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Re: “California Considers Yet Another Label Requirement for Cannabis

Dude, don't bogart the meatloaf!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 12/05/2019 at 9:27 AM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

Right, nobody needs a free press. Every news report should be written by employees vetted by their bosses so that nothing harmful to the media owners or politicians or the 1% or their friends and sycophants is ever published. Yeah, good plan.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 09/24/2019 at 3:55 PM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

In the final version of AB5, journalists have an exemption if they jump through a couple of hoops. Hoops that no one else has to jump through. And they can't do it more than 35 times a year. A limit no one else has. And which prevents publications from developing long-term relations with a freelancer. Weekly columns, for instance, have to run more than 35 times a year.

There's another way out for writers, and everyone else, for that matter. It's to set up your freelancing business with all the paraphernalia of a business, which sounds like a good way to go but it's not gonna work. Freelancers just aren't businesslike.

And there's more. Certain other writers have blanket exemptions, but not all writers. Graphic designers have blanket exemptions, but not interior designers. And so on.

It's driving customers crazy. Freelancers of all kinds are already seeing markets dry up because it's just too complicated for their customers to follow. KQED announced it won't be using freelancers anymore. A writer in San Diego lost an Arizona market. And so on.

And there's yet more. Copyright is the lifeblood of freelancing, and being classed an employee takes all copyright away. Employees don't own what they create for their bosses. The bosses own them.

By taking copyright from freelancers-turned-employees, AB5 is undermining all self-employed workers who rely on copyrights and patent rights for a living. Even though copyright is called out in the US Constitution as vital to the national interest. Only for the bosses, though, I guess.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 09/18/2019 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Court-appointed monitor is critical of OPD; Hayward approves emergency just-cause ordinance

"NFL owners will one day attempt to force Davis to sell the team" No, they won't. If they haven't disciplined themselves after all the years of owners crapping on fans and hometowns in order to get richer, they won't start now. In fact, they'll kiss Davis's behind for breaking the gambling taboo.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 03/07/2019 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Nominates “BBQ Becky” Victim for Oakland Parks and Rec Position

Let's not go overboard with the BBQs. Advocates have harkened back to the good old days of the Festival on the Lake, but the festival was a failure. After only a few years, it was shut down by the city because vendors and shoppers stopped coming. There was too much drinking and drugs, too much theft, too many fights and general rowdiness. So before we go celebrating the people's Victory by the Lake, let's take a breath and just enjoy a peaceful day by the water.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 05/23/2018 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: Oakland Hit With Another $1 Million Judgment in Brooks Case; Senators Call for Investigation Into ICE Lying About Schaaf

No, not a commission. A department! Then the city could hire a manager and take staff from another department, probably Parks & Rec since this an environmental issue. Then Parks & Rec would have to hire new people to replace the ones who left. Everybody would win!

Posted by Mike Elwin on 03/25/2018 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Smart Growth Housing Bill Is a Game-Changer

I'm with Nick W and Stacey Elam. Painting SB827 as an anti-racist measure is baloney. It will result in destructive gentrification in low-income neighborhoods, as in West Oakland, because that's where our transit hubs are.

I live in Glenview, a mainly single-family neighborhood in Oakland. YIMBYs love our neighborhood. They want to live here precisely, exactly, and only because ours is a wonderful place, a place we made and kept with our time, money and energy. The outrageous appreciation in the price of housing here isn't because of us--it's because jobs and transit aren't spread around the bay. Jobs are in SF and Silicon Valley, transit is a bad joke except for buses in some places.

SB827 isn't a one-time change in zoning law. It's part of a long-term strategy using small successive changes in local laws, creating a net that captures them. It's a common means of undermining local democracy--change a law here and a law there and pretty soon you have a sledgehammer destroying a broad swath of long-time customs and laws, and all of the destruction made perfectly legal piecemeal. Notice, as Mr Gammon says, that the law doesn't simply upgrade local zoning laws to allow higher buildings or reward localities for applying them. It "takes zoning near transit hubs out of the hands of local governments." And notice the sneers at local politicians who serve their communities' interests.

Posted by Mike Elwin on 02/24/2018 at 3:23 PM

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