Monday, January 26, 2015

Super rich buying boltholes to hide from chaos caused by their policies

"Ultra-wealthy financiers are buying land, homes and airstrips in countries such as New Zealand to escape to in case the poor rise up against wealth inequality. Fears of political unrest across the United States as in the Ferguson riots and Occupy protests have caused the billionaires to plan their escape to secret hideaways.Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes."
This is  not some lefty radical. This is a highly regarded analyst speaking to the World Economic Forum.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Public space? I got your public space right here.

"Like many cities, SF asks fancy property developers to create "public spaces" in their buildings to make up for parks and other public sites they displace, and these are usually a joke, hidden away far in the buildings' depths and deliberately hidden from the public. Now, a proposed amendment to the municipal code will allow those developers to do away with the pretense of public access altogether, by paying a nominal fee in lieu of creating these absurd "parks" within or atop their buildings."
Well, after all, why shouldn't our overlords be able to buy their way out of any and all legal obligations?  Thanks to Mystery Reader for this link.

Monday, January 19, 2015

David And Arna Orlando Sued By Kimry Moor Homeowners' Association For Parking Personal Pickup Truck In Their Driveway

David And Arna Orlando Sued By Kimry Moor Homeowners' Association For Parking Personal Pickup Truck In Their Driveway: David and Arna Orlando are being sued by their homeowners association for parking their pickup truck in their own driveway.

The Kimry Moor Homeowners Association filed the lawsuit in August of 2013, claiming that the truck was not a personal vehicle. The Manlius, New York, development consists of 84 houses.

Kimry Moor’s regulations state that cars parked in driveways must be “private, passenger-type, pleasure automobiles.” Court documents show that Kimry Moor owns the common areas of the development, which include the driveways of all houses. Technically, the Orlandos can park their truck in the garage.


Jeff Foxworthy sez: "If yew park yore truck in yore driveway, ya might be a redneck to your HOA."

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Student renters lead to HOA dispute

So finally we have an HOA dispute over an association that won't enforce the rules.

Parents investigated by CPS for letting their kids walk home alone

This isn't from The Onion.  "Maryland parents are under investigation by Children’s Protective Services (CPS) for allowing their 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to walk from a local park to their home through a suburban community. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv told the Washington Post that they gave Rafi and Dorva permission to make the one-mile trek from Woodside Park in Silver Spring, Md., on a Saturday afternoon (Dec. 20). The kids made it halfway home when police picked them up, based on a phone call from a concerned neighbor. Ravi explained to the authorities that his mother allows him and his sister to walk around the neighborhood unaccompanied by an adult, but police insisted on driving the children home."

Judges show homeowners association a sign: Back off

"QUEENSBURY -- A local couple has been successful a second time in court, as a mid-level appeals court ruled last week that Hudson Pointe Homeowners Association has no authority to restrict posting of political signs in front of the couple’s property.The decision comes after an August 2013 ruling in favor of Peter and Peg Jasinski for issues with the signs that started in 2008. The homeowners association appealed that decision."
So now the association will be "drafting a response to the ruling" after a closed meeting.  How about just obeying  the law?  How would that be for a response?

Myrtle Beach-area representatives file HOA bill to address issues and concerns Read more here:
"State reps. Nelson Hardwick, Mike Ryhal and others have filed a wide-ranging HOA bill that would address many of the concerns residents have about homeowners associations. The bill would — among other things — limit the time developers could keep absolute control over subdivisions they build; set magistrates court as the venue where homeowner/association disputes can be addressed; require that association and board member names and contact information be registered with the S.C. Real Estate Commission; and provide for open meetings and records."
There are other bill as well, including proposals for mandatory training of HOA board members, regulation of imposing fines on owners, and making HOAs subject to sunshine laws that apply to local governments.  State-level process regulations like these are the typical response of state legislatures to all the complaints they get  from owners.  But, as I've been pointing out for almost ten years, there is no willingness to  get into the structural  issues, such as the municipal mandates requiring developers to create CIDs.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

'Bitcoin Jesus' Renounced His American Citizenship — So Now The US Isn't Letting Him In

This individual is a gazillionaire Libertarian social parasite who fled the nation he was born in, the good old USA, so he wouldn't have to pay taxes. Now the US won't let him back in.  Predictably, he is screaming tyranny and tweeting pictures of  Darth Vader. Where's my tiny violin?