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Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I also suspect Yelp employees are clicking on Pay-per-Click ads to drive more revenue to Yelp - I cannot prove it but I seemed to hit my limit very quickly with zero real leads for my business month after month until I told Yelp that I am cancelling.

Posted by Allan Radman on 08/01/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Damn Yelp... I was just going to leave a positive comment for DoctorsExpress when I came across this "strong-arm" tactic ur pulling. It's a shame that a company allows their employees to get down like that. Basically, ur fucking yourself off. Just keep it SOLID with ALL businesses. Your advertisements will come... This goes for everyone... You get what you give!

Posted by Christine Boado-DeGois on 08/01/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

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Posted by Editor on 07/31/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

Excellent story. Thank you for highlighting the East Bay arts scene so well. Power of poetry, music, art, books is renewing our spirits, drawing people to downtown Oakland and other spots, and building community. Exciting time to be living, working and both creating and enjoying art in this area. People crowded into poetry readings is a wonderful thing, and the poetry is marvelous, too!

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Posted by Sarah Rohrs on 07/31/2014 at 7:37 AM

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

I've known commercially sexually exploited children who explained that they would rather have sex with strangers than be raped by family members or molested by a foster parent. Some of them have the illusion of control and feel they have made an independent decision, rather than being manipulated and controlled.

And why doesn't this article mention the fine, upstanding citizens who buy children for sex? Chances are they molest their own children as well, being pedophiles and/or ephebephiles. (An ephebephile is an adult who is attracted to young teens. They generally don't want kids who can pass for over 18, either. It's the vulnerability of youth that attracts them. ) They should be charged as child molesters and put on Megan's List, in my opinion.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 07/30/2014 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Does anyone know of any research on PAR that includes statistical information about success rates, age, gender, race? I found it very disturbing that someone from the Department of Education would say that PAR is very effective, and then admit that they do not have any of this type of data.

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Posted by Ruth Wentsel on 07/30/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “A Battle for Profits

I am a small business owner and would be okay with the proposed gradual increase over a few years. As a small business owner with small margins, I gradually increase my employee wages as our profits grow anyway, but I think what many people don't understand about the hourly wage is what the employer really has to pay for each employee. If it were only $12.25, then I could deal with it, but between workman's comp and my payroll taxes (the employers portion for each employee), I end up paying about $4/hr more for each employee. And that's not even including insurance costs. My profit margins are so thin, my business could not handle this minimum wage rate hike so quickly. I would have to cut employee hours, I"d work even more overtime hours myself for free, leave Oakland, (or the Bay Area if it became regional) and/or cut my losses as I could not grow my business without employees. Forcing so much so quick would literally force me out. Not a threat, not some obscure whining -- not a something I would want to happen -- I have worked hard to build things up, but it's a very scary reality. Small businesses need time to grow, make profits and pass those on to their employees through gradual wage increases.

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Posted by Cheryl Redmond on 07/29/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Over the years we need to understand what Yelp will or will not do for us - and how it effects us daily - we need a full review of this at http://www.bloggingforincome.com.au

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Posted by Jock Tiernan on 07/23/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

The district attorney's office in San Francisco was very interested in my story. Contact them at 415-581-9804 or hansen.pang@sfgov.com. Also, sign the petition at this link http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/pay-it-forward-ban-yelp

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Posted by Farrokh Alemzadeh on 07/22/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I have the same problem with 20 very good reviews from good customers and not showing for whatever reason the have.
they have it on the bottom as
20 other reviews that are not currently recommended

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Posted by Ezzat Z. Tadros on 07/22/2014 at 6:51 AM

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

One of so many articles that just avoid using the word "men" and "man". She was not abused by an "adult", she was abused by an adult man. And she was not "sexually exploited", she was sexually exploited by men. "But it's the kids — not the exploiters". Who are the exploiters? MEN! Why are you so afraid to say so?

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Posted by Anki King on 07/18/2014 at 4:59 AM

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

I know all about this. I was trafficked as a minor but with me it began at 17. My story is at www.AlmostAMother.com

Posted by Sariah Shepherd on 07/17/2014 at 11:35 PM

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

One of so many articles that just avoid using the word "men" and "man". She was not abused by an "adult", she was abused by an adult man. And she was not "sexually exploited", she was sexually exploited by men. "But it's the kids — not the exploiters". Who are the exploiters? MEN! Why are you so afraid to say so??

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Posted by Anki King on 07/15/2014 at 7:49 PM

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

This article was so touching to my heart. How can I get involved to help stop child/teen exploitation?

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Posted by Mikki Justb'nme Trotter on 07/14/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Dal Lawrence, the man who started PAR back in the 80s ,has made a personal fortune going around the country implementing it. Dal Lawrence proclaimed to be a union guy, but he wasn't. He was against the union at General Motors and was and is against teachers. It all works out well for him, because he makes a lot of money off these ideologies. Corruption, power and Greed - that is what PAR is about.

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Posted by Greg Ryan on 07/14/2014 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I am a respectable physician and for 20 years we help people with life and death situations. Unfortunately I was talked into paid advertising with Yelp and when I noticed it was not worthwhile, all my positive reviews were deleted and continue to be and only the negative ones are coming up. I am planning to complain to the DA's office for CRIMINAL charges against yelp and with the help of all of Yelp's victims bring a class action lawsuit against them. Please contact me directly so we can get rid of this unethical company for good. Healmed1@yahoo.com

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Posted by Farrokh Alemzadeh on 07/10/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “A Battle for Profits

Wait for two more years are you kidding me. Minimum wage hasn't been raised in five years. We work hard, only to watch others get raises every year. I'm surprised others who pay taxes aren't upset, as I am. These large companies who hire part time with low wages are using the system to avoid benefits. Now their trying to avoid a decent wage. Follow the fine example Seattle as well as four other states (Maryland, Michigan, Hawaii and Massachusetts. They reward hard work. They put respect back in working hard. Look most of the money will be spent here at home, it's a win, win.

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Posted by Phillip Moya on 07/10/2014 at 8:27 AM

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. http://oaklandwiki.org/peter_y._liu

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?

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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

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