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Dan July 08, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Dan July 08, 2014 at 01:21 PM
more bla bla bla from James I thought you left the patch to bad your back
James Nelson July 08, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Dan, Just because you condone drunk driving, doesn't mean the rest of us do. And I'm sorry (NotRead Morereal ly) to burst your bubble but I'm here to stay, better get used to me.
James Nelson July 07, 2014 at 03:37 PM
You're welcome! ;)
brandon July 08, 2014 at 02:55 AM
Can you imagine living in a place that has this going on all the time. How lucky we are to liveRead Moreover here
Nadja Adolf July 06, 2014 at 10:52 AM
James, you stated that you don't work. How do you support yourself? And why do you cheer on thoseRead Morewh o are inconsiderate of others and disrupt the sleep of those who do work? What about my neighbor who had her front picture window blown in last year by an idiot with an illegal rocket? She - and her pets - could have been seriously injured or killed had she not gone into another room by sheer chance?
James Nelson July 06, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Nadja, I never stated that I did not work, I stated that I did not miss the daily grind of havingRead Moreto work for someone else at a normal job. I work for myself. Currently I pimp myself out as a Hacker / Tech and Editor for NS. As a Hacker, I'm able to work at the drop of a Dime, and earn a large sum of cash almost immediately. As a Tech, I currently have 9 Contracts with Clients, whom pay me to be their Dedicated Tech Support 24/7. Now due to my amazing skills, their systems rarely break down, so I don't have to keep dropping what I'm doing, and can focus on other things while a steady stream of income flows in. Then, I also get peanuts from Premium Subscriptions and Advertisements revenue from My News Site. Not much, but it will grow over time.
Frank Mockery July 06, 2014 at 11:03 PM
Many people ignore laws concerning the possession & use of illegal fireworks for the sameRead Morereason that many people ignore the laws outlawing gambling & marijuana - a complete lack of respect for the law & those who enforce it ! And that goes double for the wishes of their concerned neighbors,they obviously don't care about them or their property either. The chances of being arrested & prosecuted when hundreds of others are simultaneously doing the same thing is very unlikely & when the law isn't enforced it's tantamount to having no law at all. The obvious difference of course being that gamblers & marijuana enthusiasts are unlikely to disturb your sleep or burn your home to the ground. The use of legal & illegal fireworks is a tradition around here & little can be done to curb their use even in zero tolerance cities like Oakland (looked like Baghdad on the news). Only the arrest of those selling illegal fireworks & their confiscation has any effect at all & this results in little more than an insignificant reduction in the tons & tons available. Other than that little can actually be done. Local police & firefighters are completely outnumbered & still have more important matters to deal with like responding to reports of more serious crime scenes & putting out the fires that these fireworks start. Despite the yearly horror stories involving needless injuries,weeks of warnings & dozens ofcomplaints the use of illegal fireworks is as much a part of our collective 4th of July here in Newark as BBQ & beer & will be so in perpetuity. This year was more or less much like last year & next year will be much the same as this year. So you might as well save your breath because nothing anyone can say or do will make one iota of difference - it never has & never will. Let's just that hope they run out of ammunition by Labor Day this year !!!
Geoff Burton July 03, 2014 at 12:34 PM
I got a letter the other day informing me of some found money and for 10% the company would get meRead Morem y money. This is not a scam,( unless they ask for private info.,money upfront credit card info,etc..), but FYI, if you get one of these notices, go to the CA State Controllers web site http://www.sco.ca.gov/ Search for Unclaimed Property and you will find any unclaimed money owed you at 0% cost.
Mona Taplin July 03, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Since the lost lotto ticket did mention financial things, I'm sure if you click on it there will be Read Morea request for money to "share" the profits and certainly some personal information so they can get it to the "right" person. Just new wording to an old scam.
Mona Taplin July 03, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Geoff, my brother got one like this a few years back. Had to do with some pension money due himRead Morefr om a then defunct company.
Mona Taplin June 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Lending institutions can do their part too by not lending to people who obviously are living beyond Read Moretheir means. I know a couple who went bankrupt. Immediately after they started getting credit card offers, and sure nuff when they applied for a couple cards they were ok'd. Now they are right back where they were before,- knee deep in debt, and the stupid companies who loaned them money are calling the families and friends listed on their records.
Nadja Adolf July 06, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Let me make it clear that I have nothing but compassion for those who took reasonable mortgages and Read Morethen lost their houses through job loss, illness, and other causes of loss of income. I watched the Liars' Loans debacle, and watched as the nightly news bewailed the suffering of a man who earned $80K a year and was losing a $400K house he apparently couldn't have purchased had he stated his actual income. I saw the nightly news show story after story of people who had made misstatements of their income in order to qualify for houses they couldn't afford. It was sort of odd listening to people talk about how they had to have the huge luxury house so they chose to deliberately lie on the loan applications because they knew that they would never qualify based on their actual income. The best part was when they all thought those who were more prudent should bail them out. One of the most pernicious results of credit offers and so-called easy credit is that housing prices inflated beyond all measure of reality as the competition for units went up as people were accepted for loans that should never have been granted. Who in the world decided to permit "interest only loans?" The sole apparent reason for such loans was to permit people to speculate by purchasing and occupying a property, pay only the interest on the loan, and then flip the house for a higher price than their initial investment.
Jack Torrance June 25, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Why don't YOU contact a public interest lawyer Fed Up? Anyone can complain; that just puts you inRead Moret he "good people doing nothing" category too.
