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Re: Crescent Court
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good luck. stopped by couple of times when I went for dinner recently. Just curious how it went as I ALMOST brought here. I'm moving out of JC in several more weeks.

Posted on: 2010/5/17 5:46
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Re: JC School Board Election * April 20, 2010 * VOTE
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unfortunately, it looks like levy will pass

Posted on: 2010/4/21 2:03
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Hudson county did nothing in terms of freezes for school budget
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New Jersey school districts that have enacted pay freezes, by county:


http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010 ... cast_ballots_on_scho.html

That's pretty amazing considering every other county at least have some district that step up.

[img align=bottom]http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/-0371d9182d4f5198_large.jpg[/img]

Posted on: 2010/4/20 19:33
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Re: Jersey City Schools Lay off 373 - but still a BIG Increase in Property Taxes Coming
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Vote this blood sucking budget down.

Where's the negotiation with unions going? Look at other places making some progress. Force this board to do the same.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps ... l/article?AID=20104050330

Posted on: 2010/4/5 19:04
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Re: Garbage on the ground and sidewalks everywhere
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Which some people do, but the few that don't throw them anywhere they think is convenient for them. In the plant containers right outside exchange place, you have tons of trash stacked up to the brim.

Posted on: 2010/3/23 13:05
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Re: Garbage on the ground and sidewalks everywhere
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For those of you thinks that it is ok to throw trash on the street because there are no cans close by, I hope more people stop by your home/apt and throw everything in your window. There is absolutely no excuse to treat the environment like it is a big trash can.

I do believe it's cultural as most of the people that I saw looks "noneducated". Remember the kid that got caught for vandalism 15 or 16 years ago? I'm not suggesting caning, but we should definitely enforce littering fine or introduce one. Check out the link, they fine anyone that litter $1000. We could do the same and make these trash pick up their own trash. Imagine how much it will clean up your streets and reduce your taxes!!!

http://blog.hotelclub.com/singapore-weird-laws/

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070318/26litter.htm

Posted on: 2010/3/23 2:32
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Garbage on the ground and sidewalks everywhere
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I honestly don't understand why people destroy their environment like this. I got really tire of seeing garbage all over the place.

On the street to go the work everyday, I see so much trash on the sidewalks it makes me want to puke.

If you ever look at the plant containers around the downtown Path station, they are filled with trash.

Couple of times, I seen people throwing trash right out of light rail.

Why can't we have some sort of penalty/fines for people that are destroying our communities. If we do, why aren't they being enforced.

Posted on: 2010/3/22 6:03
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Re: Gov Christie wants to cut unempluyment benefits $50 a week
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I\'m not against paying more taxes, that\'s not the point at all. There are the NJ issues, which is corruptions, overspending, services galore, and entitlement. And there are the US issues, which is similar to the states. We spend what we don\'t have and don\'t care about our future. It\'s one thing to tax the rich 60, 70, 80% and we actually able to spend responsibly and still not cause the economy to flip. It\'s quite something else to do so but spend irresponsibly and cause the nation to go into bankruptcy.

If our deficits isn\'t such a big problem that it risks bankrupt our nation and potentially make our children and future generations slaves of foreigners, then I have no problem spending that kind of money. You might argue that it doesn\'t hurt the employed to pay the extra $50, that\'s is not the point. Because that $50 was really over payment previously that would require deficit spending to get us there. I agree some of these entitlements are necessary but it should only be provided as a solution of last resort. Let\'s say we increase taxes, our revenue goes to 3.0 trillion, does that help? No, as you see this year, the government decide to spending 3.8 trillion. If we goes to 4.0 trillion, guess what, I\'m sure the government will go and spend 5 trillion. We need to push better fiscal responsibly to not only government but individuals. These benefits are benefits because we are able to afford it up to now, but ask yourself this question, will we be able to afford it tomorrow? Look at Greece, it has a lot of eerily similarities to US as a whole, and their workers still don\'t get it and still want their entitled pay like they always got. But guess what, they

The solution is simple, save on the personal level, save on the national level, stop spending what we don\'t have. Balance budget at the household level and balance budget at the federal level.

