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Re: Support for Electric Vehicle parking and curb cut
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Not at all, and it’s that thinking and perspective that’s in cityHall today that we’re working to educate. The fact of the matter is the discussions are already ongoing. A database exists and being built daily of driveways of both types. The idea is that just like parking on the street requires a sticker renewed yearly, the use of conforming yard space for EV approval, will require proof of registration and permit to do so. With the correct database once in place, if car is parked in a “Green Driveway” is not permitted, it will be tickets just the same. 1: more revenue for the city from violators. 2: more permit money for allowing these spaces and 3: a cleaner system.
As for the space, it will be deemed NONtransferable in a sale, new ownership would be same as old, they would need to show proof of active EV registration yearly to renew permit. If permit is not renewed or EV no longer exists at these homes, the curb is filled and given back to the street, simple as that.
As for the number of illegal cuts out there, it’s HIGH, and as the database continues to grow and the push for overall regulation progresses, all homes will someday be better monitored for unused curbs to restore them back to the street, thus allowing more folks who need cuts (and are approved) to have them..

It’s a streamlined and simple process and for the city to say for over 15yrs now “it’s complicated” rather than simply addressing the issue and setting some guidelines rather than a “1 size fits all” blanket statement/ordinance, this will begin to bring some order to the entire issue. Because 1 size does NOT fit all and as
the city see more of those growth, it’s time to be smart, be creative, own your problems and make a difference, rather than continue this path of 20yrs do nothing which is creating division in communities as more new comers come to the area and are more than willing to contribute $$ (registrations/permits etc) to the city’s coffers, which is a win for us all.


I wish you well and hope it works out, and ultimately encourages more electric car ownership. I still think the city needs to put a higher priority on cracking down on illegal curb cuts. You mentioned that if that electric vehicles no longer exists at the homes with curb cuts, the curb would be filled back in and given back to the street. I think that would be difficult to track and enforce but what do I know. Best of luck though.

Posted on: 5/17 4:04
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Re: Support for Electric Vehicle parking and curb cut
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This is more about addressing an issue that’s continually ignored and getting the town nowhere doing so. What’s happening is setting up a database for recognition of all cuts throughout the neighborhoods so that unused and illegal can and will be filled in eventually. In the meantime promoting a move to EV will be through incentivizing those with approved and conforming space, allowance. The discussions are happening and all we’re trying to do is locate support and educate people on the movement and improvement to make this area more efficient/legal/sustainable and promote the “green” movement that the town is pushing the agenda for. MANY people could/would or should have their cuts removed being that they’re illegal. And this process is the first step in doing that so while several spots will be given back to street parking, several will open up to people for off-site parking since they have the space and are looking to make a switch to EV. The petition is online now and growing rapidly on change.org


They do need to enforce the laws against illegal curb cuts and fill them in alright, question is, how many new and legal curb cuts are going to take their place? I would hope we can keep that number small. I'm not so sure allowing someone to have a curb cut at their home is the right way to encourage electrical vehicle ownership, because whose to say they will always have an electric vehicle? Or if they move out, that the next person moving into that home will also have an electric vehicle? There are just too many moving parts with this. However, federal and state tax incentives for electric vehicles are definitely the right thing, easy to enforce and easy to take away for those who don't meet their requirements.

Posted on: 5/16 18:52
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Re: Support for Electric Vehicle parking and curb cut
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Opening this board to raise awareness, feedback and support for the promoting of Electric Vehicle use over traditional gas. Jersey City is very actively pushing to become known for its proactive, sustainable, Eco-friendly stance on community. As the local government continue to push for a fully electric fleet by 2030, the bigger challenge is getting residents who need/use cars every day for work/life outside of immediate transportation options, we are working on gathering support for the amendment to curb cut/parking ordinances on all homes with conforming space off street.
The goal: to raise support of those who have conforming parking space, allowance for paid yearly registration/permitting (which makes the town tax money) so that if you purchase an electric Vehicle, you can apply for permit to park in your front driveway/carport allowing for charging. If a homeowner has conforming space for cars, and provides proof of active EV registration each year, for a fee, you will be allowed to use your space and receive curb cut.
This is very much needed to provide incentive for those to switch away from gas cars while allowing those with space, to charge and take 2-3 more cars off the street.
Registration of driveways with the town will also allow a database to be created, which ultimately allows the town to better identify and track legal and illegal spaces for better enforcement, restoration of curb where cuts are no longer valid as well as take in more permitting fees which is money for the town to support improvements.

