OVERSIZED TRUCK DRIVING ILLEGALLY ON RESIDENTIAL STREET WHILE THE POWERS TO BE DRAG THEIR FEET

trucks 6.30.15 008Tuesday, June 30th at 6:00pm on 170th Street between Jamaica Ave & Hillside Ave, which is a residential street, NOT a Truck route at all. This is a street with houses, an apartment building, a senior citizen building (NYCHA) and plenty of children and elderly crossing the street. This is what we deal with from very early morning to late evening every single day including weekends.

This is so wrong on so many levels and poses both noise and safety issues, yet the powers to be keep dragging their feet on this issue.

WHY, WHY, WHY?

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OWNER ASKING FOR HELP IN FINDING DOG STOLEN BY PUNKS IN BAYSIDE PARK

The world is full of fucking assholes that do not deserve to live.

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From Queens Courier:

Owner asks for help in finding dog stolen from Bayside park

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Lora

Photos courtesy of Lora

For the owner of Ginger, a 5-year-old cocker spaniel, a stroll through a Bayside park this weekend turned into a nightmare.

On Sunday at about 10 p.m. two men approached Ginger and her owner in Crocheron Park, located at 214th Street and 35th Avenue, near the stairs leading toward the pond. One of the two men pretended to be interested in the dog and bent down to pet her while asking questions about the dog, according to Ginger’s owner, Lora, who did not want to give her last name.

“I didn’t really think anything of it because people stop and look at my dog all the time,” she said.

The second man, who was larger than the other and stayed quiet the whole time, then punched Lora in the stomach and the two men ran away with Ginger.

The owner, who found it difficult to get up from the attack, said she ran after them after catching her breath and was screaming her dog’s name. Lora said she heard a car “peeling out” right after but wasn’t sure it was the men’s car.

“I mean it’s Bayside,” she said. “I didn’t anything like that could happen. I never felt unsafe in the area.”

Fliers asking for the public’s help were taped all down Bell Boulevard Monday afternoon and posts were also put up on Facebook, Craigslist and Reddit asking for help in bringing Ginger home.

Lora also filed a police report with the 111th Precinct on Sunday.

“I just want her back safely with my family,” she said.

According to Lora, who has had the dog since it was 4 months old, Ginger was wearing a Star Wars Yoda collar with green, yellow and brown checkers and had a black leash with multicolor peace signs on it. She also said the dog is approachable, responds to her name and loves food.

“I just want her back. I just feel so guilty for not protecting her,” Lora said. “It doesn’t even feel real. I feel like I’m going to wake up and she’s going to be in bed with me. I feel like it’s a really, really bad dream. It’s not right. I don’t know how anyone can do that.”

A large cash reward is being offered for the dog or any information leading up to her return. People are asked to call 347-820-3543 with any information or email helplorafindginger@gmail.com.

 

 

103RD POLICE OFFICERS WHILE INVESTIGATING STOLEN VEHICLE REVIVE INFANT CHOKING ON APPLE

Kudos again to one of the hardest working precincts, Jamaica’s 103rd.

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From DNAinfo New York:

Jamaica Police Officers Revive Infant Who Choked on Apple

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | June 29, 2015 5:57pm
 Officers Scott Nieri (left) and Gobin Raghunath, of the 103rd Precinct, saved an infant who choked on an apple.

Officers Scott Nieri (left) and Gobin Raghunath, of the 103rd Precinct, saved an infant who choked on an apple.

QUEENS — Two Jamaica police officers saved an 18-month old boy who stopped breathing after he choked on an apple, police said.

Officers Scott Nieri and Gobin Raghunath, of the 103rd Precinct, were investigating an auto theft report at 148th Street and Liberty Avenue on Sunday, June 28, when around 1:30 p.m. a man holding his son ran up to them screaming in panic that his baby was choking on an apple and could not breathe, police said.

The officers took the infant and, while calling for EMS, they kept trying to remove the object from the baby’s airway by using the so-called Heimlich Maneuver, police said.

