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City with 36% Unemployment Rate Now has Highest Minimum Wage in California
Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/20/2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 03/20/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

I don’t see how this plan could possibly fail unless economics is real.

A San Francisco Bay Area city is on track to have the highest minimum wage in California. The Richmond City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would raise minimum hourly pay in the city to $12.30 an hour by 2017.

Richmond’s unemployment rate is somewhere between 11 and 14 percent. Its unemployment rate for black men is 36%.

It’s the third most dangerous city in California and its 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th top employers are all the government. And it has a huge gang problem. So clearly the thing to do is make the city as unattractive as possible to small businesses while eliminating lower end jobs in order to help the gangs expand.

But that just means more opportunities for scenes like these.

A bloody fistfight broke out among rival gang members at Richmond City Hall on Friday, according to police.

Seven men from different parts of the city brawled in a third-floor suite that houses the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety around 12:30 p.m. Friday, department director Devone Boggan said.

He said all of the men involved in the melee are enrolled in the office’s “Operation Peacemaker” fellowship and happened to show up at the office at Richmond’s Civic Center at the same time unexpectedly.

The ONS director said he sees the unarmed brawl as a sign of progress, since the young men involved all have a history of gun violence.

“They decided to pick their fists up instead of a gun,” Boggan said.

Things are looking bright for Richmond indeed.

 


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; minimumwage; richmond; sanfrancisco; unemployment

1 posted on 03/20/2014 7:28:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

All you can do is bow you head and shake it back and forth.


2 posted on 03/20/2014 7:32:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is really puzzling. Prosperity wages but no jobs? Rather like the contradiction the liberals point out between high rates of incarceration and low rates of crime. Obviously racism is the root of both problems.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 7:34:37 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: DoughtyOne

I like to put my right foot in and shake it all about.


4 posted on 03/20/2014 7:34:37 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SeekAndFind

I have BEEN to Richmond....20 years ago at the latest

It may as well have been Detroit By The Bay..20 years ago.

Even Al Sharpton wont go to Richmond


5 posted on 03/20/2014 7:34:39 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Spreading Peace and Luv Since...1960 something)
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To: SeekAndFind

People don’t deserve jobs unless they can get paid at least $15 an hour. Pull up that ladder fast.


6 posted on 03/20/2014 7:34:45 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: SeekAndFind
Good news, Bad news.

Good news: We've raised the minimum wage.

Bad news: We can't afford you.

7 posted on 03/20/2014 7:34:48 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

many In Richmond actually believe that the hokey pokey -is - what it’s all about


8 posted on 03/20/2014 7:35:53 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Spreading Peace and Luv Since...1960 something)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does each gang own a city council seat?


9 posted on 03/20/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why don’t they raise taxes and promote homosexuality ?
With the increased revenue they could expand abortions and gun buy backs


10 posted on 03/20/2014 7:37:16 PM PDT by Rock Eye Jack
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To: ClearCase_guy

I can think of a good place for our right foot, in conjunction with that city council.


11 posted on 03/20/2014 7:37:37 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: SeekAndFind

12 posted on 03/20/2014 7:41:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

The entire state is a sick, pathetic joke.


13 posted on 03/20/2014 7:42:06 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Richmond is also the city that wants to seize mortgages by Eminent Domain - don’t know if they’ve done that ...


14 posted on 03/20/2014 7:45:35 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I shake my head but KNOW those govt workers there are obscenely paid and have obscene retirement, benefits, health care, vacation and time off policies...and STILL have no productivity..


15 posted on 03/20/2014 7:47:12 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SeekAndFind
A bloody fistfight broke out among rival gang members at Richmond City Hall on Friday, according to police.

Seven men from different parts of the city brawled in a third-floor suite that houses the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety around 12:30 p.m. Friday, department director Devone Boggan said.


It's good to see these young men wanting to get involved in local politics. Gives you hope for the next generation and all that.
16 posted on 03/20/2014 7:48:36 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Lmo56

RE: Richmond is also the city that wants to seize mortgages by Eminent Domain - don’t know if they’ve done that ...

If they attempted that, they can always use the KELO vs New London, CT case as precedent ( Thank you Justice Souter ).

BTW, After the private properties were seized in the Kelo case ( which was supposed to be developed by Pfizer ), the entire place is still an empty, deserted shell almost 10 years later. NOTHING was developed and the property seizure was done for NOTHING.


17 posted on 03/20/2014 7:49:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: MeshugeMikey
I have BEEN to Richmond....20 years ago at the latest. It may as well have been Detroit By The Bay..20 years ago.

The last time I was there was 1990. I thought it was a ghetto then, but I believe saying it is Detroit by the Bay is an accurate call.

18 posted on 03/20/2014 7:50:09 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

The 1980’s was the last time i will ever venture into that part of the bay area...

and to think I used to drive a cab in Oakland.on the second shift....in the early 197o’s


19 posted on 03/20/2014 7:52:21 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Spreading Peace and Luv Since...1960 something)
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To: SeekAndFind

What??? Didn’t Obummer and the “Experts” tell us that a $10 minimum wage would fix our economy? They wouldn’t lie to us, again, would’ they?


20 posted on 03/20/2014 8:00:18 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

but raising the national minimum wage won’t affect the unemployment rate according to liberals.


21 posted on 03/20/2014 8:02:01 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If raising the minimum wage is such a good thing, then why beat around the bush with such small increases? If $12.00/hr is a good thing, then wouldn’t $20.00/hr be even better?


22 posted on 03/20/2014 8:28:06 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: txrefugee

” - - - a $10 minimum wage would fix our economy - - - “

It all depends on what your definition of “fix” is.


