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  • Why Sports Authority is throwing in the towel and closing all of its stores

    04/29/2016 6:54:23 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 80 replies
    Pasadena Star News ^ | April 27, 2016 | Kevin Smith
    Why Sports Authority is throwing in the towel and closing all of its stores When struggling retailer Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month in the face of more than $1 billion in debt, the company indicated that it had two options going forward. One of those was to shed underperforming stores and emerge from bankruptcy as an intact, but pared-down company. The other was to sell everything and cease operating. On Tuesday, the company appeared to choose the latter. . . . “With the minimum wage going up to $15 an hour and more people turning to...
  • Former McDonalds CEO Warns Minimum Wage "Will Wipe Out 1000s Of Jobs"

    04/29/2016 11:10:55 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 April 2016 | Tyler Durden
    While this should be no surprise to any rational non-establishment-teet-suckling economist, former McDonalds' CEO Ed Rensi exclaims, in a recent Forbes Op-Ed, that "a $15 minimum wage won’t spell the end of [fast-food brands]. However it will mean wiping out thousands of entry-level opportunities for people without many other options." The $15 minimum wage demand, which translates to $30,000 a year for a full-time employee, is built upon a fundamental misunderstanding of a restaurant business (and we add simple supply and demand fundamentals) - just "do the math" Rensi rants... “They’re making millions while millions can’t pay their bills,” argue...
  • When the floor becomes the ceiling

    04/25/2016 1:00:08 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 9 replies
    Vanity | 4/25/2016 | J Twohig
    JT Economic Law - when the floor becomes the ceiling! If you look back at the history of price supports you will find that price supports became a floor price for commodities. Producers would continue to work as long as they could make a profit at that base price. A good example is the history of milk price supports. Rarely did prices rise above the floor of support. So much milk was produced that much of it was diverted to the making of cheese. By setting the minimum wage or floor at $15, we will be producing an artificial ceiling...
  • UC Berkeley Touts $15 Minimum Wage Law, Then Fires Hundreds Of Workers After It Passes

    04/22/2016 3:30:31 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/21/2016 | Staff
    Labor Markets: Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.
  • Picture: Hardee’s Restaurant Installs “Self Order Stations”

    04/21/2016 6:16:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 159 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 20 Apr 16 | Andrew Mark Miller
    A little while back we told you about how the CEO of Hardees/Carl’s Jr. was thinking about replacing employees with machines thanks to the ridiculous minimum wage hike to $15.Well, it appears he has done it.It was only a matter of time before this started to happen and you can expect to see more of this in the future.
  • There's an even better solution to poverty than a $15 minimum wage (Basic universal income)

    04/20/2016 2:16:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | April 20, 2016 | Chris Weller
    Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton spent a great deal of time debating the merits of raising the minimum wage at the last Democratic debate on April 14. Sanders, ever the radical, stood behind the popular $15 minimum wage figure that will soon take hold in California and New York. Clinton, who's long pushed for $12, updated her position in support of $15 figure. Both could be misguided. While raising the minimum wage does make sense on paper — working people need to make more to survive than they can on today's minimum wage, so we should give them more money...
  • UC Berkeley greets $15 minimum wage with job cuts

    04/20/2016 7:57:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The ripples from California’s recent passage of a $15 per hour minimum wage continue to spread across the employment pond. We’ve already seen how it will hit the food service and hotel industries, but one of the most ironic examples of the law of unintended but perfectly predictable consequences may wind up coming from the University of California at Berkeley. With a hat tip to Legal Insurrection, we find that the traditional hotbed for Social Justice Warrior protests – including the Fight for 15 crowd – is going to be feeling the pinch in short order. And it won’t...
  • Will Robots Make $15 An Hour?

    04/19/2016 7:06:06 PM PDT · by writer33 · 86 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/19/16 | CR Wire/Phil Silver
    Fast-food mega company McDonald’s has big plans for the future, and it doesn’t include $15-an-hour minimum wage order-takers. The futuristic McDonald’s will replace those entry-level workers with kiosks where customers can place their own order, according to a BizPac Review article. The first model of the new 6,500 square-foot McDonald’s will be opened this summer in Missouri, and will include many new interactive features. In Chicago, the company is already experimenting with a self-serve coffee station again eliminating the need for workers.
  • UC Berkeley Forced to Cut 500 Jobs After $15 Minimum Wage Hike

