political asspirations.


I can't believe it, I agree with your post 100%! As for who brings kids to a loud concert, many apparently, but many also chose one of the plentiful shoreline spots NOT at the concert from which to view the fireworks. What we got was the tail wagging the Dogg, Snoop was an opening act for the fireworks, not the main event. Can you imagine a headliner waiting an hour for their opening act to finish?

Posted on: 7/7 11:57
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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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mpwJC wrote:
While an hour is on the later side, I'd be more surprised to attend a concert and have the act actually start at the scheduled/ticketed time. I generally assume that the band is going to come on at least 15-30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Heck, I've been at shows where the band starts close to the scheduled time (within 10 minutes) and people complained because they were still making their way through security so the venue wasn't full.

Anyway, you can't win. People will always find something to complain about.


If there's a major event afterwards that many thousands of people are waiting for who AREN'T EVEN AT THE CONCERT, then you start and end on time. I was in LSP by the 9/11 memorial, and fireworks viewing was perfect, when they finally got around to it. If I still had little kids with me I would have been furious.

Posted on: 7/6 19:30
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Re: Notice - Water outage in the Island
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Ask why PSEG is drilling in a sidewalk for a pole


No, ask why supposed professionals were drilling without having gotten a utility line markout like they are legally required to.

Posted on: 7/5 19:47
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Re: White Eagle Hall *UPCOMING SHOWS*
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WhiteEagleHall wrote:
Hey Brewster, sorry you had a not great experience. Unfortunately some shows have different seating and pricing for seats, it must have been that you were in a reserved seat and that others in the balcony had been seated with the correct tickets.


Thanks for the response, but as I said, the reserved area was clearly marked, and we sat outside of it. Your people screwed up several times over no matter how you cut it. If they actually mismarked the area, unceremoniously rousting guests out of seats in which they had sat in in good faith, and been in for more than an hour, is still nasty.

Posted on: 7/5 19:44
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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ILRie wrote:
Also, I think it's a little heartless to say that a parent concerned about the safety of his child walking to and from school isn't a "real concern."


Is that child walking to and from school between the hrs of 9pm and 2am when this area is hopping? During the day it's quite calm.

Posted on: 7/2 20:32
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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Agreed on the PATH.. that schedule is just a disaster waiting to happen... especially where it empties out into the stage area. Feel like that schedule is just another opportunity to stick to Fulop and Jersey City.


Way more likely it's just the rigidity of Union contracts and shit like that. Think about it, you'd be asking people to work on the 4th that would be working otherwise.

Posted on: 7/2 11:26
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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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I know I'm a curmudgeon, but am I the only one who thinks this sounds like stressful mayhem vs the chill LSP Fourths of sitting on the lawn to watch fireworks? I can't imagine what the area will be like with 200,000 people packed in there, but relaxing doesn't come to mind.

Posted on: 7/2 10:29
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Re: White Eagle Hall *UPCOMING SHOWS*
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Had an unpleasant experience there my first time, for Ani DiFranco a few weeks ago. Having a bad back that can't take standing in one place for hours, we got there very early and got seats next to the marked and roped VIP area in the balcony, which was about 1/2 of one side. Just before DiFranco came out, a beefy security guard came and unceremoniously kicked us out of our seats saying we were in VIP seats, and someone had made a mistake when placing the rope. He insisted the whole side of the balcony was VIP and the many others would be ejected, but very few were.

Even assuming it wasn't the complete BS it appeared to be, had it been properly marked we could have chosen other seats. Smart businesses don't alienate customers by making them pay for your screwups. DiFranco was great, but the incident gnawed at me standing in the back of the balcony for the rest of the show.

Posted on: 6/27 15:37
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Re: JC Council Proposes to Limit Public Speaking at Public Hearings
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
FWIW: the Jersey City Board of Education limits public speakers to 5 minutes.


As does the Hoboken Council. I was telling an ex member about this nonsense and they were horrified that anyone at all could filibuster the council meetings.

Posted on: 6/26 22:11
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Re: Zoning Question
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I combined 2 units for my own use with appropriate permits, but haven't touched the CoO. As I understand it, it's not an issue at all till sale, and I'll be dead (condition of sale, never moving again) so I won't worry about it!

Posted on: 6/26 22:06
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Re: New racetrack idea pitched for in and around Liberty State Park
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My parents used to live several miles from a racetrack in Riverhead and you could hear it clearly. Not good for LSP, even though as far as I can tell from this reportage the proposed track is entirely on private property. Are they going to take down all of those buildings including Camp Liberty, a JC treasure?

Posted on: 6/24 11:40
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Re: MVC Notice of License Expiration
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My experiences at the various MVC has been fine, as long as you don't need to be tested on anything. Then you're fucked, those are the endless lines. My son had to wait 2 hrs at the Bayonne MVC just to get his eyes tested, as he'd already taken the written test at school. They had one line whether you were taking a written test or whatever.

Posted on: 6/19 11:10
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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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Yvonne wrote:
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

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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??


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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

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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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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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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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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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