First, creating an infinite link loop while this post is on LoCO’s blog roll…
I’d like to bring your attention to this quote:
““Both of us have a job. Right now it’s just part time, but we’re trying,” said Gerald who said he worked 17 hours this week at Pacific Choice Seafood. He’s in his third week of work there processing crab. “
Anyone else remember Pacific Seafood’s role in Measure R? a) It would have been cool for them to pay wages that might allow them to pay Gerald enough money to put a roof over his head. b) Why again is Pacific Choice Seafood a good thing for our economy? We need a local fish market where local fisherwomen can sell there fish to us. Think of it as our local twist on the farmer’s market phenomena. This should be a no-brainer, and should result in local fisherwomen and their employees keeping more of their money. And apparently it may put pressure on a seemingly corrupt seafood processing infrastructure that depends on paying salaries which do not support one able to put a roof over one’s head.
(Note: Thank you LoCO for getting interviews. This is an example of reporting, something our new media models do not often support, let’s appreciated it when it exists.)
Joe Kerr in the thread for this article also noticed this parallel story in the NYT regarding a similar kick-the-bums-out move in San Jose.
Was there some sort of state-wide memo sent out I wonder? Why are we doing this in December when any shelter may be the difference between life and death? *represses inner cynic*
Tiny bit more …
The NYT article contained this nugget.
According to Zillow Real Estate Research, the median rent in San Jose as of October was $2,934 a month. For the wider San Jose metropolitan area, it was $3,163 a month — up 16 percent in one year.