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Re: “Airbnb, meet the Georgia General Assembly

All funannd games... The real problem is that lawmakers are currently allowed to accept campaign contributions from the industries they regulate.

Lobbyists are always a very bad thing. Instead of feeling upset that someone else doesn't have to conform to all the rules and regulations that you do, why don't you help to push for the Americans anti corruption act? And the fair tax? Get rid of the problems at the source -the corrupt politicians.

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Posted by jackmurphyiscorrupt on 08/27/2015 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Airbnb, meet the Georgia General Assembly

"Atlanta small businesses have been repeatedly shaken down by the Reed administration such as increases to the liquor license fees and business permits (payroll taxes, for those of you who don't have an general business license), then the fire department was sent out to look for building violations to slap fines on businesses - but that people in the AirBnB and VBRO businesses don't have to pay a dime..."

Reed shakes down some businesses so you are suggesting that they should also be able to shake down folks who rent a room out of their home? Your post lacks logic.

I don't rent space out of my home and have no skin in this game, but you seem to be very passionate about this. Just out of curiosity, "All Fun And Games" what is your stake in this? Do you have a BnB or hotel and are being hurt by the competition? Are you trying to regulate away the completion?

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Posted by Mark from Atlanta on 08/27/2015 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Airbnb, meet the Georgia General Assembly

"Someone who cuts hair out of their house must have a business license, but someone who rents rooms or their house for multiple days a year as a recurring revenue stream does not - why?"

Cutting hair is different because cosmetologists and barbers must be licensed.

A better analogy would be folks who do childcare or give piano lessons out of the home. As long as the number of clients does not go beyond a set number at a time what is the harm?

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Posted by Mark from Atlanta on 08/27/2015 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Reed: critics of using eminent domain to take over Peachtree-Pine can't propose a better plan

I propose a better plan, Uncle Reed: Fund the shelter so that it is fully functional, and then copy Utah's template to end homelessness:

But doubtful you will do this, because you are, indeed, hard-hearted, throwing your own, and then some, under the bus. Hooray for callousness! Boo for compassion!

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Posted by Homeless Advocate on 08/27/2015 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Give the homeless a home

Utah has practically eliminated homelessness through a unique program:

Homelessness is an abomination and we shouldn't tolerate the conditions that are conducive to it - institutionalized racism via punitive welfare measures and severe segregation (yes, it still exists, especially in schools), discriminatory practices, etc.

ANY of us could be homeless. That is what people refuse to realize. Our job market is so unstable, and housing so unaffordable, and our mental health programs are so shitty. So even the white bourgeois who are so condescending about the homeless could land on the street - and some already have.

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Re: “First Slice 8/20/2015: Fulton health director blocked CDC's offer to resolve HIV/AIDS funding logjam


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Posted by DR MARK on 08/27/2015 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Airbnb, meet the Georgia General Assembly

Someone who cuts hair out of their house must have a business license, but someone who rents rooms or their house for multiple days a year as a recurring revenue stream does not - why?

Someone who owns multiple properties, has incorporated as an LLC, rents as many units as possible under the boarding house ordinance, does not have a permit, is not inspected, and does not collect nor remit hotel/motel tax (as a bed and breakfast does) - why?

Someone clearly violates the 'no subletting' clause on their lease, letting in individual(s) unknown to management, without a background check, with no legal mechanism for management to recoup for damaged property, is given physical access to the property when otherwise they wouldn't be able to get into the building and so is an unknown security risk, and you think you are not in violation of your lease - why?

Atlanta small businesses have been repeatedly shaken down by the Reed administration such as increases to the liquor license fees and business permits (payroll taxes, for those of you who don't have an general business license), then the fire department was sent out to look for building violations to slap fines on businesses - but that people in the AirBnB and VBRO businesses don't have to pay a dime nor collect and remit a dime is patently unjust. The rest of the small business community pays our way, but somehow if you're in the rental business you're all fancy and special. Not.

New York City determined 33% of AirBnB listings are by entities that are actually businesses and not individuals letting out a room now and again. On my street that's accurate: one is an off and on lister,; one put in an illegal unit and rents both main house and unit as often as possible but lives in the not-rented section accordingly; the third owns two to three properties and has 50% of each on AirBnB 24/7 (and told a neighbor they make more $$ from AirBnB then from fair market year-lease tenants). I know of one family that has their house on VRBO basically 52wks/yr and lives in the garage. At what point do they have to register as an extended stay hotel?

