Bill Chorneau 
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Re: “Coal Terminal Developer Suing City of Oakland, Seeking to Overturn Ban on Fossil Fuel Exports

Oakland thanks you for the LOVE Phil.

Posted by Bill Chorneau on 12/08/2016 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Is Oakland Council President McElhaney Faking Sick, Canceling Meetings to Avoid Hearings on Ethics Violations?

Actually the charge to censure is being led by private citizens, many from McElhaney's own District.

Posted by Bill Chorneau on 10/20/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Caltrans and CHP Oust Homeless from Camp in Pouring Rain in Oakland

I thought the courts had clearly ruled that the police cannot throw away personal property when they close homeless camp.

Posted by Bill Chorneau on 12/29/2015 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Afford Affordable Housing?

In response to Bud Verde's comment, new development is already exempt from rent control and has been for decades. As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts.

Posted by Bill Chorneau on 04/17/2015 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel Calls for $15 Minimum Wage, End of DAC

The data Tony quotes proves absolutly nothing about the effects of a local minimum wage. There is absolutely no reason to assume that most low wage workers live outside the city. How about, for the sake of argument, we assume most minimum wage workers in Oakland live in Oakland. The workers that commute into Oakland are the ones who can afford to commute into Oakland. Mostly, people that make enough money to own a reliable car to get them to work. Minimum wage workers work as close to home as they can. They often work more than one job to make ends meet and that doesn't leave a lot of time for commuting.

I have been active in the campaign for higher wages for fast food workers and I have not met many of them that commute in from other cities. How far would you commute to a mimimum wage job?

We are all subsidizing WalMart, Target and the fast food chains because minimum wage workers now qualify for many public benifits. WalMart even runs workshops for its employee's to assist them in signing up for public benifits.

I believe that if Oakland voters vote to raise the minimum wage Hayward, Concord, etc. would not be far behind. S.F. raised their minimun wage and requires paid sick days, and I have had no problem getting counter service in S.F. With our big money dominated political system we are not going to get a liveable minimum wage from either the state or federal governments. You have to start somewhere to build a movement for a liveable minimum wage and that is going to have to be locally.

A petition to place a minimum wage on the November ballot in Oakland will be circulating this spring (if I remember correctly it calls for $12.25/hr.) I believe Oakland residents will be standing in line to sign it. That would almost, but not quite, bring the real wages for a minimim wage worker up to what I was getting when I work for the minimum wage in 1970.

Oakland residents and workers are not going to start driving to Hayward for a deli sandwich or a pound of potato salad. With a higher minimum wage, minimum wage workers will be spending more money in Oakland than they do now. That will provide a boost to the ecomomy not put a drag on it.

People who commute into Oakland will continue to buy their groceries and most other things near where they live. Those of us who live in Oakland will continue to buy the things we now buy in Oakland, in Oakland.

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Posted by Bill Chorneau on 01/23/2014 at 9:31 PM

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