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Landlords fined $276,000; evicted tenants to make vacation rental





Two San Francisco landlords who evicted tenants and then turned their home into a lucrative vacation rental must pay $276,000 in penalties and abide by a tough injunction, according to the terms of a settlement with City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

“There is a steep price to pay for flouting laws that restrict short-term rental uses in San Francisco,” Herrera said in a statement. “Illegal conversions that push long-term tenants out of their homes diminish the availability of residential rental units for San Franciscans, and they’re a significant contributor to our housing affordability crisis.”

Herrera sued Darren and Valerie Lee a year ago on the grounds that they used the Ellis Act to jettison long-term tenants, including one who was disabled, from a Pacific Heights Victorian, and then offered it on HomeAway and VRBO as a short-term rental.


Herrera said a listing described the four-bedroom residence as an “exquisitely renovated home” and charged $395 to $595 a night with a three-night minimum stay.


http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Landlords-fined-for-evicting-tenants-to-make-a-6246550.php

Philadelphia journalist went undercover as an Uber driver — here's how much she made





Last year, Uber claimed its full-time New York City UberX drivers were making a median wage of about $90,000 a year.

Drivers responded by telling Business Insider's Maya Kosoff that they were often making less than minimum wage, with yearly earnings in the range of $10,000 to $41,000.

<snip>

But in the long run, Guendelsberger found that the numbers didn't add up. One reason was Uber's massive fare cut, which took place just before she started driving. And since UberX drivers aren't licensed with the company

Over the course of 100 rides, her hourly rate averaged out to $17. But after subtracting the 28% cut that Uber takes and 19% for car-related expenses, her actual pay ended up being $9.34 an hour.

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/A-Philadelphia-journalist-went-undercover-as-an-6251625.php




A Nice BIG Corp FU to working class Americans trying to eek out a living

Dems, GOP ready to act if Supreme Court axes House districts

Source: ALAN FRAM - Associated Press



Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year's elections.

Political advisers from both parties say Republican-run Arizona and Democratic-led California are the likeliest states where lawmakers could need to redraw House district lines if the plaintiffs prevail. Ironically for Arizona Republicans who brought the lawsuit, that could mean that the seat or two their party might gain in their House delegation would be outstripped by lost GOP seats from more populous California.



"Probably not a huge shift for either state," said GOP consultant Chris Jankowski.

Some lawmakers from both states are amassing more cash than they did two years ago, aware that they may suddenly be running in less-hospitable districts. They include GOP Reps. Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California and Arizona Democrats Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema, all possible targets of unfriendly legislatures if redistricting is ordered.




Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article20572311.html

California senators approve ban on grand jury investigations into police deaths

Source: Alexei Koseff - akoseff@sacbee.com

Grand juries would be prohibited from investigating police shootings and cases where an individual dies from excessive force during an arrest under a bill passed Thursday by the California state Senate.

Protests sprouted up nationwide last fall after grand juries in Missouri and New York declined to indict white police officers who had killed unarmed black men during confrontations. The system, in which a jury of citizens weighs the evidence to decide whether to bring charges, came under fire for its secrecy.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who introduced Senate Bill 227, argued that the lack of transparency and oversight in grand jury deliberations, which do not involve judges, defense attorneys or cross-examination of witnesses, did not serve the public.

“The use of the criminal grand jury has fostered an atmosphere of suspicion that threatens to compromise the nature of our justice system,” she said.




Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article20444133.html

The Audience were the Big Losers of Mayweather Pacquiao Fight

Mayweather proves once again "Its all about the Money"

I'll never pay money to see him fight again

USW Refinery Strike is Corp Low Wage Scam

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped. But in case you haven't been following the Refineries have offered 95% of double last contracts wage increases and the sticking point is "All workers entering the refineries must become signatory to the USW"

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements with formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages.

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”


In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html




Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture



Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.


Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.


Robbie Hunter
RH:kt
opeiu#29/afl-cio






At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money

California Master Agreement signed by Robert LaVenture calls for
$20.00 per hour Certified Welder
$17.00 per hour Certified Electrician


USW Refinery Worker's Strike is a Corp Scam to Lower Wages

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped. But in case you haven't been following the Refineries have offered 95% of double last contracts wage increases and the sticking point is "All workers entering the refineries must become signatory to the USW"

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements with formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages.

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”


In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html




Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture



Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.


Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.


Robbie Hunter
RH:kt
opeiu#29/afl-cio






At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money

California Master Agreement signed by Robert LaVenture calls for
$20.00 per hour Certified Welder
$17.00 per hour Certified Electrician





USW Refinery Workes Strike is a Corp Scam to LOWER Wages

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”

In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html



Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture


Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.


Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.


Robbie Hunter
RH:kt
opeiu#29/afl-cio




At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money


Stay tuned - I'll post the Wage Structure of the "Master Agreement" Mr. LaVenture has become signatory to for California - but believe me my brothers in the refineries $20 per hr for a Certified Pipe Welder is probably not what you guys were thinking of either





Where can I hang some .pdf on the internet that can handle a lot of traffic

Big Story of Corp scam coming and need a place to hang proof

NYPD Arrest More than 200 Overnight in Ongoing Protests

Source: Newsweek

?itok=YWN2M9Eh


More than 200 were arrested in New York City during the second consecutive night of protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the choking death of an unarmed black man, police said.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo was captured on video placing Eric Garner in a chokehold in Staten Island in July while arresting him for illegally selling loose cigarettes. His subsequent death was found to have occurred in part from chokehold, and was ruled a homicide. Garner repeatedly said, "I can't breathe," as Pantaleo held his hands around Garner's neck

Protesters gathered at locations across the city, but were mostly concentrated in Mahattan. At least 3,000 protesters blocked traffic in Times Square an hour before midnight, Reuters reports, and other groups staged sit-ins at Union Square and blocked intersections in downtown Manhattan.

The protesters' rallying cry was, "Black lives matter," a reference to perceived racial bias in policing practices across the country. In recent months, similar protests have erupted in Ferguson, Mo., over the death of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer, and in Cleveland, Mo., where a police officer shot and killed a 12-year old black boy over what turned out to be a toy pistol.


?itok=4jb67Wxu

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/nypd-arrest-more-200-overnight-ongoing-protests-289418
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