They were not able to take it out and the baby became unresponsive and stopped breathing, police said.

The officers then began chest compressions and after 4 to 5 minutes the boy began to cry and breathe on his own, sources said.

EMS personnel arrived shortly after and took the baby to Jamaica Hospital.

The infant, police said, is stable and is expected to make a full recovery.

In November, Officer Raghunath was involved in another publicized incident when he was struck in the head with a crowbar while responding to a burglary in progress in a different portion of the neighborhood.Raghunath was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, and released the same day after getting several stitches, police said.

 

 

SAME OLD GARBAGE PROBLEMS, SAME OLD LACK OF RESPONSE FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS

And here is why we have such little respect for our elected officials, who do so very little and our not held accountable. But blame must be put on asshole folks who put these clowns in office believing their bullshit over and over again, but with little or no results.

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From Pamela HazeL,  Jamaica resident and community advocate:

As the madness continues, James Fobb’s private property at 107-58 164 th. street, was cleaned a few days ago.

This cycle is due to Katz’s  inept protocol; instead of a resolution.

The Katz and her two obstructionist employees are incapable of a resolution. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before the department of sanitation returns.

This has been going on for years. James Fobb is given the legal right to destroy our neighbourhood because his property is “private.”

Well, law abiding citizens have rights too. So let the madness evolve. Concerned residents are on hand to keep the “do nothings” busy. Work for your damn pay cheque.

We will NOT stop, we will NOT go away, we will expand our “take over strategy” if necessary.

WHAT EVER THE HELL IT TAKES.

Velazquez/counsel and Boranian/liaison there is yet another problem. A plateless vehicle is parked in Fobb’s private garage.

However, you do not have to raise your lazy fingers. The 103rd. precinct is already on the case.

The community is confident that the 103rd. precinct will take care of this illegally parked vehicle from the private “property.”

P. Hazel: Social Media Journalist for Justice.

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ANOTHER HAPPY OCCASION, ANOTHER KILLING IN SOUTHEAST QUEENS

What the fuck is wrong with Southeast Queens and some of the people here. It seems whenever there is a happy occasion, Father’s Day, a graduation, a concert, etc. some knucklehead pulls out a gun or knife and someone gets seriously hurt or killed, as was the case of Robert DeJesus, who was  shot in the head and upper body after leaving of all things, a baby shower in Rochdale Village.

I mean come on folks, a baby shower. Fucking savages. And this represents some of the fine quality of folks we have in Southeast Queens, which is why Southeast Queens and Jamaica is the way it is.

Something tells me a baby shower in Forest Hills would not result in the death of someone, like never.

Welcome to the hood.

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From The Daily News:

Man, 32, gunned down after leaving Queens baby shower

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Robert DeJesus was shot in the head and upper body on 166th Place in Rochdale Village, Queens, late Sunday, according to cops. Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News-Robert DeJesus was shot in the head and upper body on 166th Place in Rochdale Village, Queens, late Sunday, according to cops

 

A 32-year-old man was shot dead just after leaving a baby shower in Queens, police sources said Monday.

The victim, Robert DeJesus, was fatally wounded in the head and upper body on 166th Place in Rochdale Village just before 10 p.m. Sunday. He died at Jamaica Hospital at 10:34 p.m.

There were 24 shooting incidents and six murders citywide for the week ending Sunday, NYPD statistics show. During the same week last year, there 23 were shootings and seven murders

For the week ending June 21, the first full week of the NYPD’s Summer All Out initiative in which more than 330 cops are assigned to crime hot spots, there were 25 shootings and three murders. Last year, Summer All Out did not begin until July.

