Aug. 6, 2014 @ 10:44 p.m.
Good digging, Dorian. An amazing story. Love saying the word Tembabichi!
As do the other persons involved in the PIR, the Nevada judge Steven E. Jones has an amazing history as a crook - hard to know why MTS would touch any of these people.
Another Jones: Why did Robert D. (Bob) Jones resign from MTS in April 2013? He's now Pacific Region Senior VP at Genesee & Wyoming Inc., a rail company that purchased Rail America, which Bob Jones had been with since 2002. Rail America had its own story of financial losses, public money, and hedge funds in 2007.
Aug. 4, 2014 @ 7:05 p.m.
What a fab selection! Jarrett has been a defendant in several breach-of-contract suits filed in the past few years, including one by the City of San Diego.
And a history with a whole load of companies and business interests, and the obligatory tie to Florida (West Palm Beach), a must for downtown players: He's the perfect guy for Civic SD.
UPTOWN BUILDERS INC
SAN DIEGO/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR FOUNDATION
E SMITH & COMPANY, INC
HARBORSIDE SCHOOL, INC
CARTER REESE NO 4 LLC
CARTER REESE NO 9 LLC
RA JARRETT CONSTRUCTION, INC
CARTER REESE LLC
MAX DEVELOPERS, INC
Aug. 2, 2014 @ 9:32 a.m.
Did any of the hoteliers ever impose the tax on hotel guests? Was the annual assessment imposed on each hotelier collected and kept in a City fund while the court battles played out?
In any case, if this foolery hadn't been ruled unconstitutional, the hoteliers could have paid their assessments without ever passing on the tax to their guests. Although who paid the illegal tax wasn't the critical issue for the court, to avoid this bumbling illegal attempt to make the non-voting public pay for it, the hoteliers could have simply formed a CC-support entity and contributed or fund-raised the amounts they want to pool to expand the CC.
This privatization overreach by San Diego's former mayor and his City Attorney is very closely allied to their overreach in allowing formation of illegal "commercial" MADs. If legally upheld, I believe that Faulconer, Goldsmith et al. would have viewed the CC-financing scheme as a model for all sorts of other borderless special assessment districts (eco-districts; art districts), in which only owners of certain types of businesses would vote on a tax that they would add to the bill for any service and every item purchased from them, with the extra revenue under their control to "improve" the district.
Aug. 1, 2014 @ 3:25 p.m.
Wow. That is one hell of an ugly UT editorial. It truly smacks of megalomania. But wait, lucky locals, we have a softer side of Manchester world:
The corporate family of KPBS and their partner VoSD has repeatedly covered the minimum wage story by addressing the potential of loss of "financial freedom" of their media go-to guy, their bro, the popular, cool, self-made businessman, Matt Gordon (Urban Solace), if he is forced to comply with the half-way livable minimum wage ordinance. As he frames it in VoSD, putting a bit more pay in a worker's pocket won't come back to enrich his business:
"I don't have a crystal ball, but I'm pretty sure that someone who's making $10 an hour and now is going to make $11.50 an hour isn't going to all of a sudden decide to stop going to Walmart and McDonald's and Burger King for hamburgers and towels and sheets," he said. "They're not going to suddenly go to Urban Solace and stop at Pigment on the corner on the way out to buy a $200 candle because they got a raise for $1.50."
A $200 candle? Is that the world he he lives in? Is the goal of a livable wage to be able to buy expensive restaurant food and overpriced decor? Jeez!
Heads up, unelected business people: all of you who use the Manchester and other corporate-shill media to bemoan the Council wage decision, and who support government by referendum, will lose business from people like me. Please, won't some other restauranteurs and shop owners contact KPBS, the UT, and VoSD, and describe how hurt your bottom line will be, so I can know to add your business to my list of places to avoid?
July 28, 2014 @ 7:19 p.m.
I know from looking at many County Treasurer-Tax property records, SDLookup, and/or Zillow, to see what was paid vs. what the current assessments are, for properties in some of the poorer neighborhoods surrounding downtown, that many of the buyer-investors have enjoyed several years of tax savings by getting their assessments lowered. Wealthy investor-type people always do this kind of penny-pinching saving, not because it is necessary to save their ass, but because it is a life-style habit of increasing their wealth. They can afford to wait till the market turns up to make another move.
July 28, 2014 @ 3:01 p.m.
This is fair: during the years when a property's market value was much lower than the assessed value reflecting the high purchase price they paid (being "under water"), the lowered assessment helped ease the owner's tax burden while paying a high-priced mortgage. Theoretically, it also made it easier for the owner to sell the property. Now that the property's market value is back to what it was (or possibly more) when the owner bought, the original assessment can be fairly restored. A lot of very savvy investor-owners took advantage of the County's offer to lower assessments after the RE bust. Time to pay a fair share again.
July 27, 2014 @ 1:52 p.m.
A good read about Paleo diets:
And then contemplate the fabulous agriculturists of 5500 years ago, in the Orkney Islands:
July 27, 2014 @ 1:50 p.m.
Mahi means "strong" in the Hawaiian language; "very strong" is conveyed by repeating the word and hyphenating: mahi-mahi.
July 27, 2014 @ 1:28 p.m.
OBeceans have a problem with bad behavior in Sunset Cliffs Park:
Can the Elites help out there?
July 25, 2014 @ 9:06 a.m.
The background info reported here is helpful in demonstrating how serious a PR machine the Voice is and has been over the years of its existence. The Voice and the UT (along with SDCTA, Neighborhood Marketing Association, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) are the ones who "amplify the growing sense that the city and state aren’t friendly to business." If you examine the many very business-friendly Council actions, you get a much more accurate sense of just how advantaged businesses are in San Diego.
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