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Re: “New Tax Threatens Oakland's Small Businesses

Ugh. I'm sorry: Unions had a purpose at one point, but raising taxes so you can retire with a full pension at 50 shouldn't be one of them.

Posted by chippy on 07/03/2010 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Want Your Customers to Buy Local? You Have to Earn It


Great column containing sage advice! Can I get your permission to post this on the websites of Buy Local Berkeley and Sustainable Business Alliance?


Posted by Mark McLeod on 07/02/2010 at 12:12 PM

Re: “New Tax Threatens Oakland's Small Businesses

Can't believe that idiots like this can get elected in Oakland. I'm voting against Perata - he's in the pocket of the unions. Police need to make concessions, then there won't be layoffs.

Posted by Apophis on 07/01/2010 at 1:42 PM

Re: “New Tax Threatens Oakland's Small Businesses

Cities have very few options in raising revenue, that's why Oakland and many other places are looking at sales taxes.

Posted by LoveOakland on 07/01/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “New Tax Threatens Oakland's Small Businesses

Oaktown Republic,
There is no guarantee that the tax will expire in July, as you claim. And even if it does, the tax proposed by Perata would still give Oakland the highest sales tax rate in Northern California.

Posted by robert.gammon on 06/30/2010 at 1:27 PM

Re: “New Tax Threatens Oakland's Small Businesses

Err. Bob. We already pay this tax. The proposal (from Perata and other Council Members) isn't to raise it, but to keep it - it expires in July. Doh!

Posted by Oaktown Republic on 06/30/2010 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Taking Care of Customers to Give Something Back

Mike Hannigan was inspired by Paul Newman and his business, Newman's Own to create a business with a philanthropic mission and Mike Hannigan, just like, Paul Newman does not stop there. Mike considers promoting this model to others by speaking and lecturing. Mike believes that there is an emerging trend for business startups with a social mission and articles like yours help give Mike Hannigan a helping hand in his broader mission.

Posted by Lalia Helmer/businessthatcares on 05/30/2010 at 11:20 AM

Re: “The New Real Estate Boom Is in Short Sales

Great article! I think the care you give your clients really shows through. Continued Success! lh

Posted by lindah on 05/28/2010 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The New Real Estate Boom Is in Short Sales

Nice article, great way for hardworking Realtors to retain relationships with home owners facing difficult times. The Short Sale process is not easy by any means, make sure you choose an Escrow Officer/Title Company that is experienced as well.

Posted by modernfamily on 05/28/2010 at 8:50 AM

Re: “A Primer on Medical Marijuana in California

As a patient, I'd like to see it completely legalized. The prices charged are outrageous for an old weed. It should be available thru a pharmacy, since I have a doc's recommendation, as should it be covered by insurance. Believe me, if I took the drugs that the cannabis replaces it would cost my insurance a bundle. Haven't had much luck growing it myself, robbed outside crops and mold on inside. Thank u 4 listening:)

Posted by grammaconnie on 05/26/2010 at 4:52 PM

Re: “How to Raise Money But Not Break the Bank


Great article. Thanks for helping us understand why we can't have local investors and what some alternatives are.

Posted by Olivia Khalili on 05/14/2010 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Will Bus Rapid Transit Ruin Temescal?

now that that gentleman is out of business, who is moving into his storefront?

Posted by shmooth on 05/06/2010 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Will Bus Rapid Transit Ruin Temescal?

Also, what kind of business loads a 600 lbs object in their customer's vehicle, slaps the roof and says, "Good luck!" Come on! I am really disappointed in Temescal's business leadership.

Posted by mac03 on 05/04/2010 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Retail Is Detail Says Noah Alper

"give back to the community, and they will give back to you". ain't that the truth!

Posted by ThrivingInk on 04/30/2010 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Retail Is Detail Says Noah Alper

Noah says "we informed employees of their options" and "after carefully considering the options, the drivers elected not to go with it" ... can you guess what the "options" were? Subsequent to the Union Election, reasons were found to terminate all pro-Union drivers.

Posted by NOAH'S VETERAN on 04/28/2010 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Retail Is Detail Says Noah Alper

Yes, Yes Noah is a "supporter of the Union Movement" ... just not in HIS business which, although it had grown to a large wholesale operation .. had 40 retail outlets .. and sold for $100 million ... he nevertheless describes as a "family environment". Mr. Alper hired the Littler Mendelson Union busting firm to inform his employees of their options ... complete with bribes and threats. The Union effort lost by one vote, and Noah's survived "Union Free". The policy which precipitated the Union Effort, MANDATORY OVERTIME ON DEMAND, remained unchanged. All under the leadership of a do-gooder Mensch ... a decent upright person.

Posted by CURIOUSG on 04/28/2010 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Will Bus Rapid Transit Ruin Temescal?

Right, Max, exactly. Put this in context - we're talking eliminating 70% of the on-street parking along four blocks that don't have a lot of on-street parking, and have a lot of off-street parking. Overall parking loss, which is of course leads to greatly increased transit use, is maybe decreased 10%. And why does this article not even mention the benefits of reliable high-speed local transit?

The fact is, you can't say you're pro-transit if you oppose dedicated transit lanes. I appreciate the merchants' position, but it's simply untrue to say they are pro-transit if they think cars deserve more lane space than buses.

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Posted by dto510 on 04/28/2010 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Will Bus Rapid Transit Ruin Temescal?

Merchants are universally paranoid about parking. And I mean very very paranoid. The thing is, paranoia is by definition an UNjustified fear.

Why is Randy Reed's fear unjustified? Stop by his security store sometime soon. You know what he has in front of it? A surface parking lot. You know how often it's full? Almost never. He has on-site off street parking that is never overflowing. And therefore, we have to wonder why exactly he's freaking out.

Seriously, what gives? says, on it's front page: "We also have ample parking in our parking lot."

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Posted by Max Allstadt on 04/27/2010 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Five Green Firms to Watch

BrightSource, put solar panels on roofs and stay the hell out of pristine desert wilderness.

Posted by fermi on 04/27/2010 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Starting a Band? Get It In Writing

This was an interesting and informative interview . Musicians could glean some important lessons from your very articulate recounting of experiences.

Posted by Lari Mussatti on 04/25/2010 at 3:27 PM

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