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Re: “A Battle for Profits

The rise in economic power of Oakland is not about minimum wage. It is about people who are underpaid or unemployed unify themselves in creating thousands of new startup companies with CESP5.

Peter Y. Liu
Oakland Mayoral Candidate 2014

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Posted by Peter Yuan Liu on 07/09/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

The dealership I work for just had all of the positive reviews removed from Yelp. I had about ten positive reviews on there myself, and several other salesman had the same. I looked today, and the only ones on there are negative reviews from earlier this year, as well as the previous years.

I talked to the GM, and he informed me that he had recently talked to the sales rep and decided not to advertise on there. Coincidence? I think not. Why would 20-30 reviews get removed and cycled to the unfiltered section all of a sudden?

Posted by Jeremiah Mckenna on 07/09/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “A Battle for Profits

Nice article; tough issue. Some of the academics, however, seem to be a bit ignorant of how business people think and decide issues. I was surprised that some were apparently unaware that labor costs were a factor in some restaurant owner's decision to open in the East Bay.

And I am certainly more concerned about a mother who works in food service at a place with no tips, like Wendy's, vs some foodie working as wait staff at a Rockridge eatery that sells $16 hamburgers and $12 cocktails, and where a table generates maybe $40 tips. Are the other staff always sharing in that? Should we just get rid of tipping? Wouldn't some of the problems mentioned disappear if a restaurant just automatically added a service fee and then raised the wages of the wait staff well above minimum wage?

I'd prefer a statewide solution, but it's not happening, so we have to start somewhere. It seems like perhaps the simplest and most direct solution to address several social ills. Even if it does result in some layoffs (which, given what minimum jobs typically are, are more likely than relocations).

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Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/09/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “A Little Dab Could Doom Ya

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Posted by Keyshia Lewis on 07/09/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “It’s Time to Call Lew Wolff’s Bluff

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Posted by Editor on 07/09/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “It’s Time to Call Lew Wolff’s Bluff

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Posted by Editor on 07/09/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The Fight to Develop West Oakland

West Oakland desperately needs healing. In particular, Lower Bottoms, the neighborhood around the West Oakland BART station, has suffered from a barren wasteland of empty, undeveloped lots for far too long. I have lived here for many years, and it is incredibly frustrating to see those who prefer the status quo resorting to throwing rocks through windows. The specific plan seems to be well-thought-out, and desperately needed. I, for one, wholeheartedly support it.

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Posted by Link Boutte on 07/09/2014 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Berkeley Sides With Living Wage Violators

Through the article, I kept wondering - why would someone turn down health insurance for $2/hr? Who can buy good insurance for $2/hr?

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Posted by Gary Baker on 07/08/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “A Battle for Profits

"Oakland-headquartered Clorox, for example, paid its CEO Donald Knauss $10.7 million last year, equivalent to a $5,000 an hour wage. Pandora Media, the streaming music company, paid it's CEO Brian McAndrews $29 million last year, which is about the same as the total pay of 1,500 minimum-wage workers in Oakland"

This is incorrect. Clorox CEO Donald Kauss received a $1,150,000 salary, $1,916,790 bonus. The remainder is in stock options. Stock options are NOT paid by the company as a wage or salary.

Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews received $153,425 in salary, $150,000 was received as a bonus, the remainder in stock options. Again, stock options are not paid by the company as a wage or salary.

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Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 07/08/2014 at 7:40 PM

Re: “A Little Dab Could Doom Ya

This is a complicated issue. At Monder Law Group in San Diego, CA we are seeing an influx of HS 11379.6(a) cases regarding the use of butane, even when there is one bottle found in the trash around the home. This leaves us in the same predicament that an individual with a lighter around the product used in the lab could be charged with HS11379.6(a). In essence, these cases need to focus on the definitional requirements of a honey oil lab and the proximity of the scope of dangerousness in the surrounding areas. Attorney Vik Monder is still fighting for his client's cases to be treated as HS11358 cases. There is no reason for a hash blaster to treated as a meth manufacturer. You can reach attorney Vik Monder at

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Posted by Vikram Monder on 07/07/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'…

This approach is short sighted. Why create such an intervention strategy for kids who have already been failed by the system instead of reforming the foster care/child welfare system? A child prostitute is just like a child who is involved in any other criminal activity. A teenage gang-banger/drug dealer is as much a victim of adult criminals as a teen prostitute. They are all standing on street corners risking their lives, freedom, and well-being in exchange for the resources necessary for their survival. Why is there never a companion discussion of the outrageous rates of teen unemployment and the community conditions (poverty, lack of basic resources-education) that create the crime problem? The underlying issues are complex and require a complex approach.

