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Tuesday in the East Bay: Oakland retailers struggle with thefts, minimum wage to increase in El Cerrito and more

Refugio Garcia

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Oakland merchants struggle amid rampant burglaries

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Shop owner Victor Diaz is contemplating keeping the doors of Renegade Running open after the store was burglarized Monday morning, KRON4 reports.

“The hardest part for a lot of small business owners in talking with several is we really don’t know what the city is doing to curb this violence,” he said.

Footage of the smash-and-grab burglary was captured at the store located on Grand not far from Broadway, the third time the store has been burglarized this year – the fourth time since the store first opened 18 months ago.

“I don’t know how many more incidents like this we can take to keep our doors open,” Diaz said.

Two burglars were seen filling bags with stolen merchandise, leaving the store and then returning to refill the bags with additional goods.

“It looks like two individuals broke into the store. They attempted to smash one window closest to the sidewalk and were not able to penetrate that window and then tried the door and were able to penetrate into the store through that door,” he said.

The Oakland Police Department announced that additional staff will be added to patrols to address the spike in violent crimes and thefts.

Minimum wage in El Cerrito gets a bump starting Jan. 1

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The minimum wage in El Cerrito will increase from $15.61 per hour to $16.37 starting Jan. 1, according to an update posted by the City of El Cerrito.

The 4.9% increase in wages will be applicable to all employees working in El Cerrito, regardless of where an employer is headquartered, but all employees working two hours or less in the city will be exempt.

The minimum wage is adjusted in El Cerrito annually and is based on inflation and the local Consumer Price Index.

Cargo ships skip Port of Oakland, head straight back to Asia

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The congestion at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach are causing cargo ships to skip the Port of Oakland, opting to head back to Asia to make up for lost time, East Bay Times reports.

The total volume of cargo processed at the Port of Oakland has dipped 20% in October compared to that time last year and only 60 cargo ships docked at the port in October – 43% fewer than in Oct. 2020, according to a statement released by the port.

In addition, the Port of Oakland has offered to offset the congestion at the twin ports in Southern California, which are currently saddled with serious delays as transit times of ships arriving from Asia have doubled to over 60 days.

The Port of Oakland has handled 2% more total cargo volume throughout the year compared to the total volume handled at the port during the same span of time last year.

“We have all the capacity Los Angeles and Long Beach have on a smaller scale, that’s all,” Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan told Bloomberg News in early November.

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