I watched a movie last year, it really clarifies where we are as a nation. You should take a look.
http://www.iousathemovie.com/

Posted on: 2010/2/28 21:49
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Re: Gov Christie wants to cut unempluyment benefits $50 a week
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Rbastid:

There is no point trying to argue with these folks that can\'t be argued with. The easier thing is to totally agree with them so they live in their own world twiddling away as they think they are always right. I may be accused of being a republican sometimes, which I\'m not, but I hate both parties to their guts and don\'t understand why there isn\'t a third or fourth party that rise up in a time like this as none of these corrupt mindless politicians really understand the common folks and do things to help while spending within their means.

This is my ideal scenario in terms of government, minimum policy, minimum services (roads,police,fire,some level of hospital care,school), gear towards improvement of middle class. In terms of welfare, provide minimum shelter and food using wealth transfer from the wealthy (no cash, none whatsoever, just food,shelter,and doctors provided on large scale in stadium like environment) for the poor and unemployed, if they choose to use it). Provide help in those environment to better these folks through education and transition services as it would be easier to administer than hire thousands of different people to go to different homes to help.

While I understand the above scenario can\'t and will never happen as this is a free country, I can\'t see why we can\'t move towards a similar system in the middle providing the best environment to move everyone forward. I would like to have an environment in which we have 100% employment with 100% living comfortable able to provide for their families. The truth of the matter is that the state and the federal government is broke and eventually everyone have to cut back. They are tough choices but they have to be made nonetheless. One thing with the whole unemployment scheme that is totally disagreed with is the fact that it supposed to be a temporary solution for individuals until they find their next jobs. They also should have enough savings from the time that they are working to hold them over and not rely on these programs. What happens to the days where you turn to your family for help when you are in trouble? Don\'t get me wrong because I\'ve been down the unemployment road before and its not pretty (I did not take unemployment check, feel too shameful to do so. Instead I clamp down and moved in with family and find a job before I moved out.) So in my opinion, the unemployment is the way it is because we as a society encourage spending and not savings. I know when I have a kid I will teach him/her the value of saving money and not rely on others to live a life. Always look to give and never ask for anything back in return.

Posted on: 2010/2/28 17:01
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Re: Gov Christie wants to cut unempluyment benefits $50 a week
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Forgot to add, we should also borrow all we can as they are paper money that we won't be paying back anyway. New Jersey should be in the front spending all we can. Fudge the China and Japan with their debt. Also fudge all the retirees and future retirees for all the money that they lend us in buying the treasuries. They don't need those money too.

Posted on: 2010/2/27 4:27
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Re: Gov Christie wants to cut unempluyment benefits $50 a week
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I agree with Mathis and Hero6. Let's give all unemployed 100k each week since they are in distress. While at it, tax all businesses 100%, heck, let's make it 150% of their revenue because they are evil and they don't need the money. Let's tax the 90% that's employed the same 100% as they should be glad they are employed. Let's take all the benefits from them as well to pay for the unemployed. Actually, I support having everyone staying at home and collect unemployment. We'll threaten China, Japan and European that we'll aim some nuclear weapons their way if they don't support our 100% unemployed workforce. Also, in the same demand, ask them to create robots that does the work and serve us. We might as well as make the unemployment permanent if we already give UP to 99 weeks like we do now.

Posted on: 2010/2/27 2:32
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Re: City staffer retires with huge payout then rehired by City
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This is sickening how that is allowed to happen. In the private industry, out of 3 companies that I worked for, there is no such thing as a set amount of 'sick' days. In fact, I have to use my vacation if I'm sick at my current job. The fact that he is taking on a job with the city again should boil everyone's blood with the property tax set to increase.

Posted on: 2010/2/22 7:24
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Re: Stop the Jersey City Tax Increase - petition
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I support having JC go bankrupt and renegotiate some of the contracts, whether it be union related or not. Also, some of the private contracts need to be scrutinized for fraud and potentially take Healy down once and for all (I don't believe that he's clean when the court was able to charge his deputy mayor, there was just not enough slam dunk evidence).

Posted on: 2010/2/16 6:24
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Re: Council may approve contract with police this month -- Union President and Mayor traded barbs
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Good math...

