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Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

Same Democratic unions that follow the party line, allowing, even encouraging. nearly unlimited undocumented worker immigration, then complain when contractors use those same workers.
What ever gave you the idea that bringing in a excess of cheap construction laborers wouldn't impact your jobs or the wages in your industry?
Now run out and support a governor and presidential candidate that will make it even easier to bring in more cheap construction workers.
The logic of these unions defies explanation.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 05/18/2019 at 9:28 PM

Re: “The Cannabis Strains of Summer (for Every Tolerance Level)

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Posted by Maarifa Roho on 05/18/2019 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

Just a minor clarification to the story on Union construction wages Residential projects like Village Green can be significantly different then large projects like towers or sport stadiums. Residential construction wages can be between $45,000 to $60,000 a year with benefits. The developer initially stated that Union wages would cost $3 M. more then the exploitative wages paid to a largely immigrant workforce. He has provided no documentation to support his statement on cost.

There is much more to Steven's story that is not quite right. For example, there is considerable opposition to the project including an appeal to the project by a former Planning Commissionaire. Dozens of local residents showed up at a community meeting held by Supervisor Chan questioning aspects of the project. Hopefully a more balanced story will be written as the project moves forward.

Posted by Jdalrymple on 05/17/2019 at 11:22 AM

Re: “The Corrupt Oakland Official Who Wanted to be a Cannabis Kingpin

Zj Enterprises are very corrupt. Using bullying tactics to steal plants from plant delivery services.
It's a shame that they feel the need to rob growers in this industry.

Posted by GreenGrowerCA on 05/17/2019 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

Wait, so building housing to help working people ... but stabbing another group of working people in the back to build it by building it non-union?

Posted by Cynthia Gomez on 05/16/2019 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

This area has been vacant for over 30 years since Mervyns moved to hayward . San Lorenzo deserves some new retail

Posted by Kevin Dowling on 05/16/2019 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Hayward Rescinds Cannabis Permit, Investigates Two Others

Everything about BART has gotten so unfriendly, no wonder ridership is down. They took out 1/4 of the seats, a big deal for an old man like me. They no longer go to SFO from CasVal, so I no longer use them when traveling. Prices have gone up, again. Security is almost nil, panhandling and outright crazies are common. . Tons of parking out in Dublin and Pleasanton, almost none in CasVal unless you arrive before 7 am Yet we keep giving them more and more tax money. .

Posted by Rick Kelly on 05/16/2019 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

As an aside, San Lorenzo Village was the nation's largest wartime (1944) government-insured housing project ... for whites only.

Posted by Marie K. on 05/16/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

This is gross misuse of CEQA by cynical labor leaders and a handful of sleazy attorneys. They falsely argue that the objective is reducing potentially significant environmental impacts on workers, which is utter BS! This is a statewide problem that I have brought to the attention of State officials who have made significant progress in limiting the ability of special interests to use CEQA in this manner. Unfortunate that the union members they claim to represent dutifully support such efforts, which ultimately add to the cost of housing. Sad that County politicians are afraid to call out the unions that are perpetrating this form of blackmail, which is contrary to the interests of working people.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 05/16/2019 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

As an Oakland resident, I can tell you that paying for a city bureaucracy does not give ordinary citizens control. For example, the roads are much worse in Oakland than CV even though Oakland residents voted to pay hundreds of millions for paving. I dont recommend incorporation.

Posted by Tee Consigliano on 05/16/2019 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Using Environmental Regulations to Hold Up Housing

All the union construction workers I know make $60k to $100k per year. Not $15k to $20k per year.
Unskilled laborers who cant speak english get at least $30k per year.
Whats this guy talking about.
I like the idea of unions until they start pulling these kind of stunts.

Posted by bill h on 05/16/2019 at 8:02 AM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

I am not opposed to the idea but have some questions: Other than the hospital we have very little business tax income in Castro Valley, how would we support a city if not by increasing individual home property taxes? Would Alameda County and the state then subsidize? I will admit I voted against this in 2002 because I could not get these answers. I am not educated in how these things work, I am seriously asking for facts so I could make an intelligent decision if this appeared on my ballot.

Posted by V Logan on 05/15/2019 at 8:00 AM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

Kusiak's argument is weak. Creating problems that don't exist for CV residents. We don't need to pay for new buildings like city hall, police force, fire dept, other city workers and the pensions that go along with it. Millions and millions of dollars. I suspect people behind incorporation are not as civic minded as they pretend, but rather have their eyes on power and monetary gain for themselves. If this push progresses, follow the money.

Posted by Mitch G on 05/15/2019 at 6:39 AM

Re: “The Disenfranchised Rebels of Castro Valley

I voted against incorporation in 2002 and would do so again. I have always avoided living in cities, too many local politicians with too much time on their hands making and enforcing unnecessary rules. Same for HOA's, would never buy a house subject to a HOA. I once saw a list of 20 key rules for living in Dublin, CA, and realized that I would have been in violation of 5 of them if I lived there. Here in CasVal, no problem, live and let live. While I don't like the idea of no local control, in practice it has worked out just fine over the last 31 years I have lived here.

Posted by Rick Kelly on 05/14/2019 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Residents Take the Reins on Air Quality

Correction: the next meeting of the Community Steering Committee will be held at Richmond Memorial Auditorium, Bermuda Room. 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond CA, Wednesday May 15; light refreshments at 5:30, meeting at 6:00.

Posted by electricista on 05/12/2019 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Residents Take the Reins on Air Quality

Here's another article in the interest of co-locating resources about the important project you're trying to investigate here.

Posted by Matt Holmes on 05/10/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Planners Look to Enhance Transit on San Pablo Avenue

When you let others plan your future they will do whats best for there bottom line $$$$ this is happening in every city and they will control it all and in the plan we will all live in high density stack and pack rentals its been planed for you Agenda 21 Agenda 2030 the UN has many branch's Environmentally sustainable sounds great we all want a better environment but we will be forced to do things that have not been proven beneficial this plan is unsustainable the money is not there California is broke read the end of the year balance sheet we spend more than we have we are in the red every year when Brown talks about a SURPLUS of cash its only on paper and it never happens see for yourself Think About It !!

Posted by Terrie Henderson on 05/09/2019 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Letters

All political leanings aside, I would never vote for anyone who supports animal abuse, such as Mr. Swalwell who is a member of the Rowell Ranch Rangers. People who lack compassion and a sense of fairness toward others should not be holding office and making decisions that affect their constituents and others. We've got enough people like that in Washington already.

Posted by Claire Vinet on 05/09/2019 at 10:28 AM

Re: “The Kennedy Touch: One Case Study in Berkeley Development

years ago tried light rail down san pablo ave-- boy did ac transit get mad--we lost out, and ac transit won out-- new buses

Posted by Alan Brown on 05/09/2019 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Residents Take the Reins on Air Quality

This is great how did you miss the other Community Air Grantee Groundwork RIchmond?

Posted by Matt Holmes on 05/08/2019 at 5:28 PM

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