Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


The $15 Minimum Wage and Humboldt

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Thursday, April 7, 2016 Under: Minimum Wage
Jerry Brown signed the bill for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage which will gradually come into effect over the next few years. If you're a small business owner this may cause you concern. If you're an underpaid employee then you applaud the wage hike. It's no secret many of our local politicians opposed a local minimum wage hike last year. The opposition's propaganda saturated our media. Once the wage hike becomes the norm these politicians will likely claim they always supported it, such is the reality of local politics in Humboldt. Voters will not remember the opposition. Our local elections are often decided on who has the most yard signs, which are often paid for by people who do not live in Humboldt according to local rumor. (More on this later).

I represent several small businesses and some are concerned about the wage hike. While initially the wage hike may hurt a business owner's bottom line, eventually most small businesses should experience an increase in profits.  You may have noticed New York raised it's minimum wage the same time California did.  This was not a coincidence. California and New York are the premier tourists destinations in the continental United States. The California residents who will most likely interact with tourists are minimum wage employees, such as ticket holders, cashier's, tour guides, etc. These workers should be qualified and happy because they are the face of California, at least for tourists. It is difficult to attract qualified workers on a very low wage. People who are underpaid are seldom happy. Higher wages will mean qualified workers are filling the positions and are hopefully smiling at tourists.  

In addition to helping interstate tourism, the wage hike will increase local intrastate tourism. More low level employees in California will have disposable income, but not enough to travel to Bali. Many of them will road trip to the Redwood curtain which should mean a wage hike for many small business owners. 

Another reason California and New York raised their minimum wages was to attract quality people to the states. Quality professionals such as contractors, doctors, techies, architects, artists, educators, nurses, engineers, accountants, landscapers and even lawyers will end up migrating to the states where they can find quality clients. Meanwhile, southern states like Alabama will continue to experience poor economic conditions unless some wage disparity is achieved. 

In sum, the wage hike will be painful the first year or so for some small businesses, but the long term consequences should be positive.  

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