The following page has been created on Facebook community to gather support for an upcoming petition and growing movement of support for a sustainable incentive that will take steps towards making Jersey City more Eco-friendly and better informed on improving the local parking ordinances that have been largly untouched for over 15years while growth continues at unprecedented pace.

Please LIKE/follow for updates as this movement progresses: https://www.facebook.com/JCEVparkin

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While I like the idea of providing incentives to encourage more people to obtain electric cars instead of gas-powered ones, Jersey City has WAY too many curb cuts as it is. There has to be somehing else that can be done. The federal tax credit for buying an electric vehicle, for example, needs to be extended.

Posted on: 5/15 23:41
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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When you start saying these are two separate issues, then you are justifying who can break laws in the US. Besides the death of Ashli and allowing the Capitol officer to get away with it, the next outrageous thing - no bail for the violators. Some are even in total isolation. According to their lawyers, they are kept from family and even their lawyers. That is a crime. The Dems who are running DC are one step below Justin Trudeau of Canada. He threw people in jail without warrants and seized their bank accounts. The US government used our banks like Bank of America and asked them to see who visited DC on Jan. 6th. Some people were arrested who never entered the Capitol but their used their credit/debit cards to go to DC and are now spending money on lawyers to get themselves free. This is wrong.


Uh, okay. You got me there. I don't know how to argue with someone who brings up a whole bunch of completely different topics at the same time, or I don't have the energy to do it. If it was a strategy to simply overwhelm me with a bunch of unrelated other things you think our government has done wrong, it has worked.

Posted on: 2/25 20:13
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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I mentioned illegal immigration because there are actually laws on the book that have criminal charges against anyone who comes here. So, this government plays games with who can break a law. Illegal immigrants can break laws and it is no big deal. In fact, they are given debit cards, placed on buses or airplanes to the places of their choices and receive tax paying funding. While Americans who enter the Capitol are now in jail without bail and Ashli is dead. But here is the trick, those who went to Washington are not Dems, but those who come here illegally will be future Democratic voters. The US sounds like some 3rd World Country.


The two are entirely separate issues and I never even said I didn't have a problem with illegal immigation problems either.

I may well agree with you on some of those illegal immigration issues, but I'm not getting into that, it's entirely separate. Just because I have a different opinion about Ashli Babbitt than you does not mean I might share your opinion on some illegal immigration issues. I mean, really.

Posted on: 2/25 16:31
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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Basically, you are saying you do not believe in the Constitution, there is due process under the 5th and 14th Amendments. There are stories in old newspaper clippings on people walking into the Capitol and White House in the 19th century. I remember one where one person actually argued with then President Lincoln on slavery. A common practice in the past does not give the Capitol police the right to shoot to kill for entering a building. Yet the Dems have no problem with illegal immigrants breaking the law to come here. I could quote the verse on illegal immigration but as a liberal, you would not care. They break the law, and tax dollars go to support them here. Ashli enters a building she helps support with her tax dollars and she is murdered.


The level of ignorance you've displayed has barely made this post responding to. Yes, people could freely enter the Capitol buildings and even the White House to request a meeting with the President at one time. I believe it was when Calvin Coolidge was President was when the Secret Service recommended there be no more public access to the White Hosue. It was necessary, given the numbers of nutcases that approached the place as it became easier to travel to Washington. Times have changed and there are security concerns. I also don't think the Constitution gave people the right to riot at the Capitol building and break in through windows. Just a hunch.

I have no idea why you brought up illegal immigrants, I never even mentioned that.

Posted on: 2/25 7:34
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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Your comment makes no sense, no one was threatened when the officer fired his weapon. If that shooting occurred on any urban street in America, that officer would be behind bars now.


I sincerely doubt that. Furthermore, as I've already said, Ms. Babbitt went through the window and tried to go somewhere she wasn't supposed to be. You mess with the bull long enough, you get the horns. If she didn't want to get shot, she shouldn't have been there in the first place. Don't want to get shot? Don't commit a crime.


You have pointed out clearly the difference between being a protester and being a criminal. That building was under attack by trespassers (not protesters) who were somewhere they shouldn't be AND who were destroying property in the US Capitol. Disgraceful and imo, treasonous.


What property did Ashli destroy that legimatized her death, in your opinion? If Minnesota decided not to charge the person who started the fire that resulted in death, why is his 7 sentence fair? His actions killed someone, Ashli harmed no one.