    04/19/2016 2:05:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Justin Holcomb
    The $15 minimum wage hike in California has sent financially troubled UC Berkeley into decision making mode, and "the people who clean buildings, who work in food services or health clinics,” says Todd Stenhouse, will be the ones without a job. Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of StateChancellor, also said “There’s a very clear need for those front-line services. But the question is whether there really is a need to hemorrhage resources on executives.” Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees Monday informing them of the job reductions and said they will amount to “a modest reduction of...
  • California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

    04/17/2016 7:35:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/15/2016 | Shan Li and Natalie Kitroeff
    Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam. Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another...
  • Hooray for The $15 Minimum Wage

    04/17/2016 7:00:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    My home state, California, has edged out New York to be the first state adopting a $15 minimum wage. Our Governor, Jerry Brown, gave the policy a full-throated endorsement. He stated “I'm hoping that what happens in California will not stay in California, but spread all across the country. It's a matter of economic justice. It makes sense.” If you know anything about California, you too would be in support of this righteous increase that more than doubles the national minimum wage. How does anyone expect one to live on a measly $7.25 an hour? After all, this is not...
  • It begins: In wake of California $15 minimum wage, garment firms moving out of Los Angeles

    04/17/2016 6:21:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    To the surprise of nobody but leftists, Governor Brown and the California State Legislature Democrats, jobs are beginning to evaporate visibly in the wake of California legislating a phased-in $15 an hour minimum wage. Even the Los Angeles Times can’t help but notice:  Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs. American Apparel is far from the only firm affected, of course: Felix Seo has been making clothes for wholesale in downtown for 30...
  • California clothing manufacturers fleeing minimum wage hike

    04/16/2016 6:31:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 16, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    A fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage is coming to California, so break out the champagne and let’s get this party started! Unless you work in the apparel manufacturing industry, that is, in which case you may want to start looking for some cheaper drinks since you’ll likely be out of a job soon. Once the home to a large segment of the American clothing manufacturing industry, California apparel manufacturers have already been hit by skyrocketing commercial real estate value and rising supply chain costs, but another spike in their labor rates will apparently be the final straw for some...
  • California minimum wage hike hits L.A. apparel industry: 'The exodus has begun'

    04/16/2016 2:55:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 118 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 15, 2016 | Shan Li and Natalie Kitroeff
    Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam. Now, Los Angeles firms are facing another big hurdle — California's minimum wage hitting $15 an hour by 2022 — which could spur more garment makers to exit the state. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another...
  • Hundreds protesting various issues tie up traffic around City Hall

    04/15/2016 11:31:21 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 04/15/2016 | Tommy Rowan
    As the evening rush of motorists descended upon Center City on Thursday evening, protesters from varying movements joined together for a large-scale "Day of Action" march to bring attention to their many causes. The marchers - including a few hundred activists seeking a national $15-an-hour minimum wage, a halt to a proposed stadium for Temple University, and an end to racial injustice - snaked down North Broad Street all the way to City Hall, where they stopped traffic for more than an hour. Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), said the goal...
  • Minimum-Wage Activists Should Look to Puerto Rico for Clues to the Future

    04/14/2016 5:21:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/13/2016 | PAUL KUPIEC & RYAN NABIL
    When signing the bill raising California’s minimum wage, Governor Jerry Brown called the new $15 minimum wage “good politics” but “questionable policy.” He may be more prescient than many realize. There was a time in recent American history when a minimum wage of nearly equal magnitude to California’s was imposed, and “good politics” turned out to be disastrous policy. It is worth remembering this previous minimum-wage experiment as voters assess whether the progressive push for substantially higher minimum wages will deliver prosperity for the working class. President Obama has long supported the so-called Raise the Wage Act, which, if passed,...
  • **LiveWire**​ Assorted Activists Gather At Dawn In Manhattan For Day Of Protests

    04/14/2016 10:17:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Lee Stranahan
    At 5 AM on a chilly morning in New York, hundreds of organizers and protesters were already gathering near the Fox News/News Corp. building in preparation for a series of planned events around a variety of Democrat-aligned issues including raising the minimum wage, union issues, the push for immigration reform, and attacks on leading Republican candidates.
  • How White Castle Will Adjust to a $15 Minimum Wage in New York