EARLY MORNING ILLEGAL TRUCK DRIVING & AS USUAL NO ENFORCEMENT, WELL MAYBE

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This is an every morning thing (and afternoon and evening) yet no one does much about it. Katz, Comrie, Avella, Lancman, Miller, Reddick, Adams, Wills and the other “leaders” certainly do not have this early in the morning or any other time of day. Like I am sure the Mayor’s house in Park Slope deals with this on a daily basis.
Two sets of laws for different folks.
ENFORCEMENT not excuses, not “yeah, we are working it”, blah, blah, blah. Maybe you all need a sub inter-agency task force to oversee the supposed inter-agency task force that Katz stated she was going to do. TRANSLATION: Fuck you, we are not doing anything.”
You know many of these same trucks, same companies come through in early morning, why not once or twice a month, have traffic enforcement sit and watch for about two hours, certainly is not asking for much. The issue exist on Foch Blvd, 175th St, 179th, 99th Ave and many others in our community. Maybe if we were all a lighter shade of pale, we would have something done.
PS: As I was writing this post, I heard a police siren and captured this. Although a small truck, not sure if if this truck was pulled over for being on 170th or if there was some other kind of infraction. trucks 6.30.15 006
But ironically right after the police left, this truck came by.trucks 6.30.15 007

WEBSITE PROGRESS QUEENS SHOW MAJOR CONFLICT WITH MELINDA KATZ AND THE NEWLY FORMED JAMAICA NOW LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Yes, many of us here in Jamaica want our community cleaned up, a better quality of life, a thriving downtown with amenities and leaders who are not corrupt or lazy, not what we have now, which is pretty much a mess, a mess made by poor leadership, apathy, bad zoning and an apathetic community. So is the newly formed Jamaica Now Leadership Council headed by questionable Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (in the pockets of real estate developers) and a hand picked board of some questionable Jamaica figures a godsend or a disaster that might only benefit a few.

Sitting on this board which was handpicked by her majesty are very questionable Rev. Floyd Flake, plus in the roles of ex-officio members, corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks, indicted Councilman Ruben Wills, yes man and useless Senator Leroy Comrie and even more useless Assembly Member Vivian Cook. With names like this attached to this newly formed group, we should all worry.

Louis Flores of Progress Queens gives his usual in-depth reporting skills and analysis of what is going on with Jamaica and all the development that is beginning to take place and this newly formed group.

If you are not familiar with Louis Flores and his wonderful website Progress Queens, you should. In fact Progress Queens and the website Queens Crap, should be required morning reading every single day. These two media outlets are the only ones in Queens who actually report on issues that many of the other media outlets will not touch or ask the hard questions and really dig into what is really going on. Progress Queens was one of the first media outlets that dug deeply into the issue of illegal truck driving on residential streets in Jamaica and Queens Crap is the only outlet reporting on the destructive excavation that is being done near the Steinway Mansion in Astoria, a gem of Queens that is in danger and all of the elected leaders of Queens who are totally ignoring this issue.

So in usual fashion, Louis Flores tackles the issue of Katz and her newly formed Jamaica Now Leadership Council and the many connections to real estate developers, the issue of gentrification and what all of this may bring down the road. Of course in usual form,  Borough Hall did not return Flore’s phone calls regarding this issue.

So here is another brilliant bit of reporting on Queens from Louis Flores and Progress Queens. Enjoy.

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Queens Beep Katz appoints panel to spur development in Jamaica

From Progress Queens:

By LOUIS FLORES

Borough President Melinda Katz (D-Queens) has appointed a group panel of civic, business, and elected leaders to serve on the Jamaica Now Leadership Council, a panel that will exploit the full potential of economic and real estate development for Jamaica, Queens.

In making the appointments, announced last Tuesday, Borough President Katz said, in part, that, “Jamaica is one of the last affordable commercial hubs in the City, yet it is strategically positioned for huge growth thanks to its available housing and amenities and its easy access to mass transit,” adding that, “The members of the Leadership Council will be charged with ensuring that the Action Plan creates a diverse, vibrant and accessible community around one of our City’s great central business districts and inter-modal transportation hubs.”

Nominally, the panel members are tasked with executing the Jamaica Now Action Plan.

According to the document, “The Jamaica Now Action Plan seeks to address commercial, cultural, and arts hub [sic] to increase quality jobs and small business support, promote commercial growth and economic development, and improve livability.”

