Jan 8, 2015 Meinert commented on Prices Fall as Washington State Weed Growers Produce More Pot Than Can Be Sold.
There's some good news - the State is about to lift the limit on the number of 502 licensed stores and fold the unregulated 'medical' market under 502. All the stores will only be able to buy from 502 licensed producer processors, so that supply will quickly disappear. In the meantime 9 or the 21 licensed stores in Seattle are open with several more coming online soon. At the same time local municipalities are going after the most blatant illegal grow operations and retailers and closing them down. By this time next year most of these issues will be solved, and we'll be debating the bill that lowers taxes on MJ and allows for smoking lounges. And fnarf will be pointing out how much better the Washington system is than Colorado's mess.
Oct 31, 2014 Meinert commented on Mayor Ed Murray Shouts at Me About Gender Pay Equity, Calling My Reporting "Wrong" and "Unfair".
You should really leave to go to work for the SEIU funded Working Washington (pissed about the PreK thing), before the election instead of after, so we can have some somewhat unbiased reporting before then.
Jul 18, 2014 Meinert commented on Seattle City Council Members Reject Progressive Metro Funding Proposal, Send Sales Tax Package to Fall Ballot Instead.
I think Allison is correct that a head tax more negatively impacts small businesses with more labor than businesses with less labor, but as a small business owner in an industry with high labor density, I still think the head tax would have been the better option than another addition to our already very high sales tax. In the end, businesses with high labor, like restaurants, have many employees who use Metro. And, the head tax would be a very small tax on my businesses. And, I could easily raise prices to cover the cost - less than 0.1%. But the head tax would have saved some Metro routes that will now be eliminated so it was the better idea.

Still, we should vote to save Metro.
Jun 23, 2014 Meinert commented on Seattle Is Growing Fast but Not Growing Up.
Charles - two things - first, I drove from Anacortes to Burien Sunday afternoon, no traffic issues. I then drove from Burien to the U District that same afternoon, traffic was a tiny bit congested but not bad at all.

Second, I heard Saturday was a mess, not sure, but a large part of that mess was the events happening, especially the Rock and Roll Marathon. The resulting traffic issue was not about lack of transit, but about horrible planning between SDOT, WSDOT and Seattle Special events. To schedule that many projects and events the same day is idiotic. We need to improve how the governments communicate and plan. Not that we don't need more transit, but the problems Saturday can't be blamed on lack of transit.
Jun 6, 2014 Meinert commented on New Column!.
I thought it was funny. People should lighten up a bit. Jeesh.
May 15, 2014 Meinert commented on $15 an Hour in the City: But What About Suburban Workers?.
Dom - I think there will be an economic factor here that people aren't considering. The labor market doesn't stop at the city's border. Higher paying jobs in Seattle should draw the best workers from surrounding areas to Seattle to find better paying work. In turn, employers outside the city will have to raise wages to compete for quality workers. Let's hope we see this effect.
May 5, 2014 Meinert commented on Live from the Seattle City Council's First Hearing on a Minimum Wage Hike!.
@2 - The business community is far from monolithic. Same for the labor community. So yes, there are all sorts of views on this plan in the business community. I've been supporting $15 mw for a long time, and many in the biz community think I'm crazy for it.

As for being an ambassador for this plan, I have yet to see the entire plan. The definitions are really important, so I'm waiting for the process to play out before I try to sell it. But it's better than the alternative the Mayor was proposing. There are issues with it of course, but that's compromise I guess.
May 5, 2014 Meinert commented on Live from the Seattle City Council's First Hearing on a Minimum Wage Hike!.
It's cool that Molly agrees with most of the businesses on the committee and supports the proposal we came up with.

As for equivocations, support on all sides of the committee depends a lot on how the ordinance is actually written as the one page proposal is very vague. The devil is in the details.
Apr 24, 2014 Meinert commented on Contrary To Dire Business Predictions, Paid Sick Leave Is Great for Seattle.
Licata is being disingenuous. Small business complained about the original proposal. It was then fixed and small business supported what became law.

On minimum wage, small business complained about Sawant's proposal, and hasn't commented yet on the Mayor's, as it hasn't been released.

Facts matter.
Apr 10, 2014 Meinert commented on Restaurant Guy David Meinert Urges Staff to Lobby for Tip Deduction from $15 Wage or "Tips Will Probably Go Away" and Overall Wages Will Drop.
@107 - what facts are made up? Be specific and I'm happy to answer.

The made up 'fact' here is from Dom. He's lying, he knows I'm not behind a campaign to convince servers of anything. But integrity in reporting isn't one of Dom's strong suits.