    04/11/2016 8:07:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 161 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/11/2016 | by MARK ANTONIO WRIGHT
    ‘This is something that’s become a bumper sticker,” Jamie Richardson tells me. “But it hasn’t really been thought through. There is a better way to get people out of poverty than hiking the minimum wage.” Richardson is a vice president at White Castle, the chain of famously white-painted and turreted burger joints specializing in slider-style hamburgers in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic. (Let me pause for a moment: If you’ve somehow made it through life without visiting this family-owned American treasure, stop reading this article, make like Harold and Kumar, and get yourself to the Castle . . . I’ll...
  • Outrage after big labor crafts law paying their members less than non-union workers

    04/10/2016 11:50:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2016 | Peter Jamison
    ... Under an obscure provision of the city's wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less... ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed... San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws... At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, a longtime union property, bellhops, waiters and banquet servers make California's current minimum wage: $10 an hour... Those doing the same jobs at a non-union Hilton less than 500 feet away make at...
  • Unions champion higher minimum wages but support loopholes that exempt their own union workers

    04/10/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | April 10, 2016 | Mark J. Perry
    union hypocrisy and betrayal of its membership ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed. ... written into the fine print of wage ordinances in a dozen California cities at labor leaders’ urging. San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws. L.A. city officials are expected to indicate whether they will include such an exemption in their own $15 minimum wage at a hearing next week. ... Thanks to the “union waivers” agreed to by union leaders,...
  • Prank caller leads Coon Rapids Burger King employees to smash their windows

    04/09/2016 5:04:53 PM PDT · by Sawdring · 63 replies
    StarTribune ^ | APRIL 9, 2016 | James Walsh
    To the frantic manager of a Coon Rapids Burger King Friday night, the choice was to act fast or face disaster. A caller who said he was a fire department official said there was a gas leak in the building and that unless the windows were smashed, a gas buildup in the building would cause an explosion. So the manager and Burger King employees evacuated the restaurant and started smashing ground floor windows. Every single one. Problem was, it was a hoax. The caller was no firefighter. There was no gas.
  • BROWN, CUOMO RACE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE -- KASICH TOPS BAY AREA IN NEW POLL

    04/09/2016 10:30:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 136 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/2016 | Staff
    REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS: SoCal is head over heels for Trump (Trump 49 percent; Cruz 34, Kasich 13) , Central Valley leans Trump (Trump 39, Cruz 26, Kasich 18), and Inland Empire for Cruz (Cruz, 43, Trump 30, Kasich, 9). Silicon Valley and the Bay Area? Kasich trounces Trump 43-36, with Cruz at 14.
  • The Minimum Wage: Destruction Disguised as Justice

    04/08/2016 1:37:42 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 8, 2016 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As cities contemplated doubling their minimum wage, conservatives warned that employers would flee. And that’s exactly what happened. Then as states contemplated doubling their statewide minimum wage, conservatives warned them again; but again their warnings were drowned out in the cacophonies of popular liberalism. So now California companies are already collecting bids from moving companies, and ordering new stationery for new digs in Arizona, Nevada, and of course, Texas. The destruction that minimum wage increases cause is no longer even denied by the left. Their politicians happily proudly admit the damage they do, even as they inflict these pains on...
  • McDonalds Responds To Minimum Wage Hikes, Launches McCafe Coffee Kiosk

    04/07/2016 7:37:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/07/2016 | Tyler Durden
    When it comes to jobs growth in the US, all one can say is thank god for waiters and bartenders: after all, a Starbucks barista is precisely what a recently fired oil chemical engineer making half a million dollars really wants to do with their life.  However, the days of easy job gains for the BLS may be coming to an end (even if on a seasonally adjusted, goalseeked basis the trend has a long way to go).According to Brand Eating, fast food king McDonald's has been spotted testing a self-serve McCafe coffee station/kiosk out in downtown Chicago. The...
  • 70 Tries After Seattle Raised Its Minimum Wage, I Still Can’t Find A Job

    04/06/2016 9:34:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 74 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 04, 2016 | Mitch Hall
    Employers, especially in the restaurant and food services industries, are far less willing to take chances on who they hire with so much money on the line. I was shocked to learn that some restaurants—comparable in quality to the ones that hired me with little or no experience on the East Coast— here required a minimum of three to five years of restaurant experience, even for support staff positions like hosts and bussers. I had multiple managers glance at my resume, see that my past jobs were seasonal or temporary, and tell me upfront that unless I could commit to...
  • Workers in NY, California Are Guinea Pigs in a Grand Experiment