The brochure essentially clears the way for gentrification to take root in Jamaica, Queens.  Indeed, the report was prepared in conjunction with de Blasio administration officials, who have announced their intentions to up-zone various neighborhoods in New York City, including East Harlem in Manhattan and East New York in Brooklyn.  Other neighborhoods are being made subject to mandatory inclusionary zoning, that will super-size the scale of new construction of apartment buildings in order to accommodate the mayor’s goals for affordable housing.  The neighborhoods slated for mandatory inclusionary zoning are :  East New York, Brooklyn ; Long Island City and Flushing West in Queens ; the Jerome Avenue Corridor in The Bronx ; and the Bay Street Corridor in Staten Island, according to a report published by DNAinfo.

(In Manhattan, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) has appointed her own panel to oversee the rezoning for East Harlem, something that the de Blasio administration did not entrust to Borough President Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) to manage.)

According to Borough President Katz’s press release, she was naming herself chair of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council, and two panel members will be selected by Borough President Katz to serve as co-chairs, a process that had not been completed at the time of the announcement of the panel’s creation.

The list of members

The members of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council are :

  • Adrienne Adams (Queens Community Board 12) ;
  • Maha Akhtar (Resident) ;
  • Nigel Nyrun Barker (Resident) ;
  • Rhonda Binda (Jamaica Center BID) ;
  • Brian Browne (St. John’s University) ;
  • Ricardi Calixte (Queens Economic Development Corporation) ;
  • Tonya Cantlo-Cockfield (Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning) ;
  • Jennifer Ching (Queens Legal Services) ;
  • Salvatore D’Avola (Neighborhood Restore Housing Development Fund Corporation) ;
  • Reverend Floyd H. Flake (Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York) ;
  • Kevin J. Forrestal (Queens Community Board 8) ;
  • Deepmalya Ghosh (The Child Center of New York) ;
  • Michael Griffith (New York City Department of Transportation) ;
  • Adjoa Gzifa (Resident) ;
  • Tyrel Hankerson (Resident) ;
  • Ian Harris (Queens Community Board 12) ;
  • Cathy Hung (Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning/Jamaica Performing Arts Center) ;
  • Dr. Greg M. Ilag (Resident) ;
  • Derek Irby (165th Street Mall Improvement Association) ;
  • Bilal Karriem (Queens Community Board 12) ;
  • Malikka Karteron (Resident) ;
  • Michele Keller (Business Owner) ;
  • Michael X. Mattone (Commercial Property Owner/Developer) ;
  • Helen Maxwell (Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica) ;
  • Simone Price (Sutphin Boulevard BID) ;
  • Justin Rodgers (Greater Jamaica Development Corporation) ;
  • Pierina Ana Sanchez (Regional Plan Association) ;
  • Aaron Schwartz (Commercial Property Owner) ;
  • Emily Schwartz (King Manor Museum) ;
  • Earl Simons (York College) ;
  • Nakita Vanstory (LaGuardia Community College – Justice Community Program);
  • Bernard Warren (Jamaica YMCA);
  • Richard Werber (King Manor Museum);
  • Montgomery Wilkinson (Resident);
  • Tiffany Williams (YMCA Y-Roads Program);
  • Dr. Tom Zlabinger (York College) ; and
  • an unnamed representative of the Queens Library Central Branch.

Borough President Katz also named several elected officials to serve as ex-officio members to the Jamaica Now Leadership Council.  They are :

  • U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) ;
  • State Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Jamaica) ;
  • State Senator James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) ;
  • Assemblymember Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) ;
  • Assemblymember Vivian Cook (D-South Jamaica) ;
  • Assemblymember Michele Titus (D-South Ozone Park) ;
  • Assemblymember David Weprin (D-Jamaica Estates) ;
  • Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Kew Gardens Hill) ;
  • Councilmember I. Daneek Miller (D-Cambria Heights) ;
  • Councilmember Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) ; and
  • Councilmember Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica).

