Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mayor Zimmer: Proposed PILOT funding for schools; affordable housing adjustment for residents

Office of the Mayor announces:

Talking Ed Note: MSV is limiting itself per policy on elected official releases to note the single July City Council meeting will be held tonight at City Hall, 7:00 PM.

The council agenda is here:

Councilman Bhalla: Updates & West Side development project on council agenda tonight

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July holiday with family and friends. I am happy to provide several pieces of very good news for Hoboken. The City broke ground on our long-awaited Southwest Park, our second flood pump is slated to be operational in the fall, and there is a new resiliency park and gymnasium up for consideration at tonight’s Council meeting.
Ground-Breaking for Southwest Park:
I was proud to join Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Dave Mello and many others in breaking ground on our long-awaited Southwest Park, located at the intersection of Jackson Street and Observer Highway. This new park has been hailed by state officials as a national model for innovative environmental park design, and will not only provide needed open space, but it will help us reduce flooding.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, David Zimmer from the NJ DEP described this park as a first-of-its-kind for innovative environmental design: “The technology isn’t new, but the way your Mayor, City Council and engineers designed it is really cutting edge. It is a model in an urban area of how to do things correctly.” 
Second Flood Pump to Be Operational in the Fall
A second pump to alleviate flooding on our City’s west side, which is under construction along 11th Street, is nearing completion and is slated to be operational this fall. This pump will provide major relief from flooding for the Northwest Section of the City, particularly benefiting the hard hit area from 8th to 11th Streets (west of Clinton Street).  The first pumping station, completed in 2011, has been a tremendous success in virtually eliminating flooding in the City’s southwest neighborhood.

Photo Credit: TheBokenOnline
I strongly support the installation of the flood pumps as an essential component of our comprehensive plan to combat flooding.

Jackson Street Park on Tonight’s Council Agenda
Tonight, the City Council will be considering a plan to move forward with a new two-acre resiliency park at 7th and Jackson Streets.  As part of this project, the developer will construct a 1-acre public park with an open grass area, public seating, and a children’s play area along with another 1-acre public plaza with step seating, passive lawn area, restrooms, and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets.
There will be more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention within the park and plaza to help address flooding issues in the area.  In addition, the developer will construct a 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium that will accommodate the growing demand for recreation programs including basketball, soccer, yoga, and other fitness activities. Nearly 800 children on more than 50 basketball teams must currently share the gymnasium in the Multi-Service Center.
Finally, the project will include 42 on-site affordable housing units to be deed restricted for a minimum of 40 years. For the first time in any redevelopment agreement, the City is making sure that significant community benefits are provided before the development is finished by requiring that the public park and gymnasium be built first.
If I can ever be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me at

Ravi S. Bhalla

Grist for the Mill: Los Estados Unidos - Chiquita Banana Edition

By now everyone knows and somewhere Billy the Bomber Ayers is laughing as people gloat about his infamous line in getting over after multiple bombings with the phrase, "Guilty as hell, free as a bird."

Yesterday, a federal careerist, the FBI Director Jame Comey explained in serious tones the numerous transgressions going outside the entire federal system set up to encrypt and protect American secrets from the prying eyes of foreign intel agencies in any exchange of electronic documents.

Comey admitted foreign intel agencies may, re: have likely obtained hundreds of sensitive emails listed as classified and top secret set up on a server in a Denver bathroom of a small IT firm. Hillary's home brewed server.

Then the FBI Director hinted there would be no prosecution of Hillary Clinton at the Oval Office run Department of Justice so he would go on and explain that he was rewriting the laws related to the Espionage Act and adding it's required to show intent to violate the law.

As if setting up an entire electronic communication system completely outside of the federal government is an intent to... to do what exactly? Do email servers of sensitive government information just find themselves appearing in bathrooms across the country with no security protocols whatsoever for the prying eyes of even a somewhat computer illiterate hack in Romania calling himself Guccifer?

Executive "privilege" rears its head on the fly with a pen and maybe a smartphone, email capable. It was a deft game of three card monte by the FBI Director and most have seen a few.

So, the Grist hears the surrender of the FBI came easily not wishing to abdicate the inevitable when a chip might be garnered and everyone knows about the "impromptu" meeting between Hillary Clinton's spouse and the head of law enforcement in America in Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

All the hot air blown about how the Republican FBI Director would hold the line and force the hand of those above him came to naught. Admittedly, this horse was fooled and thought the problem would be kicked upstairs to the DOJ and Oval Office to "smooth over."

The FBI's role is to investigate and provide a report on criminal wrongdoing. Its director is not charged with finalizing any decision on prosecution. That role belongs to the DOJ and their prosecutors. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch did say she would "accept" what was given to her and she magically now must decide as the person charged with doing so if prosecution is warranted.

Stop laughing, have another banana.

Most of us knew the fix was in. It was the manner in how the fix was injected into the veins of the former republic known as the United States that is the surprise.

The Republic got an overdose and is proclaimed officially pronounced muerte.

Welcome to Los Estados Unidos de Chiquita Banana. We're all Venezuela now.

Even before the twisted announcement from the FBI Director yesterday the decision
to hit the campaign trail was made and there's your pictorial evidence in Charlotte.
FBI Director Comey said no one knew of his pending decision just hours earlier.
 Listen to the party apparatchiks applaud. 

The grist hears the little tarmac Phoenix meeting means Loretta Lynch gets reappointed to US Attorney General if the party continues its absolute methods into 2017. Murmurs of a Supreme Court seat are not conclusive. James Comey for being a good solider and not allowing the nightmare to be kicked up closer to to the Oval Office, (Clinton's illicit emails were plentiful there) is gifted with the Department of Homeland Security.

How's your Spanish?

New Estados Unidos de la Chiquita Banana flag
rendering courtesy Jhnny Newman

Talking Ed Note: Some will suggest Le Grande Orange is the greatest danger. Au contraire Mets fans would say, Rusty Staub was never a threat to tearing to pieces the rule of law. Neither is an anti-globalist outsider without party loyalties in the pro-American Donald Trump.

Smarten up!

Related: Legal professor William Jacobson, professor of law at Cornell posits his legal analysis at Legal Insurrection.