    04/06/2016 7:15:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04/06/2016 | Rob Garver
    In a less cynical age, the Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that each of the 50 states that make up the U.S., "may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” These days, any reference to states as the “laboratories of Democracy” is as likely as not to be ironic — just Google the phrase plus the word “Kansas” if you need evidence. But every now and then, a state takes a huge policy risk — Massachusetts under Mitt Romney’s governorship comes to mind,...
  • San Francisco tries to make life affordable in costly city

    04/06/2016 2:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:06 AM EDT | Janie Har
    In approving a novel paid parental leave policy, San Francisco officials buttressed their efforts to make life a little more affordable for workers who eke out a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign legislation approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors that requires employers to provide fully paid six-week leaves for new mothers and fathers. Currently, the state of California pays about 55 percent of a worker’s salary when they take leave, which advocates say is not enough for working families. The San Francisco measure requires employers with...
  • Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California

    04/04/2016 11:37:19 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 104 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/4/2016 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, casting a living wage as a moral imperative while questioning its economic rationale, signed legislation Monday raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022, acting within hours of a similar bill signing in New York. The bill’s enactment comes one week after Brown, Democratic lawmakers and labor leaders announced an agreement on the wage increase, averting a brawl on the November ballot. [snip] California political leaders and labor have struck a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next seven years. One excited fast food worker hugged Gov. Jerry Brown...
  • Group seeks to raise state minimum wage

    04/02/2016 10:00:36 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Arizona voters could get a chance this November to set the minimum wage for workers at $12 an hour by 2020. Or $9.50. Or perhaps just whatever $8.05 an hour now plus inflation by that point equals.
  • $15 minimum-wage movement sets sights on more states

    04/01/2016 1:48:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 4:26 PM EDT | Jennifer Peltz and David Klepper
    California and New York — where almost 1 in 5 Americans live — are on their way to raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the activists who spearheaded those efforts are now setting their sights on other similarly liberal, Democratic-led states. Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington are among the states with active “Fight for $15” efforts, and even economic experts who oppose the increased rate see it gaining momentum. “There is lots of pressure to do this,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who is now president of...
  • NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

    03/31/2016 7:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2016 | James Odato
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a tentative deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase, lawmakers said. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, but carves out a slow lane for small businesses and its surrounding counties. In less prosperous areas north of the city it rises to $12.50 per hour before a state review of the law's impact. The minimum wage has been a sticking point in difficult budget negotiations that threaten to delay a spending plan past the...
  • Feeling the Bern? $15-an-hour minimum wage to protest Trump

    03/31/2016 4:30:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | March 29, 2016 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — To hell with California. The Bernie Brigade apparently wants $15-an-hour minimum wage right now, and they’re willing to pay. A Craigslist ad apparently posted Monday by Bernie Sanders backers offered “Temporary Paid Positions to Protest” the Donald Trump Rally scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday in Janesville, about 45 miles southeast of Madison. “We are seeking people to protest the Donald Trump rally in Janesville, WI. We are willing to pay $15 an hour for a maximum amount of four hours for this service,” the ad, since taken down, requested. California Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers reached...
  • Jobless Claims Surge Most In 2 Years As Challenger Warns Of "Significant" Jump In Retail, Layoffs

    03/31/2016 7:58:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/31/2016 | Tyler Durden
    With both ISM Manufacturing and Services employment indices collapsing, endless headlines of layoffs, Challenger-Grey noting Q1 as the worst since 2009, and NFIB small business hiring weak, it is no surprise that initial jobless claims is finally waking up. For the 3rd week in a row - the longest streak since July 2015. The last 3 weeks have seen a 9.1% surge in jobless claims - the biggest such rise since April 2014.  And finally, as Challenger-Grey notes, Through the first quarter of 2016, employers announced 184,920 job cuts, up 31.8 percent from the 140,241 cuts tracked the first three...
  • Analyst: Wage hike would cost California taxpayers $3.6B

    03/30/2016 5:07:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Alison Noon
    Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, legislative analysts determined. The estimate was disclosed as an Assembly committee gave initial approval Wednesday to boosting the wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The full state Assembly and Senate could vote on the deal between Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and labor unions as early as Thursday. […] First-year costs to the state would total $19 million, when the minimum pay bumps to $10.50 on Jan. 1, according to...
  • Capitol Shooter Was An Activist For $15 Minimum Wage

