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Beyond the Embankment
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This creates an amazing opportunity to go beyond a park for downtown. With the Boonton line being abandoned, we could create a Greenway from the Jersey City Waterfront, over the Embankment, through the Bergen Arches, and eventually reaching Montclair. All while part of the East Coast Greenway connecting Maine to Florida.

https://jerseydigs.com/land-sale-could ... hWPmn37Cd6qTZCjMRO-EcU8uY

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Re: Vertical Gardens
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I just found out that Fulop cut the part time staff for budget reasons but found money for this vertical garden.


So is it your position that municipal government exists to pad payrolls with unnecessary jobs?

Would explain some things, I suppose.....

Posted on: 6/10 13:36
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Re: The Pandemic's effect on the Jersey City and overall Urban Real Estate Market
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Posted on: 5/12 19:50
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Re: Aftermath of the Jersey City street fight this past Wedenesday
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The city needs to thoroughly investigate it. Yes, I understand this was not simply breaking up a social distancing violation. The police are indeed allowed to take necessary action, and at the same time do not receive a license to indiscriminately bash heads. And we can't assume that all 50-100 people in the crowd are equally culpable. Who is instigating? Who is defending themselves? Who is just caught up in the mess? To call them all "animals" and say they should be treated as such is dehumanizing both a group and each individual.


I'm sorry if I offended you and also sorry that Bernie and Liz are no longer candidates.


Not so much as offending me as it is offending human decency in general.

I didn't support Sanders or Warren.

Posted on: 5/10 13:38
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Re: Aftermath of the Jersey City street fight this past Wedenesday
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The city needs to thoroughly investigate it. Yes, I understand this was not simply breaking up a social distancing violation. The police are indeed allowed to take necessary action, and at the same time do not receive a license to indiscriminately bash heads. And we can't assume that all 50-100 people in the crowd are equally culpable. Who is instigating? Who is defending themselves? Who is just caught up in the mess? To call them all "animals" and say they should be treated as such is dehumanizing both a group and each individual.

Posted on: 5/9 19:05
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Re: The Pandemic's effect on the Jersey City and overall Urban Real Estate Market
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More on how telecommuting may affect commercial real estate long term.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/tec ... Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

Posted on: 5/9 1:05
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Re: The Pandemic's effect on the Jersey City and overall Urban Real Estate Market
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Beyond the immediate crisis of the pandemic, will this effect commercial real estate, specifically offices, over the long term?

Lots of people are now telecommuting. Many will want to continue that. Down the road will we need so many glass tower office spaces?

Posted on: 5/5 20:13
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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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"Please explain how quality control applies to food delivery. You seriously can't."

Read the article. Because drivers aren't showing up.

Posted on: 4/7 17:47
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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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No. For labor in the "gig" economy.

Posted on: 3/31 13:18
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Re: Some Grubhub drivers are no-shows, N.J. restaurants say. ‘This might just put me out of business.’
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When you rely on third parties and independent contractors, you are ceding quality control.

Posted on: 3/30 16:06
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Re: Will Jersey City and Hoboken ever lose Abbott District Status?
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"The issue is not whether the state is providing sufficient funding, the issue is a legal question of whether the state is supposed to continue to subsidize their failure to raise their local fair share at the expense of all the other districts in the state [emphasis mine], who are either meeting their local fair share or are going over it."



Well that's the argument of the state, not necessarily the law.

The argument simply begs the question - whether the SFRA, as amended by S2, is constitutional. One way the legislature was able to convince the court it was, was that it provided for the hold harmless/adjustment aid. The aid that Jersey City and other Abbott districts received was based on prior court findings and mandates.

SFRA tried to cobble that all into a one size fits all formula. If they had not included the hold harmless/adjustment aid, the court may very well have rejected the formula entirely, because it would be ignoring the needs that had been demonstrated and the remedies that had been ordered.

SFRA used anodyne terms such as "local fair share" and "adequacy budget" in order to sell the SFRA as equitable. It doesn't mean one way or another that those terms have meaning as applied to the NJ Constitution's requirement for the state to provide a thorough and efficient education.

Posted on: 1/19 3:18
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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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$120,000 or so for a professional with 30+ years of experience does not seem unreasonable.

Posted on: 12/17 15:38
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Re: 8 Places To Go Skiing in and Around New Jersey
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If you are going to include Hunter, I'd also add Belleayre Mountain and Ski Windham.

Posted on: 12/13 14:42
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Re: Early dismissal for some local schools.
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Jersey City schools are full day but afterschool has been cancelled.

Posted on: 12/2 18:00
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Re: Street Sweeping Monday for Rosh Hashana?
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There still is (was) street sweeping on the Jewish Holidays. At least at Temple Beth-El you can get a flyer to place in your car saying that you are observing at the Temple and they are not supposed to ticket you. It only applies to the blocks right around Beth-El. I do not know if the other synagogues have that but I would assume they would.

Posted on: 2019/10/1 18:49
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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It's a numbers racket. Low level crime and corruption but shouldn't be going on in schools, and shouldn't be run by county government employees or Dem party workers. It's certainly worth investigating and stopping.

Posted on: 2019/9/13 18:31
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Re: McLaughlin Funeral Home sold their parking lot.
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BOE is not selling their building for $6 million. The $6 million figure is an amount in the budget but represents a portion of what the building would be sold for amortized over several years. It is also possible that the BOE instead enters into a lease or net lease of the property.

Posted on: 2019/7/22 13:48
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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Seriously though, I think the easiest way to deal with this is for the city to go to each illegal curb cut and paint "PUBLIC PARKING ALLOWED" in the spot.

Posted on: 2019/7/16 16:40
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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The city should make this the next stop in their pilot "Parklet" program.

