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Re: “Do Or Die for Mystery Pot Law

Go full recreational. Otherwise only small portion of individuals will have a monopoly in the state.

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Posted by Paul Lucas on 07/30/2014 at 4:18 PM

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

Thank you for a nicely written article. I sure hope that the death penalty is on the way out.

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Posted by Kerribw on 07/30/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Battle for Adjunct Faculty Rights

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Posted by Editor on 07/30/2014 at 10:32 AM

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

Undocumented immigrants aren't voting Peter, so they can't be part of anyones "voter base"
They stay away from interactions with state and federal government- hence why they drive without correct paper work. The idea that they would get time off work, and deliberately put themselves in position where they might have to provide evidence of immigration status is truly bizarre.
The LGBT community is at most probably only 5% of the state's population. The 60% plus vote both Brown and Harris will get in the next election won't be made up of your imagined demographics.

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Posted by David O'Sullivan on 07/30/2014 at 8:23 AM

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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