Mayor Jeffery Lansky: should he stay of should he go?
Posted in the Garfield Heights Forum
#1 Jun 3, 2011
LOL...just noticed the new politics section. So what is the verdict on the mayor? Anybody beside XXX and myself have an opinion or care?
#2 Jun 4, 2011
I had to laugh. My father happened to pick up a copy of the Neighborhood News last month. I didn't see the article myself, but he said that the paper quoted Lansky about landlords. Lansky stated that landlords have all this money, and it's only proper to screw them to the wall.
My father has been a landlord nearly his entire adult life. Same holds true with several of his siblings and of course, his son. My father said "Is this guy a total idiot or what? I can tell by his comments that he was never a landlord in his life. Why comment on something you know absolutely nothing about?"
I guess this is one of the reasons we landlords have problems in this city. Ignorance of the people running it. I invite any and all leaders of this city to come and take a look at the debt I've accumulated over the years because of my rental properties. I invite them to take a look at my tax returns which with the exception of 2010, show losses on this property. 2010 was the first year I showed a profit on my rental property, but when you consider a new $8,000 roof I had to put on, that year was a loss as well, it's just that the federal government makes you write large items off in a 30 year period. Because the roof was installed in the second half of last year, I could only write off 1/60 th of the cost.
Now Lansky is running for reelection. So I have to ask the Bill Clinton question: are we better off now (under the Landsky administration) than we were four years ago? And that should tell you how to vote next election.
#3 Jun 4, 2011
The reason landlords are taking heat is because not every landlord is like yourself or your father. Some of these landlords stay in the next county and don't care what their tenants are doing as long as that section 8 check clears.
There are slumlords in Maple Heights that have helped ruin the city, and much like the young black males committing the violence, everybody in that demographic ends up with a bad rap.
All it takes is a few bad landlords and a few bad black males, out of the many out there, to ruin a city. The fall of most cities can be tied to rental property.
I remember when I was still in school and Cleveland folk started moving in. All of them were RENTING the homes they stayed in. None of them bought.
If there were more landlords like yourself, this problem would have never started. What troublemaker chooses to live under a 'take-no-shjt' landlord?
As for Lansky, this guy has to be in bed with building contractors. He will probably end up retiring to sunny Arizona with the former Garfield mayor who was responsible for that city view disaster.
#4 Jun 5, 2011
From what I've been told about the article my father read, he didn't voice a complaint about any of the items you mentioned. And from what I read when the Sun was still our local paper, this idiotic regulation thing started because the city found roaches in an apartment occupied by a tenant who was afraid of contacting the city because the landlord took no action on the insect infestation. The tenant feared retaliation by her landlord.
So I don't believe it had anything to do with bugs or landlords. I believe it was a money-grab by the city from an administration that hates rental property. Roaches don't move into an apartment because the landlord is a bad landlord. Roaches move in because the tenant is a filthy pig who leaves food stuffs laying around the apartment. Landlords can't help that other than to evict such tenant. But if the landlord is unaware, or otherwise unable to control the situation, WTF else is he or she to do?
You can't blame the decline of the city on landlords. Blame the government who forces us to rent to people based on race or handicaps. Blame the government who ushered in 0% down on homes with virtually no credit check that lured lowlifes out of the inner city into suburbs like ours. Blame HUD who decided to rent such places in the suburbs for their lowlifes. That's who you blame.
Inner city people and Maple Heights rental units were around all of my life with no problems. All of a sudden, it's a problem now??? Why wasn't it a problem 30 years ago? What changed? The landlords became bad?
#5 Jun 5, 2011
This change happened in other places long before any of the things you Republicans claim caused it existed. It happened to East Cleveland. It happened to Compton in California. All long before 0% down on a home.
It hadn't happened in Maple Heights yet, but it eventually reached the city. The same way it had been reaching cities for decades.
And nobody in their right mind can argue that landlords who rent to section 8 tenants to help contribute to the downfall of an area. How many section 8 landlords operate in Maple Heights now compared to 30 years ago?
And who do you think wanted 0% down on a home and easy to get loans? The investment bankers who help run this country made billions and billions off of that. Government just follows the orders of those with the money that fund the politicians.
#6 Jun 5, 2011
The 0% down was issued by the HUD director who was a Clinton appointee. He was the youngest and most inexperienced head of HUD in their history. But take landlords out of the picture for a moment, HUD purchases homes from the Sheriff's auction which typically start at 2/3 or the actual value of the home. They then allow their lowlifes to live in these homes. So even if there were not one rental property in a particular city, HUD can still invade the borders and nobody can do a thing about it. Plus, the city has to approve HUD residency where they get money from the federal government for their participation.
