Safeway, Whole Foods deluged by appli...

Safeway, Whole Foods deluged by applicants as job-seekers flood market

There are 19 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jun 25, 2009, titled Safeway, Whole Foods deluged by applicants as job-seekers flood market. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Cathy Hoyt had to tell job-hunters the bad news. They had arrived too late to get an interview for a job at the new larger store Safeway will open on Mission Street in Santa Cruz in July.

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Nothing can help you

Daly City, CA

#2 Jun 25, 2009
You think you are funny and that that sort of humor is in the realm of normal, but it isn't. It reveals that you have deep seated anger towards women and that you have been sexually abused if at least verbally.
Brian

Plymouth, MA

#3 Jun 25, 2009
Finding a job anywhere isn't easy right now, though most states are better off than ailing California.

But in Santa Cruz, the "progressive" approach was to run private sector business right out of the county. As long as their own buddies have jobs with local government or UCSC, who cares about anyone else, right?

Now, that strategy is proving devastating, as there is no longer enough money to fund a bloated government / campus environment.

Only the best-connected "progressives" are still protected from the pain. Everyone else must suffer.
Lawfull American Citizen

United States

#5 Jun 25, 2009
Those higher paid union jobs are where the money and benefits lie! Also, look to the State positions. I heard the CHP is still hiring! On a side note, the Census Department will be hiring tens of thousands of ACORN members to canvass your homes for private information to be turned over to Obama's Administration! Stimulus money?
Try Harder

Redwood City, CA

#6 Jun 25, 2009
If you really want to earn some money, go stand down at Home Depot or OSH with a sign that says I'm an American citizen and willing to work. Not even one time have I ever seen a white person down there. Mexicans seem to make enough to survive and send money back home. Are they smarter or harder working than you?
Bettina

Santa Barbara, CA

#7 Jun 25, 2009
Rents are barely coming down. Most landlord's require a 3X income standard to be eligible for an apartment. How many $8.50 job holders would be required as roommates to afford a studio or one bedroom.
wondering

Boulder Creek, CA

#8 Jun 25, 2009
With so many people willing to learn a new job and make a contribution, and with many of them likely quite intelligent and capable, how hard would it be to replace any number of our present government workers with less cost to the budget, and more benefit to the public?
Serf City

Belmont, CA

#9 Jun 25, 2009
Lookie here brain donor, there is a reason why there are only illegalss standing out there and not any Americans and it has little do with laziness.

Learn something about construction law and liability and then come spout off.

Consider this:

Think about how much money it would take to hire an illegal off the street versus hiring an American.

Illegal: Cash wage. No government involvement.

Legal: Unemployment insurance, social security, worker's comp, liability insurance, reporting to the government.

You obviously know nothing about business and the requirements of running a business--especially in liberal California with all the onerous rules and regulations. You are probably a UCSC transplant from a LA suburb living the high life off of mommy and daddy's largesse.

If you have the intellectual capacity to do so, think to yourself, what would happen if I picked an American worker off that streets and he got injured on the job?

I know the thought of picking up a shovel or hammer probably horrifies you, because you might have to put down your bong and the console to your video game, but construction is a dangerous industry.

An illegal, if injured, can just go to the emergency room and get free health care on the tax payer's dime. An illegal will do everything not to rock the boat.

An American, if injured on an illegal job and has no insurance, is fracked, and, can go to court to sue his employer, and would probably end up owning his employer.

Now, before you ask the question, think again why Americans are not out there.
Try Harder wrote:
If you really want to earn some money, go stand down at Home Depot or OSH with a sign that says I'm an American citizen and willing to work. Not even one time have I ever seen a white person down there. Mexicans seem to make enough to survive and send money back home. Are they smarter or harder working than you?
Brian

Plymouth, MA

#10 Jun 25, 2009
Another key quote:

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"The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk had no trouble filling seasonal positions. About 3,500 applied and 682 were hired, employment manager Carol Siegel said."
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Look what provides an economic lifeline- the very place fun-hating "progressives" have been trying to shut down for decades.
Try Harder

Redwood City, CA

#11 Jun 25, 2009
Serf City-A few facts. I have a C-10 licence, so I'll guess I have at least as much knowledge about construction as you. I have also remodeled my homes and rentals, mostly by myself, and do most of the work on my cars if I have the time. I do have some college education, but was too poor to finish, and liked working with my hands more than having a desk job. I always get a laugh from people who had Psych 101 and then think they know everything about someone. The only thing I agree with you is the liability argument, although it does'nt seem to stop most contractors I know. Also if I'm so dumb how did I retire wealthy in my mid 50'. By the way, my comment was not about contractors but about what I would do if I needed money, but I guess I'm more ambitious than most. My question stands.
test

Oldsmar, FL

#12 Jun 25, 2009
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Timesup

San Jose, CA

#13 Jun 25, 2009
I know a teenager who's desperate for a job. Great at thumb-twiddling, eating pie, playing video games, txting. The kid put off the job hunt for months and now wants to know who's hiring? Put in applications all over town and wonders why no one is calling? Duh. But the kid is so particular about what they are willing to do for money. If you know of any jobs where the kid can sit around, do nothing and get paid, can you give us a headsup?