    03/30/2016 4:52:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    DownTrend ^ | March 28, 2016 | Markeece Young
    Liberals are shocked that they cannot not blame this shooting on the NRA. The Capitol Hill shooter Larry Dawson, has been identified as a Tennessee pastor. He is an activist for increasing the minimum wage and has a history of “problems.” Just last year Dawson stormed on to the House floor, saying he was a “Prophet of God.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)According to the church website of St. Luke’s Community Church, Dawson is their pastor. On the site, Dawson says he has taken several trips to Washington, DC. Pictured in the video on the church website, he also was asking for more donations...
  • California's $15/hour wage could help workers, cost jobs

    03/28/2016 6:04:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 8:56 PM EDT | Don Thompson and Justin Pritchard
    A political deal to raise California’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour could help some workers cope with the state’s crushing cost of living but also deprive other low-wage earners of jobs altogether, economists said Monday as Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders touted what would be a landmark agreement. California’s economy is larger than that of most countries, with a wide diversity of earners. While newly minted millionaires gentrify neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, some Central Valley field hands lack access to clean water. A jump from the current $10 an hour spread over six...
  • Some restaurants face pressure to trim menus and staffs under California's wage hike

    03/27/2016 8:18:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    LA LA Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Shan Li , John Myers , Liam Dillon and Ruben Vives
    A deal that would raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour was met with a mixture of joy and anxiety across the state Sunday. Some workers and labor officials hailed it as a breakthrough in providing higher-wage jobs in fields where it's a struggle to make ends meet. But some business owners feared the shift would hurt their bottom lines -- and perhaps even put them out of business. The debate is likely a preview for the weeks ahead as the minimum wage proposal works its way through Sacramento. Selwyn Yosslowitz said that minimum wage hikes add increased pressure...
  • California May Ultimately Decide Who The GOP Nominee Is, But One Candidate Has An Advantage…

    03/27/2016 7:12:45 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | Andrew Clark
    However, a state-wide poll won’t tell you the whole story, because the real battle will be fought in the state’s congressional districts. Candidates are awarded 3 delegates per each district they win; California has 53 districts. Then, the remaining 13 delegates are awarded to whoever wins state-wide. Trump has, historically, performed well in urban, liberal districts, and unfortunately for Ted Cruz, there are a bounty of those in California, clustered around Los Angeles and San Francisco. Trump would walk away with at least 117 delegates simply by winning each Democrat-controlled district. That would not be a fun night for Ted...
  • Poll Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fractur

    03/27/2016 8:51:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    LA LA Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Cathleen Decker
    Riding a rebellion fueled by opposition to illegal immigration and pessimism about the nation's future, Donald Trump leads a scrambling duo of competitors less than three months before California's Republican presidential primary, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll has found. Yet the party whose nomination he is seeking has fractured because of his candidacy, with ominous prospects for Republicans if the New York businessman emerges victorious after the party's summer convention. A quarter of California Republican voters polled said they would refuse to vote for Trump in November if he is the party's nominee. Almost one-third of those...
  • Poll: ftmPoll Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fracture

    03/27/2016 8:56:00 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Cathleen Decker
    Riding a rebellion fueled by opposition to illegal immigration and pessimism about the nation's future, Donald Trump leads a scrambling duo of competitors less than three months before California's Republican presidential primary, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll has found. Yet the party whose nomination he is seeking has fractured because of his candidacy, with ominous prospects for Republicans if the New York businessman emerges victorious after the party's summer convention.
  • Donald Trump leads in California primary race but threatens a GOP fracture

    03/27/2016 11:16:42 AM PDT · by Iowa David · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/27/2016 | Cathleen Decker
    ....But among the voters most likely to turn out, the poll shows the race between Trump and Cruz is nearly tied, with Trump at 36% versus Cruz at 35%. The difference illustrates how a low turnout in the June 7 primary could hurt Trump and boost Cruz....
  • Deal Reached To Take California Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour; Some Workers Fear For Their Tips

    03/27/2016 8:46:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO (CBSLA.com/AP) — California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. “This is not a done deal,” Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco said Saturday. “Everyone’s been operating in good faith and we hope to get it through the Legislature.” Leno said if an agreement is finalized, it would go before the Legislature as part of his minimum-wage bill that stalled last year. If the Legislature approves...
  • Calif. to raise minimum wage to $15: reports

    03/26/2016 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | March 26, 2016 | Evelyn Rupert
    California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is expected to make the formal announcement as early as Monday. According to the L.A. Times, the minimum wage will jump from $10 to $10.50 an hour in 2017 and will increase by $1 every year after that until reaching $15 an hour in 2022. Business with fewer than 25 employees will have an extra year to comply. "The governor and stakeholders have all been negotiating...
  • Why Restaurant Automation Is on the Menu