Neighborhoods have always went to hell, but why is that? It's because of so-called fair housing laws. The seller or landlord can't refuse a potential buyer or renter if they are people of a different race. To do so could invite all kinds of trouble from the government. So people throw up their arms to avoid potential trouble and give these properties to anybody who wants them. Same holds true with landlords who can't find tenants because the city went too far down the drain. In desperation, they are forced to turn to HUD to keep their business from sinking.
Landlords are just a scapegoat for the real underlying issues. Neighborhoods used to stand their ground for many years in the 1960's and before. That's because people could refuse to sell or rent their home to whoever they wanted regardless of sex, race, age or children. Hell, even when I was younger and rented, landlords were able to discriminate against children. The ads used to read "No children or pets."
#7 Jun 5, 2011
The problem here is the line between race and class was blurred. People of different races can live together, people of different classes cannot. In an effort to bring racial inequality, people failed to distinguish between classes.
Normal black people can't live around inner city black people, how the h3ll are whites supposed to? That's like moving in a pack of redneck hillbillies next to me. I wouldn't be able to take it. Not because they are white, but because they are ignorant.
Government programs take people of a certain class and force them into areas they don't belong.
But the thing is, people make money off of these programs. Follow the money trail. Every time a house is sold, banks are printing money. It behooves them to have programs like HUD that allow them to print money. This is bigger than Democrats and Republicans.
#8 Jun 6, 2011
THe banks always lose out on Sheriff's auction homes. They are only trying to minimize the loss. As for white trash moving into a white neighborhood, the neighbors take care of them, and because of that, those white people stay in their own areas.
Black people on the other hand typically believe that if they can live in a certain area, they have every right to do so. Unlike white trash, they are not harassed by other black people in the neighborhood. Unlike white trash, they are protected under law.
When the restrictions on children came about, those restrictions were considered race bated since many black people have children at a young age, and that's what led to the prohibition of child restriction.
But the point in all this is that because of fair housing laws, landlords and homeowners have little choice on who they select to occupy their property. Like an accusation of rape, a discrimination charge needs no valid proof. All you need is a simple charge. And for those who have no money to level such charges, there are government outlets, organizations like the ACLU, and other entities to obtain free legal help such as the NAACP. And if you're a homeowner or landlord, just try defending yourself on the basis that the applicant was of a different class! Good luck with that one, especially in front of a black judge or a nearly all black jury.
#9 Jun 7, 2011
Black judge and black jury? What universe do you live in? Black people don't do jury duty. LOL Black Judges are as rare as white trash democrats.
I agree that black people have created our own problems with black trash, because as you said, we let them hold us hostage, where whites keep their trash in line.
We have yet to achieve the kind of class separation that whites have. I debate this with black people all the time. It is time to cut black trash loose. Even black people are sick of other black people moving into a neighborhood and bringing all the inner city trash with them.
I hate people that bring up false charges of racism, since crying wolf makes the real charges of racism look less valid. Unfortunately for me, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson live on, while people like Malcolm X and King get cut down before their time.
#10 Jun 7, 2011
The bottom line is if you think mayor were getting rich then you SHOULD come join us and get some rentals yourself @ss@ole...
#11 Jun 7, 2011
Malcolm X got did not get cut down before his time but KING did.
#12 Jun 7, 2011
Jeff its time to move on....
#13 Jun 7, 2011
He needs to go.........but who in the H would want his job, SCREWED! what a joke this city gov is!
#14 Jun 8, 2011
Forget those people. What about Bill Cosby? How about Clarence Thomas? What about Condoleezza Rice? All conservative if not Republican leaders you know. All whom delivered positive messages.
So black people don't do jury duty? Can you explain the OJ trial?
But back to the point: Landlords and homeowners live in constant fear of retaliation. That's how neighborhoods go bad. I dread answering e-mails from people who write like a 3rd grader, but sometimes you have no choice. Those are the only people responding to your ad. It's impossible to stay afloat until the right person comes along.
#15 Jun 8, 2011
He really put his foot in it. Maple Heights is loaded with landlords and tenants, yet, he targeted them as his first enemies. Now he's regretting his moves as we approach election day.
I get so sick of these so-called Maple Heights believers. If Lansky loses this election, watch how fast he sells his home and moves the hell out of here. Many in Council have done it. They are rah-rah Maple Heights until they can't draw money from the city any longer. Then they put out a statement like they want to spend more time with their family or some bullship.
#16 Jun 8, 2011
I would love to take that job.$70,000 per year plus benefits? Why do you think these local politicians campaign so hard? Good money for easy work. The only people that have it better are school teachers since they get off all summer paid.
#17 Jun 10, 2011
Clarence Thomas? That shucking and jiving coon? LOL The only person on the list worth mentioning is Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby isn't a Republican, he is a Democrat. Bill Cosby and I have the same views on the black community. They are far from Republican-like.