23 posted on 03/20/2014 8:39:30 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: catnipman

I grew up near Richmond. The blacks in Richmond don’t want to work and employers don’t want to hire them. The Mexicans & Asians competing with them for jobs don’t have the blame whitey mentality and will work harder.


24 posted on 03/20/2014 8:45:08 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: SeekAndFind

Please, Pres. 0bama, take your pen and double this city’s minimum wage. Show them how the magic works!


25 posted on 03/20/2014 8:45:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The difference with Richmond is that they do not want the property.

They want to seize the existing mortgage from the holder [ie: bank] at like half the current value - then give a new mortgage to the current owners at the new lower value.

For example:

The owners borrow $400K for the existing mortgage. Richmond steps in an takes the mortgage from the holder for $200K. Then, Richmond issues new mortgage to the current owners for $200K.

Highway robbery ...


26 posted on 03/20/2014 8:48:44 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Graewoulf
It all depends on what your definition of “fix” is.

To neuter, by removing testicles.

27 posted on 03/20/2014 8:50:17 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: JPG
Bad news: We can't afford you.

But hey, at least they feel good about themselves, that's all that counts. The city council can slap each other on the backs and congratulate each other for such a fine job... The unemployed can sit around collecting benefits with an inflated yet undeserved sense of self-worth. All the while the rest of us will be subsidizing their health care. Is this a great Country or what!?


Yes, for any lib lurkers out there that was sarcasm.
28 posted on 03/20/2014 8:52:34 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey, hey, hey.


29 posted on 03/20/2014 9:01:33 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SeekAndFind

Richmond!!!??? WTH?


30 posted on 03/20/2014 9:07:28 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Richmond was Detroit west 45 years ago.


31 posted on 03/20/2014 9:08:57 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep, pretty much as I remember it. :-)


32 posted on 03/20/2014 9:10:55 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: SeekAndFind
The ONS director said he sees the unarmed brawl as a sign of progress, since the young men involved all have a history of gun violence. “They decided to pick their fists up instead of a gun,” Boggan said.

Bwaaaaaaahahaaaaa!

Momma Boggan dropped Devone on his noggin.

33 posted on 03/20/2014 9:26:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ahhhh good old Richmond where the Iron Triangle gets NO police service because they are afraid to travel there, where the city council wants to buy mortgages that are in default so people can continue to live in their ruined houses, where a teen age girl can be gang raped on a high school campus during a school dance and the authorities can only say they didn’t know.....I am not surprised.


34 posted on 03/20/2014 9:27:22 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: GeronL

simple answer is yes but this is the dump of a town where the mayor said they don’t have any gang problems only people who are enthusiastically defending their neighborhoods (he was white.... probably never got to the Iron Triangle side of town)


35 posted on 03/20/2014 9:28:54 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Oakland blacks look down on Richmond blacks.


36 posted on 03/20/2014 9:34:04 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

true words. I had the interesting experience of living in Richmond (one of the so called safer neighborhoods) for a couple of years when I was working up that way. Was glad when I could move out and on


37 posted on 03/20/2014 9:40:31 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind
I love irony...

A bloody fistfight broke out among rival gang members at Richmond City Hall on Friday...seven men from different parts of the city brawled in a third-floor suite that houses the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety...

It's good to see that they take safety so seriously.

38 posted on 03/20/2014 9:46:08 PM PDT by DeFault User (Just a friendly game of knockout..)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can’t fix stupid.

You can move though.


39 posted on 03/20/2014 9:55:54 PM PDT by DB
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To: JPG
Good news: We've raised the minimum wage. Bad news: We can't afford you.

The left always wants to push the minimum wage higher because they are very well aware that market reality will eliminate the jobs that are not worth the new minimum wage.

They happily place the blame on "greedy, stingy employers" while purposely increasing the unemployable demographic. More government dependents = more votes for said leftists.

Liberals are as compassionate as vampires.

40 posted on 03/20/2014 10:00:53 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: SeekAndFind
ONS director Devone Boggan said he sees the unarmed brawl as a sign of progress, since the young men involved all have a history of gun violence. “They decided to pick their fists up instead of a gun."

You can't make this stuff up
  -- Dave Barry

41 posted on 03/20/2014 10:16:24 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SpaceBar
Oakland blacks look down on Richmond blacks.

Now THAT is stunning and telling.

42 posted on 03/20/2014 10:34:25 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL. I lived a few miles from there for many years. Oakland looks good compared to Richmond. The only thing they have going is a Chevron plant which supports the entire city. Of course, they blame all their problems on Chevron but lost in court trying to tax it to death.


43 posted on 03/20/2014 10:55:27 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: SeekAndFind

Dumb as them American Jews, “Its unemployment rate for black men is 36%.”
And they both just keep supporting obammy, obammycare and Dems in general and all elections.


44 posted on 03/21/2014 4:45:19 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

Hmm...

Do Americans of German or Scandinavia descent vote on the basis of US foreign policy toward Germany or Sweden? Or do they vote on the basis of what they want for themselves and people like them in the USA?


45 posted on 03/21/2014 4:52:32 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals have turned paradise into hell in Kolifornia and so we have here the hottest place in hell.....keep voting you fools!!!


46 posted on 03/21/2014 6:12:21 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Conservative4Ever

Back in the late 1970’s there were a huge number of seemingly independently wealthy men hanging around outside several liquor stores in and around Richmond

I always wondered if they had been entrepreneurs... or had inherited their wealth...


47 posted on 03/21/2014 6:19:28 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Spreading Peace and Luv Since...1960 something)
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