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Minimum Wage

Representatives from the Mills College Lokey School presented data from its recent ‘business conditions’ survey to our City Council on Tuesday. The study confirmed what restaurant owners warned when the ordinance was hastily passed in...

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In a letter sent to Emeryville California Restaurant Association (CRA) members, CRA President & CEO Jot Condie noted they will soon be filing a lawsuit on behalf of them against the City of Emeryville. “As you know, last year,...

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Tonight, our City Council will consider adoption of its proposed “Fair Work Week” (FWW) scheduling and predictive pay ordinance, an ordinance deemed the “highest priority” by current Mayor Dianne Martinez. Two of the other councilmembers that are pushing...

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Two more Emeryville small business owners have announced their departure from our city and a third is in limbo. The popular Farley’s Cafe on 65th is the latest on a growing list of establishments to announce its...

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As Emeryville approaches the one year anniversary of its implementation of its highest in the nation Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), another national publication has turned a curious eye towards our city. International news source The Economist joins...

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Jamba Juice recently announced its intent to move from its EmeryBay office complex headquarters to Frisco, TX. 120 Emeryville jobs will be impacted. AAA also recently announced it would move its employees to Walnut Creek next year to...

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Bacano Bakery sadly announced their closure on April 5th. They held a final sale to bid farewell to the community they adopted over a year and a half ago. In addition, Bay Street’s Teacake Bakery closed in...

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Just three months ago, Governor Jerry Brown voiced his opposition to a statewide $15 minimum wage stating “Raise the minimum wage too much and you put a lot of poor people out of work” and noted the...

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Progressive publication “The Nation” recently spotlighted Emeryville’s six-month old, highest in the nation Minimum Wage Ordinance in an article titled “This Is What $15 an Hour Looks Like”. The Piece tells the perspectives of three Emeryville low-wage...

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Some extremely sad news for E’villains and the Emeryville Small Business community as Commonwealth Micropub on Adeline announced their abrupt closure last Saturday December 19th. Barely nine months from their Grand Opening back in March,...

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Coco Delice Fine Chocolates Chef Dennis Kearney recently announced the sad closing of his six-year Emeryville chocolate business effective August 31st. Kearney noted the elimination of a small business tax credit by the state and a recent 20% rent...

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Two weeks ago the L.A. Times wrote a piece about us, this time the national media is taking note of little Emeryville. A three-minute video segment (with some spots that most E’villains will recognize), profiles our town which...

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In a good news/bad news kind of week, Emeryville made the national news for two decidedly different reasons. Mayor Ruth Atkin noted after the unanimous passing of the contentious Emeryville Minimum Wage Ordinance that she...

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If you drop by your favorite establishment and notice that sandwich or burger is 20% more than you remembered, don’t blame them for being greedy (A BLAT Sandwich at Rudy’s is now $12.50, Bucci’s raised their prices...

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“I’ve never bought anything at IKEA that I wouldn’t pay 10% more for to support a Living Wage. Really, I wish they would take a leadership role in this.” This was my public comment at the...

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Four-term Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates considers himself a “Regionalist”. Regionalism is a political ideology that focuses on the interests of a particular region or group of regions. In other words, doing what’s best for the entire...

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The revised first reading of the contentious Minimum Wage ordinance that would give Emeryville the highest minimum wage in the nation was unanimously approved to move forward last Tuesday. Absent this meeting was the support of labor groups...

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Mayor Ruth Atkin stated her desire for Emeryville to “make history” while in attendance with three other Councilmembers at a recent Berkeley “Fight for $15” rally. It looks like council is posed to do this...

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RULE founding member Brian Donahue, brother of Councilmember Scott Donahue and The Emeryville Tattler opinion blog writer apparently took exception to small businesses requesting a non-partisan Minimum Wage Impact Study through an online petition. The riled Donahue...

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At the Tuesday April 7th Minimum Wage Study Session, a coalition of Emeryville Small Businesses and Residents pleaded with Council to factor them into the conversation of how best to implement a sensible compromise that would...

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Finding an Emeryville low-wage worker who also happens to live in Emeryville was no easy task. Unless you won the affordable housing lottery or are great friends with your landlord (or still living with your parents),...

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In our attempt to cover as many perspectives of the $14.42/hr. living wage discussion as possible, we’ve reached out to a variety of stakeholders including the small businesses themselves who will be most directly impacted by...

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The City of Emeryville’s Council-initiated, $14.42 minimum wage ordinance would be the highest in the nation and a 60% overnight hike for most businesses. The E’ville Eye wanted to provide a forum for small business owners and...

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In light of recent discussions regarding a $14.42 livable wage ordinance in our city that would be the highest in the nation, The E’ville Eye wanted to provide a forum for small business owners and...

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