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En Masse Immigration

We have a process for coming into our country which does not mean coming en masse to attack our border! Yes attack, a threat to the constitution and sovereignty of our country. I’m not a big fan of Trump but I agree with whatever force he deems necessary to keep at bay ANY people that attempt to cross our borders illegibly. Again we have a process for seeking asylum into our country and don’t need to hear any sob stories of the terrible conditions some of these people may be coming from. We have a process and storming our border en masse is not one of them! And remember former President Obama stated the same, that we have a process to follow and when you attempt to break our rules and laws to get into our country, you are taking away from those that are following the process to enter our country correctly.

#immigration
#ImmigrationPolicy

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Property Nuisance Suits City of Columbus

City Attorney Files Largest Nuisance Suit In Columbus History
By CLARE ROTH • SEP 19, 2018

Columbus leaders announced the largest public nuisance lawsuit in the city’s history today, naming three large multi-building apartment complexes with 802 units owned by one realty group.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says one complex, the Mayfair Village Apartments on East Broad Street near Whitehall, had a multitude of health, sanitation and safety violation. In June, the city began fining the company $1,000 a day.

“Those fines have now racked up over $75,000, so this really is a last resort,” Klein says.

Klein says the city started working with the property management group AMG in early 2017, but they failed to fully comply.

“There’s a litany of things: extensive water damage, inoperable furnaces, damaged walls and ceilings, a ceiling actually collapsed on an individual, someone fell through a steps, mold, drains, lighting fixtures with exposed wires that are live wires that someone could get electrocuted, roach infestations, rodent infestations,” Klein says.

But Klein says there’s no immediate danger for tenants.

“We are not looking to shut them down and relocate 802 units, because there’s no immediate threat,” he says. “What we are looking to do is use the court process to compel this individual to fix these properties immediately.”

While the City Attorney’s office has gone after, and closed, apartment complexes as recently as last month, Klein says this case is different – it’s about quality of life, instead of crime.

“Shutting down places, most of the time, it’s in conjunction with police,” Klein says. “It’s about violence, it’s about drugs, it’s about gangs. This time, it’s about poor quality of life.”

The lawsuit also involves AMG’s Hartford on the Lake comlpex near Noe-Bixby Park, and the Fitzroy Apartments just off Morse Road.

The lawsuit is filed in Franklin County Environmental Court.

http://radio.wosu.org/post/city-attorney-files-largest-nuisance-suit-columbus-history?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#stream/0
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Until the city passes legislation to treat any property being rented whether a company, LLC, or individual as a defined business with a set of rules and regulations with specific definitions, compliance, and enforcement, this problem with continue to fester.

Start with

  1. Required registering of all rental properties with a better yearly required valid contact information to include a valid email.
  2. In addition to this there should be a mechanism next to the contact number to quickly report if the contact info is not valid so that the auditors office can take action for incorrect information. This is technology that can easily be implemented and at least follows the principal that the city needs to provide better resources so citizens can “partner” with the city so that the city can have reliable information on property owners whether, owned, rented, or bank owned and take more timely action when citizens report a concern to code enforcement. There are many people that try to report issues but get stuck immediately on the first page
  3. Properties for profit rentals, etc should have to pay an administration fee or rental tax or rental license fee to the city for this. We tax everything else why not these properties that our renting in our communities and taking advantage of our city resources of trash pickup and community maintenance, hence our BIG major bulk trash situation MOSTLY caused by rental properties!
  4. As a home owner we pay to have trash removed based on average occupancy of a single home dwelling and most likely taking into account the turnover of the property. Properties that are rented should have to pay a higher fee because their trash burden to the city is more substantial than my usage.
  5. Out of state property owners, companies, or LLCs should be required to have a local property manager.
  6. Properties for rent should have a certification statement from a governing agency of acceptable living conditions similar to the requirements sent forth in order to have a property certified as Section 8.
  7. Rental properties formed as LLC’s should be required to show their Profit-Loss Statements. This information should be readily available on the Auditors site.
  8. Rental contracts that have to be filed with the city with specific language that includes code enforcement requirements of maintaining a property in the city this would include language in the contract that if a tenant for example fails to maintenance a property such as mowing, snow removal, etc or code enforcement the owner is immediately responsible regardless of whether language is specified in the contract of renter responsibility.
  9. The city should provide services to a property owner that rents to compose and have a sheet listing city services, rules, etc. This can even go further and include local block-watches and nearby community organizations.
  10. The city should compose and have available to rental property owners a list of expectations, city services, how to use, etc for all renters. The property owner renting should be required to hand out to every renter and every time they rent to a new renter.
  11. The eviction process needs to be changed to remove the “set out” process of evicted tenants. This just contributes to our trash and blight problem in our communities.
  12. The property owner is responsible for the proper removal of tenant belongings left in a property and not allowed to be set out as bulk for the city to have to take care of.
  13. There should be an “Angie’s List” of some kind that is easily assessable for both tenants and landlords to check the “rating” factor of both tenants and landlords.

