Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Calif. To Consider Enacting Statewide Sanctuary

CA sliding into the ocean of oblivion.

When this ends, and it will end badly for CA, there won't be one Democrat in the whole state.  And that's after all the rest have left this God forsaken state.
California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in the nation’s largest state as legislative Democrats ramp up their efforts to battle President Donald Trump’s migration policies.

The legislation is scheduled for its first public hearing Tuesday as the Senate rushes to enact measures that Democratic lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown that the Republican president has promised.
As I've said in the past:  GET OUT!  GET OUT!  NOW!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

German electric bike brand moving U.S. headquarters to Denver

And it's too expensive even for the Germans!

In Germany, where the company was founded in 1996, one out of every five bikes is an electric bike, he said.

The company's U.S. office was wooed from southern California, where it opened in 2015, by Colorado's interest in outdoor recreation companies, Miner said.

"It was the support and response we got from the state of Colorado," Miner said. "They sat down with us. They worked with us about e-bikes."

The electric bikes are made in Germany, but Miner said the Denver operations could expand into manufacturing within the next 18 months. Schweinfurt, Germany will remain the company's world headquarters. Miner said Haibikes (Hai means shark in German) is the biggest electric bike manufacturer in Europe.

“Having our entire U.S. team working together under one roof will be instrumental to our future success,” he said. “Colorado is a forward-thinking, technology-driven state that places a high value on outdoor recreation."

Op-Ed Leaving for Las Vegas: California's minimum wage law leaves businesses no choice

Another is out of there!
After two years in business, my company now has more than 150 clients from all over the world and 18 employees. It’s what’s known as a cut-and-sew house, part of the garment industry that generates about $17 billion in annual economic activity in Los Angeles County, including $6.9 billion in payroll, according to a 2016 industry report by the California Fashion Assn. This is the epicenter of apparel design and manufacturing in the United States; domestically manufactured clothing is more expensive, but retail and wholesale customers who care about quality and working conditions have historically been willing to pay for it.

Unfortunately, the industry is on a downward trend. Los Angeles County used to have more than 5,000 apparel factories; today, my company is one of roughly 2,000 — and many (e.g. American Apparel) are looking for a way out. One Los Angeles Times headline, quoting a California State University economist, warned that “the exodus has begun."

Here's how many employees will move from California as Hardee's parent company moves to Franklin

The convoy out of CA continues.
CKE Restaurants, which owns sister burger chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., is beginning its exit from California in March as it moves its headquarters from Carpinteria to Franklin.

CKE (NYSE: CKR), founded 60 years ago in Anaheim by Carl Karcher, said 51 employees, including 24 in Carpinteria, opted not to relocate to Tennessee, which will be home to 120 corporate employees, reported the Orange County Register.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Manhattan culinary staple China Fun shutters, blaming government over-regulation

And what will NY do?  They will decide it's necessary to pile MORE business killing regulations onto people.

WHEN WILL THEY LEARN?

NEVER.  The city will die.  People will die.  New York will look like Detroit.

That's the way it goes.

Albert Wu, whose parents Dorothea and Felix owned the eatery, said the endless paperwork and constant regulation that forced the shutdown accumulated over the years.

“When we started out in 1991, the lunch special was $4 a plate,” he recalled. “Now it’s $10, $12. The cost of doing business is just too onerous.”

Wu cited one regulation where the restaurant was required to provide an on-site break room for workers despite its limited space. And he blamed the amount of paperwork now required — an increasingly difficult task for a non-chain businesses.

“In a one-restaurant operation like ours, you’re spending more time on paperwork than you are trying to run your business,” he griped.

Increases in the minimum wage, health insurance and insurance added to a list of 10 issues provided by Wu. “And I haven’t even gone into the Health Department rules and regulations,” he added.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

12 Worst Christian Persecution Nations; US Makes List for First Time

Yes, it's that bad.

The entry for the U.S. points out that supporters of Islamic radicals have managed to carry out a number of lone-wolf attacks in the past year, but Christians are also being targeted by culture and by the media.

"Christians in the U.S. are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and close- minded," the report argues, highlighting in part the battle between traditional marriage and LGBT-supporting groups.

ICC said that Christians have also lost anti-discrimination legal battles and been fined for adhering to their principles, largely when it comes to traditional marriage.

"Decades of accumulated poor judicial decisions and precedents have twisted the First Amendment so that the courts, in defiance of the Founders, are pushing religion out of the public square, and into the small space of private expression," the report stated.

"In essence, the courts are deciding that you only have full religious freedom and expression in the church and your home. In the public domain, your religious views and thoughts must be restrained and controlled."

Echoing King's sentiment, the entry makes clear that life for Christians in America cannot be compared to the levels of violence believers overseas are facing, but the group argued that the decline of religious liberty in the U.S. is very worrying.
It is very, very worrying.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New year brings stifling new minimum wage hikes

You fools.  You utter, utter fools.

Last month, Competitive Edge, a San Diego communications firm, announced that it was moving 75 call center jobs to El Paso, Texas because of the costs of the minimum wage hike. In the Bay Area, San Francisco Eater reports that restaurants continue their year-end “death march” with dozens of closures, many of them at least partially a result of dramatic minimum wage increases. Book stores have been particularly hard hit, with local favorites like Black Oak Books (Berkeley) and Almost Perfect Bookstore (Roseville) closing because of cost increases.

Earlier this year, Adam Ozimek, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, calculated that 600,000 California manufacturing jobs paid $15 an hour or less. He said 31,000 to 160,000 jobs could be lost under the new minimum wage rate.

Focus: Restaurants respond to wage hike with dining surcharge

Unbelievable.
“I can’t get to sleep at night wondering where in the heck am I going to get the dollars I need to pay all my employees,” said Rick DiRienzo, owner of Rockin’ Baja, which operates three restaurants in San Diego County, is about to open a fourth in Mira Mesa, and also has one in Newport Beach.

While the kitchen staff already is paid above minimum wage, their monthly income is dwarfed by that of the servers, who, like tipped workers at most restaurants, are paid no more than the minimum wage. That’s because a sizable portion of their earnings comes from tips.

“My servers are making incredible tips — between $20 and $30 an hour -- and with this increase, I can’t continue on and expect to make a living,” DiRienzo said. “Of course, I’m worried about a backlash (from diners), but I can’t think of anything else to do other than raise prices and I’ve already done that for the last two years.”

San Diego's series of wage hikes come amid a parallel move by the state to eventually boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.