As parents we tell the kids to get out there and get the job hunt underway early but they don't listen. Too busy watching TV and ignoring reality.
Serf City

Belmont, CA

#14 Jun 25, 2009
I appreciate your clarification.

As a contractor, you know what the rules are and the business requirements of having a legal construction business in the State of California.

You took the licensing exam just like everybody else.

So you know exactly why construction contractors--the good, the bad and the ugly--would choose to hire illegals over American workers. And it has nothing to do with laziness or stupidity.

So, I don't know how you can say the issue is about laziness when you are perfectly aware of the law.

Since you are an ethical contractor who plays by the rules, then you should be totally opposed to the illegals undermining your own business, and the business of others.

Or you may think that the illegals are entitled to your business because they are superior tradesman to you and other American workers.

I doubt this is true. From my person experience, the reason why contractors hire the illegals over American workers is simply because they want to flout the regulatory regime. They don't want to pay a carpenter to do the work at $15 or higher(plus worker's comp, liability insurance) with all the bureaucracy involved compared to hiring an illegal at $10 and get away with bloody murder.
Try Harder wrote:
Serf City-A few facts. I have a C-10 licence, so I'll guess I have at least as much knowledge about construction as you. I have also remodeled my homes and rentals, mostly by myself, and do most of the work on my cars if I have the time. I do have some college education, but was too poor to finish, and liked working with my hands more than having a desk job. I always get a laugh from people who had Psych 101 and then think they know everything about someone. The only thing I agree with you is the liability argument, although it does'nt seem to stop most contractors I know. Also if I'm so dumb how did I retire wealthy in my mid 50'. By the way, my comment was not about contractors but about what I would do if I needed money, but I guess I'm more ambitious than most. My question stands.
Try Harder

Redwood City, CA

#15 Jun 25, 2009
Serf City-See, we can have an intelligent conversation if we try. This time I agree with almost everything you say. But I don't think I used the word laziness. I might say, not enough ambition. And again if I really needed money I would be down there offering my services; right or wrong. And I believe it's a legitimate question to ask why others are'nt. Take care.
IdiotBoxxed

Soquel, CA

#16 Jun 25, 2009
Isn't Safeway unionized?$8.50 hr? I know Whole Foods is rabidly anti-union!
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 Jun 25, 2009
Nothing can help you wrote:
You think you are funny and that that sort of humor is in the realm of normal, but it isn't. It reveals that you have deep seated anger towards women and that you have been sexually abused if at least verbally.
I would guess that is why his coment is no longer on here.
Really

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#18 Jun 25, 2009
Timesup wrote:
I know a teenager who's desperate for a job. Great at thumb-twiddling, eating pie, playing video games, txting. The kid put off the job hunt for months and now wants to know who's hiring? Put in applications all over town and wonders why no one is calling? Duh. But the kid is so particular about what they are willing to do for money. If you know of any jobs where the kid can sit around, do nothing and get paid, can you give us a headsup?
As parents we tell the kids to get out there and get the job hunt underway early but they don't listen. Too busy watching TV and ignoring reality.
If your kid wants to sit around, do nothing and get paid he can always apply for a government job.
To Serf City

Palo Alto, CA

#19 Jun 25, 2009
I don't think you are understanding your own question / rant.

You are stating reasons why a contractor would not hire someone who is an American Citizen.

You are not stating why someone who is an American Citizen would stay away from day-labor job sites looking for work.

Do you think there is somehow a mass knowledge that no one will hire them if they are ( or appear to be ) an American Citizen ? Where on earth would you get this idea ? And how is this "knowledge" telegraphed to all of the recently unemployed ?

Do you see how you are not answering the question, and how your rant makes no sense ?
union free

Gig Harbor, WA

#20 Jun 25, 2009
IdiotBoxxed wrote:
Isn't Safeway unionized?$8.50 hr? I know Whole Foods is rabidly anti-union!
Is that right?

Well then, it's Whole Foods from now on....thanks for the tip!
John Collins

Santa Barbara, CA

#22 Jun 25, 2009
Don't forget the resources at the three one stops in Santa Cruz COunty for job seekers.

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