World's Smallest Violin
Emeryville is so unfair to developers! That's what John Nady, gazillionaire CEO of Nady Systems told the City Council on Tuesday. He's not happy with all the government largess already poured on him from his friends at Emeryville City Hall. Now they want to raise taxes on him. It's sooo unfair! Can you imagine? If the City Council raises the developer impact fees like they're investigating doing, Mr Nady may have to pay money. He told the Council he doesn't like paying money. Now he might have to pay almost as much as he would in other neighboring cities like Berkeley or Oakland.
|Emeryville is so mean! |
need one of these.
In the wake of the loss of the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency and the accompanied loss of revenue for the City, starting last April the City Council has been entertaining the idea of raising developer impact fees, in an attempt to recover costs incurred by the City attributable to new development. As it stands now, Emeryville has the lowest such fees of all the neighboring towns and as a consequence, developers here have enjoyed what amounts to a large taxpayer funded subsidy. It is this subsidy Mr Nady told the Council members he wishes to reap as he develops Avalon Bay, a large residential project on the Berkeley border. Mr Nady has entered into an agreement with Avalon Bay Communities, a Virginia based REIT development corporation to build the 200 unit project and any increase in fees will scuttle the deal he says. It would seem Mr Nady's profits are going to be cut into. Mr Nady instead likes the idea that Emeryville taxpayers help him out with a gift of tax relief. He wants us to pay for his project. Isn't that special?
A representative of SRM Ernst, the developer of the Sherwin Williams project also spoke out against the idea that Emeryville raise the impact fees at Tuesday's meeting. It would seem that the sky will fall if Emeryville charges (almost) as much as other cities charge and developers will be crushed, bringing down the whole economy with them, it will be thus or so they say.
|John Nady in happier times|
Now he wants us to
cry him a river.
But he's still not happy. That gift of property value increase as it turns out, only meant to serve as an appetizer for Mr Nady. Now he wants more from the taxpayers of Emeryville.
|Police guard the gated Nady |
mansion in Piedmont.
1%'ers have it so tough!
While Mr Nady's childish antics at City Hall last Tuesday were certainly entertaining and as the City Council continues to deliberate impact fees moving forward, we've got a novel idea for them both to consider: If a developer can't make a go of it without (another) government bailout like Mr Nady is saying he needs, they can't make a go of it at all and they don't deserve to be in business in the first place. This is especially true if the developer in question wants to build a residential project (as opposed to a commercial development) since those projects have been shown to be net revenue neutral for City Hall: it pays out in resident services as much if not more than what it receives in residential taxes.
We're tired of the kind of pro-developer favoritism that's been the culture at City Hall and we say to the natty suited John Nady and the other developers who will surely step forward looking for more handouts, we're not listening to billionaire whiners and complainers and their childish claims of entitlements anymore here.
Let's recoup everything we have to pay for these developers. It's time we raise the impact fees to at least as much as what our neighbors charge.
Video courtesy of the Emeryville Property Owners Association