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Jun 29 Laylow Studios Mitch I am desperately trying to find an "EDIT" button so I can tighten up and correct my copy of COMMENT 2 to Andrea Damewood's perpetuation of the canard that a LABOR SHORTAGE is damaging our local food scene (and economy). However, I find no "EDIT" button. To see the better version of this comparative comment on a national canard, see the EAST BAY EXPRESS food feature by reporter Luke Tsai on a LABOR SHORTAGE forcing the most popular falafel cart in all of Oakland to close: Thank you EB EXPRESS for providing an "EDIT" button for 5 minutes after posting! .
Jun 29 Laylow Studios Mitch commented on Why Is It So Damn Tough to Open a New Restaurant in Portland?.
GB1's Comment above about there being NO LABOR SHORTAGE, however, NO LINE COOK training seems about right. Yet, it begs the question: With all the culinary academies turning out graduates, and not much access to start-up capital available, how low is the pay being offered to line cooks?

Not only can nobody live on $9.25 per hour minimum wage in Po'town, but with the remedy we've chosen of phasing in the climb to $15.00 per hour being years away (unlike Seattle, where with the sensible exception of businesses with fewer than 50 employees their $15.00 minimum 4 years ago has created more money circulation on the city's streets and even the PUGET BUSINESS JOURNAL which cried Cassandra in greeting Socialist Alternative council member Kshama Sawant when she and her fellow labor activists launched the $15.00 NOW! minimum wage movement, the same PUGET BUSINESS JOURNAL went back after 2 years to study the results and headlined their own admission of error in screaming there'd be a mass exodus of locally-owned businesses from Seattle by declaring "APOCALYPSE NOT."

Moreover, this week's EAST BAY EXPRESS down in Oakland-Berkeley-Richmond-Albany-El Cerrito-Emeryville etc ran the same scare tactic of floating the ridiculous claim of a LABOR SHORTAGE in explaining why food carts are not the low-overhead remedy to the boom\bust cycle of commercial real estate markets. THE EB EXPRESS' reporter Luke Tsai used long-time Oakland food cart and restaurant entrepreneur Gail Lillian as his illustration of why a LABOR SHORTAGE was forcing her to close her popular LIBA FALAFEL food cart. See:…

I support alternative weeklies that try to broaden coverage, but both the MERCURY & EB EXPRESS could use a BUSINESS section that broadens the discussion of failed local businesses to the wider trends of the 1/10th of 1% that can access capital to start up businesses with asking Kickstarter friends to assume the risk of a new venture. Even the mainstream business community, so slow to recognize the Reagan-Bush-Norquist-Wanniski SUPPLY SIDE HOAX about who creates jobs and who should be able to shift costs & risks to the public while keeping all the profits, even SUPPLY SIDERS are facing the contradiction of cutting costs of LABOR so much over 40 years of Stag-flation on worker wages that DEMAND has dried up because there is no money left for working folks to spend. All those GLOBAL TRADE DEALS never did create a middle class in slave-labor states like Mexico and China so DEMAND has never been made up from where the NIKE's and other off-shore labor-seekers have gone in shredding the Social Contract and reasonable tariff and trade barriers that once made U.S. internal markets and the growing middle class the envy of the world.

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