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Byline: Teena Massingill
Nov. 5--When California's Industrial Welfare Commission approved a minimum wage increase last month, small-business owners had surprisingly mixed reactions.
Some met the news with the anger and frustration that have become synonymous with minimum wage hikes of the past.
"How many times are they going to raise it? How can you make a profit when you're paying everything out in wages?" said Donna Crowell, owner of Donna Coffee in San Pablo.
Crowell has managed to lure in a few regular customers since opening in August, but hardly enough to make a profit. Bill Laube, who owns the well-known Pleasanton Hotel restaurant, said the new wage is just another stumbling block for California business owners.
"We've gone …