As the owner of Peter Lowell's Restaurant I am always interested to read comments on the changes we are making.
1st off I would like to acknowledge that we are not perfect. We have not always performed at as high a level as we would have liked, and are still improving today. Today, however, our service is far more consistent than any time in the past. We believe that we have the potential to provide excellent service to each and every customer that walks through the door. I humbly ask any former or current customer that has had an unpleasant experience to email me directly. I would like to invite you in for a meal on the house. I have no doubt that "keeping it real" is speaking the truth. Again, I humbly ask for a another chance. Every staff member on our current team has the utmost respect for the art of serving and comes to work each and every day hoping to curate excellent experiences for all our guests. email me at email@example.com and I will set you up!
As to the taxation... "dondonsurvelo" is correct. Much like every other business in the country, we will now be paying taxes on every dollar our employees take home as pay. No one likes paying taxes! That's the basic truth. We will however survive and prosper despite the extra tax burden.
Good tip or bad tip, the owners and management should be more connected to the client in the seat and know whether service and food are good or not. A good server will let management know if there is a problem at the table even if they are the cause of the problem.
One thing not mentioned in this article is the increased taxation the owners will pay. Right now the owners are required to report a minimum of 8% of a server's sales as income. Now with no tipping the employer will have to report 100% of the income of the server and will have to match the Federal, State, SS and Medicare taxes. Higher incomes mean more taxes for the employer. It won't put them out of business but it will cut into the bottom line and it is not something you can put off paying.
I've had some of the worst service ever at Peter Lowells. Now they can still make an excellent wage for ignoring you.
Pullman Kitchen in SR tried it at 17% and then stopped it because.....
Who told you SWMC would open soon? The same guy who's said it so many times in the past year? Doesn't sound like a very reliable source to me.
They didn't pass the pharmacy test on Monday. Not sure where you got your information. Apparently it will be rescheduled soon.
Did you do any research besides what Hino fed to you?
Conflicts of interest are not "academic" discussions...
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From the article, a "Santa Rosa Based Post Carbon Institute" is mentioned. California Secretary of State (kepler.sos.ca.gov) says actually, it's "METAFOUNDATION doing business in california as Post Carbon Institute" and its jurisdiction (versus mailing address) is actually Oregon. Formed in 2006, like what I guess at the time of this article was "Post Sustainability Institute" but on formation was (per the same source) and as late as 2009, was called "Concerned Citizens of Santa Rosa Against Redevelopment Law Abuse" (EIN#, searchable, 68-0637955). This group has very little funding showing.
The following public info will display as a chart if searched on the above website:
Entity Name: METAFOUNDATION WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS POST CARBON INSTITUTE
Entity Number: C2929676
Date Filed: 09/25/2006
Entity Address: 613 4TH ST. #208
Entity City, State, Zip: SANTA ROSA CA 95404
Agent for Service of Process: ASHER MILLER
Agent Address: 613 4TH ST. #208
Agent City, State, Zip: SANTA ROSA CA 95404
"Post Carbon Institute" a dba as it says above, is EIN# 651208462, has more funding than Post Sustainability ever did, but is also delinquent as a charity and hasn't sent in a tax return with their required annual "RRF" (to California Office of Attorney General, which regulates charities) since 2011.
The Edward Charles Foundation I mentioned above (fiscal agent for Freedom Advocates of Aptos, which is FTB Suspended and never registered as a Charity) is located in Beverly Hills.
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Entity Name: EDWARD CHARLES FOUNDATION
Entity Number: C3191148
Date Filed: 03/05/2009
Entity Address: 269 S BEVERLY DRIVE STE 338
Entity City, State, Zip: BEVERLY HILLS CA 90212
Agent for Service of Process: KENT E SETON
Agent Address: 269 S BEVERLY DRIVE STE 338
Agent City, State, Zip: BEVERLY HILLS CA 90212
I just wanted to make a (belated) note that while I'm very well aware of regionalization, centralization and coordination of public/private partnership from a different direction, I question whether suing ABAG and the MTC is going to get far. I also question why the group suing alongside Koire & Tokerud, "Freedom Advocates" never registered as a charity in California, has had its corporate status suspended ( Post Sustainability Institute is only "Delinquent" -- they formed in 2006, filed as a charity ca. 2008 and after that went "down" for 2008,09,10, 11 (financially) and again filed in 2012. I can understand being broke, but I do not understanding refusing to send in a few pieces of paper and a small fee to the state in compliance with its codes.
SIMILARLY, Freedom Advocates is using "Edward Charles Foundation" (formed ca. 2009?) as their fiscal agent. I question why an anti-Globalization, Agenda 21 organization (As Freedom Advocates would seem to be) would choose -- out of ALL groups to be their fiscal agent, a philanthropy which is nothing but. As you can tell, I read tax returns and corporate registrations. It doesn't take long looking at the ECF and its hankering for entertainment stars (Forest Whitaker) and other wealth (such as Anthony Melikhov, whose Form 990PF (Private foundation) "Bright Future International" out of Libertyville, IL is a place to put some of the wealth from pharmaceutical corporation SAGAMEL, Inc. (still in operation, but parts sold off to Bayer, helping the German Bayer get into Russia and other places for the OTC sales), is about as UN as it gets. Melikhov is also on the board of The Lourdes Foundation (or so the website says), also a recent group, alongside an oil heiress from a very troubled, though rich, oil family (Aileen Getty) and persuasive, "let's be positive" Peter Diamandis (If I read the corp. paper right). .....The Lourdes wealth (3rd generation) is from a publishing empire.
