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  • Seattle Levies Head Tax on Jobs [semi-satire]

    05/21/2018 10:13:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 May 2018 | John Semmens
    In a bid to discourage what it alleges is "wage slavery," the Seattle City Council voted to levy an annual tax of $275 on each person employed in the City by companies grossing $20 million or more. The originally proposed tax rate of $500 was reduced after Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened a veto. Council member Kshama Sawant says he is disappointed the tax isn't higher. "Man's preferred state is leisure," he said. "Forcing people to give up their leisure in order to obtain the means needed to survive is a crime against humanity. The $500 levy was an opening bid...
  • New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

    05/19/2018 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2018 2:20 PM | Joseph Pisani
    Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafés or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything. The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers. […] The company said anyone can use its cafés, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is...
  • How Seattle’s New Tax to Fight Homelessness Could Ruin its Economy

    05/18/2018 7:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Fortune ^ | 05/18/2018 | Travish Brown
    In a shortsighted effort to fight homelessness, Seattle’s city council has approved a new employee “head tax” on companies based in the city. The policy pits growth and progress against each other in a zero-sum game that will do far more harm than good. The head tax is exactly what it sounds like: a straight levy of $0.14 per hour per employee—about $275 a year for a full-time worker—targeting every business in Seattle with revenues of $20 million or more. The proposal’s backers aim to raise around $48 million per year to fund various affordable housing initiatives in order to...
  • Seattle’s Socialist City Council Punishes Amazon and Starbucks to Help Homeless…Liberals aren't as..

    05/17/2018 8:52:26 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    On Tuesday, I wrote about the spike in homelessness on the West Coast and the insurmountable problem politicians face in tackling this troubling issue. There is no clear cut solution, but something needs to be done. California has an astonishing 24 percent of the country’s homeless population. More than 10 cities and counties along the West Coast have declared states of emergency due to the rise of homelessness. Seattle, Washington was one of them. The socialists on Seattle’s City Council passed a head tax on big companies like Amazon and Starbucks to address the homeless crisis. By Legacy Research The...
  • Amazon Fights Back

    05/16/2018 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | May 16, 2018 | John Stossel
    Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it's going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that's not how the politicians describe their plan, but that's probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle's city council want all big Seattle businesses to pay a tax of $500 per employee. In response, Amazon stopped building a new complex. Construction workers joined Amazon in protesting the new tax. On the other side are city council members like Kshama Sawant. She and members of her political party, Socialist Alternative, demonstrated in support of...
  • Seattle OKs taxing companies like Amazon to aid the homeless

    05/15/2018 10:43:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 5 15 2018 | PHUONG LE
    Seattle’s largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker each year — lower than the $500 per worker initially proposed. The so-called “head tax” would raise roughly $48 million a year to build new affordable housing units and provide emergency homeless services. Etc...
  • Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

    05/14/2018 10:38:16 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 14May18 | Day & Beekman
    After a weekend of high-stakes negotiations between Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan, the council voted unanimously Monday to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness. Starting next year, the tax will be $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head proposal that Durkan threatened to veto. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Having paused construction planning on an office tower over the larger proposal, Amazon now will move ahead with it, a spokesman said after the vote. But the company’s plans to occupy a...
  • Amazon reacts to Seattle head tax and ‘hostile’ rhetoric

    05/14/2018 6:24:04 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 40 replies ^ | 5/14/18 |
    Hours after the Seattle City Council passed a head tax on the city’s largest businesses Monday, Amazon issued a statement in response. The online shopping giant is grateful that the city amended its head tax proposal to a lesser amount, but notes that it is wary of city leaders’ attitudes toward business. Amazon’s statement is attributed to Vice President Drew Herdener: "We are disappointed by today’s city council decision to introduce a tax on jobs. While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward...
  • Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

    05/14/2018 5:26:38 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 35 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5/14/18 | Daniel Beekman
    The council approved a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax Mayor Jenny Durkan had threatened to veto. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a new tax on the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness. The ordinance will impose a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax that Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened to veto. -snip- The...
  • Living in a Car on $800 a Month

    05/14/2018 4:02:24 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies
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  • Progressives Want to Kill You, But Starbucks Wants to Kill Itself

    05/12/2018 5:20:01 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 28 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) Progressives want to kill you, Part I – The gals on The View never cease to humiliate themselves by putting their true hateful nature on display. Generally, it’s the execrable Joy Behar leading the pack of shrews, but on Friday it was Whoopi Goldberg doing the honors, expressing her wish that the President of the United States be water-boarded. You can watch the clip here. Progressives want to kill you, Part II – Not to be outdone, Nicolle Wallace over at MSNBC expressed her desire to choke White House spokesperson and mother...
  • Starbucks chairman announces free bathrooms and table space for the homeless

    05/11/2018 8:28:45 AM PDT · by ethom · 157 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 11 2018
    The ever well meaning Starbucks chairman, Howie Schultz, more terrified of bad publicity and claims of racism than anything in the world, has just announced a rather customer-unfriendly policy of opening Starbucks bathrooms (as well as table space) to all comers, including people who won't spring for a $4 cup of coffee. Speaking to the Atlantic Council, Schultz said: "We don't want to become a public bathroom, but we're going to make the right decision a hundred percent of the time and give people the key," Schultz said, "because we don't want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we...
  • A Haven for the Homeless: The city of Santa Monica – and its librarians – [tr]