I should say that I don't have a problem with a rich person -- black or white -- being a Republican. So Clarence Thomas isn't a coon because he is a Republican, he is a coon because the policies he stands for would have his black a$$ picking cotton instead of being in his current position.
And you source one trial where a black man beat a case as evidence of jury duty? What about the thousands of white juries that have wrongly accused black men(you see people being freed almost every other day thanks to DNA).
I like to deal in facts, not conservative rhetoric. That's probably why social liberals dominate academia and social conservatives dominate the backwoods(and the inner cities). lol
As for undesirable tenants, we all know that putting 'credit check' and 'background check' in your ad can help keep out a nice amount of riff raff. Also, NO SECTION 8 helps too.
What is there to keep afloat? Your job is being a trucker. That's how you pay the bills. Why would one buy a property that they couldn't easily maintain without the income from the renters? When I had my multi-family when I was younger, I never had a tenant and was fine. I don't get the "afloat" thing.
#18 Jun 10, 2011
Funny you should say that, as King was turning more into Malcolm X before he was cut down. King's anti-Vietnam speech secured his demise. He was okay with whites while he played the nice turn-the-other-cheek guy.
#19 Jun 11, 2011
Certainly you jest. Cosby never discussed his political affiliation, but without a doubt, his messages are right from the conservative handbook. In fact, during the Bush years, he was the Democrat punching bag for comments he made during that time.
As Limbaugh always says, blacks are not considered black if they dare cross to the dark side of the GOP. Self made people like Thomas are highly criticized by the black community because they made it without handouts from the government, and promote personal responsibility just like MLK did. People like Cosby and Thomas would still be where they are at today with the policies they support.
The Democrat party views black people as incompetent, and certainly not capable of making it on their own without Democrat help and handouts. They realized early on that by injecting social programs into the black community, they can maintain the servitude of the black population while at the same time, use their power of numbers to secure a voting base. It still goes on today.
If you ask a black man how he votes, he will tell you Democrat. Ask him why, and he will say that the Democrats are for the black people. Ask him who told him that, and he will tell you the Democrats.
Being a landlord is a long term investment. You make out once you sell the rental property. There is no income with most rental property because the rent you collect goes to pay the bills.
For instance, people have asked me in the past why I work full time with the property I have? I then explain to them the reality of being a landlord: my property taxes are $5,500 per year. My house insurance is $2,500 per year. Water and sewer vary between $2,000 and $3,000 per year. So before I fix one door or pay one mortgage payment, I start out with $11,000 in bills that have to be paid. That's a lot of rent collections. Then there are major repairs made to the units. I had to replace three roofs in the past ten years and one furnace at $4,000 because the ducts were asbestos, and had to be removed by the guys in the space suits. The roofs averaged $6,000 each. Then you have to consider all the rent not collected from empty units between tenants. Because of all the city bull ship, that empty time increased by at least a month or so per unit.
So it's not as pretty as people (like our Mayor) think. It only looks good from the outside. And this is why rental property is no longer a viable investment.
#20 Jun 11, 2011
Clarence Thomas is a coon who doesn't realize that without certain programs and quotas whites would have never given him a chance. Look at the Jim Crow era. Does that fool really believe he would have been able to sit his black a$$ in a judges chair 100 years ago? Self-made or not? A lot of silly black folks want to believe they made it because of their hard work, but there were hard working blacks in the Jim Crow era that never got a chance. Programs should remain just as long as Jim Crow remained.
My fellow black people have let me down with their voting. They just hand it over to the Democrats and get nothing in return. Gays don't do that. Hispanics don't do that. Religious nuts don't do that. Only black folks.
But when it comes to voting against their own interests, nobody can top working class white Republicans. These idiots are made to run to the polls to worry about god, guns and gays and not their own economic interests. They are more detrimental to the progress of this country than any black voter.
Like these idiots who put Kasich in. LMAO. Now they are all upset with him. Stupid backwoods hicks. Like how he is privatizing prisons. The low-level workers(typical republicans) get paid shjt but the higher ups make 20-30 percent more compared to ones at state prisons. LOL
I swear working class republicans are tools. At least poor black democrats get welfare for their vote, which when properly used allows them to relax and enjoy life. What do working class Republicans get? They get their unions busted up and low wage jobs.
As for being a landlord, I found out when I was young that it was kind of a shjt investment unless you had a lot of property. Plus it is a headache that just isn't worth the paltry return on your money and time. But yes, in general people are under the impression that landlords make good money, which isn't true at all, that's why a lot of them are trying to get out.
That sounds like a lot of money you are flushing down the toilet. I'd be pissed off too. And it is in Maple Heights so there isn't going to be a happy ending. A 50-year-old single man isn't supposed to have any expenses but beer.
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