I've lived in the SF Bay Area since 1988, quickly becoming after marriage and childbirth, a battered wife. It took many years to get free, after which I had to face the family court gauntlet. On seeing my children (raised 14 years) stolen overnight, without cause, without remedy, and destroying a livelihood at the time, as well as ripping one's guts out for the shock itself, and on discovering the federalization of the (created entity), "Family courts" I started ignoring the (mis-leading) advocacy groups (in that category), who refused to follow through on this, and have been "following the money" which is to say, following the federal (Particularly HHS, which handles welfare and social services), and blogging it, too (Http://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com) while fighting to stay above water, and if possible regain sight of my own flesh and blood. I have been recruited, it seems, a little too often for my own comfort, by right-wing groups, but I cannot deal with people who prefer narratives and slogans, to getting a personal education on the ECONOMIC and GOVERNMENT ENTITY (in combo with Philanthropic Wealth -- i.e., "Private," so-called). It's the tax system itself (add in there religious-exemption from taxation for accumulation of assets and political clout) which set this up. Anyhow, a comment doesn't communicate this well, but I can lay it out and will be connecting soon, I hope, to some local groups I know are protesting PLan Bay Area. However I have a problem when they themselves refuse to stay properly incorporated. Both left and right know how to play shell games with funding, and dodge transparency, so it's up to those inbetween (and off their behinds) to develop a way to tell one from the other. It's also fascinating and a good history lesson. I've seen this in other states, and others before us saw it coming They didn't call it all "Agenda 21," but it was reported.
I have personally been under constant economic duress from family members for over 15 years post-separation from DV, in this area. My kids, after being stolen, were abandoned by their father; it was really nasty. One family member is a lawyer. My mother's obituary was re-written to imply I was still happily married, and all grand-daughters' last names were omitted (no grandsons) to conceal that two of them shared a last name with me. To date, 5 years after her death and cremation, no one will tell me if or where my mother (a widow of many years, but married when my father died) is or is not interred, or her ashes scattered. It has taken a few years in probate to get my older (childless) sister OFF a probate trust treating me like a child, which she had no business being on This was done while holding me on food stamps despite the existence of an inheritance, and dangling it as "bait" for whichever professional (legal or otherwise) might with to take a chunk out of it. Currently after about six months with new "trustees' (NOT "Conservators"), we have identified a pattern of lying and violation of professional ethics. On finally just telling them to "stop," I find the assets have been moved -- I've not been informed where -- probably because the initial place being at a sound, and reliable institution, helped me fact-check claims about what was or wasn't sent. They are controlling my housing, something I became aware of from years ago -- people who wish to control a population can do well by starting with control of the housing (See HUD) and from the threat of homelessness at any point hammer away through one institution or another, at what's left, or was left, of income-producing activities.
I never thought to see this in this country, but no denying it's here.
I saw my own mother ware-housed and medicated, and now am old enough to have serious concern about when, or in what manner, this may be applied to myself (although I'm the youngest of the siblings). In years of handling this (sociopath) environment, one also learns to pay attention to language of control, limitation and censorship of conversation, force-feeding, encouraging people who to hate, who to blame (and all that). I have one statement: If the group is a nonprofit, locate and read the tax return and corporate filings. Pay attention to what moves where, and just do a little lookup. As to the Governmental money, after 3 years of tracking grants and grantees (and realizing there were so many dead ends and dropped trails that most didn't know seriously how the faucet was turned on "high" through HHS, and it was sensed, correctly, that the public wasn't paying attention) I ran across the concept of "CAFR" (Walter Burien, http://cafr1man.com, and it's laid out http://cafrman.com (the man who laid it out died in 2004 and was a federal auditor). Once key concepts are understood, and it's realized that federal taxation is less than necessary at this point, but is maintained through constant talk of "budget" and conditioning people not to read the financial statements of the various entities.... in any given situation, it's easier to sort the labels and see the larger picture.
By the way, I go as Let's Get Honest and am the third daughter of William G. Pfann. People in the semiconductor industry who may have heard of Bell Labs, William Shockley (he worked under), transistors (he designed one of the earlier ones) zone refining (his process and a book describing it) and in short understand how Silicon Valley got its startup, will run across this name. His name is on 65 patents (not owned, but the name is on them), National Academy of Sciences, sent three daughters through college (one artist, one attorney, I'm the musician), and a few more things. My mother, having and raising children made this possible. He died shortly after retirement (within a week of retirement). Meanwhile, a continent away and within two decades of the 1970s, women of spunk and intelligence who also are mothers, and simply said "No!" to assault and battery and other forms of in-home violence, have been, being treated as simply unnecessary to the futures of our own kids, under "marriage/fatherhood/family values" programming. The DV industry (SF has some significant players in Futures without Violence, the State of Minnesota has others) basically maintained a professional silence, when writing about this violence, as to the federal incentives to it. Our children are being grabbed overnight, and essentially sold on the social service marketplace, which all taxpayers support. EVERYONE is involved in this situation some way or another.
