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Re: “Readers Say the Darndest Things: Arts & Culture

Geez, you mean someone actually reads those submissions?
I imagined that my "best of" would get shunted into the ether, given the unpopularity of most of what I liked.

Juanita C Y

Posted by Juanita on 07/30/2008 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Emeryville Hotel Workers Withdraw Complaint, Management Furious

The Bay Guardian revealed today that Samuel Hardage – owner of the Woodfin Suites hotel chain – used his political influence as a Republican Party leader and donor to have his Congressman persuade the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency to investigate his very own hotel and workers. http://www.sfbg.com/printable_entry.php?entry_id=3834 In an interview with a Guardian reporter, a representative of Congressman Brian Bilbray's office admitted that the Congressman's office had been asked by the Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville to initiate an ICE audit of their very own hotel. Bilbray then asked Julie Myers, the head of ICE, to conduct the audit. ICE agents arrived at the hotel in April – despite ICE’s written policy not to intervene in labor disputes. Woodfin then used the ICE’s audit as justification in court for firing these workers.

Posted by Juanita on 06/13/2007 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Emeryville City Council Meeting Hot, Hot, Hot

http://www.sfbg.com/printable_entry.php?entry_id=3834 This just in from the SF Bay Guardian, an article about the hotel that evicted me and our family for our activism on behalf of the 21 (mostly single mom) housekeepers who spoke up for our living wage ordinance: ICE Does Favor for Republican Congressman & His Donor An upscale Emeryville hotel embroiled in a nasty, yearlong labor dispute appears to have called on the owner's conservative political connections to bring about an immigration audit of the hotel. Worker advocates say the move was an effort to intimidate immigrant workers involved in a campaign to enforce a living-wage law. Kurt Bardella, a spokesperson for US Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego), told the Guardian that a representative of the Emeryville Woodfin Suites contacted Bilbray's office for assistance Feb. 1. The request came within weeks of Alameda County Superior Court and Emeryville City Council rulings requiring the Woodfin to rehire the 21 workers it fired just before Christmas, allegedly due to worker Social Security numbers not matching federal records. That injunction was in effect pending an investigation of workers' claims that the hotel had retaliated against them for organizing to enforce Measure C, a living-wage law passed by Emeryville voters in 2005. "We were contacted by one of the HR people at the Woodfin Suites," Bardella told us. "They told us about the situation" and explained that they "had no mechanism" to deal with it, he said.

Posted by Juanita on 06/13/2007 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Woodfin Manager Says Eviction Warranted

http://www.sfbg.com/printable_entry.php?entry_id=3834 This just in from the SF Bay Guardian, an article about the hotel that evicted me and our family for our activism on behalf of the 21 (mostly single mom) housekeepers who spoke up for our living wage ordinance: ICE Does Favor for Republican Congressman & His Donor An upscale Emeryville hotel embroiled in a nasty, yearlong labor dispute appears to have called on the owner's conservative political connections to bring about an immigration audit of the hotel. Worker advocates say the move was an effort to intimidate immigrant workers involved in a campaign to enforce a living-wage law. Kurt Bardella, a spokesperson for US Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego), told the Guardian that a representative of the Emeryville Woodfin Suites contacted Bilbray's office for assistance Feb. 1. The request came within weeks of Alameda County Superior Court and Emeryville City Council rulings requiring the Woodfin to rehire the 21 workers it fired just before Christmas, allegedly due to worker Social Security numbers not matching federal records. That injunction was in effect pending an investigation of workers' claims that the hotel had retaliated against them for organizing to enforce Measure C, a living-wage law passed by Emeryville voters in 2005. "We were contacted by one of the HR people at the Woodfin Suites," Bardella told us. "They told us about the situation" and explained that they "had no mechanism" to deal with it, he said.

Posted by Juanita on 06/13/2007 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Emeryville City Council Meeting Hot, Hot, Hot

Ha ha ha ha! The Woodfin has resorted to importing Young Republicans from Davis to heckle the workers on the picket line. These haters even pushed and frightened the workers' children. The Woodfin has offered free rooms to the immigrant bashers. Hopefully the Young Republicans found the hotel room that the Woodfin evicted me and my 11-year-old from to be comfy. Grrr. If you'd like to come stand in support of the workers against these thugs, here is the picket schedule for this week: Tuesday, May 22nd, 4:30 to 7 pm; Saturday May 26th, 7 to 11 am; Sunday May 27th, 10 am to 12 noon. Contact Claire at 510/893-7106 x 27 for more info.

Posted by Juanita on 05/22/2007 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Woodfin Manager Says Eviction Warranted

Ha ha ha ha! The Woodfin has resorted to importing Young Republicans from Davis to heckle the workers on the picket line. These haters even pushed and frightened the workers' children. The Woodfin has offered free rooms to the immigrant bashers. Hopefully the Young Republicans found the room that the Woodfin evicted me and my 11-year-old from to be comfy. Grrr. If you'd like to come stand in support of the workers against these thugs, here is the picket schedule for this week: Tuesday, May 22nd, 4:30 to 7 pm; Saturday May 26th, 7 to 11 am; Sunday May 27th, 10 am to 12 noon. Contact Claire at 510/893-7106 x 27 for more info.

Posted by Juanita on 05/22/2007 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Hit the Road, Jack

Those of us who were displaced two and a half years ago from another Wareham building in Emeryville are following the story of the Zaentz Center. Our building got mold due to defective construction, and Wareham is proposing to build a huge monstrosity right next door, while my family still waits in a hotel to finally return home. The filmmakers have my sympathy. www.warehamsux.com is a website my neighbor developed about our sitation in Emeryville.

Posted by Juanita on 04/05/2007 at 11:45 AM

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