…And I don’t know about you but wearing four layers of clothing and STILL having my muscles clenched against the cold is getting old, real old. Here are some of the highlights of the week in business.
HSU’S ECONOMIC REPORT compiled by the ever-helpful Dr Erich Escher shows a mixed bag of indicators; Housing prices are up, but sales are down. Gas prices are in decline also, note the $3.70 ranges in the report, although I just saw $3.54 at COSTCO. Read the whole report; this is a resource we are lucky to have.
SINGLETON STRIKES AGAIN: According to the Mad River Union, it was an ADA lawsuit filed by Mr Singleton that caused the closure of Arcata’s branch of Porter Street Barbecue. I don’t know why business owners can’t get it through their heads that after 30 years the ADA is not going away, but there you go. Unfortunately, the food at their Eureka store has declined considerably. The last few times I had their chili, it contained a spongy meatlike substance that almost seemed like stomach tissue or tripe. I’m sure it’s legal but sure isn’t very appetizing. When, oh when, will someone open a REAL barbecue here? But then I’m a Carolina girl. I’ve had the real stuff.
There is voluminous guidance from the State and from employers’ group on meeting ADA/FEHA standards and it’s not all that hard to understand. If only our city and county permit processes incorporated the ADA requirements, no one would have to be surprised after they’ve already spent money. I’ve been hearing this same complaint for years. This is a wasteful and expensive way to do business and it doesn’t have to be this way. I notice that the Wendy’s in Eureka which previously closed allegedly due to some sort of ADA issues is hiring and getting ready to open for business again. Maybe they’ve learned something.
ANNALS OF GREED, or It Must Be Nice Dept: Republican State Senator Bill Emmerson of Redlands resigned his seat and a week later was named a senior vice president of the California Hospital Association “where he will oversee the group’s in-house and contract lobbyists. ” Every State employee is drilled on the requirement that a year must pass before conversations that might be construed as lobbying can take place but by the subterfuge of having him “oversee” the effort, he’s free to pursue the best interests of the CHA, which are not necessarily in the best interests of our citizens. Former Sen, Michael Rubio did similarly a few months ago, working now for Chevron.
CALTRAIN NEWS: The CalTrain Board has announced that daily ridership is now in the 50,000 range, up from 30,000 ten years ago. CalTrain is also installing racks and other equipment to encourage cyclists to come aboard. All good news.
I’m going to stop now because this has really been a horrible week of homicides, deaths by fire and generally un-holidayish happenings. Maybe next week will be better? Let’s hope so. See ya at the Truckers’ Parade Saturday evening.