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mike meenderink July 22, 2014 at 10:08 am
Maybe they can rehire the cop that shot Oscar Grant.....I'm sure he would take care of all theRead More innocent homeless.
Mona July 22, 2014 at 10:24 am
How are we going to house them? Take a look at rents in all of this area. There are a good manyRead More people on Social Security or who are working that can't afford both rent and food. They fall thru the cracks when it comes to any kind of help. Rent control would help, but not eliminate the problem.
Ken Briggs July 22, 2014 at 10:49 am
get some jobs that will pay , even if you were to make $10.00 an hour it does not pay for rent in aRead More flop house . get some shelters made so that a person can take a shower and help them find work .
Dawn Hill July 22, 2014 at 09:15 am
Wouldn't if be helpful if they told us during a realistic time frame instead of a week or more afterRead More the fruit has likely been eaten or is no long edible! uugh
Ashley Chelonis July 22, 2014 at 09:50 am
I bought fruit- specifically nectarines- from Trader Joes in Thousand Oaks during that time and wasRead More not ill.
Regan Taylor July 22, 2014 at 08:01 pm
I'm with you Dawn....who holds on to peaches and plums that long? They'd be pulpy mush by then.
Latinos are less optimistic about the economy than other groups. Patch file photo.
MFriedrich July 22, 2014 at 07:17 pm
What's interesting is that a higher minimum wage wouldn't probably not even be required if AmericansRead More would start living within their means and stop exaggerating the "full faith and credit of the US Federal Government" as an excuse to screw their grandchildren and run up magnificent debts that no one will ever repay. How in the world will the US ever pay back tens of trillions in debt? Seriously? Right now interest rates are at record lows. This is unsustainable. When rates rise, and they will rise, people will have far greater worries than "hey, what's the minimum wage?". We should not have government setting prices for anything (minimum wage is the price for basic, unskilled labor). We should have markets setting prices, including labor, food and services. This is where value comes from. When the government gets involved in markets, you can almost guarantee several things will happen like clockwork: higher prices that don't reflect value, gross mis-allocation of scare resources into riskier-than-normal endeavors in search of higher returns, inaccurate evaluations of risk, creative financing that's borderline fraud, lack of true price information (value) for consumers, unhealthy markets, gross malinvestment. Housing bubble, education bubble and now minimum wage. It keeps happening, and people wonder "OMG how did this come about". Yet we're only doing it to ourselves.
MFriedrich July 22, 2014 at 07:17 pm
What's interesting is that a higher minimum wage would probably not even be required if AmericansRead More would start living within their means and stop exaggerating the "full faith and credit of the US Federal Government" as an excuse to screw their grandchildren and run up magnificent debts that no one will ever repay. How in the world will the US ever pay back tens of trillions in debt? Seriously? Right now interest rates are at record lows. This is unsustainable. When rates rise, and they will rise, people will have far greater worries than "hey, what's the minimum wage?". We should not have government setting prices for anything (minimum wage is the price for basic, unskilled labor). We should have markets setting prices, including labor, food and services. This is where value comes from. When the government gets involved in markets, you can almost guarantee several things will happen like clockwork: higher prices that don't reflect value, gross mis-allocation of scare resources into riskier-than-normal endeavors in search of higher returns, inaccurate evaluations of risk, creative financing that's borderline fraud, lack of true price information (value) for consumers, unhealthy markets, gross malinvestment. Housing bubble, education bubble and now minimum wage. It keeps happening, and people wonder "OMG how did this come about". Yet we're only doing it to ourselves.
MFriedrich July 22, 2014 at 07:21 pm
What's interesting is that a higher minimum wage wouldn't probably not even be required if AmericansRead More would start living within their means and stop exaggerating the "full faith and credit of the US Federal Government" as an excuse to screw their grandchildren and run up magnificent debts that no one will ever repay. How in the world will the US ever pay back tens of trillions in debt? Seriously? Right now interest rates are at record lows. This is unsustainable. When rates rise, and they will rise, people will have far greater worries than "hey, what's the minimum wage?". We should not have government setting prices for anything (minimum wage is the price for basic, unskilled labor). We should have markets setting prices, including labor, food and services. This is where value comes from. When the government gets involved in markets, you can almost guarantee several things will happen like clockwork: higher prices that don't reflect value, gross malinvestment of scare resources into riskier-than-normal endeavors in search of higher returns, inaccurate evaluations of risk (overproduction, underproduction), creative financing that's borderline fraud, lack of true price information (value) for consumers, unhealthy markets. Housing bubble, education bubble and now minimum wage. It keeps happening, and then people wonder "OMG how did this come about" starting to point fingers. Yet we're only doing it to ourselves. Then you come to these threads and read comments from people who have the testicles to say "not my party!". That's horsecrap. If you think the Republicans OR Democrats understand the problem, or are even remotely motivated to solve it, then you are absolutely hopeless.