Whether she destroyed anything isn't the point. She was, however, trespassing and entering someplace she wasn't supposed to be. At that point, she waived her rights to any safety.

For the sake of discussion, if I break into a store after it's closed at night, do I have the right to my safety? If the owner just happened to be sleeping there, wakes up and then shoots me, is that something that I should not ever expect to happen, because of the rights to safety I think I have when entering a place I'm not supposed to be entering?

Did Ms. Babbitt think she had the right to her safety and not being shot when entering the space she entered, and were her thoughts correct?

Posted on: 2/24 19:49
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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Your comment makes no sense, no one was threatened when the officer fired his weapon. If that shooting occurred on any urban street in America, that officer would be behind bars now.


I sincerely doubt that. Furthermore, as I've already said, Ms. Babbitt went through the window and tried to go somewhere she wasn't supposed to be. You mess with the bull long enough, you get the horns. If she didn't want to get shot, she shouldn't have been there in the first place. Don't want to get shot? Don't commit a crime.

Posted on: 2/23 21:06
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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In all municipalities across the US, a cop is only allowed to discharge his/her gun if the officer's life is threatened, or another life is threatened.


Yes, and it's always SO easy for an officer to judge that accurately in just a few seconds, before it is too late. It's a completely realistic policy to follow in every possible law enforcement situation.

Get real.

Posted on: 2/23 15:48
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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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Neither did the protesters during the summer of 2020 have the right to burn down police stations, court houses or public businesses but they did, and the Dems called them heroes. I have seen the video of the protesters entering the Capitol. Some people climbed in others had the door opened for them by the Capitol police and the walked between the ropes as though they were at a museum. I blame Nancy Pelosi for the riot because she nixed Trump's request for the National Guard which would have been stationed outside the Capitol building. Indict Nancy instead.


I agree with you 100% about the Seattle protestors in the summer of 2020, they didn't have any right and I certainly didn't call them heroes, and they should consider themselves lucky they didn't get hurt or shot. Ms. Abbitt wasn't so lucky and so she suffered the consequences. I saw the tape. She was climbing the window of a place she wasn't supposed to be going. Some people can get away with something like that - as you've indicated - but she wasn't so lucky. She played with the bull too long and got the horns. Bad luck? Definitely. An injustice? Hell no. Just as I would not consider it an injustice if someone was shot while attacking and burning down a police station. You break the law (violently, or by going somewhere you're not supposed to go), you waive your rights to any real safety.

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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Ashli is not a traitor, even right now, the Biden administration is asking the courts not to release the findings on Dominion voting machines, which by the way are used in NJ. She had every right to protest. She did not harm anyone. By comparison, the BLM/Antifa rioters did harm, and some even killed people, yet the Dems gave them bail money and called the heroes. She was there to protest the vote. The Dems are quiet on the fire that happened in Minnesota and someone got killed. The guy who started the fire in which a life was lost will only get 7 years, he will not be charged for murder.
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She had every right to protest but she did NOT have the right to enter the building she entered and climb through a window where there was a barricade and they CLEARLY did not want to allow people to enter. All these other people you name could have just as easily been shot while they were doing what they were doing, they were just lucky it didn't happen.

Once again Yvonne, had Ms. Babbitt not been there and NOT tried to climb through the window, would she have been shot?

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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There was no investigation as compared to when a cop shoots someone, in fact, Nancy Pelosi, who is in charge of the Capitol Police did not want the cop's name out in the public. There was no hearing. It was just swept under the rug. Ashli was executed, her crime - a Trump supporter. Nancy Pelosi is accountable for not having the National Guard when then Trump requested it days before Jan. 6th.


You STILL haven't answered my question, Yvonne. If Ms. Babbitt hadn't been there in the first place, and hadn't tried to smash through that window of a door that had been barricaded and clearly where she was not supposed to enter, would there have been any shooting? Would she have been killed?

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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So you have a female police officer who accidently uses her gun instead of her Taser to arrest a black youth who resisted arrest. She gets jail time. The person in the car was warned to come out but resisted.
But a black capitol officer, hides behind a column or wall, someone actually recorded the shooting, and kills a white woman without a weapon and no warning. There are no charges, she was not a danger to anyone and the only reason I believe she was shot is because she was up high on someone's shoulder. Before Ashli was shot, she was talking to a reporter and when Ashli turned her head forward, she received a fatal bullet in the neck. The capitol police officer did not offer aid to the victim as required by law, he just disappeared in the crowd. People today have cell phones, and this was recorded. This was an execution.