Conflicts of Interest

According to an analysis of relationships performed by Progress Queens, a few of the business leaders and elected officials have ties to the real estate industry, notably Borough President Katz herself, who was the former chair of the New York City Council Land Use Committee when she served as a municipal legislator, a leadership post that State Senator Comrie, an ex-officio member of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council, also held.  In that position, both Borough President Katz and State Senator Comrie were lobbied by real estate interests in respect of projects that were subject to New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Process, or ULURP review.

Between her service in City Council and the Queens Borough President’s office, Borough President Katz was employed as a lawyer for the lobbying law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP.  Greenberg Traurig’s lobbying work routinely brings its lawyers into contact with City Councilmembers and city planning officials on a host of municipal regulatory issues, including issues pertaining to real estate and zoning.

Another ex-officio member of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council, Councilmember Richards, is the newly appointed chair of the City Council land use subcommittee on zoning.  He will be able to exert a great deal of direct influence over rezoning plans for the city in his official capacity.

Mr. Mattone, the commercial real estate developer, is tangentially associated with the influential Real Estate Board of New York, or REBNY, and the Partnership for New York City, the real estate industry’s trade association and the conservative chamber of commerce-like group, respectively, which, severally and jointly, in turn, exert great sway over municipal and state politics.

And Mr. Warren, the vice president of the board of managers for the Jamaica YMCA, is also a member of the board at REBNY.

All of the ex-officio members of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council are also subject to the influence of REBNY and the Partnership for New York City.

According to statistics compiled by Capital New York and reported by Bill Mahoney, members of REBNY contributed $5.2 million in the 2014 state level election cycle to the New York State Democratic Committee and its housekeeping account, benefitting elected Democratic Party officials.

On the municipal level, members of REBNY funded a political action committee, deceptively named Jobs for New York, Inc., to help elect officials to the New York City Council who would support REBNY’s pro-real estate agenda.  Amongst the City Council candidates in the 2013 municipal election, who benefitted from the independent expenditures of Jobs for New York was Councilmember Richards, the new chair of the City Council land use subcommittee on zoning, whose campaign benefited from over $37,500 spent by the Super PAC in support of his election.

Councilmember Richards won his special election race by less than 100 votes, so the $37,500 spent by Jobs for New York was critical in tipping the votes in his favor.

(As noted in an editorial published by Progress Queens, the electoral win by Councilmember Ritche Torres (D-The Bronx), the chair of the City Council committee on public housing, was similarly encumbered by influence of independent campaign expenditure support by Jobs for New York.  The leadership posts given to Councilmembers Donovan and Torres, who each oversee real estate-related areas of the municipal governance, were made by Council Speaker Mark-Viverito.)

For its part, the Partnership for New York City is able to influence public opinion about elected officials based on the statements its leadership routinely make to the press about government policies.

In response to a series of questions raised by Progress Queens about the scope and function of the Jamaica Now Leadership Council and other questions about the impact of the Jamaica Now Action Plan, a representative of Borough President Katz’s office was unable to timely provide answers before the publication of this article.

Unanswered questions

In response to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to up-zone various neighborhoods and to embrace increased real estate development, many neighborhood residents and tenant activists have raised concerns about the public not having input in the process to approve, modify, or oppose the up-zoning of neighborhoods.

For example, tenant activist Alicia Boyd has been arrested for leading the opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s rezoning proposal for Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  While Ms. Boyd’s example may be extreme, it worries residents and tenant activists alike that dissent is not only not tolerated, but it is met with the state taking resisting residents into criminal custody.

A source with Borough President Katz’s office told Progress Queens that Jamaica is not presently scheduled for rezoning by the de Blasio administration.  However, Queens residents worry that the improvements that the Jamaica Now Leadership Council intend to bring about will not take place in a vacuum, meaning, that the planned improvements will likely yield to the gentrification of Jamaica, which will, in turn, likely inspire large-scale real estate development projects that could conceivably exceed the limits that zoning laws presently allow as of right.