This guy deserves his bad reputation.
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Vito Spago July 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Diana July 20, 2014 at 09:39 am
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Diana July 20, 2014 at 09:40 am
Geez anyway we could maybe get a bit more local news, I can get these headlines on AOL.
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Mona July 19, 2014 at 09:05 am
I am impressed by the number of people I know personally who have been well employed in recentRead More months. By well employed I mean with good paying jobs. A few others with lesser skills found jobs with those all important bennies. Very encouraging!
gelainet July 19, 2014 at 11:02 am
The company I work for ran a big job fair in mid July to fill a couple dozen open positions. All ofRead More the jobs were filled and thses are good paying jobs with benefits. People stood in line for hours. It is encouraging to know that the economy is getting better.
Andy Smith July 19, 2014 at 09:23 am
How ridiculous. That's like arresting Amtrak for all of the times the cops pick up peopleRead More transporting marijuana in big suitcases in their baggage cars (it happens frequently---you'd be surprised). Amtrak has nothing to do with that----they're just transporting baggage. Same thing here---FedEx is just transporting a package; they have no clue what its contents are.
Desert Rat July 20, 2014 at 10:32 am
Political grandstanding
Mark Talmont July 21, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Meanwhile the national news networks seemed to miss the story when Google got caught in a similarRead More scheme, actually with more evidence of complicity. Not easy to find the story but here are two sources: http://www.wired.com/2013/05/google-pharma-whitaker-sting/all/ http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Larry-Page-Canadian-Peter-Neronha-online-pharmacies-Justice-Department,news-12323.html The story was mentioned briefly on the Leo LaPorte show and in more depth by John Batchelor (who noted that Clinton DOJ henchwoman Jamie Gorelick was brought in to negotiate the half-billion $ settlement; Gorelick now sits on the Google board.
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Programmer Corner July 22, 2014 at 02:45 pm
But Cindy, should we jail adults who choose to use it? Why?
Smarty McSmartypants July 22, 2014 at 02:46 pm
Cindy, for gosh sakes, do be a dear and put a cork in your empty blow hole sweety. And to others:Read More please don't feed the troll.
Bryan Harz July 22, 2014 at 04:38 pm
The amendments the House is passing to not penalize banks who do business with legal medical andRead More recreational pot dispensaries, and also to prohibit the DEA from interfering with state marijuana laws is all really good news! This is a step in the right direction allowing the people of their home state to be a real voice in what kind of society they wish to live in. Now that is real freedom! We'll have to see how the Senate handles it.
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Sammy July 18, 2014 at 05:43 pm
@Wire I think that it's very possible for the present enthusiastic sentiment concerning housingRead More prices to change and for housing prices to go down some as a result. But I don't think that this is a bubble like the one that burst around 2008-2008. Back then, there was a lot of funny money bidding up housing prices, with ridiculous loans being given out to everyone. This time, people are using real money, and loans are being closely scrutinized by the banks.
libertus_rebelium July 19, 2014 at 11:37 am
Sammy, it is absolutely a bubble. Incomes and job growth do not support the home prices which meansRead More that unless everyone gets a raise in the next six months (and a 20% raise at that) then this market is not sustainable. Chinese investors paying in cash is what drove the market to the absurd levels it is now in. They made their money and now they are pulling out, leaving the working joes with a lot of debt that they may not be able to reconcile. Prices have to go down unless the lab wants to hire 10,000 people and pay them enough to afford a 2 bedroom that costs half a million dollars. Good for all those vultures, I guess, who got to dump their property at obscene prices to their neighbors.
Mike July 19, 2014 at 04:36 pm
Most countries around the world require citizenship or Resident Alien status in order to purchaseRead More residential real estate. Why does our country allow foreign investors to come here to buy houses and drive up prices for everyone?
