I have been so busy lately I can hardly sit down for five minutes. It’s just that time of year, the world moves faster in Spring, and I feel I have to run to keep up.
I always feel taken advantage of when I put out the time to g0 to city meetings, but I was glad I went to yesterday’s Finance Committee anyway. For one thing, Mark Sorensen’s little meeting rules – fill out a card, you get three minutes – are WHACKED! I’d forgotten all about them, and after the garbage consultant finished his report, I had a question. Clerk had reported, no speaker cards filled out – in a packed room? That’s because the citizens who’d packed that room didn’t know anything about the new rules. I asked politely if I could ask a question, and Sorensen just plain had to let me in. Then everybody started talking.
But Sorensen made those rules so he could pick and choose who gets to say what. I went ahead and filled out a card for the next topic – Nature Center loan deferral and possible FORGIVENESS! $206,000 folks, and Nakamura, to whom this amount is chump change, wants it forgiven for some mysterious reason he wouldn’t elaborate on. So, I wanted to make a suggestion that they ask for the center’s books, and that they consider opening this city-owned building to a daycare operator who can run it responsibly. Sorensen didn’t even give me my full three minutes, he raised his voice at me and told me I was off -topic. Then he asked the NC folks about their books – he’d never seen them!
The nerve of this officious little prick!
Well, I got friends too. I got some important friends, the behind the scenes kind, who own a lot of shit around here. I had a little meeting of my own, and what I gathered is, RENT IS ABOUT TO GO UP! One of my sources is the manager for one of the biggest rental companies in town, so you can take that to the bank, Honey.
I raise my rents incrementally every year, so I don’t have to make a big jump – I tell my tenants that, and they appreciate it. They know I have bills to pay in relation to the house, and those bills go up every year. What I don’t know how to tell them is, the increase is going to be a lot bigger this year, because of the increases in water and garbage. I’ve already talked to them about the water rate increase, but I don’t know how much they have heard about this garbage increase.
I try to keep my rents pretty middling. I know if you charge too much, they move people into the closets and kitchen cabinets and the next thing you know your house is trashed and your neighbors are pissed off. I like tenants to stay a while, and high rent means a turnover every six months.But, I’m not a charity, I have kids to feed and tuition to pay.
So, rent is going up, and I guess I’ll tell them to complain to Brian Nakamura about it. That’s firstname.lastname@example.org