Nutty Hoboken Nuggets for March 11, 2014

Without “sunshine” in this world, certain germs and viruses would get out of control. Same goes for public employees and government hacks like the ones bumbling the show down at City Hall.

Below are just two of the countless embarrassing flounders that happen on a regular basis here in Hoboken.

Hoboken Nuggets News Roundup Hoboken411 March 11 2014

Zimmer: Still learning on the job at expense of everyone else

Dawn Zimmer Incompetent Hoboken NJ snow plowingWe all know how poorly the city managed a ROUTINE annual task: cleaning the snow. Winter is season that comes EVERY YEAR. No surprises, and every municipality is normally prepared. Trucks, equipment, personnel. And with that comes line-items in the budget as well. You know, the city budgets for the Mayor’s salary – the other every day functions should be as well. PSE&G bills, cops, fireman, street cleaning, and yes seasonal items like mowing the grass at city parks during the spring, cooling centers in the summer, and plowing in the winter. However, that doesn’t seem to penetrate some thick skulls.

“Mayor” Dawn Zimmer said publicly that she considers snow removal “a balancing act {because} people want snow removed and lower taxes.”

WTF is that all about? SNOW REMOVAL IS PART OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET, GENIUS! While we’re on the subject of “unnecessary” budget line items – perhaps we can reduce HER salary to ZERO because “people want a competent mayor and lower taxes.” Since we can’t have the former, perhaps $150k off the annual expenses (including lavish luxury health care), would be a fair trade-off.

Additionally – Zimmer also had the nerve to say “there has to be a better plan in place.” WHAT IN GOD’S NAME HAVE YOU BEEN DOING AT CITY HALL SINCE 2007? That statement oozes of re-direction and shrugging off responsibility. I’d have exactly one more ounce of respect for this “lady” if she just said “I’m an incompetent mayor, I’ll ask others who know better than me how it should be done. And frankly I have no idea how people voted for me. I’ve been in a state of perpetual shock and amazement for the past seven years…”

Hoboken STEALS the money, and hangs you out to dry {booting}

Hoboken Parking Boot RobberyRecently – some guy named Tom visited Hoboken to enjoy the local bars and restaurants. When he returned to his car shortly after midnight – he had a boot. Who knows exactly why. Perhaps he failed to read the sign because he was already drunk. I don’t know. Read his letter to the editor here.

However, there was NO EASY WAY for him to PAY his ridiculous fine, nor find remedy anywhere in the city. He was stuck in Hoboken overnight because the (probably unconstitutional) parking boot was stuck on his car.

In the past, revolutions were started for MUCH less serious things than that (like tax on tea.) The fact that a serious and grossly negligent act like that doesn’t piss people off to the point of REVOLT pretty much means the game is over. The people (collectively) have allowed them to win. Even though we here get a couple million pageviews a month, it doesn’t matter if no one acts. Everyone will go back to their Reality TV or smartphone chat and carry on. Lazy bastards!

It’s great to imagine what would happen if every single solitary property-owner in town REFUSED to pay their quarterly bill at the SAME time. I’m sure you’d see positive change IN A HURRY. But that will not happen (even in the name of revolt), because “people be afraid…”