Posted on: 2019/7/12 15:15
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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I am not saying that the district was run efficiently before Lyles. But she did not improve it and appears to have compounded it. The district had a $71 million shortfall before the budget cuts, when just a few years before it had almost that amount in reserves.

And when the district does take an action that will help eliminate some of the redundancies, such as removing the super's redundant or unqualified appointments, it's criticized because THOSE hires were supported by the downtown parents.

This board certainly does not have the hostility to the teachers' union as do some predecessors, but even board members endorsed by the union regularly have to clash with them. The recently negotiated union contract balances out even and included concessions on work rules that cost the district.


Remember the fit the union threw when the district moved out of the State School Employees Health Fund? The district saved approximately $11 million from that. The most outspoken board member against that move was the one NOT endorsed by the union.

This district has a lot of work to do, for sure, but it has made more improvements in the past 2 years than it had in the 20 before it.

Posted on: 2019/7/11 0:21
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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The McNair kids previously were educated quite well and will continue to be so.

There is a serious funding issue due to the Sweeney Screwjob. Credit is due to the district for covering this year's gap, particularly because they had to cover the $71 million Lyles gap that occurred a year before the funding cuts even took place.

And Lyles's personnel policies were indeed part of the financial problem. Insisting on going outside to add superfluous hires and creating a praetorian guard of loyalists bloated the budget.

Posted on: 2019/7/10 21:22
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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The Board of Education must explain its actions.

Robin.


Not a good idea. The decision is, as Parents 4 Progress so sanctimoniously reminded us when Lyles was in charge, that of "Administration." The super makes it and it's not subject to approval/disapproval by the board (as opposed to the unqualified and patronage hires in central office that the board disapproved last year).

The principal, if she wishes, will have a right to a Donaldson hearing where she can get the reasons for termination and make an appeal to the board.

So if the board "explains its actions" it's probably setting itself up for a legal challenge, since it can't prejudge the matter via statements responding to critics. Then again, a lot of the leaks to the press and on social media are precisely designed for that, to bait board members into doing something that can then be challenged. Fortunately the ship runs tighter than that these days (Lyles supporters on the board and in staff sometimes leaked confidential documents such as privileged legal advice to the Jersey Journal in the hopes of getting a story to lean their way).

Posted on: 2019/7/10 19:06
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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The above three posts all share a theme that in order to be truly effective, one has to harbor a sneering contempt of people with experience and community ties.

I am not personally familiar with the McNair principal. I have heard opinions from both sides. Critics of her go beyond the union and include parents and students, including some who I was rather surprised to see because it went against the expected political "form." On the other hand her supporters have uniformly been the ones who have contempt for unions and people who have worked there way up through the district as opposed to being plucked from somewhere else with a shiny pedigree. I am sure there are others out there but I haven't seen them.

Posted on: 2019/7/10 18:59
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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brewster wrote:

EDIT: Part of untenured staff laid off as a cost saving measure. A JCEA assassination. She was too good and smart for JC, where mediocrity is rewarded.


What basis have you determined that she was either good or smart?

And how does "Cost saving measure" equate to "JCEA Assassination"?

Posted on: 2019/7/9 17:46
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Re: Jersey City Councilperson Reports Rent-Control Crisis Downtown
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I'm glad the councilman brought this up. Hardly anyone knows that we even have a rent control ordinance. By all means we can discuss whether we should have one or whether it would accomplish its goals IF it was enforced. But compared to NYC, where rent control is a widely discussed issue and both the public and real estate professionals are aware of it, Jersey City has not done a good job making people aware of their rights and obligations.

Posted on: 2019/5/6 15:50
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Re: Possible relief on the way?
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The "labor" i.e. the teachers are the main benefit the students get from schools.

Posted on: 2019/5/2 21:18
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Re: Possible relief on the way?
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All true, especially the out of control spending. A board controlled by the teachers cannot be expected to bargain in good faith for the citizens.


The board is not "controlled" by the teachers. Although the union endorsed candidates have won in recent elections after years of "Parents for Progress" candidates, they exercise their independent judgment. Significantly more so than the board members who repeatedly failed to address issues and instead muttered "I support Dr. Lyles" as a mantra.

Last year the board closed a $71 million shortfall. This year the board has negotiated a contract which has no raises in the first year and contains significant concessions on matters such as extra work. It is a more responsible agreement than those that were negotiated under Dr. Lyles.

The board is ahead of the Star-Ledger editors on health care costs. The Star-Ledger suggests merging the state school employees health care fund with the state employees health care fund. Jersey City, however, is not in the state school employees health care fund. They exited last year, to the great consternation of the union, and have saved millions of dollars.

The district squandered its reserve fund with Lyles at the helm, without oversight. It was not "union controlled" board members that allowed this to happen.

Posted on: 2019/5/2 13:57
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Re: Possible relief on the way?
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It seems that you're quibble is that you never liked the Abbott decision and the obligations that the State had under it.

In terms of the lifting of the cap, that is all well and good now but it doesn't change the fact that the district's contribution was hamstrung until now. So to blame the city for the district's inability to raise the cap in the past makes no sense.

Posted on: 2019/5/1 23:52
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Re: Possible relief on the way?
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Based on prior constitutional mandates and court decisions, the BOE is correct.

And it was state law that a) imposed a property tax cap and b) required all PILOT payments to be made to municipalities. So don't blame the district for underfunding.

Posted on: 2019/5/1 19:19
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Re: Reports of Menendez, Fulop friendship hugely untrue
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"My anonymous sources are more reliable than your anonymous sources."

I suspect Menendez is not going to spend his time trying to make Fulop miserable, but wouldn't mind giving him a push over the edge if he can help a challenger in a race.

Posted on: 2019/4/29 20:41
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