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Re: Proposed School Budget Nears One Billion and Portends Big Tax Hike
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hero69 wrote:
this is ridiculous. there's a resson they'e called tax and spend democrats. and fulop is one of the spenders. maybe the state should take over jersey city's school system.


W/o getting into the political leaning (because Republicans can also get labeled in their own ways), would be more productive to discuss this in terms of the actual numbers and possible solutions.

The reality is the state is going to stop funding JC schools. The shortfall has to be made up from within the county/city.
* How much can real estate taxes be increased realistically to be similar to other parts of the state?
* There is probably a bunch of expensive homes owned by foreign nationals/entities. Could those be taxed at a higher rate?
* We do have commercial real estate - what rate does it pay?

On the cost side:
* Cost per pupil:
* Ratio of admin staff vs education staff and their salaries.

Posted on: 3/31 17:01
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Re: Do not vaccinate your children!
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Mao wrote:
In one sense, I don't know to a moral certainty that anyone I know or know of has had an adverse reaction. Maria, the 35 year old guard in my office who died after her mandated second shot from a brain clot is said to have had other health issues. My friend's son, 21, who went into cardiac arrest playing basketball is said to have a rare genetic disorder. My good friend, 36 years old, who had a massive heart attack two weeks after Pfizer II with no prior history and no family history and who is now experiencing renal failure, is said to be unlucky. (These are three representative people of about 15 I know or know of)
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I have mostly stayed out of this thread but I will bite this time around since we are talking about trends and data.

Significant percentage of the US population has concerns about side effects of vaccinations (see percentage of people who have still not received a single vaccine), has claimed negative side-effects on people, has among their numbers large media networks, talk show hosts, politicians (governors of US states even), super rich people. I find it hard to believe that given the concerns, between all of these parties, no one has set up systematic data collection and publication which is available for all to see. All I have seen on this thread and elsewhere are links to small time operations. Where are the reliable data sources similar to ones from WHO, John Hopkins etc showing the data about negative effects of vaccines?

Posted on: 3/18 3:11
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Re: Jersey City’s Garbage Trucks go Electric
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Thanks for the detailed reply MDM. Sorry don't have time to dig make a detailed post here.

For those who are genuinely curious about the numbers and trends, the link below provides a lot of useful information.

https://ourworldindata.org/renewable-energy

Posted on: 12/22 16:07
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Re: Jersey City’s Garbage Trucks go Electric
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I think you learned three times more than me!

Some of MDM's points are valid - like the mining for the minerals and the issues with municipalities not doing a great job adopting the new technology. However municipalities usually are not great at adopting any new technology/product. Maybe it argues for them to not be at the bleeding edge of technology in general.

The issue with having enough space/time to charge electric vehicles is doable if planned right. Most buses, garbage trucks do not run 24/7 and they go sit in a parking lot when not in use. Also the battery tech (though not to hydrocarbon levels) and solar generation efficiency will improve over time.

The EIA annual report on electricity generation will give you a good idea of the trends.

https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=NJ#tabs-4

Based on the above, about 12% of energy is generated by solar + other renewable (wind, geothermal) in 2020. This has grown from 4% since 2010. The US Northeast is likely to see a significant growth in offshore wind power generation in the next few years.

https://www.google.com/search?q=us+northeast+offshore+wind




Similarly for NJ
https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=NJ#tabs-4


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RichMauro wrote:
WOW.

Great fact presentation MDM.

I learned a lot by reading it.

I've been watching the electric vehicle (EV) development progress on you tube presentations and I wonder if the trade off of emission pollution will be balanced out by the environmental impact (especially mining) of the battery development.

Time will tell but the manufacturers won't.

Knowing Jersey City here's hoping that they keep a couple of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles around for emergencies.

Posted on: 12/9 21:54
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Re: Democratic Operative Exposes Voter Fraud (He Did it in Hudson County!)
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papadage wrote:
He's not talking about modern ballots with serial numbers, security envelopes, and signature matches, is he?

But I don't expect good faith efforts when Trump supporters are all of a sudden caring about election security after one of their own was convicted of trying to harvest ballots in NC.


It is quite something to see the attempts at vote suppression.

* Changes at USPS to make it harder to vote by mail. Some of them only rolled back after the huge fuss raised.
* Today: Texas Governor ordering only one drop-off location per county (not city) for security reasons.
https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54380684
* Florida putting onerous restrictions on felons who have served their sentence to be able to vote after the voters had passed the legislation allowing it.
* President Trump making false claims about huge problems with mail-in voting (and saying much worse things around voting, elections).

