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Re: “It's Time to End the Death Penalty Nightmare

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4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Editor on 07/30/2014 at 12:36 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: “A Biased Report on the Minimum Wage?

As a very small business owner with small margins, I gradually increase my employee wages as our profits grow, 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. So regardless, of that report, I can just tell you first hand, that scrunching my own books, my business could not handle this minimum wage rate hike so quickly. I would have to cut employee hours,work 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 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 10:11 AM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

Mr. Chanowitz: Genius! Thank you!

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 07/29/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

"...and the city strictly enforces the hourly limits on the spaces. Merchants worry that...overly diligent parking enforcement officers will be a death knell for their businesses and the district as a whole."

How about we take those "overly diligent" staff and put them on illegal dumping cleanup and enforcement? That seems like a much more important problem that needs dealing with before we slam the 2-hour parkers. Just looking at the neighborhood on Street View you can see little piles of trash all over the place.

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 07/28/2014 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Smartest Environmentalist

Greg Karras is totally deserving of this. Yay East Bay Express.

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Posted by SANDRA MURRAY on 07/28/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Bishop Michael Barber Speaks Out on Changes at Berkeley's Newman Hall

Welcome to the new priest whom along with his refugee family, fled the social injustice which is known for executions, persecutions, press and church control, statist reeducation camps, etc, all under the totalitarian atheist Vietnamese Communist system. Talk about where a "liberation movement " is sorely needed! The new priest should give great personal insight to the plight of Vietnam today!

Posted by Tom Nagol on 07/28/2014 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Richmond's Battle with Chevron's Oil Refinery Project Comes to a Head

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Posted by Editor on 07/27/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Oakland to Feds: Stop Pot Raids; Feinstein: Keep Raiding

Yes, DiFi is out of touch, but anyone running against her is even worse, so it's the evil of two evils.

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Posted by Greg Dewar on 07/27/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The Battle for Adjunct Faculty Rights

I'm curious - why did they become members of SEIU, and not AFT or the CTA? I have nothing against SEIU representing un-represented workers, but it just seems the other two would be more of a fit in terms of experience dealing with higher ed institutions. Then again I could be wrong , thus I ask.

Posted by Greg Dewar on 07/27/2014 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Richmond's Battle with Chevron's Oil Refinery Project Comes to a Head

This would be mighty white of Chevron, but I don't believe they did it:

"The refinery also offered to put $6 million a year for ten years into a community-run Clean Energy and Jobs program."

I believe that the Richmond Planning Commission asked for, but Chevron is appealing to the City Council to get out of it. They want to promise - meaning voluntarily, no guarantee - double their "community benefits package," which they control, and which allows them to control local non-profits by disbursing funds in exchange for support.

Posted by annie.garrison on 07/27/2014 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Best Local Radio Host

Well done!

Posted by Ron Mader on 07/25/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Most Fearless Mayor

Fearless indeed! Thank you Mayor McLaughlin!

Posted by Kit Eakle on 07/25/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

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Posted by Editor on 07/25/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

The 13th Annual Melrose-High Hopes Fiesta on Saturday, July 26 from 11 - 3 is a great way to acquaint yourself with this spirited neighborhood and celebrate our little commercial district that is coming back to life!

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Posted by Jeanne Nixon on 07/25/2014 at 6:05 AM

Re: “Best Good-Government Politician

Thanks so very much for the honor. I'm thrilled that the Public Ethics Charter reform measure is on the ballot.
Our redistricting commission measure is also important, and Councilmember Schaaf deserves a big share of the credit for that one.

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Posted by DanKalb on 07/25/2014 at 12:16 AM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

I'm sorry, our neighborhood website can actually be found here:
http://www.ncpcbeat27x.org

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Posted by Samantha Johnson on 07/24/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

I live in this neighborhood, and I love it. It is actually called the Melrose High Hopes Neighborhood. We have a website located here:
http://bit.ly/melroseneighborhood

We are also having a huge block party/fiesta this Saturday, July 26th from 11am-3pm on Fairfax between Foothill and Bancroft. All are welcome to come down and join us and the merchants association for food, fun, and music.

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Posted by Samantha Johnson on 07/24/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Shattuck Down Low Owner to Open Old Major’s in Downtown Oakland

Oakland does need more dance places. Downtown already has an overabundance of nicely-decorated watering holes with 'inventive cocktails' and reclaimed wood siding for twenty-somethings to stand around and idly flirt with eachother.

Enough of that. We want to get drunk and dance!

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 07/24/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “A Neighborhood Reawakens

Dear City of Oakland. Please change the parking rules in this area to enable business growth!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Justine TenZeldam on 07/24/2014 at 8:25 AM

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