    03/25/2016 11:17:04 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 71 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | March 24, 2016 | Andy Puzder
    Consumer preferences, reduced technology costs and government policies that increase labor costs are driving a trend toward automation in the restaurant business. If you make something more convenient and less expensive, it tends to catch on. As recently as the 1960s, gas-station employees would rush to fill your car’s tank, wash the windows, check the oil and put air in the tires. Telephone operators made your long-distance calls and bank tellers cashed your checks. Those jobs now are either gone or greatly diminished. Today, we reduce jobs whenever we shop on Amazon instead of our local retail outlet, use an...
  • Palo Alto residents who earn up to $250,000 (MINIMUM WAGE?)a year to qualify for Subsized housing

    03/24/2016 5:17:56 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/24/16 | Mia De Graaf
    People earning $250,000-a-year should qualify for subsidized housing in Palo Alto, according to a new proposal. City officials have outlined an eight-year affordable housing plan - with 587 units for reserved for the area's uniquely wealthy middle class as real estate prices balloon. The well-heeled California neighborhood, where a plot of land recently sold for $2.7 million, is home to some of America’s richest entrepreneurs who work a few miles away in Silicon Valley. With house price averages an eye-watering $3 million, even those earning $250,000-a-year are spending two-thirds of their monthly salary (around $14,000) paying off their mortgage. It...
  • Measure to hike California's minimum wage to $15 qualifies for ballot

    03/23/2016 3:05:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 22, 2016 | Curtis Skinner
    A proposal to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2021 has qualified to be listed on the upcoming November ballot in the state, officials said on Tuesday. The development comes as a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level sweeps the United States as the federal minimum wage has gone more than six years without an increase from $7.25 an hour. The California Secretary of State's office said supporters of the measure, pushed by Labor group coalition Lift Up California, had gathered more than the 400,000 signatures needed to have the Fair Wage...
  • NY State nears political deal to saw the bottom rung off the economic ladder

    03/19/2016 6:09:06 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 18, 2016 | By Thomas Lifson
    New York State appears ready to throw as many as 200,000 people out of work by imposing a $15 an hour minimum wage statewide. The New York Post reports: Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is close to a “Faustian pact’’ with Democratic Gov. Cuomo to raise the state’s minimum wage to a national high of $15 an hour — boosting union power and possibly costing New York hundreds of thousands of jobs. A source close to Flanagan said the deal would involve Cuomo agreeing to do “little if anything’’ to help Senate Democrats, now just one vote shy of...
  • Blame Minimum Wage, Not Carl’s Jr. CEO, For Automated Restaurants

    03/19/2016 5:57:49 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 56 replies
    Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has people all in a huff over his idea to automate restaurants. But why be upset with Puzder? This is an inevitable consequence of massive minimum wage hikes by the government. “I want to try it,” CEO Puzder said. He’s looking at something “where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person.” Is he heartless? No. Just responding to the government’s foolish plans to jack up the minimum wage and put restaurants, hotels, bars and other service industries...
  • Carl's Jr. CEO Wants to Open a Robot Restaurant Free of Human Workers

    03/17/2016 9:19:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Eater ^ | March 17, 2016 | Whitney Filloon
    As minimum wages across the country rise and restaurants face increased labor costs, one fast food CEO is thinking about replacing human workers with robots. Carl's Jr. head honcho Andy Puzder wants to open a new restaurant concept that's "employee-free," reports Business Insider. Puzder was inspired by a visit to Eatsa, the futuristic San Francisco-born restaurant where patrons order via tablet and retrieve their food from automated cubbies. He believes the idea of a restaurant free of social interaction could be especially appealing to millennials, noting that young people seem particularly fond of ordering from kiosks over humans.
  • Carl's Jr. HQ Moving From Calif. to Nashville; Press Avoids Saying Why

    03/10/2016 8:52:23 AM PST · by DFG · 111 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 03/10/2016 | Tom Blumer
    For years, Andrew F. Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, has been telling the world that while the U.S. government makes life needlessly miserable for businesses, California, where it has been headquartered, is exponentially worse. This week, CKE announced that it is moving its headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee. A story at the Orange County Register failed to go beyond the company's deliberately non-combative statement to explain why. As far as I can tell, the Los Angeles Times hasn't covered the move at all (I can't be absolutely sure because...