Obviously whoever conducted the investigation thought differently. Furthermore, I'll ask you again, would this "execution" ever have happened had she not attempted to climb through a window of a place she wasn't supposed to be in the first place?

When you break the law, there are risks that are assumed. Okay, perhaps a 5 year old that steals gum from a convenience store rack still retains some rights to their safety. A grown woman who climbs through a broken window of a government building she knows full well she's not supposed to enter but does it anyway waives all rights to her safety. You don't want to get shot, don't commit a crime in the first place.

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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That is a lie, no one was warmed before the cop shot because there is actually video of the incident by people who were there. By the way, there are cameras all over the Capitol but Nancy Pelosi refuses to have the video released. She was unarmed and not threatening anyone. You, caj11, are rationalizing an evil act. This woman was murdered.


Warning or no warning, would she have been "murdered" had she not climbed through the window of the Capitol building in the first place?

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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The police officer did not give any warning before he shot, in fact no one saw him since he was hiding behind a wall or pole. She was shot the way ducks are shot in the air. She was unarmed and not threatening anyone. If she was black and male, there would have been rioting, burning of DC and a hearing on this death. The officer would have faced jail time. But liberals play a double standard.

By the way, why isn't Nancy Pelosi and the mayor of DC held accountable? It came out Trump asked for the National Guard but both of them nixed the idea.


According to what I read, this woman was warned before the officer shot her. But really, she shouldn't have been where she was in the first place. When you go committing a crime this serious, you have waived your right to safety. If you tangle with the bull long enough, you get the horns.

You also mentioned the "black and male" part of it. If she had been black and male, I don't know if there would have been any rioting or burning, but then people would have said "if he had been white, people would be outraged", or "if he had been white, he wouldn't have been shot" or something along those lines. There's always a racial angle with stories like these, whether it truly means anything or not. An officer was doing his job and would have shot the person regardless of their color.

Remember Bernie Goetz and the four men he shot that attempted to mug him on the subway? Different situation perhaps but those men were ultimately committing a crime as well. Whether they all deserved to be shot and whether Darrell Cabey deserved the multiple rounds of lead he got is a subject for debate, but the principle is essentially the same - tangle with the bull long enough and you get the horns. No right to safety when committing a crime or at least a potentially violent and dangerous crime.

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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The police officer did not give any warning before he shot, in fact no one saw him since he was hiding behind a wall or pole. She was shot the way ducks are shot in the air. She was unarmed and not threatening anyone. If she was black and male, there would have been rioting, burning of DC and a hearing on this death. The officer would have faced jail time. But liberals play a double standard.

By the way, why isn't Nancy Pelosi and the mayor of DC held accountable? It came out Trump asked for the National Guard but both of them nixed the idea.


According to what I read, this woman was warned before the officer shot her. But really, she shouldn't have been where she was in the first place. When you go committing a crime this serious, you have waived your right to safety. If you tangle with the bull long enough, you get the horns.

You also mentioned the "black and male" part of it. If she had been black and male, I don't know if there would have been any rioting or burning, but then people would have said "if he had been white, people would be outraged", or "if he had been white, he wouldn't have been shot" or something along those lines. There's always a racial angle with stories like these, whether it truly means anything or not. An officer was doing his job and would have shot the person regardless of their color.

Remember Bernie Goetz and the four men he shot that attempted to mug him on the subway? Different situation perhaps but those men were ultimately committing a crime as well. Whether they all deserved to be shot and whether Darrell Cabey deserved the multiple rounds of lead he got is a subject for debate, but the principle is essentially the same - tangle with the bull long enough and you get the horns. No right to safety when committing a crime.

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Re: Jersey City Cop Left Loaded Gun in McDonald’s Bathroom
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Ashli Babbitt was committing a crime when she stormed the Capitol building. It's unfortunate she was killed but that police officer was only doing his job and there were investigations, by both the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the US Department of Justice, both of which found the shooting lawful and within department policy. Ms. Babbitt took the risk of getting killed by doing what she did and unfortunately suffered the consequences. Not only should she not have been climbing through the shattered window into the Capitol building, she should have heeded warnings by police and Secret Service not to climb through it (numerous witnesses that were not law enforcement corrorborate what happened). If one of the armed officers left a loaded gun in a men's room at the Capitol that was extremely reckless and should have been disciplined but has nothing to do with the shooting of Ms. Babbitt.