For all those claiming huge issues with voting fraud, couple of obvious questions.
* If there is so much concern, what steps have been taken by the government to fix the problems?
Republicans hold the White House, Senate and a number of states where this concern is raised.
* If the problem has been around before, what are the numbers on people successfully prosecuted for fraud?
Very few since the fraud is very uncommon.

This is just like the "lock her up" chant - it gets the base fired up but has no basis in reality and no follow through for that reason.

Posted on: 2020/10/1 23:20
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Re: 10 Best Hiking Trails for Families Near Jersey City
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This Google Map of NJ state parks is helpful in seeing their locations.

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0& ... 20c6&ie=UTF8&ll=40.480349,-74.272256&spn=0.007802,0.013797&z=16&iwstate1=dir

Posted on: 2020/5/16 3:20
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Re: Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays
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the ?lift? is always breaking downthere... i don?t need it but i?m tired of seeing all their updates about the lift not working at Grove St.

Also, the weekend closures to WTC really suck. Why can?t they run direct trains to 33rd on weekends??
ditto that about the grove street elevator. how is it that nj transit and nyc subway elevators work reliably for loong periods while there are problems with grove street elevator and escalators every month

I feel like these are make work projects for the contractors who fix them. One of the escalators in Newport station is under repair at least once a month.

Posted on: 2019/6/29 16:23
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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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I understand the reason for cynicism here and myself do not expect much change. However we should use the change in management to send our feedback directly to the new head.

Does anyone know email/phone numbers which will reach the new head (Clarelle DeGraffe) directly or at least through fewer layers of bureaucracy?

I was able to find her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarelle-degraffe-9b155044/

Posted on: 2019/4/9 20:44
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Re: JC historic commission to vote Monday on demolition of St. Peter’s school buildings
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Yvonne wrote:
A little history on that property, first it was given to the Catholics who worked in Henderson pottery factory around the early 1800s. They would cross the river to go to St. Peter's Church in Manhattan. This was done by rowing. Rowing back and forth, the men became tired and they missed Monday's work. The reason for the free land. But they did not receive the best land, it was marsh land. During the construction of the first church, it fell down. The second church, something similar to St. Francis in NYC, with an upper and lower church. Eventually, the city condemned the church and it was torn down. The final church was built in 1960 and remained until it was sold to St. Peter's Prep. The Church and Grammar school are on marsh land. There are times during heavy rain that water would spring up from the ground. The basement of the grammar school had a wavy floor from buckling. It is only a matter of time that building (grammar school) face the same fate as the first two churches. I am surprised there are no pictures shown of the floor of the grammar school. That was my parish and my children attended the grammar school.


Yvonne,

Thanks for the historical information.

That leads to the question: Is this information about the marsh land included in the information for the vote? Also if the land is in such bad shape, is building a parking lot there worthwhile? Or should some other use be considered for that plot?

Posted on: 2019/2/11 17:30
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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nafco wrote:
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JCGuys wrote:
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JCGuys wrote:

Not only should fares rise, but they should add a peak-hour premium to whatever is needed to reduce overcrowding and to encourage folks to go a half hour earlier or later. Unpopular opinion, but PATH is a fraction of the costs associated with driving.



Hell NO.... PATH is only 1/3 of my three zone commute. I first have to get to PATH, then PATH into the City, and then the NYC Subway to uptown Manhattan. I'm not the only one with a 3 zone commute. We don't need more highways clogging the the two tunnels and the GW Bridge into NYC. We need more public subsidies for mass transit to help alleviate traffic conditions all over the tri-state commuting area.


New Jersey is broke and taxes are already sky high. Were are we going to find additional subsidies? I hate it that no one is realistic when it comes to public finance. And to be honest, fares could triple on all three of your segments and I bet it will still be cheaper than driving when considering cost of tolls and parking in NYC. Plus it's going to be physically impossible to add any more cars to the tunnels, so I don't see that as a viable alternative either.

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And last, but water under the proverbial bridge, we should not have wasted billions on WTC PATH station. We PATH riders pay a premium for that debacle every day.


Agreed 1000% with you here - The Oculus was a terrible business decision $4 billion wasted for a shiity mall with poor egress. The port authority should have just sold the air rights for the site to the highest bidder and use the funds for trans-Hudson rail improvements. I wish NYC would bring the 7 line into New Jersey with a stop in Hudson County.


I cant believe people are still so butt hurt about the Oculus. Let it go. We tried that once where we didnt give a shit about commuters and put a massive building over what couldve been a beautiful train station. Its called Penn Station. You already got one. So let the rest of us finally have a nice station again like how it was in the heyday of travel.