That's why we shouldn't be paying these jokers and power abusers the type of salaries that are usually reserve for the people that put forth the effort and the money for an education. The salaries wouldn't be such a big problem if the pension and the medical benefit systems are not abused by millions in the system. The public employee system and the entitlement programs (social security, medicare, etc) are such a joke now a days that it won't last us any more than 5 years before everything collapse. First, it was the internet bubble, then, the real estate bubble, and now the deficit bubble and the government bubble. How long did these bubble usually last? I'll say give it another several years and we collapse as a country then we can talk about a civil war between the government/government employees and the private sector/private sector employees. Ultimately, whenever the balance is not kept, there will be pain. This time, it's not just money at stake. I'm glad I'll be out of this city in couple of months. But in the total picture, it'll be "out of the frying pan, into the fire" for me as the Obama administration continue to think expansion of government is good for everyone.

As for someone accusing anyone who doesn't agree with his/her opinion as a democrat or republican, wake up. I voted for Obama hoping for a change but what I got was more of the change in the wrong direction. This is not a Dem or Rep issue, this is a general public issue that need to be addressed. That's why we need a third or fourth party that can actually compete in order to keep the two parties honest.

An article on Jersey City's debt situation:
http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/ ... atings-tell-a-grim-story/

Posted on: 2010/2/16 6:12
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Re: Crescent Court?
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Joe the sales guy is the same guy that said back in August that he guarantee if we buy a unit it'll be available to close in November. I'm glad I didn't. I hope my current builder don't do the same to me in May or else I'll be losing my rate lock. I think it's irresponsible of these sales to lie in people's face like that as it's not only monetary damage that they will face.

Anyway, it did look like the building is coming along finally as I stopped by last weekend when I was close by Grove Street.

Posted on: 2010/2/7 5:58
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Re: Crescent Court
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so they start to move people in already? I was thinking about this place several months ago and decided to back off because of location but I think for the money, you can't get much more in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2009/9/12 1:29
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Re: Someone hit my parked car for the 2nd time in 4 years.......
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I was thinking about selling this car because of bad luck factor (my other car I drove here and never got into anything, this one been involved in 4 as I mentioned), but now I'm hoping I could last until next year when I going to have my own parking instead of street parking.

Anyway, hope that in the future they implement some kind of camera system everywhere that can catch mini and major crimes everywhere. Until them, we'll have to deal with these losers that have no consideration for other people's properties.

Posted on: 2009/8/23 22:05
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Re: Someone hit my parked car for the 2nd time in 4 years.......
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well, on top of the 2, there was an moving accident where this guy came on my lane and took out my side mirror and denied wrong doing, there are one time that someone keyed my car but the 2 is what I have to spend real money on.

Posted on: 2009/8/21 2:22
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Re: Someone hit my parked car for the 2nd time in 4 years.......
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I would've think the idea of a potential big fine, suspension of licence and potential criminal record should be enough for them to do the right thing, the easy thing.

Dropped off my car at the shop today. Will figure out what it will cost the insurance company tomorrow (at least my part is fixed, something positive I guess).

I try to search for a surveillance technology that could be installed on the front and side of the car to catch license plates in the future but couldn't find anything. That could be an idea for some auto companies.

Posted on: 2009/8/11 22:16
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Re: Someone hit my parked car for the 2nd time in 4 years.......
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was thinking about a surveillance camera of some sorts. it's quite frustrating having to deal with it twice with this same car now.

Posted on: 2009/8/11 3:44
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Someone hit my parked car for the 2nd time in 4 years.......
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This is so frustrating, taking a hit on insurance and paying money out of pocket for something that some irresponsible person did. I've asked neighbors and all of them are either inside or at work when it happened, I wonder if anyone saw it happen. I filed a police report and a claim with my insurance company.

I just wish there is some kind of video around. Sigh....

Any suggestions?

Posted on: 2009/8/11 2:57
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Re: The Beacon
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http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1882089,00.html

The building would've become like any of these buildings in the link if not for the developer. In some sense, we who live in JC should be thankful for that and should root for it's success. I do wish the best for the building and hope that there are more buildings like that popping up around JC. It helps everyone when a developer take chance like that and build something in the middle of the projects.

