I am sorry, did I say 'historical'? I really meant 'HYSTERICAL'! Let me tell you all what is happening over here in Pacific Grove, Ca. ;
My landlord owns a building in the downtown area of my fair city. Within this building there are two upstairs apartments and downstairs three businesses; one restaurant, one mailbox type of business, a barber shop, and one craft store.
Let me cut in here to say this; my wife and I rent a one bedroom house from this man, and (hold on to your socks) he LOWERED OUR RENT AFTER TWO MONTHS LIVING HERE!). I say that so you understand, he is not one of those 'get-rich-by-taking-advantage-of everyone type of land lords! He actually has a good soul. He told me once that since EVERY building he owns, he owns outright, there is no reason to over charge the people renting/leasing from him! I totally agree. Oh, by the way, he is a Chinese immigrant and he was not raised to take advantage of others. He and his family escaped from china when it was turning Red and he always tells me the stories of how much worse life was there, worse than ANY media outlet had EVER reported. Of course, it also helps (his non-greed, that is) that he is a pharmacists at the local hospital ad has mega seniority there! O.K., back to the story;
So, this building is 100 years old and in need of repair to it's exterior. No big deal, right? Right, so he gets the permits to re-stucco(sp?) the front of this place. apparently when it was built, the stucco was attached to tin, the tin eventually corroded leaving space which water got into, causing the stucco to be pushed out and away from the building. Anyway, he got a contractor to fix it.
The contractor gets all set up and starts to pull the old off the building when. . . they were slapped with a 'cease and desist' order from the HYSTERICAL SOCIETY!!! Apparently, this building was once a hotel (100 year ago) and they wanted the building to be restored to its original front! Did I mention this building was 100 years old? Yes? Oh, alright then, let me also add that 'Bill' my landlord has owned this building since the 70s and had already done a lot of work to this place inside AND out, lots of renovations to make space for the four businesses. There is truly no way to make it back the way it was, and that is what Bill told them. But, being Bill, he did inquire as to if they were offering to PAY for this change over. Of course, they said they were not going to pay for anything, they just wanted him to pay for it. Bill said, 'I will take that under consideration'.
So let me ask all of you, is there not something in the laws of common sense that IF one OWNS something, one actually has the right to CONTROL what it looks like? If this were such a big deal, why was nothing said back when he changed everything around? And who is going to pay restitution to the poor businesses that are being affected while this work has been stopped? It was originally slated to last 2 weeks, now it is going on 6 weeks! isn't there a law that prohibits groups from getting all hysterical (historical)?!?!
This is probably the utmost in 'butinsky' I have EVER heard!