Columbus TV weatherman Marshall McPeek under fire for remarks at LGBTQ journalists’ conference

It so saddens me as this is not the first time I’ve run across our LGBTQ community being so hateful and judgemental of others not in accordance of their personal views. Do we forget the hate and persecution directed at us that we’ve all faced thru the decades and now that we ALL enjoy a more accepting climate, we are the ones that spit out the most hate and condemnation of any person, group, or government official including our President that has any viewpoint or value system that differs or seems different from our own? And it is utterly disgusting that our community and especially the NLGJA could not embrace this opportunity and at least counter Marshall McPeek’s comments at the time of being said and turned it into a positive situation. Poor choice of words on his part, agreed but as anyone in the writing profession or any bilingual person familiar with the languages that to this day use grammatical gender in everyday conversation – he – she – it (neutral); he was not exactly wrong. Our community within the last couple decades created other sexual identity terms: sex & gender (traditional), cisgender, transgender, and transsexual. Science has shown and proven that “gender” is not even entirely of one body and that there can actually be multiple “genders” in one body but this is going to take several generations for people to even grasp or understand this. “Male” and “female” has been ingrained across multiple societies and cultures since man began to label and name everything it observed. So come on “queer as folk” give this man a break and listen to what the man said, look at him as a person and think of his character and whether he really meant his choice of words to be interpreted literally as most of you have taken to the moon to mean. We are supposed to be a diverse, loving, caring, and understanding group of people but now that we have gained major acceptance and understanding in many of our societies we have become nothing more than hateful people demanding that our viewpoints and beliefs are absolute and that anyone not accepting of them are the ultimate “haters”. Seems very Ku Klux Klan, White Supremacists, or Christians Against Gays to me and I for one am totally ashamed that our LGBTQ community has become nothing more than these other “hate” groups. Accept the man’s apology and perhaps allow him to clarify and elaborate what his thoughts were at the time of presentation where his choice of words failed. He is after all a talented media man and perhaps we should take advantage of his skill set and perhaps invite him in educating others of inclusiveness of transgender and nonbinary journalists. And just for the record, as a gay man of 58 years I have NEVER heard of a nonbinary journalist and I challenge many of you in the LGBTQ community if you have heard the same. Move on with love, awareness, acceptance, and the ability to educate others and quit with the condemnation of anyone not accepting, aware, or having the ability to understand what WE are all about! 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/meteorologist-addresses-lgbtq-audience-things-its-journalism-conference-n908161

Meteorologist addresses LGBTQ audience as ‘things and its’ at journalism conference
At a reception sponsored by Fox News, Ohio-based meteorologist Marshall McPeek addressed the LGBTQ audience as “ladies and gentlemen, things and its.”
by Tim Fitzsimons / Sep.10.2018 / 12:58 PM ET

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists issued an apology on Sunday after an emcee at its annual conference welcomed a crowd of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer news professionals as “ladies and gentlemen, things and its.”

“We’ve worked hard for many years to make NLGJA an inclusive organization for transgender and nonbinary journalists,” the organization said in a statement. “People were understandably hurt and offended by last night’s remarks. As journalists, we understand uniquely that words matter. We apologize and are committed to working to make NLGJA more inclusive and diverse.”

Marshall McPeek, chief meteorologist for Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Fox 28 and ABC 6 in Columbus, Ohio, made the offending remarks on Saturday evening during the conference’s closing reception, which was sponsored by Fox News. McPeek apologized later that same evening for his comments and resigned his NLGJA membership shortly thereafter.

News of the incident spread beyond the Palm Springs conference after reporter Mary Emily O’Hara, who was in the audience, captured the moment in a widely shared tweet.

McPeek’s remarks cast a pall over the event and several attendees walked out. Monica Roberts, a transgender writer from Houston who was present during Saturday’s closing reception, wrote about the incident Monday on her blog, TransGriot.

“While I am happy McPeek came back later and apologized and NLGJA an organization I’ve been a member of for several years has released a statement about it, the damage was still done,” Roberts wrote. “No Mr. McPeek and by extension, NLGJA and FOX News, there were no ‘things and its’ in that Hotel Zoso room that September 8 night. There were trans, gender non-conforming (GNC) and non-binary (NB) people in there. There were your trans, GNC and NB media colleagues in that room.”