    05/09/2018 1:05:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 9, 2018 | Elizabeth Segal
    James sat camped outside the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library on a recent sunny day, his meager belongings in a backpack, and explained how his bout of homelessness started: He fell off the roof of a three-story house. "I'm from Kentucky. They gave me every drug under the sun – 'You've got to have this the rest of your life,'" the 54-year-old says, a country twang in his gentle voice. "I got addicted to the drugs – all of 'em." James says he's since gotten off the pharmaceuticals, only occasionally smoking a little bit of marijuana for...
  • After 14 years, I’ve had it. I’m leaving Seattle

    05/07/2018 11:41:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 86 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 4/30/2018 | Alex Berezow
    I knew Seattle was no longer a place for me when I met with Debora Juarez — the District 5 City Council member I had voted for.(snip) I told my council member that Northgate, my home, had seen a noticeable increase in litter and graffiti. To my dismay, she seemed to suggest these issues were someone else’s job, not hers. So, I moved on to a bigger issue: homelessness. When I first moved to Seattle 14 years ago, to attend the University of Washington, homelessness essentially didn’t exist at Northgate.(snip) Additionally, the conditions in such camps are often atrocious —...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former NYC media player finds himself living in homeless shelter....

    05/06/2018 12:52:28 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 5/6/2018 | Greg B. Smith
    Once upon a time in New York City, Sherman Jackson lived at the glittering heights of public life in a privileged place of bold-faced names and media stars. For a time, he appeared on TV sets citywide as a newsman at NBC. Later he appeared on-air as a press secretary for some of the biggest politicians in the city. The schools chancellor. The parks commissioner. Controller candidate Herman Badillo. He stood in front of cameras and parried with reporters, shaping the narrative of the city itself. From the 1970s into 2000, Jackson's quotes appeared in every newspaper in town. In...
  • Fury, frustration erupt over Seattle’s proposed head tax for homelessness services

    05/06/2018 8:45:08 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 32 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5/4/2018 | Vianna Davila
    Reaction to a proposed Seattle business tax for housing and homeless services jolted elected officials this week as flare-ups of opposition revealed deep frustration with the city’s handling of its homelessness crisis. If Seattle City Council members were surprised by the reaction — including a raucous town-hall meeting in Ballard and an unexpected protest by construction workers — the response of many residents and business owners seemed to be, what took you so long? “They’re hearing the whole story now,” said Erin Goodman, executive director of the Sodo Business Improvement Alliance, which is holding its own town hall on the...
  • Homeless man breaks into California governor's residence...

    05/02/2018 4:16:36 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies ^ | 5/2/2018 | Travis Fedschun Fox News
    A homeless man who was arrested last month after breaking into California Gov. Jerry Brown's home in Sacramento reportedly said he only tried entering the mansion because he figured the sanctuary state politician was "an open-door policy kind of guy." The California Highway Patrol said 51-year-old Steven Seeley was arrested April 19 and treated at a hospital for cuts he received while breaking a window to get out of the home in downtown Sacramento, located about 10 blocks from the Capitol. In an interview with KCRA-TV on Sunday, Seeley claimed he heard what sounded like a large cat roaring nearby,...
  • Caltrans workers file grievance against dangers of clearing homeless encampments

    05/02/2018 2:03:03 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 26 replies
    KTVU ^ | 4/30/18 | Tom Vacar
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Caltrans got notice and formal grievance from its highway maintenance workers that they are sick, tired and disgusted with homeless camp clean up. Caltrans finds itself between a rock and a hard place; between the homeless and its employees. Cleaning up homeless camps is often dangerous for the crews tasked with doing the work. Often the ground is a muddy, slippery, debris ridden stew of things that are exceedingly sharp or dangerous to touch, such as potentially toxic or biologically unsafe materials. "Feces and urine and feminine products and all kinds of things on the ground;...
  • SFPD faces Twitter backlash after 'tackling' tent-filled street in Tenderloin

    04/27/2018 1:43:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2018 | By Amy Graff
    The San Francisco Police Department tweeted before-and-after images of a homeless encampment raid in the Tenderloin Wednesday, leading many to wonder where the people living in tents moved. In one photo, a half-dozen tents are seen in a row along a sidewalk on Ellis Street. In the subsequent image, the same sidewalk is shown clear of the encampment and hosed down with water. "'Tackled'? Are you for real? These are residents of our city and members of our community and we're supposed to thank you for hosing them away?" asked @lipstick_denim. "Where are these people now," Twitter user Cathy Reisenwitz...
  • Disturbing footage emerges of semi-conscious junkies openly shooting up in front of commuters [tr]

    04/27/2018 1:03:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 27, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    Junkies have been filmed openly shooting up in a San Francisco subway station amid piles of vomit and unconscious bodies. Commuter Shannon Gafford recorded the disturbing video at the Civic Center BART station, saying he sees the same thing every day. BART managers point to a national homeless and opiate crises as the cause of the problem, saying they are simply 'overwhelmed' by the amount of drug use.