I wouldn't mind the mall and the expense of building if it weren't for the fact that it sucks as a commuter. I am sure people have said this before but repeating it to vent.
* the small, hard to read/find signs for the subways, PATH train platform.
* the lack of proper seating and signage on the PATH train platforms. Would it have killed the architect to put proper seats at the platforms that enough people could sit comfortable while waiting for the trains at nights or weekends?
* the long, circuitous routes to get from where you are to the platforms. esp. from outside to the PATH platforms.
* the long walk from PATH to the E train platform.

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Also, the subsidies from that mall help cover the costs of the station, and not to mention, literally every infrastructure project costs $4 billion now. Thats a problem with how we build, not with the PATH specifically.

Posted on: 2018/11/9 2:34
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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bodhipooh wrote:

I hate to ever entertain, or partake in, conspiracy theories, but given the history of shenanigans related to this reval, and the powerful vested interests, one can?t help wonder if this botched implementation is perhaps a way to further delay the implementation of the reval results.

Too Machiavellian??


Intended or unintended, it seems like the administration is not motivated to do a good job of it. e.g. the city has not provided clear information on how to interpret the land + building values for condos in abated buildings. Figuring this out is my Saturday night activity.

Posted on: 2018/5/13 0:01
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I was looking at the "Proposed Assessments" spreadsheet on
http://www.asinj.com/revaluation.asp?p=current&id=359. Does someone know what the "###" in the "2018 Taxes Estimated" column means? I could not find any description of it in the spreadsheet or on their website. Is it pending an assessment?

Posted on: 2018/4/4 22:22
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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BTW how many students does JC have and what is our per student spending?

Posted on: 2018/3/30 21:08
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Can we stop feeding the troll?

Since the basic points have been gone into already, lets keep replies to useful updates and new points to be discussed.

Posted on: 2018/2/27 1:14
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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So what are the steps for pre-paying the taxes? This is my first year as a home owner in Jersey City so not clear about the process.


Posted on: 2017/12/26 21:50
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Re: New owner/landlord isn't cashing rent checks
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You should really talk to some lawyers who help renters or look on boards dedicated to that purpose. Will get you better responses than JCList for such a critical topic.

Posted on: 2017/10/11 3:47
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Re: How Jared Kushner and others gerrymander to sell visas to foreigners — at a steep discount
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Monroe wrote:
A perfect example why PBS should be defunded from Federal funding, as this is overtly political. Where the eff was PBS during the Obama administration on this subject? The program has been in existence for years and supported by many Democrats.


So you are fine with this just because it was reported by PBS?

We should hold all businesses/politicians to a high standard irrespective of ideology.

Posted on: 2017/6/19 4:37
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Re: Debating Sprint vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile
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JerseyCityNj wrote:
Has anyone here used Google Project Fi? My brother in Baltimore likes it, saves him a lot of money on his phone bill. But I am curious if anyone in this area likes it?


I have used Project Fi (full disclosure I work for Google). Works well when you have coverage. It uses T-Mobile/Sprint networks depending on which one has a better signal. So your coverage will be as good/bad as these two providers. The phone choice is limited: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 or the newer Pixel phones (https://store.google.com/product/pixel_phone). The benefits of the service are:
- ability to suspend/resume service easily (saving money)
- you are charged only for the data you use (so if you use 500MB you pay only for that)
- cheaper rates when travelling internationally

Posted on: 2017/6/12 4:52
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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bill wrote:
It was announced today that Albertsons might buy Whole Foods. Albertsons also owns Acme. Hopefully this is good news?


This is not quite accurate. What was revealed is that Albertsons is considering making a takeover bid for Whole Foods. Albertsons is controlled by Cerberus. Jana Partners (a competitor of Cerberus) has also telegraphed similar intentions, going as far as accumulating a 9% stake in Whole Foods. Regardless of who wins out, this is not necessarily good news: these buyout firms can be brutal and vicious in their approach to achieve profitability.


Agreed. Private equity tends to load up the companies with lots of debt, pay themselves a huge fee for providing advice and reduce employee salaries and benefits. The helpful, cheerful employees you see will no longer be so if a PE firm acquires them.

Posted on: 2017/4/25 4:43
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Re: Question about selling my condo
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You are right that your agent will put it on the NJ MLS which will make it visible to all buyers in NJ. This will be picked up trulia, zillow etc.

Other options to consider which will save you money but require more effort on your part.

1. Use Redfin
https://www.redfin.com/why-sell
Lower fees than a traditional agent.

2. Sell yourself (by using one of the for sale by owner websites)
http://www.forsalebyowner.com/sellyourhome/

Posted on: 2017/4/23 2:55
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General contractor recos for condo work
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Looking for a contractor to do wooden floor (sanding and refinishing), painting and a little bit of electrical work (add wiring for and ceiling fan to a room). Need someone who has experience working in condo buildings in downtown JC and has the required contractor insurance.

Posted on: 2017/3/16 0:40
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