Thu July 18, 2013

East Bay Express: BART's big gift to wealthy corporations

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BART's board of directors, many of whom were elected on progressive, pro-labor platforms, have taken a hard line against employees at the bargaining table, arguing that the transit system is starved for cash. In truth, however, BART's financial documents show that the agency regularly diverts tens of millions of tax dollars each year that could be used to fund day-to-day operations — including worker salaries — toward expensive expansion projects, such as the planned rail extensions to San Jose and distant East Bay suburbs.

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Wed July 17, 2013

Asiana could save millions by keeping lawsuits in China, South Korea

Asiana Flight 214 (via NTSB/Wikipedia Commons)

Asiana Flight 214 may have crashed in San Francisco, but only the 64 American citizens who were on the flight can automatically sue the airline in U.S. courts-- and benefit from this country’s generous injury lawsuit payouts.

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Mon July 8, 2013

Bay Bridge Labor Day opening delayed

A still of the Bay Bridge from a live camera (via MTC)

The Bay Bridge opening has been delayed until at least December, the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee announced Monday. The brand-new eastern span of the bridge, which connects Oakland to San Francisco, was supposed to open this Labor Day. Back in March, bolts that hold together a key seismic structure snapped, throwing the opening date into question.

Transit officials said they needed to investigate why the bolts broke and develop a solution to ensure the bridge is seismically sound.

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Sat July 6, 2013

Plane crashes on the runway at SFO

A picture tweeted by David Eun, Samsung exec who said he was on the flight (via Twitter)

A Boeing 777 crashed on the runway at SFO today. For updates, follow KQED's breaking news page devoted to the crash:



Fri July 5, 2013

Ride-sharing apps soar during BART strike

The BART strike left hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters scrambling for a way to work, but some companies found an upside:  ride-sharing apps like Avego and Sidecar all experienced huge bumps in ridership during the strike.

Sidecar, an app that lets people request a ride from the nearest driver, said it gave 40 percent more rides than than the previous Monday, and had twice as many people sign up for the app than usual. The company also had double the usual number of people applying to be drivers, and had been offering more trainings to accommodate them.

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