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News - May 13, 2011

A worker for a day

Day Worker Center a boon for laborer and homeowner alike

by Nick Veronin

With a 1,500 square-foot backyard, including a small orchard of apricot, nectarine and apple trees, a large vegetable patch, a greenhouse, and a wide variety of flowers, Harold Black has his work cut out for him.

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Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

"Born into a North Carolina family with a rich history of farming"

Is this the same North Carolina with the rich history of slavery?

How much in payroll taxes does Mr. Black pay?

Does he offer health insurance as well, or is the rest of the public expected to pick up the bill for that?

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

And a substitute teacher in Mountain View makes less than $100 after taxes, so I'm sure those on the substitute teaching waiting list would be glad for the work.

Posted by Ron, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

"Black never asks the people he hires whether they are in the United States legally."

Mr. Black, are you proud of yourself for violating federal law so you can hire someone at slave wages? Do you file a 1099 for your "contractors"? How do you do that if you don't ask for their SSN?

Posted by Observer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

"He, his wife and their three children cram into one bedroom of a two-bedroom Mountain View apartment that they share with two others."

I'd like to see the sublease agreement.

Where is the city code inspector, the health department, child protective services... ?

Ah yes, the never seen side of Mountain View. As long as we get our cheap labor.

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