Michael Good 
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Re: “The Express Lays Off Six Employees, But the Paper Continues On

If it was another employer that had illegally denied overtime pay (as ruled in a court case), we would have readers climbing all over that employer disparaging the fact that it was taking unfair advantage of the workforce. "The man"

And, the reporters for this publication would be writing articles showing us just how terribly that employer is acting with lots of coverage of the plight of the disadvantaged employee.

But, with this employer, the droves are looking the other way, the article is "oh poor me (employer)" and the employer is looking for another legal angle. Go figure.

Yeah, I guess sometimes it is hard to let go of same side bias.

Posted by Michael Good on 01/14/2019 at 2:07 PM

Re: “The Express Loses Overtime Wage Lawsuit

How is it that numerous news sources are telling us that the East Bay Express has laid off its entire editorial staff and it is not being reported or discussed here??????

An example: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/11/ent…

It is the typical behavior of many readers to tear into employers that are assumed to be anti- employee, "the man", taking economic advantage of employees for their own sake, etc. After all, it must be a right wing, evil doer that would be so terrible to employees....

But no, people look the other way when it is here.......Hmmmmm........

Posted by Michael Good on 01/12/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

Vincent Blafard:

It was nice to see comments (although I do not agree), that were based on assessing the economic impacts of the increased costs of housing. Thank you for that.

With regards to the need in our economy for service workers - of course. But, if they are really not earning enough to cover their costs, then the lowering of costs - through subsidized rent is A solution, but not neccesarily THE solution or the BEST solution. If you compare the perceived need against the potential improved availability, the affordability improvement is likely to be very low.

There really are no free ponies out there for politicians to promise to us.

As alternative, or parallel factors, consider the scenario that the economically stressed service workers go elsewhere (be it their geography or the job they have). That Whole Foods you are so worried about will have increased need to attract workers and will raise pay levels (or learn to be more efficient). The workers will then have increased ability to afford housing via natural economic forces. It is the worker supply/wage side of the argument. I am not suggesting increasing the minimum wage, I am suggesting that economic forces will do what they do and Whole Foods will find a way to sell you their stuff.

That is actually how it happens in real life. The workforce availability and the workforce need ultimately find equilibrium, although it can be quite messy getting there.

And, sometimes unions form or increase in power to get things more in balance.

Or, the real estate market stop its magic upward trek (been reading anything lately about the flattening?) and the affordability stress eases up.

If you actually read through my original comment, you would see that I did not dismiss the idea of affordable housing. I was not supportive of entitlement as a driver and I was suggesting that natural economic forces, including migration, are likely in play and should be allowed to do so.

They do not go into play when entitlement goes overboard.

With regards to your made up profile that I shop at Whole Foods, buy lattes at coffee shops and am in a Libertarian dreamworld - the snarky ad hominem style attack is just that - how about if you keep it to challenging the ideas and don't make stuff up about other people? Labeling others with negative connotations is how Trump got ahead - if you get my meaning , catch my drift.

Posted by Michael Good on 01/04/2019 at 3:53 PM

Re: “New Year’s Day Hangover Cure at Augie’s Montreal Deli

Where did you get the time machine? I would like to get a hold of one myself.

Today is 12/29/18 and this article is dated 1/1/19.

Posted by Michael Good on 12/29/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

Oakland is one of the most expensive cost-of-living / housing markets in the entire country. People that need a lower wages vs. cost of living situation have the option to go elsewhere. Millions and millions live elsewhere and enjoy comfortable lives - so dont get all worked up about this being uncaring or cruel. There is a price to pay to live here - good weather tax - and no need to be so completely entitlement focused.

Maybe not a solution for all and maybe not a vote-getter for those that wish for free ponies. But, the more affordable areas should not be dismissed and, as mentioned, are perfectly acceptable for many millions.

Reality check - people in our world have moved elsewhere for better lives quite successfully. My grandparents came across an ocean and I bet many of your ancestors did, too.

Posted by Michael Good on 12/29/2018 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Should Berkeley Police Be Using 'Spit Hoods?'

If you push the "traumatizing" argument a bit further, then you can conclude no one should ever be arrested. After all, being arrested is traumatizing.

So silly. Let the cops be safe please. Criticize them if you must, but acknowledge the difficulty and risk of their work.

Posted by Michael Good on 12/28/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “California's Nightmare

The silly opinions about conservatives seeking like minded neighbors and "even some liberals, etc." is babble that is totally irrelevant to the main body of this article.

This is about as bad as some of the idiots in Washington obsessing about seeking to construct conspiracy relationships between Hillary Clinton's emails and the George Soros sponsored caravans.

A foolishly chosen lens to view through. Destroys credibility. Some people just can't get out of their own way.

Posted by Michael Good on 11/23/2018 at 11:02 AM

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