Aretha Franklin 1942-2008

I don’t really get upset when a celebrity or well known person dies because after all that is life, but Aretha Franklin was a powerful and memorable artist who crossed many obstacles and boundaries and influenced many aspects of our lives today. The “Queen of Soul” will be missed!

#soul
#music
#iconic
#extraordinary
#BlackIconic
#CrossingBarriers
#Singer
#DefiningVoice
#ExtraordinaryPianist
#BlackIsBeautiful
#QueenOfSoul

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Couch Sold

Well my couch is gone! I was beginning to wonder if I would find a new home for it but two sisters who are remodeling their Mom’s house got it today and they love it! We loaded it on their pick up truck and hopefully they make it back to New Albany before it rains. They unfortunately got caught in traffic coming down at Cooke Rd and 71S where some idiot decided to cross the interstate and got struck and is in critical condition at Grant Medical Center. One of the things I have enjoyed most about selling on Facebook, aside from the money – LOL, is meeting new people. We chatted for a long while and had a hug before parting. Good people are priceless!

P.S.: So the loveseat is now in it’s place and looks so small in this ever expanding living room! TV time tonight will not be pretty with my long legs!

#couch
#selling
#sold
#moving
#IsItOverYet
#SouthCarolinaBound

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My first bulk up request

I’ve definitely been an advocate and promoter for city services especially refuse, recycle and yard waste collection and bulk pick up but being a first time user of the bulk pick up service I must say I am very disappointed in my service request not being fulfilled. I came home to find that it hadn’t been picked up and when I looked up the ticket number it had been marked closed with no explanation. I called Columbus311 this morning and was told that it was construction debris! I advised that I didn’t understand how because it consisted of larger household items, furniture, trash cans, pictures, buckets, brooms etc that would not fit in my 90 gallon trash receptacle. I also said that I had a shopping cart nearby that frequently ends up in our alley and it was sitting next to it as well as two large glass door inserts that were going to be picked up by someone else but in no way was included in the bulk pickup. Apparently since they were in close proximately that warranted not picking up anything and that they don’t “pick thru” the items to ascertain what will be taken. Given that the bulk items were all grouped together I ponder what sorting thru had to be done. I figured they just saw what they wanted to see and concluded that it was all construction debris instead of realizing the items grouped together as household bulk. Puts a sour taste in one’s mouth who has always advocated bulk service and always worked hard to keep our alley the best in the area and unfortunately another example of advocating for services that end up being problematic after encouraging neighbors to use the services. I did get a call from the supervisor who is still researching what had happened but said it will be picked up tomorrow. Meanwhile I’m out there looking at the pile of remaining items as several pieces seemed worthwhile for others to want (well aside from the mop I had put out and found one street over yesterday evening when I was out walking the dog with my neighbor!) to be sure nothing “appeared” to be construction debris.

Sigh, my time is short here – I’m worn out and I’m pretty serious when I say my next home will be out in the country with my only worries being fending off the wildlife!

[Update: 08/10/18/Friday/All picked up this morning!]

#bulk
#services
#ServiceFail
#trash
#community
#WestgateHeights
#WestgateHeightsCommunityAlliance
#ColumbusOH
#ColumbusOhio
#Columbus
#OH
#Ohio

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Mouse in the house and all that’s related

A new family on the street shared with me about the terrifying incident of finding a mouse in their house! I said welcome to the west side Hilltop of Columbus, Ohio and that thankfully with the soon removal of the 300 gallon trash receptacles, this may help alleviate part of this problem. Now of course my neighbor behind me that hasn’t spoken to me for over a year because he was and is convinced that I caused the removal of the 300 gallon trash receptacles in my alley causing him a tremendous hardship of having to wheel his 90 gallon trash receptacle out to the alley every Wednesday via his totally filled up two car garage. Of course my suggestion of him fixing his damn gate might help with his current plight and inconvenience but alas being a maintenance person of several properties on the westside, he just didn’t feel he should have to fix his gate to take out the trash and that the city is violating his rights because of this! Now back to the mice, I find it interesting with all the stray and feral cats running the neighborhood that we really shouldn’t have such a problem but again alas with all the kind hearted folk who insist on putting out cat food on their porches and on abandoned properties to feed these little darlings; Well why work to eat when you can just wait to be fed? A truly American concept, no?

#mouse
#house
#trash
#cats
#FeralCats
#StrayCats
#GonnaMissMyHouse
#GonnaMissMyHood
#GonnaMissColumbusOH
#GonnaMissColumbusOhio
#GonnaMissColumbus
#WestgateHeights
#WestgateHeightsCommunityAlliance
#ColumbusOH
#ColumbusOhio
#Columbus
#OH
#Ohio

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