Angry letter criticizing 'curb appeal' of Ocean City home sparks firestorm (Philly.com link) An anonymous letter sent to a couple in their 70s criticizing the “curb appeal” of their Ocean City home has sparked a social media firestorm.
The handwritten note was reportedly mailed to Bill and Barbara Doughten, who have lived in their home for decades.
“I’m trying to sell million dollar homes in the neighborhood,” it reads. “I drive my clients around and they see your car parked sideways on the front lawn! You have a driveway – use it!”
One of the Doughtens’ granddaughters, Stephanie Powley, responded to the missive in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 750 times.
“Did you take a moment to wonder why my grandfather parks in that lot?” Powley wrote. “Did it cross your mind that he may do it to be closer to his front door? Did you even take ONE second to consider your inconsiderate, ignorant actions before you scribbled your frustration on that piece of printer paper?”
Powley called the letter “unprofessional, anonymous and contemptuous” and said whoever mailed it left no return address, “like only a true coward would.”
“My grandparents have lived in Ocean City for longer than I'm sure you've been alive – and then some,” Powley wrote in her retort. “They are loved and treated with respect by all of their surrounding neighbors – who all know why they park the way they park.”
Real estate agent Jeff Quintin, of Berkshire-Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors, told NBC10 he found the letter “a little disturbing.”
“I think the realtor who wrote that is probably regretting that he did,” Quintin said. “I think it’s a very negative vibe for us.”
In spite of the letter, Barbara and Bill say they aren’t changing their parking habits.
“I can do whatever I want to do,” Barbara said. “I’m not moving the car. I don’t know of any million dollar homes in this neighborhood.”
(Mod: Does anyone know what a "Roach Realtor" is?)
Has the Library Closed Yet?
People write in with ideas for Tattler articles from time to time, but none much better than this one:
I was just wondering if you have heard any talk from Elaine Aguilar and crew since the UUT defeat about closing the library? I'm sure it was just a scare tactic. Would be nice to somehow call their bluff on it.
That is a very good point. So here's the question: Has the Library closed yet? Anybody heard anything about this happening anytime soon? Would somebody maybe call Councilmember Goss and ask if he's heard anything? And, most importantly, will there be a used book sale?
(Mod: Here's an update on a story we covered a while back.)
Taxing drivers by the mile? (LA Biz link) Southern Californians love to drive, but also tend to be environmentally forward-thinking. Those two propositions have caused much friction over the years, but a new bill proposed by a state senator could ignite a whole new firestorm.
The bill is SB 1077, written by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, envisions an unprecedented program that would tax drivers by the mile, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
Thelegislation would grant authority to the California Transportation Agency, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to track vehicle miles traveled by motorists in a not-yet-determined city beginning in 2016.
A vehicle mileage tax would replace the current flat tax of 52.9 cents per gallon, according to the report.
The tax would create winners and losers, essentially punishing motorists who drive more. From an environmental standpoint, the tax would seem to reward commuters who find alternative forms of transportation, and those who eschew unnecessary trips.
A by-the-mile tax of just a nickel a mile beginning in 2025 could raise more than $110 billion annually for six counties in this part of the state: Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial, according to the Southern California Association of Governments.
(Mod: I have no doubt that the jerks at SCAG would volunteer us to serve as the crash test dummies for this bizarre experiment. I really do think I need to send a campaign contribution to whoever is running against DeSaulnier this year.)