The Editor's Back Fence

Intercepted Letter
from Un Petit Cochon
to the Berkeley City Council
on the Minimum Wage Law

From Todd Kniess,Chef Owner, Bistro Liaison, Le Petit Cochon
Saturday June 14, 2014 - 09:39:00 AM

Forwarded to the Planet by a reader:

From: Todd Kniess [] Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 03:11 PM To: Wozniak, Gordon; Worthington, Kriss; Wengraf, Susan; Capitelli, Laurie; Arreguin, Jesse L.; Anderson, Maxwell; Moore, Darryl; Maio, Linda;

Subject: Layoffs

Hello Everyone, I just wanted to let you know I just laid off 6 employees. Your recent decisions will eliminate many more jobs and put a great deal of small business out of business. Berkeley is not San Francisco. We do not have the convention business, the tourist dollars or the tech industry to sustain the approved increases. You are chasing business out of Berkeley and your actions will lead to a weaker economy.

I understand the unions get people to vote and that is what all of you need to stay in your positions. Maybe you should think more about the people than your self interests. These increases will ultimately hurt the people you are claiming to help.

None of you are welcome in our restaurants. I trust you will respect our decision not to serve you.

Kind Regards

Todd Kniess , Chef Owner, Bistro Liaison, Le Petit Cochon