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Brilliant article. Kudos to the writer.
The Raiders will stay in Oakland bc they will get the new stadium they want. Davis is just using the move to las vegas to scare the city of Oakland to agree to the new stadium! Vegas is a tourist city keyword tourist. vegas will never have a pro football team they just got a hockey team i give that 5 years tops before that folds and proves to all major sports leagues that vegas is just a tourist city!
I guess Apple shouldn't make smartphones either because they are culturally an Illinois, Espoo and Seoul thing
The company is paying absolutely NO price for this crime!!! They are putting all of the blame and fines on the employees of the company who were caught on camera!!! The management of this branch and the lack of proper training and safety practices are to blame!
Bill Drawdy- Vegas is a much better city than in many ways for the Raiders. Oakland is a broke city right now and that is why they are having so many stadium issues, while Vegas is doing much better and major league franchises in all sports are dying to get into the Vegas market because there are over 2.2 million people in the greater Las Vegas area. We know what Oakland can bring to the table, NOTHING. While Las Vegas is an untapped market with endless possibility. Also, the stadium in Vegas will be used for UNLV Football, and a possible MLS expansion franchise.
Could you provide links to the Berkeley studies please? Your description suggests they only looked at the price-change of soda (i.e. half the tax showed up in price increase of soda), rather than any other goods.
Also, with regard to personal attacks, I cited the prof's credentials in response to your claim that he "might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities." You said he doesn't know economics, I responded by showing that he does. I did not introduce the tactic of personal attacks.
Bonds are public debt, plain and simple. While they are a legitimate source of revenue for needed new infrastructure projects, cities and states need to plan for maintenace costs using revenue, not MORE DEBT.
As for Mayor Schaaf's plan for affordable housing. She wants to use rent control and more rent control to push small property owners (buildings with 1 to 4 units) into financial distress and then take them over as "NOAH's" (See Schaaf's "Housing Blueprint") using funds from measures A1 and KK (more bonds). Can the City really handle all the expenses associated with owning old buildings - the lead paint, galvanized plumbing, knob-and-tube wiring, not to mention buildings aquired due to financial distress will not be in great shape in many other ways.
Schaaf's plan will push Oakland deeper into debt and saddle it with old buildings (newer construction is not rent controlled per state law). Oakland needs more housing. Not to push small property owners out of business.
@ Tommy Katz: The grocer compares whether he will lose less revenue if he a) raises the price of a quart of soda 32 cents or b) raises the price of that bottle 12 cents, the price of diapers 17 cents, etc. Two studies of Berkeley sugared beverage prices found that about half the tax showed up in the prices of those beverages. *** As for ad hominem argument, you introduced that tactic by citing the professor's credentials.
It seems like you'd rather make ad hominem attacks than address the issues.
The micro-economics here aren't challenging: changing the marginal cost of one good (sugary drinks) won't impact the price that a retailer charges for another good (e.g. produce).
For an illustration of this, look at cigarette prices: the cost of a pack of cigarettes has skyrocketed as states impose more taxes on cigarettes. The price of Tic-tacs and other goods sold at gas stations (or other cigarette retailers) didn't change when cigarette taxes were implemented.
Anyone who really believes the Raiders are moving to LV are only fooling themselves. The Raiders also filed a trademark for San Antonio and Carson.....how'd that work out? Lol
@Tommy Katz: You're right, the professor might well know about price elasticity - in which case he simply threw out fog because he favors this tax on the poor. Maybe that is his lawyer side in action. As for the argument about why wasn't the price raised before the tax, the tax would changes the grocer's calculations of price and net revenue - go study it if you're interested.
"..this came out today,...you dont file trademarks for nothing!...its all a process already rolling!....Las Vegas Raiders coming soon!
Here's my opinion of all of this. Frankly it shouldn't matter what the chef looks like as long as the food is good. This is America and we tend to forget the goal of this country is to be a melting pot. Sure we have moments where we fail at it but for the most part we do a good job and the fact of the matter is we try. Unlike most other countries in this world where diversity isn't an issue because they just stick to themselves. Where the beauty of America working properly is in the kitchen. Rather than questioning the ethnic background of our chefs and their cuisines, we should embrace it. If you go to any of these places on a given night (which I do) the audience they serve too is diverse as well as their staffs. When you are dining at these places it's during that time everyone can agree regardless of where they are from can agree that food is delicious and should be appreciated in all its forms. Much like we should appreciate each other as Americans. Honestly if our politics and beliefs were run like the kitchens across the country then the world would be a better place. If we were all supposed to cook and eat what our ethnic backgrounds are "meant" to do then we are in essence forgetting the heart of what this country is built on which is being the melting pot, in the kitchen and out of it.
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At Charlie Pine:
You say: "Prof. Auerbach might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities, taught to students in micro-economics class."
Given that he is the former chair of UC Berkeley's economics department, was deputy chief of staff on the U.S. Joint Committee of Taxation, was the President of the National Tax Association, and has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard, I think he might know something about price elasticity.
Aside from his credentials, you didn't refute Prof. Auerbach's point: if store owners could raise the prices of other goods to make more profit, why didn't they do this regardless of the soda tax?
What's happening to Oakland's Chinatown? I was there about 2 months ago and it looked shabby, rundown and on its way to oblivion....Why?
My issue with this article is that there are several great black chefs in Oakland that own restaurant's, popups, trucks or are caterers and no one EVER asks us what we think about all of these restaurants that also have a play on soul food too. Where do the African American Chefs come into play or EVEN get recognized!
Growing up in a setting of poverty and hopelessness can torture a person's psyche and make them feel like there's no way out but violence. But poverty didn't force these kids to pocket their pistols when heading out to the party. They made that decision. This was no accident.
This isn't a case of robbing a store to feed a starving family. This isn't a case of desperation or necessity. This is a case of hot-headed kids with guns they shouldn't have, whose value for human life has been crushed so low that being "disrespected" (or whatever other bullshit happened in that argument) is enough cause for them to murder without a second thought.
The gun-packing kids could probably be considered victims on a societal level and their social setting certainly helped to corrupt them this way—but there is also an inner evil here that must be considered if we ever hope to expunge it and end this random violence.
I couldn't help but notice that street repairs in my already-adequately-paved neighborhood near Lake Merritt are ongoing, while West Grand Ave. is like the surface of the freaking moon, nearly shaking apart the bus I take to work every day.
Could it be that there's a resource allocation problem? Are "nicer" neighborhoods with more lobbying power grabbing more of the money away from the torn-up neighborhoods that actually need it? It sure looks like it from here.
"Renderings" means pretty pictures designed to fool people into thinking there's a real plan.
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