Rent Control Signs battle becomes nutty

Hoboken Rent Control reaches final day – plus sign battle

The Hoboken Rent Control Debate has been bizarre, interesting and odd.

Bizarre, because of the confusing wording that has turned the real debate into “we need to explain this confounding public question to you better…” rather than focusing on the true matters at hand. And to this day – because of the “yes” and “no” confusion – I bet no more people understand the question than when it was first published.

And interesting – because this last push to election day, there’s been an peculiar “sign battle” on street poles around town. The Mile Square Taxpayers Association (who wants you to vote YES in order to curtail the outdated law to become more balanced) posted signs supporting their argument.

Meanwhile, Zimmer supporters who want to continue the obsolete law (for political purposes only), have been defacing their oppositions signs with magic marker – and taping their own (illegal) signs above them. This immature battle for street sign dominance just confuses the laymen even more!

This whole sign battle is odd – because the vandalism to the MSTA’s signs is sort of funny. While all street pole advertising is banned under city law – it kind of makes the vandalism a moot point. But the pro-rent control people then add their own illegal advertising. Sort of a red-light district of desperation. I doubt those poles make a damn bit of difference to anyone – because the 2012 General Election Ballot is like reading an encyclopedia, and they probably won’t get an accurate vote one way or another.

We’ll see what happens.

Hoboken rent control signs vandalized - Rent Control Signs battle becomes nutty

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 9:32 pm

I wonder what reaction the public would have had if gas stations charged market clearing prices in the week following Sandicane. They would have met a screeching mob with pitchforks and torches. “What? $20/gallon for 87? PRICE GOUGING!! Throw the bums in jail!”

We’ll never see THAT on a referendum even though it’s really the same underlying issue.

Reply to  HansBrix
Friday, November 9, 2012 8:07 am

4 years ago, the price was $1.65/gallon. These days, it’s about $4.00/gallon. 4 years ago, if any gas station raised their prices from $1.65/gallon to $3.00/gallon, that would’ve been price gouging. Yet, we’re at $4 and you think that’s not? You claim that gas stations exist in the vacuum of the free market; there’s nothing free about it. The petro industry is one of the most regulated industries out there. If it truly were a free market, I could open an oil and gas business and charge a fraction of the current prices out there. The federal government impedes a lower price for gas. If you’re not aware of it, a large portion of the gas price you pay goes to an increasingly higher rate of hidden taxes in the gas per gallon. Part goes to the federal gov, state gov, and the remainder goes to the business. Every time a state over spends, it goes to the gas tax and increase it, which is why California is higher than the rest. You pay more for gas because of government involvement in the industry, from denying permits on federal controlled land, to killing pipelines, and letting foreign nations have priority to drill in the Gulf of Mexico by stopping US companies from the same. Bad metaphor.[quote comment=”218084″]I wonder what reaction the public would have had if gas stations charged market clearing prices in the week following Sandicane. They would have met a screeching mob with pitchforks and torches. “What? $20/gallon… Read more »

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 4:20 pm

RE: RENT CONTROL -Regardless of positioning, the language alone is presumptive.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:55 am

Do we know if this includes emailed and faxed ballots?

Reply to  hoboken411
Thursday, November 8, 2012 9:51 am

Before the results are certified, all you have to do is incinerate the percentage of winning votes by the margin greater than last election, then give yourself a few xeroxed copies in all sections. That should do it. Hope the garbage collection and CO2 levels aren’t detected.[quote comment=”218006″]RESULTS FOR THREE PUBLIC QUESTIONS (PROVISIONALS AND OTHER BALLOTS NOT INCLUDED):[/quote]

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:45 am

Ballots can be turned in until FRIDAY. Your vote counts!

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