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Posted by Gerald Bowman on 07/07/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

Youth turn to a life of crime for many different reasons. Usually financial need is the chief among them. Why should youthful prostitutes be treated any differently than youthful drug dealers or youths who commit other crime? There is a strain of sexism underlying this mentality. The poor little exploited girl...A teenager standing on a street corner is selling his or her body. Some sell sex. Some sell their very life itself (by selling drugs and battling for drug turf on the behalf of the drug traffickers). We need to change our mentality about approaches to youthful crime and gangs altogether. Why just child prostitutes? Because they are mostly girls?

Posted by Gerald Bowman on 07/07/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

Most of these kids are foster children. but the news never wants to go into detail about them.

Posted by Karen Vanreenan on 07/06/2014 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

According to Section 3 of the National Park System Act, Congress granted the Secretary the ability to convert potential wilderness areas into wilderness areas - simply by removing the prohibited use. See Public Law No. 94-567, section 3, 90 Stat. 2692 (October 20, 1976). Here, according to Section 4(c) of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the oyster company is the prohibited use. Also, according to Section 4(c), prohibited uses that were established prior to wilderness designation are protected if they have preexisting private rights. Here, the oyster company's private rights expired when its permit expired on November 30, 2012.

It is interesting that the Secretary has applied Section 3 of the National Park System Act to other "potential wilderness" areas within the National Park System at least ten times since 1976. The notices are all in the Federal Register ( And the oyster company case seems to be the first time when the Secretary's authority under the statute has been challenged.

Posted by Catherine Carlson Rucker on 07/06/2014 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

In response to Rhys Ludlow, the big difference between the Tomales Bay Oyster Company and Drakes Bay Oyster Company is the location. Drakes Bay Oyster Company is on federally-owned property in the heart of a National Park. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has no ownership rights whatsoever to the land they currently occupy. The Tomales Bay Oyster Company is located on private property and is not part of Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Another difference is that Drakes Bay Oyster Company is located on land that is designated as potential wilderness, which means that the national park must move forward with efforts to move the property occupied by Drakes Bay Oyster from its current environmentally compromised status to wilderness.

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Posted by Ron Sundergill on 07/06/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “A Father's Quest

He can take it to trial can't he? It makes me sick to my stomach to hear this story. A child is only a child for a blink of the eye and then he is grown. Nothing pulls on the heart strings like a child does and the time you miss you never get back, it isn't fair. I am a woman, but anyone can see the child should be with the person who has the most passion for the child. May God Bless you and your son, help his mother. I am so sorry you have to go through this. You can appeal to the California Supreme court on the judges decision.

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Posted by Laura Brusstar on 07/05/2014 at 11:50 PM

Re: “'There is No Such Thing As a Child Prostitute'

J.Meyer, perhaps I should have mentioned that I know and worked with scores and scores of kids who were prostitutes, both in the dependency and in the delinquency system, many of whom where placed or detained in the facilities mentioned in the article.

While many are as you describe, a not insignificant number are not. I've known girls who never had pimps, unless you have broad definition of that term that would include Craigslist (before they dropped sex ads) or Redbook. Not all anti-social behavior is alike. And since some of the kid "prostitutes" I knew were also involved in robberies and even murders, yeah, there was some sass. Not always, but not unusual either. Perhaps your experience with a limited number of these girls or boys has not exposed you to the variety of problems I've seen.

It is not uncommon at all for people, let alone children, to not recognize they they are being taken advantage of. Yet some of the programs and counselors that I saw do the most successful work met the kids on their own terms, and didn't treat them as pathetic victims. Many kids are very resistant to that, and do all kinds of bad behavior just to prove they ARE in charge.

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Posted by Ambierce Brose on 07/05/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The Rise of Pot Arrests at People's Park

Of course people sell pot in the People's Park, but that is hardly the real problem. The worst offense is that the greater Berkeley community uses it as a dumping ground for tossed-off clothes and furniture, and local restaurants dump huge amounts of unsold and unsellable foodstuffs; trash bags filled with day-old bagles, stale artisanal breads and rotting produce, and the church group that feeds the homless but does not remove its trash, all under the guise of "helping."
I am one of 4 UC gardeners who go to the park every weekday to pick up the illegally dumped crap and I can assure you, most of what Berkeley citizens leave at the park goes straight into the trash. Maybe the UCPD could spend some time on illegal dumping?

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Posted by Hank Chapot on 07/04/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “California Hemp Gets Rolling

If George Washington were alive, I'd imagine he'd be organizing a militia to oppos e this unnnatural, unamerican tyranny.

Posted by Ronnie "Corbett" Baker Nee Barker on 07/04/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “The Rise of Pot Arrests at People's Park

Obviosly, only BPD can deal drugs in Berkeley, note that the evidence locker in Berkeley has historically been a fundraiser for those in Narcotics. (See Tribune/Voice archives)
When they're not dealing hard drugs to school children, these assholes are murdering dogs, roughing up the disabled, and illegally breaking into the homes of private citizens.

Berkeley is now a third world shithole where rape is a lower priority than non-violent drug offenses.

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Posted by Corbett Baker on 07/04/2014 at 4:21 PM

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