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georgiarbarnett July 17, 2014 at 06:00 am
Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job I've had. Last Wednesday I got a brandRead More new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this - 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail,,,,, ========================= WWW.MUMJOB.COM =========================
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kimkristiansson July 17, 2014 at 11:22 am
I haven't eaten (investigated the ghosts) there, yet, but I definitely will be. I have experiencedRead More ghosts & spirits in The Pleasanton Hotel, in the Koln Building, the Rose Hotel (and the old St. Vincent de Paul), Kottinger Barn, Gay 90's, the Train Depot & the building opposite it, Serenity Stoneworks, Gay 90's. Also in Town Center Books years and years ago. When I took the Ghost Walk tour, the docent encouraged me (as a psychic) to give my impressions as we toured the town - there are spirits and "spirit imprints" all over downtown Old Pleasanton. There was a salon where I held classes that had several playful and watchful spirits 'living' there. I've 'met' one or two in Dean's, when it was quiet enough to notice, and in Domus there were several, from time to time. Years ago, I 'met' several spirits in the 328 Saint Mary St. building (one in particular stood out), and a few quiet ones were evident at the old French restaurant back in the late 1990's. Kim, WhispersInTheWinds.com
Fay Clinton July 18, 2014 at 05:00 pm
I lived in Pleasanton for a couple of years back in the late 60s and have visited there severalRead More times since then but had never heard of ghosts until now. I've eaten in the Blue Agave, the Gay 90s and the Pleasanton Hotel, and have been inside most of the other buildings mentioned. How interesting that there are ghosts. Charming town, and although it's changed a great deal, I wish I still lived there. Fay Clinton
timothy July 18, 2014 at 05:52 pm
For some it's just time to take their medication.
Death Row in San Quentin. Patch file photo.
Jeffe' July 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Fact: People are wrongfully convicted. Even 1 innocent person wrongfully executed is too much, theRead More fact that you are ok with that says a lot about how little you actually have thought about this. How many bad guys do we need to kill to make it ok to execute 1 innocent man? 100 to 1? 20 to 1? 1 to 1? If you think that death is the only effective deterrent to crime that matters then are also very confused. Do you really think that it is pointless to put anyone in prison, probation, or fine them, since death is the only deterrent that matters? I encourage you to actually think about your position and how you arrived at that. Killing out of emotion (revenge) in no way makes murder ok. Killing in revenge is the ultimate sign of weakness. It takes strength to hold your rage and remain a civil thinking person. I couldn't care less about revenge and consequences. The criminal justice system is about the safety of our citizens, not vengeance. Locking someone up for life is enough because it removes a killer from his potential victims. It also costs the tax payers less money than killing them. Being in favor of a policy of executing people is also incompatible with belief in Christ, and when 70% of this nation claims to be Christian it should give you a good idea how many are full of shit that this is even a debate. Bottom line: No, your immature and selfish desire to kill people does not make it ok. It does not make us safer. It solves nothing. It wastes more tax dollars, and we have and will again execute innocent people because juries and judges are composed of people, and people are fallible. If you are ok with all that you should be locked away from the rest of society where you can do no harm. Sorry for the rant, long day and I keep seeing this subject brought up everywhere I look due to the court's decision. Thank you all for letting me get this out of my system =)
Becky July 20, 2014 at 07:21 am
I feel sorry for the cruel and unusual suffering of the families who wait 20 + years for theirRead More murderer's sentence to be carried out.
Steve M July 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm
They didn't waste much time with Timothy McVeigh who killed 144 people including children but oneRead More official said that he's getting a free ticket out of this world with hardly anytime in prison.
Veteran fights on. (Photo from Go Fund Me.)
georgiarbarnett July 17, 2014 at 06:01 am
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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million to build an earthquake warning system. Patch file photo.
SA July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am
Typical Democrat wanting to spend money like Brown’s crazy train. What is an early warningRead More system.. “brace for shock” ? What we need is an early warning system that warns us before a Democrat / Liberal opens his month.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 17, 2014 at 06:54 am
Just another extension of socialist Obama...
Rick Crockett July 19, 2014 at 10:38 am
Wow! Talk about Brown-Obama-Democrat Cronyism. Not only can the system be built and installed forRead More less than $500/node, it already has. I helped with one of the nodes with-in the past four years. The system (requiring less than 25 sq.ft. (donated) can be set up similar to a Home WiFi Security Cam with FTP access. Really it can be automatically monitored and maintained for free through a cooperating University. This is merely a $16 million a year hornswoggle going into the crony's pocket. Its dirtier than greedy profit. All that, lying cheating and stealing on top of it. Republicans in office don't deserve to be there because they do not study and know about the communities they represent or what they have already (and recently) funded. They are not doing their jobs in a two party system. Having formerly worked for the DNC the only thing good I can say about democrats is they at least learn their constituencies well enough to manipulate them.
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