Fed Up June 27, 2014 at 04:54 PM
JACK: Thanks for your interest. I'm a volunteer. I'm trying to locate a public interest lawyerRead Moret o file for the injunction. I'm also asking other people to help locate that lawyer. So far no lawyer has come forward and announced that they'll be asking the court for the injunction. This also raises a good point-- if a lawyer does decide to file court papers it would be helpful if they posted a reply or made some other kind of public announcement so we can stop looking for a lawyer.
Nadja Adolf June 29, 2014 at 05:06 PM
The only way to actually develop a new consumer base for NewPark Mall would be for it to possiblyRead Morebe come a specialty mall that would attract consumers from out of area. That doesn't require a subsidy.
Jacob M. June 24, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Wow! "Fed Up" sounds just like John Henneberry. Could they be one and the same? MostRead Moreof his post is B.S. so don't pay any attention to it. Even so, the UUT should be voted down. There are many ways to meet budget shortfalls without new taxes.
Mona Taplin June 24, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Jacob, I've been kind of sitting on the fence on the Utility Tax being renewed. I'm inclined toRead Moreagr ee that it's time to vote it down.
lewis2 June 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM
How did a temporary utility tax become 9% of the city's budget in just four years? What's up withRead Moret hat? The police have license plate readers, an armored personnel carrier, new police cars. There is a $6,000 item in the current budget for maintenance for the APC. Newark bought a very expensive lawn mower more appropriate for golf course country club lawns. We can't run our household budgets with wanton spending and neither should the city. Recently staff proposed and council approved giving Rouse, owners of the mall, an 18 year sales tax break on in-line stores. Newark will forgo around $30 million in sales tax revenue. Amazon is opening a huge distribution center in Newark; more revenue. In his 2014 State of the City address the mayor mention new businesses moving to Newark. More revenue. The city has approved several new housing developments; more revenue expected. The current tax has another year to run. When it has expired all the new businesses coming into the city will be pumping revenue into city coffers. The same company that conducted the phone survey for the tax extension will be the company heading up the ballot measure. Of course they are going to say the tax is needed because they are making money. Newark residents and businesses who are paying the utility tax are the ones coming out on the short end of the stick. The extension of the utility tax must be defeated before it becomes out of control.
lewis2 June 23, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Placing the utility tax on the ballot is on the city council agenda of June 26. Once again threats Read Moreto close down the senior center, eliminate school crossing guards, cut park maintenance and public safety programs. The same stuff we heard last time. Property tax and sales tax revenue are down according to the city. The utility tax is now 9% of the city's budget. Lets look at some of the city expenditures. The city's general fund loaned the redevelopment agency (run by the city council) over 400K and it hasn't been repaid. The city purchased an armored personnel carrier and a golf course sized lawn mower. The city has borrowed from its retirement account and must repay. The city moved Terrence Grindall from the planning department to assistant city manager with an increase in salary. Recently Newark agreed to give Rouse Properties, the owner of the mall, 80% of the sales tax revenue from remodeled in-line stores for the next 18 years. If Newark is having trouble making ends meet they sure have a strange way of showing it. Extending the utility tax will not bring fiscal responsibility.
lewis2 June 25, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Residents should be prepared for a vindictive city manager and his minion assistant should there be Read Moreopposition to the utility tax. Several months ago the city closed off the main entrance doors to the Silliman Center claiming there was not enough money in the budget to fund an employee at the front desk. This gives the Silliman Center the appearance of a half-abandoned building. As if you would put a Do Not Enter sign on your front door and direct family and guests to the side garage door. How would that make your house look? Tacky to say the least. Newark is planning for hundreds of new residents and at the same time proposing cutting city services to the bone. What kind of impression does that give future residents or businesses? A city that cannot manage its fiscal responsibilities. A city that hands out corporate welfare to the detriment of city services. We deserve better.
Kiley Kinnon June 26, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I will vote no on a utility tax extension. Temporary means temporary. Long term fixes areRead Morenecessary. Additionally, the economy has improved significantly from when the utility tax was originally approved by voters. I recently reviewed the 2013 City of Newark salaries listed on the Public Employees Salary Database, San Francisco Bay area 2013, via the San Jose Mercury News. One Newark police officer is noted to have received $65,000.00 in overtime. In fact, the Newark Police Department-wide officer overtime amounted to over $0.5 million dollars in 2013. Many rank and file officers received over $200,000 in total annual compensation in 2013. Most of these career officers will one day retire and receive six figure life time public pensions and free lifetime health benefits. Their pensions may also be inherited by a spouse or offspring for life. I respect our city's finest. Better budgeting and accountability is necessary. Beyond the city's meager payroll lurks the greed and endless rate increases of the Alameda County Water District and the Union Sanitary District. Both are special district public governments in and of themselves. These districts are major service providers to Newark as well as Fremont and Union City. The salary, benefits and lifetime pensions paid to their employees often dwarf those paid to comparable Newark employees. Think of the over 500 employees of these two districts as lifetime (job-for-life) millionaires, financed in a major way by property owners (rate payers). Much of the budget dollars of these agency governments go toward payrolls, including endless union negotiated salary increases. These Districts are also much older than the city itself. They will continue to automatically drain away Newark household and business dollars for eternity. Look at your property tax bills and you will find assessments charged by both, in addition to Alameda County Water District's periodic bills. Furthermore, Newark citizens are paying tens of millions of dollars to Alameda County Water District for San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy water delivery system improvements. Newark receives no Hetch Hetchy water, even though one of Hetch Hetchy's huge main water pipelines runs through Newark. Our city water is treated salty ground water produced at an ACWD plant, located on Smith Avenue, Newark.
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