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Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

If you haven't been to the festival or seen the videos, you just won't understand. This is not an issue of eating a certain type of animal, this is about publicly torturing animals and maximizing their suffering. This is unnecessarily cruel and just horrific

Posted by saragee on 09/23/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

"The LIES behind the TRUTH, and the TRUTH behind those LIES....." -- said best by Don Asmussen - the BAD REPORTER.

Posted by Walter M on 09/16/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

I too am absolutely appalled and disappointed by these allegations and have to take them very seriously as Asian Law Caucus, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Centro Legal de la Raza would only file a class action suit if the charged have credibility. I too will be boycotting Burma Superstar unless they are exonerated. Eating there would turn my stomach as we have labor laws for a reason as immigrants and non-English speakers are often the ones oppressed in these restaurants. I know Burma is making a LOT of $ which makes this case even more unfortunate and sad.

Posted by Karen Hester on 09/15/2016 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

REALLY Walter M?! Withholding paychecks illegally from multiple employees sounds like a witchhunt to you? There is nothing funny about this. Employers who abuse minimum wage employees should be held accountable and fined to discourage this practice. It is simply unacceptable to take advantage of workers who are the lowest paid and often don't speak English well. I will certainly boycott Burma Superstar - it was my favorite restaurant! The food is fabulous - but not at the expense of abusing employees. Important for patrons to know this.

Posted by Margo M on 09/15/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Former Employee Who is Suing Burma Superstar: 'It Was Complete Madness'

Sounds like a one-sided witch hunt. Looks like their lawyers are having a field day with this one. ha ha ha

No way I would ever want to be a restaurant owner in the San Francisco bay area with all these lawsuits. One of my favorite restaurants in SF, Beetlenut, closed down recently. I wonder if it was because of one of these kinds of lawsuits. I miss their food. :(

Posted by Walter M on 09/14/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Burma Superstar Kitchen Staff Sue Bay Area Chain Over Wage Violations

A 2-1 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals bars businesses from sharing tips given to waiters, bartenders and other staff with back-of-house employees such as dishwashers and cooks. I think that's important to note when sharing potentially inflammatory information like this:

"Many of these issues concern the disparity in pay between front-of-house and back-of-house employees, as generally only FOH employees benefit from tips — an issue that disproportionately affects people of color given that they are more likely to work in the kitchen."

Posted by Julie Chendes on 09/11/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “In East Oakland, a Popular Banh Mi Shop and Taqueria Closes

This place was basically my introduction to Oakland. Very sad to see it go.

Posted by Solomon Wong on 09/07/2016 at 9:26 PM
Posted by Jono Schneider on 09/06/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Twenty Restaurants to Consider When Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

Again alaMar has been forgotten. I guess a 2yrs old 2 time "Michelin Recommended Restaurant" whose owned by an African American Latin Chef just doesn't cut it huh?

Posted by nel004 on 09/06/2016 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Twenty Restaurants to Consider When Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

Only EBX and Luke Tsai could frame eating out into a race/class/colonization polemic. Perhaps just focus on the thing you want to promote because it earned it, and forget about the BS that is most media. I knew about most of the spots in this post -and some are quite well praised in the press... Grocery Cafe is not a secret and has not been discounted by reporters over a more posh eatery serving the same fare.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/30/2016 at 6:56 PM

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