On the other hand, I think what some of people is stating in this thread is that some folks living/brought at the Beacon is in certain amount of denial that they made a bad investment, at least in the short run. It will be years before they even come close to recouping the original cost if they can at all. I think many people have stated that the three rules of real estate is location, location, location. The location and the maintenance cost (question, what is so great about the amenities that it is worth over $800 and sometimes over $1000 for a 2 bedroom)is enough to turn a lot if not most of the folks away. This is why the values went down as much as 40% from the peak/original ask and will continue to underperformed the downtown, journal square areas for years to come. Seriously, many of us do live around the area so we do know the area and we are not blind or oblivious to the surrounding (I lived less than 10 blocks away and have lived in Greenville before).

Posted on: 2009/7/28 5:30
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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Saw the article on NYT on NJ corruption, it was a interesting piece. I guess that just means that we really can't fight it other than pay or leave.

It sounds like the solution is merge the townships and its services and make the cities more efficient. Then again like you said, it is Jersey that we are talking about here.

I know that most of the new multi family in JC are abated for 5 years so it's not only the big developers. Good luck.

Posted on: 2009/7/28 5:07
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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I think what I'm getting at is that a non-abated property down in the south pays significantly less tax. An example is a friend whose house is accessed on a annual basis, their most recent accessment is around 400k, his tax bill is $4000. Their sales tax is smaller in most cases. Yes, there is that personal property tax on the car or the boat, but even those are minimal. So their population base is smaller, all facets of taxes are less, but they have some of the best school systems in the country, better roads and better almost everything.

Yet for us here in Jersey, even with all these higher property tax revenue, somehow someway, our school system sucks, our road is almost undrivable on certain locations. So why so much money and so little results. I think if people are seeing some results, it won't be as frustrating.

Overall I think US is becoming a overtaxed and overburden economy that have too many people relying on big government bailing them out. This I'm not even just pointing finger at the corporations either, I also mean the people that just sit back and collect social security and unemployment and other government payments.

Posted on: 2009/7/19 5:01
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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Anyway. We'll give it a try and see. I'll buy it assuming that is going to be the tax that I will pay then it'll be better if it gets lower.

Regardless, how did those older properties end up paying over $8000 for a $250,000 property is beyond me. Down in south, the roads are better, service is better and environment is better, but you paying less than half the tax. Something is really wrong here.

We need to look at other source of revenue instead of relying strictly on property tax. Look at sales tax, income tax, personal property tax. Shift some burden away from property owners and let everyone pay their fair share. I'm not comparing the non-abated and abated properties here. I'm talking about everyone living in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2009/7/17 2:58
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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actual abatement is in most cases cheaper next year, but like wibbit said, it's how much it would be after that's in question. I wouldn't want to risk touching the 20 year safety net and throw myself into the wolves at the city hall.

Posted on: 2009/7/14 0:53
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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I mean if we aren\'t able to have them keep the abatement but lower the tax base, then being successful in the appeal would not be economical.

In my case, the difference is pretty significant as the original base and current base would be $3000 annually. But in 15 years, that tax could go up tremendously more than the current amount.

Posted on: 2009/7/12 3:26
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Re: anyone petitioned for tax abatement change in the past?
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Wibbit,

So what was the conclusion from your discussion with the attorney. I would be interested in the name of this particular attorney also as I could be dealing with a similar scenerio here. I want to keep the abatement but don't want the fluctuation. Thanks.

Posted on: 2009/7/11 17:45
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Re: The Beacon
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are you sure about the 450k high end number, my agent told me min 240k for one bedroom and max 424k 2 bedroom. anyway, i would actually take this as somewhat of a success as these people are paying higher than the previous market price with the winning bids.

auctions, they can really mess with your minds.....

Posted on: 2009/6/29 3:31
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Re: The Beacon
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I did a monthly carrying cost analysis on a 2 bedroom, it seems like it cost about the same to live at Beacon at $250,000 with 1100 HOA vs $400,000 with 250 to 400 HOA elsewhere. Does this even make sense to anyone. Why are their HOA fees so high for whatever they provide. It almost feels like someone is pocketing the money somewhere.

Posted on: 2009/6/21 22:47
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