City with 36% Unemployment Rate Now has Highest Minimum Wage in California


I don’t see how this plan could possibly fail unless economics is real.

A San Francisco Bay Area city is on track to have the highest minimum wage in California. The Richmond City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would raise minimum hourly pay in the city to $12.30 an hour by 2017.

Richmond’s unemployment rate is somewhere between 11 and 14 percent. Its unemployment rate for black men is 36%.

It’s the third most dangerous city in California and its 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th top employers are all the government. And it has a huge gang problem. So clearly the thing to do is make the city as unattractive as possible to small businesses while eliminating lower end jobs in order to help the gangs expand.

But that just means more opportunities for scenes like these.

A bloody fistfight broke out among rival gang members at Richmond City Hall on Friday, according to police.

Seven men from different parts of the city brawled in a third-floor suite that houses the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety around 12:30 p.m. Friday, department director Devone Boggan said.

He said all of the men involved in the melee are enrolled in the office’s “Operation Peacemaker” fellowship and happened to show up at the office at Richmond’s Civic Center at the same time unexpectedly.

The ONS director said he sees the unarmed brawl as a sign of progress, since the young men involved all have a history of gun violence.

“They decided to pick their fists up instead of a gun,” Boggan said.

Things are looking bright for Richmond indeed.


  • Atikva

    Socialists of that kind should be stuffed after they die and exhibited in museums as the epitome of stupidity. Otherwise, future generations will not believe that such morons could ever have existed.

    • Icebow

      Well, we’d need the mental equivalent of taxidermy. Wouldn’t look as good as the fish on my wall, I suspect.

  • Gee

    Richmond most resembles Detriot

  • A Z

    Looking at the city using google maps and wikipedia and I found that Richmond has not Republican City Councils members since the early 1990s. It must be why they have their act together.

    They are also of a mind with Mayor Doomberg as shown below. The results speaks for themselves. Doombergism works! =)

    “All Richmond schools have banned junk food, such as candy, soda, Twinkies, pizza, and other similar items in attempt to curb childhood obesity and change children’s eating habits. It has been speculated that this was done preemptively since some believe the state will soon mandate such restrictions.[86] Despite these efforts, soda consumption in Richmond schools has not diminished”

    • Mark

      Shouldn’t these schools encourage junk food consumption. If they have a twinkie or soda in their hands it’s less likely to hold a gun…

  • DogmaelJones1

    “They decided to pick their fists up instead of a gun,” Boggan said. Oh, yes, that’s truly a sign of progress. The next step in this particular “peace process” is to convince the gang members to wage their turf wars by throwing boxes of Cheerios or Quaker Oats at each other.

    • A Z

      Boggan could be right. It might be progress.

      On the other hand the people who got the worst of it in the fist fight might decide they are no good at fist fights and get a gun.

      But it is like slogan’s. Slogan work. They really do. They work for a short time. Before that small window of opportunity is up you need something more concrete. That would be jobs, job with enough money that they can enjoy some leisure like hobbies or a simple game of basketball.

      I don’t expect that to happen. The loyal state and national officials are Democrats. If these young men have not figured how to make way of their own accord, they are f_cked!

  • cxt

    Does anyone on the Left ever bother to take a course in Econ or are they still doing the whole Trofim Lysenko (sp) thing? ;)

    • objectivefactsmatter

      They know how to pander. They don’t bother with any numbers that don’t poll well.

  • RatRef

    The murders happen in Richmond; the bodies get dumped in Oakland.

  • Heltau

    Richmond was mostly alright during the 1950’s when I grew up near it. When the 1960’s hit with the various riots across the nation at those times, Richmond went to the dogs. Richmond has never recovered from those times in the 60’s. The 60’s screwed this country royally. As we are NOW experiencing for the last five years.
    Just pray for the meteors to come. Then let GOD sort it out.

  • Asok Asus

    If raising the minimum wage is such a good thing, then why beat around the bush with such small increases? If $12.00/hr is a good thing, then wouldn’t $24.00/hr be twice as good?

  • WhoBeen

    Is there any intelligence in Richmond, California?

    • bluffcreek1967

      No, there isn’t! The city is run by liberals and blacks. There, I said it. That’s okay, no need to thank me.

      • Libturds-Suk

        A deadly combination

  • bluffcreek1967

    The City of Richmond is a toilet bowl not because of a ‘lack of opportunities,’ ‘lack of education,’ and not even because of ‘poverty.’ It’s a rotten city because the dominant racial demographic is black. Wherever blacks reside, they inevitably destroy and bring to ruin.

    Don’t think so? Look at what they’ve done to Oakland, Chicago, Philadelphia, Compton, Detroit, Birmingham, South Africa, and on it goes. If it only happened in one or two cities, not much could be made of it. Whites have their problems with governing too. But the fact that EVERY black-run city and country turns into a complete sewer tells us something about the nature of the people running it.

    This explains why whites, historically, have fled their communities whenever a growing population of blacks starts to emerge. Who can blame them? Blacks have a habit of destroying and burning down their own communities.

    NEVER FORGET: The crime and savagery that’s normative in black communities is but a reflection of who these people are by nature. Blacks do what blacks do because that’s who they are!

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  • Patriot_ll

    It’s a race for us in Mexifornia to see who can screw business the most. There must be a prize for driving out the most businesses. Between the EPA (CARB) regulations and state and local governments wanting to mandate raising wages it’s going to be tough to identify the winner.

  • Leah

    Wonderful, now unemployment will be even higher! How ignorant the left is! California is dying faster than any other state because of LIBERALISM!