On the flip side, what do these people think will happen when they file for damages b/c the party in for the wedding didn't just come for the wedding but threw the party and the house got trashed -? You think your insurance company's gonna be stoked about covering you in a revenue generating capacity when you didn't notify them to get a rider? What do you think your chances are of getting your policy canceled? Then what? Think your mortgage holder's gonna be happy with you? Esp. if they find out you filed an LLC but you didn't get a policy rider?

AirBnB and VRBO should be providing actual services, not just a lame cover page on their web site, to help participating folks get properly registered with their municipality and the State for licenses and taxes, and offer a group rider policy for folks to buy (same w/Lyft and Uber). The sharing economy is basically a corporation that shares your profits and none of your risks.

And as a COA tax payer, how much tax revenue is going uncollected? Even from just the few listings CL decided to put up as examples? Simple enough to calculate - go thru the listings, count up the number of rental reviews, multiply by the nightly amount, figure hotel/motel tax... Felicia Moore, where's your calculator?

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Posted by all fun and games til someone gets hurt on 08/27/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “First Slice 8/27/2015: Cagle wants Planned Parenthood funding cut

"What is wrong with Cagle?"

49-year-old virgin starring Casey Cagle

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Posted by Lester Freamon on 08/27/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Give the homeless a home

@ Mark from Atlanta
Why not? The City already controls the land and has no apparent use for most of it. It should be simple to construct a suitable facility without the logistic complications of downtown.
Why should the homeless be housed in downtown?

Posted by Burroughston Broch on 08/27/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Repticon's snakes and bearded dragons take over Lawrenceville

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Posted by Ugna Kumar on 08/27/2015 at 1:54 PM

Re: “The student trap

I attended AIU Online, supposedly at the Buckhead Campus between 2004 and 2005. At 37 I was finally mature enough to actually own the term "Full Time Student" and that is exactly what I owned up to. Full time was limited to two classes a quarter as these were accelerated, 5 week courses. The same taught at say UT Austin, although their flavor were in eight week and twelve week course lengths for the same subject matter. I can attest that there was no fluff to the course load and it's learning objectives. I also honestly feel that my instructors were (or seamed so) just that, qualified instructors who taught with clear learning objectives and structure. In other words I busted my ass and took my education very seriously. These 2 course quarters were not easy in any sense with almost all having both weekly individual and group assignments and an individual discussion board assignment due each week, we easily completed the entire book(s) within the 5 week course too. I honestly feel I learned and earned my Associate of Business Management. Now for the BUT, as for me, I was on the dean's list every quarter and had a 4.0 GPA (actually translated to 3.96 in numbers) with straight A's. One of the main reasons for the 4.0 GPA was that I would not let any of my group projects be submitted until I personally proofed the paper and usually had to write and rewrite every other members portion. Almost every student in almost every class that I took couldn't correctly complete a sentence using proper structure and correct grammar! I am not trying to be bigheaded here, just stating fact! Almost all my classmates were just out of high school and still in their teens or young twenties. Most shouldn't have been allowed to take the classes because they were not at a college level in their education, I am not joking or saying this lightly either. I am being completely serious! I literally did most of their work for them for the group portion, I had no choice if I wanted A's. So, I just did it. To sum this up, I know I received a quality education at AIU, and the Instructors were there for me if ever I needed their input or had a question. That being said, I want to talk about the Cost of my quality education now. This is where AIU is at fault. While attending I noticed right off the bat that the Student Financial Aide Department was seriously flawed and out right breaking the law in how they disbursed Student Loans and Grants. And, I quickly caught on to a very despicable common place practice they used to milk their students out of every red cent they could take from them. I personally was extorted while in my second to last quarter. Out of the blue I was called and told that my tuition was going to cost me an additional $5000.00 dollars and that if I couldn't pay it I would be placed on a hold until I did. Mind you before I started taking classes we had agreed on a little over $17,000 for the cost of my Associate Degree in Business Management. I had qualified for a subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Student Loans totaling $8500.00 and that I would have to sign a note for the balance which was $8500.00 of which I had paid approximately $3000.00 already at the time of this call. I immediately logged into my student aide section of the website and saw that without my permission they had made disbursements of my loans without notification or consent, or signature (which is mandatory). The disbursements were backdated and future dated and the additional monies they wanted were nowhere to be accounted for. Long story short, AIU was in the habit of forcing last minute demands for additional tuition and fudging the books as far as student aide was concerned. When I confronted them with the law and their unlawful practice and demands put upon me, my student aide suddenly disappeared for almost 4 weeks and when I had access again they had put everything back as it should have been! BEWARE OF AIU and anything you agree to!