It is not clear what input Jamaica residents will have as the Jamaica Now Leadership Council implements the action plan, or whether the Jamaica Now Leadership Council will have the power or authority to make decisions or recommendations concerning the possibility of rezoning parts of Jamaica.

As the action plan begins to be implemented, it is also not clear whether city planning officials are considering whether to handle possible rezonings resulting from the gentrification caused by the action plan on a one-on-one basis or whether some thought has been put into creating a neighborhood-wide master plan for Jamaica.  Indeed, the action plan refers to Jamaica as the “study area.”

One of the questions left unanswered by a representative of Borough President Katz’s office was whether Jamaica would be being studied for eventual rezoning.

Community response

Joe Moretti, a resident of Jamaica, Queens, has been waging a campaign to bring better enforcement of traffic laws against large and heavy commercial trucks that are being driven through residential streets in his neighborhood.  In spite of launching each of the Clean Up Jamaica, Queens Now Web site and a related e-mail newsletter about quality of life issues in Jamaica, he has not been successful in having local elected officials, including the Queens Borough President’s office, address his concerns about the lack of traffic and pedestrian safety in Jamaica.  “We are not heard,” Mr. Moretti said.

Mr. Moretti’s concerns have been reported about by Progress Queens and NY1 News.

In an interview with Progress Queens, Mr. Moretti said he was pessimistic about the community having input on how the growth of economic and real estate development will be managed in Jamaica.  Mr. Moretti listed many problems with the business mix and with zoning that are the source of complaints in his neighborhood, rhetorically asking how could it have been that a waste transfer station could be installed near a park and in a neighborhood that is home to many children and senior citizens.  The waste transfer station was the site of a triple death accident in a 2009 incident of fatal occupational hazard conditions.

Mr. Moretti said that if city planning officials would allow such a dangerous site near a residential neighborhood in Jamaica, then he did not expect that city planning officials would allow the community to have input on “something extremely important,” like real estate development in the rest of Jamaica.

Referring to various businesses, such as the waste transfer station and auto repair shops, Mr. Moretti said, “Those businesses were dumped into a residential area, right across a park, near senior citizen buildings.  If they,” referring to city planning officials, “did that with polluting waste facilities, what are they going to do with larger developments ?”

Mr. Moretti drew an important contrast between how city planning officials have treated Jamaica and other Queens neighborhoods, such as the well-manicured neighborhood of Forest Hills.  “Would real estate developers be given carte blanche in Forest Hills ?” asked Mr. Moretti.

Having cursorily reviewed the members appointed to the Jamaica Now Leadership Council, Mr. Moretti said he was worried about the integrity of some of its members.  Mr. Moretti noted that the Rev. Flake had been involved in business transactions that had been labeled as possibly questionable.

Indeed, the Rev. Flake was the founder of Empowerment Development Corp., which was a partner in the consortium that bid for control of the racino at Aqueduct Racetrack, a deal that eventually was accepted then rejected by state officials, only to be later examined by state investigators and then referred to prosecutors for probing of possible wrong-doing in the bidding process.

A questionable businessman, Darryl Green, was also briefly and tangentially involved in the bid for the racino contract made by the consortium that included Rev. Flake’s company.

The Rev. Flake was also a mentor to former State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), who was found guilty in a federal corruption trial for having attempted to bribe his way onto the GOP mayoral ballot in the 2013 municipal election cycle.

The Jamaica Now Leadership Council also includes various leaders from economic development corporations and business improvement districts, who undoubtedly support greater gentrification.

In other neighborhoods in Queens, small businesses and activists have been opposing the creeping influence of business improvement districts out of concerns for the negative impact of higher commercial rents, which small business owners say that they are unable to afford.  In Jackson Heights, the Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance has been fighting gentrification.  A proposed business improvement district along Roosevelt Avenue has been the source of tension between supporters and opponents.

City-wide, activists have been waging a campaign entitled #SaveNYC to fight the onslaught of increased rents imposed by commercial landlords on small businesses as a way to protect the diversity of city’s businesses and to save the jobs associated with small businesses.

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