In case this is actually posted (well after publication date) I apologize for the length, adding personal information, and format. It's been a very long haul, and at times I lose the concept that a different future is possible. I have several blogs in various states of development ; but familycourtmatters.wordpress.com and economicbrain.wordpress.com will lay out some critical matters. Take care, and teach your neighbor to FIRST, identify a group's Secretary of State registration, status as a nonprofit (in California, more information is available than most on groups that register) and "grow a pair" when it comes to looking these basics up. A lot of insight is available, for free (except the time) on the tax returns. I use http://990finder.foundationcenter.org (also a SF group).
Slow down, everybody. You want to see the officer disciplined or fired. But there's a process that has to occur pursuant to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (generally still referred to as "POBR" which is a acronym for its earlier, shorter name). There's quite a few steps that have to be followed.
Then there is the lawsuit question. Some people are saying on other websites that McComas has already filed a suit. I don't think that is correct. I think it is too soon--usually in order to recover money, the person claiming money damages has to serve a claim with the government it wants money from (I think that would be the City of Rohnert Park) and wait until it is either acted on or enough time has passed so that it could have been acted on. I think that's usually time to get it on an agenda of a regular city council meeting. Then, if the city doesn't grant the claim, he can file a lawsuit for damages. It would probably be in Federal Court, but I checked the records for the Federal Court, Northern District of Calif. and I could not find such a lawsuit by him. So, anyway, the reason the city has not acted sooner is probably that it can not.
Is this officer of the law, who was required to swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, insinuating that it is a bad thing for an American citizen to be in support of the Constitution, or that such a person would be a "crazy guy"?
The behavior of the police officer is truly reprehensible, with no need for further explanation or debate. It is scary, period. And it's certainly not just about the gun.
The aggressive, sarcastic tactics to achieve an unstated goal must not become the new norm in our community, especially in an area of relatively-low crime. I know; this is less than two minutes from my house.
Unfortunately, the non-response response by the police department indicates that more of this is on the way. If no more "constitutionalists" step forward, then this may indeed be the new normal.
Bohemian, do your research before you praise SCP and believe their numbers.
Mr. Sypher’s Sonoma Clean Power isn’t as green as they say they are, very sad to say. And they are fighting tooth and nail against a transparency law that would expose them: AB 1110.
I work in the energy industry and a big supporter of CCAs since day one (not for putrid PG&E), but you don’t need to be an insider to see the truth.
PD article shaming SCP for lack of transparency on AB 1110: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/4280264-181/pd-editorial-making-energy-sources
PD article showing that Sonoma County isn't anywhere near meeting their targets, especially if SCP were to tell the truth:
Sierra Club and labor have both come out in strong support too.
Marin Clean Energy and LEAN Energy both dropped it their resistance, as their alliance with Shell’s sneaky accounting was finally going public. They’re preparing for the inevitable forced transparency, going greener than they currently are, as they want to retain customers.
BOTTOM LINE is that businesses and homes with low-carbon goals who thought Sonoma Clean Power was going to do all the work for them may be, unfortunately, mistaken.
The Barjas' case is set for trial next year. Very different facts are alleged. Plaintiffs allege that defendants' entry into their home was illegal even though their son was on probation. They don't explicitly state if that was their son's residence.
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Don McComas friend Greg was also, ironically, the victim of renegade police tactics. What are the odds that Don's co-worker would have an early morning "visit" from the Rohnert Park PD who cuffed him and searched his home?
Of interest also is the case naming Officer Rodriguez as a defendant which is set for trial in the US District Court. For - wait for it - violation of 4th Amendment Rights. Google Barajas v City of Rohnert Park, David Rodriguez, et al.
What an awesome topic, and such useful information as well! Kudos to Ellen Shehadeh and the Bohemian!
Don't you think the abundant availability of willing buyers of "distressed" homes (corporate or otherwise) helps the poor mortgagee that has to dispose of the home/debt? And yes corporate buyers are in to make a profit, oh the horror!
"...renters of single-family homes from the three biggest corportate landlords in the state ... pay higher rents than their neighbors and face challenges getting repairs." - Thats the best indictment you could come up with for all your vilification?
I have been describing WarkaWater to people for the last months wishing I could find camaraderie. Thank you for this article! I have a farm in the Central Valley of California and was wondering what sort of mesh-fabric would work. Thanks for your input. Can Richard Kirschman please contact me? Or if any others such as Chris Fogliatti, Todd Dawson, Brock Dolman would like to experiment with keeping some almond trees alive. I've thought about using trees as frames. Or a high tower in an open area. Will need water for trees and family on the farm. I feel Fog Catching and making water our of thin air is the way to go for much of California.
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