Posted by Tommy Shrader on 08/27/2015 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Give the homeless a home

"The portion of the Ft. McPherson site not owned by Tyler Perry would be a good spot."


Posted by Mark from Atlanta on 08/27/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “First Slice 8/27/2015: Cagle wants Planned Parenthood funding cut

"Buckhead resident Michael Crandal" - OMFG is this guy for real???…

Posted by J to the G on 08/27/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Time and Place: Confederate Shadows

What morons.

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Posted by spencer60 on 08/27/2015 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Give the homeless a home

@ Roo
"If it is determined that a large warehousing facility is needed, why must it be built in town?"

The portion of the Ft. McPherson site not owned by Tyler Perry would be a good spot.

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Posted by Burroughston Broch on 08/27/2015 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Give the homeless a home

Hearts in the right place & good on you for getting out of the out.

For those who aren't really familiar w / the scene for the homeless, though, all the stuff you imagine & most of what you've heard is just not the facts, Jack.
P&P, for instance, while not the best place, is also not the worst place.
It is good for the fact that most shelters operate in a way that actually prevents ppl tryna become "homed" rather than homeless.
If you've a job or are really looking for one, how ya gonna get over to ATL Union Mission to line up mid afternoon for a bed ?

The sad fact is that here, as in most places, homelessness is an industry that has slipped over the edge into actually inculcating a mindset of habituated "this is it / no other options" for the ppl who get dependent on them &, worse, developing a "we tried but now yer on yer own" attitude based on artificial timeleines & deadlines, regardless of the real situations & efforts of those they're supposed to help.

BTW, FWIW & FYI, let's not continue hyping that "too busy to hate" crap-slogan by even referencing it.
A more truthful slogan for ATL would be Too Busy Too Fix That Broken Street-Sign That Got Run Over Last Week.

& the idea of a new police precinct ?
Downtown area has several already (at least 5 within a couple square miles) but when 2 cops had a female in custody recently outside Underground Atlanta---which is right next to a station & the 911 center---they couldn't even get a female officer to the squad-car in time to save the woman in custody being killed.

If anything, what might replace P & P is a dedicated homeless clean-up facility where men & women could bathe / shower & wash clothes without getting tied up in the inordinate wait & restrictions of the city's few current offerings.

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Posted by Darryl Weaver on 08/27/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “First Slice 8/27/2015: Cagle wants Planned Parenthood funding cut

Not sure why Buckhead people are complaining about the series; most of the nightlife and attire (for anyone between 20-40), already resemble the "Jersey Shore".....this might be a step up.

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Posted by Voxpopuli on 08/27/2015 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Airbnb, meet the Georgia General Assembly

Silly citizens, did you really think you'd be able to avoid paying Arthur Blank his cut of your income?

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Posted by Reed doesn't care about common people on 08/27/2015 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Riding high

It's an Episcopal (not Episcopalian) Cathedral. Episcopalians are the people who worship there.

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Posted by Lawrence Graham on 08/27/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “First Slice 8/27/2015: Cagle wants Planned Parenthood funding cut

What is wrong with Cagle? IS he that bored - or did he complete all of the tasks in his day-job that he took tax-payer money/time to write a strongly worded letter AFTER Deal had an investigation that came up with .... nothing.

Stop clutching to things you lost. let the rebel flag go. let gays be gay. let women control the rights of their own bodies. He is like a child who didn't get exactly what he wanted for Christmas. stomp your feet elsewhere.

The really sad thing is that we are a part of "several southern states" petitioning to de-fund PP - When we are the ones that, statistically, need it the most. and it is not a coincidence that these states have the lowest education either - how about we focus on improving that instead of wasting time trying to take us back centuries?

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Posted by doobies on 08/27/2015 at 10:46 AM

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