Posted on: 2/18 17:00
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Re: Council Tables Controversial High Rise Bordering Berry Lane Park
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Is this another real estate project that the city gave every tax abatement in the book to, while it will impose costs on the city's infrastructure, and the city won't see any real revenue from it for a long time? Just wondering.

Posted on: 2/10 20:07
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Re: Tenant opened a pizza space without permits
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It is my first time dealing with commercial lease and does not have cited anything that I have to bill him. But, he terminated the lease on his own and moved everything out overnight.


Just a thought here - when you get the next commercial lease written, I would consult a lawyer (or a better lawyer than the one you used) to write the lease and plan for contingencies like these.

Assuming you can track the guy down, I believe you could file a case in small claims court without a lawyer. But, if he doesn't pay up on any judgement due to you, you would need to know which bank he has his business and/or personal accounts in order to collect. Also, was the lease between you and him, or you and his business entity? You may have to sue both.

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Re: A New Study Revives the Debate Over Property Tax Abatements
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So ridiculous, right on the waterfront and the developer needed to have a higher abatement than they already had?

The rich getting richer at the expense of all taxpayers. I love it. I suppose things aren't as bad now as they used to be, but the city council was just giving this city away back then.

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I believe you are referring to what was known as Crystal Point at the foot of 2nd Street. The building was completed and the developers came back to city council to sweeten the tax abatement due to poor sales during the great recession and the council did it.

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I can't recall any exact details of it here but there was one condo project in Jersey City that received an abatement some years ago when it was first built, then the developers asked for an additional abatement quite some time after the agreement had already been signed because the individual units in the project weren't selling fast enough. Whether or not they received the additional abatement or not I don't remember but the fact that the city even took this request seriously just blew my mind. Did anybody here not understand the basic economic concept of supply and demand? If the units were not selling fast enough, did the possibility of LOWERING their prices ever occur to the developers?

Maybe I'm the idiot here, to think that any developer Jersey City should be required to take some RISK when there is a potential REWARD, rather than pushing the risk onto to the taxpayers and collecting the reward for themselves. The economics class I took in high school and business classes I took in college must have been total bunk. Our previous President, in his days as a businessperson was all about capitalist profits and socialized losses, after all.

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I can't recall any exact details of it here but there was one condo project in Jersey City that received an abatement some years ago when it was first built, then the developers asked for an additional abatement quite some time after the agreement had already been signed because the individual units in the project weren't selling fast enough. Whether or not they received the additional abatement or not I don't remember but the fact that the city even took this request seriously just blew my mind. Did anybody here not understand the basic economic concept of supply and demand? If the units were not selling fast enough, did the possibility of LOWERING their prices ever occur to the developers?

Maybe I'm the idiot here, to think that any developer Jersey City should be required to take some RISK when there is a potential REWARD, rather than pushing the risk onto to the taxpayers and collecting the reward for themselves. The economics class I took in high school and business classes I took in college must have been total bunk. Our previous President, in his days as a businessperson was all about capitalist profits and socialized losses, after all.

Posted on: 2021/7/28 23:00
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Re: Social Justice and Arts Groups go AWOL on Pompidou
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City council should allow unlimited time to speak. However, the speaker has to sit on a dunk tank and has to leave when one of the council members hits.


There ya go, that'll work well. Some of these wannabe politicians and self-appointed activists could use a good dunking. So annoying the way they drag things out at every meeting!

Posted on: 2021/7/12 15:58
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Re: Social Justice and Arts Groups go AWOL on Pompidou
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The city council has reduced public speaking from 5 minutes to 3 minutes, so it is difficult to have the time to speak on more than one subject. If you want to speak on garbage removal that effects your property or the museum, you must choose what to speak on.


Is this for speaking on the different resolutions being put to a vote or for the open mike at the end of the meeting? Either way, I have no problem with this rule because it is one way to combat that certain contingent of people (not saying you are one of them) who come to every single meeting and feel the need to make comments or ask (often inane) questions about every single ordinance and drag out the meetings for hours when there are other residents with a quick comment or question who have to work the next day and/or kids to put to bed. It's the price of democracy I guess but the way certain individuals act that result in meetings being dragged out so long is really frustrating and comes off as inconsiderate to those who don't need to ask questions about every single ordinance and filibuster with their comments.

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Re: Low Commission real estate agents
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Anyone here have good / bad / indifferent experience with low (i.e. 2%) commissions for selling a property?


