Monday, October 11, 2010
I encourage the public to please let Jim know how you feel about this waste of time and how he is trying to throw the renters out in the street. This entire Legislative package is a joke.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/11/2010 04:00:00 PM
The basic idea behind the entire thing made into simple terms is to take Salisbury's neighborhoods back from multifamily rentals that may have been converted illegally since the 1936 rental laws were passed. I think Jim is doing well for his main group of supporters that got him elected by trying to get this passed as the majority of people that this would impact are the Debbie Campbell and Terry Cohen, Tim Spies people who are not fond of the renters in their neighborhoods.
The main people who will be affected by this are of course the people than rent in these single family neighborhoods which does directly impact SAPOA. Look I have been on the streets in the worst neighborhoods in Salisbury and I have seen some very nasty rentals, but the thing is they weren't SAPOA rentals. Those rentals I agree need to be closed down for the safety of the people that live there, but many of the renters rent very nice homes that are just as good as the single family owned. The proposed legislation doesn't differentiate between the two and treats all rental properties as slums.
The main point I have made is ok so this gets passed who is going to rent homes on Smith Street and Maryland Avenue for 3 times what they are renting for now? This to me would only keep more houses abandoned or boarded up and cost the City serious money on its tax roles if SAPOA were to abandon ship. I honestly think if Jim were to sit down with SAPOA and have a very casual conversation a middle ground could be reached that would stop all the needless drama that occurred at last night's City Council meeting.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/11/2010 03:00:00 PM
Look I'm going to be fair here and discuss the issues and not the personalities of the parties involved so save the comments for discussion of issues only. If passed all multifamily units must register with the City and be inspected and made to be compliant with City zoning standards. This will allow The City to determine which ones are legal and illegal conversations, the problem is even if they are legal if this bill is passed Jim is giving them 10 years to get out before it becomes illegal.
Look I know in Jim's eyes he is looking out for the home owners in those areas but this certainly screams of attacking the less fortunate among us. Take an example of a family that has just moved into a legal multifamily conversion and be looking at the news and drama going on knowing if this bill passes a clock will start on you instantly and you will be uprooted it's only a matter of time. I agree that most renters don't stay in the same place for 10 years but even if 1 family may it is a terrible thing to do to them.
I also am not a big fan of the Government stepping in and telling people what they can and can't do with their own property.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/11/2010 02:00:00 PM
I decided to take a look at the numbers from the Primary race and I actually think Joe Ollinger has a real chance of willing. I am voting for Rick Pollitt and have not hidden that fact, but unless Rick's supporters get out in numbers I don't see things turning out well for the campaign.
33% of the Democrats that voted did not support Rick. If those kinds of numbers hold true or even stay 25% I think Ollinger will pull it out. Joe Ollinger had almost 5,000 votes running unopposed and I am very serious that Ollinger could win.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 10/11/2010 11:00:00 AM
Kristy Hickman is a very polarizing figure and the majority of her peers that I have asked about her do not like her and it has nothing to do with her being a woman, it has to do with her attitude. I want in the ending few weeks till the Election to focus more on her record and nothing personal as there is plenty of material out there for that.
I want to again visit the Smith Island school boat captain Capt Tyler who was charged with operating a school boat while under the influence by the coast guard and natural resources police. There were school children on the boat while capt Tyler was operating it under the influence of drugs and alcohol and Kristy turned the case over to Davis Ruark because evidently Kristy was friends with Capt Tyler.
Davis Ruark agreed to have the charges put on the Stet Docket. I want to ask you if you were under the influence of drugs and or alcohol and had school children on board would your charges be placed on the stet docket? This is the first in several cases we will be examining in the upcoming weeks.
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