I would love to hear any stories (most I've heard have been very negative) people have about Foxtons. Granted, they went out of business more than 10 years ago, so that's probably a tall order. Their business model made no sense - while a seller could save a lot because of the lower commissions, what incentive would a buyer have to use them? A real estate transaction has to work from both sides of it to successfully sell a property at a good price and Foxtons couldn't do that with their business model. I remember seeing their small billboards around Jersey City on occasion.

On a somewhat related and funny note, for many years after Foxtons went out of business, I would see their badly faded purple and yellow umbrellas attached to hot dog carts all over Manhattan, presumably purchased in the bankruptcy sale! Haven't been into Manhattan too much lately for obvious reasons, but you may *still* see those umbrellas today.

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Re: Low Commission real estate agents
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Anyone here have good / bad / indifferent experience with low (i.e. 2%) commissions for selling a property?


Remember Foxtons? They were one of the original low commission real estate agents that charged 2% and eventually 3% when the 2% commission just wasn't sustainable. In any case, let me put it this way - you get what you pay for. I heard a lot of horror stories with regard to them and then they went out of business entirely when the housing market tanked in 2008 I think.

While many full-service agents will agree to a lower commission than 6% - I've heard some go with 5% from the outset - anything too far below that and I'd wonder how much attention they would give my property. That said, I do know some people who used eRealty or RedFin, where you pay a flat commission of a few hundred dollars plus 3% to be in the realtor's Multiple Listing Service and claim they got the results they desired while saving a lot.

Really, the best thing to do is find an agent that others have highly recommended that will work their hardest to get the highest possible price for the property. Some agents are well worth the 6%, others just get lucky when the home sells quickly, having done hardly any work, but the reality is, while you may want to save on commission, no buyer cares what agent you are using. If you miss out on any potential buyers because your low cost agent didn't market it to enough people, the savings probably isn't worth it.

Posted on: 2021/4/7 18:42
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Re: Council Approves Controversial STEM High School
#26
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So how much more will our property taxes be going up to pay for this, in addition to the special property tax to pay for the arts? No doubt there will be funds diverted from the regular schools to pay for this place, and we as taxpayers have to make up the difference. I just love it.

Posted on: 2021/3/26 17:38
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Re: Schools to be Well Funded but Taxes are Going Up
#27
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Somebody should challenge the legality of a property tax to specifically finance the arts. That is absolute horse sh*t for sure. People want art, they can donate money to the museums and other organizations. Property taxes are high enough in Jersey City, the economy is really bad and this is just ridiculous. Our schools are a necessity. While I might offend people if I say the arts is a luxury, we have plenty of it already and the general public should not have to subsidize it for those that need more of it. This is just unacceptable.

Posted on: 2021/3/19 22:37
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Re: Car wash
#28
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I've always been pleased with City Car Wash at 6th & Division Streets. They're cheap, it's brushless (spraying instead) and they work hard. It is cash only and also bring some extra money to put in the box they have for tips because their workers deserve it.

There are gas stations over by the Holland Tunnel with car washes but I don't care for them because they are the automated brush kind that can potentially damage the finish on some cars, mine included.

Posted on: 2021/2/25 16:14
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Jersey City parking enforcement officers say they have to issue a ticket every 30 minutes
#29
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Nothing for me to add on this one, just read the story:

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2020/08/jers ... ket-every-30-minutes.html

Posted on: 2020/8/24 2:06
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Re: Evict a tenant of illegal (not zoned) apartment
#30
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Quote:

tern wrote:
Perhaps there is more to the story, but from what is written, a 21 year old throwing parties and having guests, hardly seems the worst tenant you could have.

Involving the city, or "lawyering Up" is the worse thing you could do, in my opinion, just speak to her and let her know that you need the apartment back at the end of her lease, giving her plenty of notice to find a new place.

Robin.


I didn't necessarily think that "lawyering up" is a good idea per se, but consulting with a landlord-tenant lawyer have them readily available should the need arise is probably a good idea. You don't want to find yourself knee deep in this sh__ and then waste your time finding a lawyer, making an appointment and signing a retainer. Best to get that done ahead of time, and to know what your options are as well. While a lawyer might give the very same advice being given here - i.e., pay the tenant off and have them move out - they'll make sure it's all done legally and properly. Some people here may feel that it's unnecessary but that's just my two cents.

Posted on: 2020/7/20 3:00
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