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  Employment Law -- the shared/gig economy: Uber/Airbnb/Lyft and other work opportunities. Guests: Real Estate attorney Tad Devlin and Employment Law attorney Aaron Minnis. Listeners with questions for Chuck & his guests, please call toll-free 1-866-798-8255.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

The VTA Flex pilot program ended on July 1. VTA's Chief Technology Officer Gary Miskell says they are examining other ways to deploy on-demand transit. When we reported on Flex, the challenges in providing such transit were already visible. 

Moises Olmedo, a software engineer, used to leave 50 minutes to get to work by public transit. He would walk or bike to the light rail station, wait for the train, ride for 20 minutes, and then walk the rest of the way to his job at Cisco. All this despite living just three miles away.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

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Mayor Lee put on public display over SF police reforms - San Francisco Examiner

“With beefed up security at City Hall and a room full of protesters, Mayor Ed Lee was taken to task Tuesday by members of the Board of Supervisors who sought answers for how San Francisco will address a beleaguered police department.

Daily News roundup for Monday, April 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016
"Uber 4U," by Flickr user Adam Fagen. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

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Can we solve the housing crisis? // Oakland Magazine

"Uber Technologies’ September purchase of the massive old Sears Building in Uptown Oakland was like the clanging of a bell announcing that the Bay Area’s tech-led economic boom was finally spilling into the East Bay."

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
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Sharp concerns over crowded ballot // Capitol Weekly

"California’s clogged, high-stakes November ballot is riveting voters’ attention – and raising fears among those who have to count the votes.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, April 7, 2016

Apr 7, 2016
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In wake of mural fight, Oakland developer agrees to hundreds of thousands of dollars in concessions // San Francisco Business Journal

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Feb 3, 2016
Renata Gray

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016
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Uber Drivers Stage 'Honk-In' Protest Outside San Francisco Headquarters // Newsweek

“Uber drivers encircled the ride-sharing company’s headquarters in San Francisco and staged a ‘honk-in’ on Monday afternoon in protest of Uber's cutting of drivers’ wages earlier this month.

Jeremy Dalmas

One year into her term as mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the city's affordability crisis, the rising tech industry, public safety, education, police training and what will happen with the Raiders and the A's.

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Livermore gym crash: Pedal error dangerous phenomenon among elderly drivers // Oakland Tribune 

"When an 80-year-old driver slammed her SUV into a Livermore gym Tuesday, killing a woman, it highlighted a dangerous trend involving elderly drivers and raised fresh questions about whether stricter laws or improved technology might save lives now being lost.

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sep 2, 2015
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Lawsuit filed by California drivers against Uber gets class-action status // CBS SF

“SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A federal judge has granted class-action status to a case in California against Uber over payment of drivers.

  

On the June 18th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss privacy protection. A recent University of Pennsylvania study found that many Americans feel they have no control over how companies use their information. The New York Times reports that Uber is tracking the location of customers’ devices even when they are not actively using Uber’s app. What are new tactics in data mining, and how can we combat them? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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Your Call: Media and electoral politics

May 29, 2015

One the May 29th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the mayoral victory of anti-eviction activist Ada Colau in Barcelona. We’ll also discuss coverage of Uber’s rising political influence in Washington. We’ll be joined by the Center for Public Integrity’s Dave Levinthal, YES! Magazine’s Sarah van Gelder, and independent journalist Miguel-Anxo Murado. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Sharing economy companies like Uber and Lyft have become a powerful part of the economy. Now, some of the workers propelling that sector are organizing to ask for more from the companies that pay them. Drivers from both companies have filed a lawsuit -- they want to be made employees rather than contractors, and receive the benefits mandated by the state of California.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, February 19, 2015

Feb 19, 2015
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King tides at Candlestick Point offer glimpse of planet’s future // SF Gate

“As this week’s king tides washed over a small beach at Candlestick Point, the San Francisco Bay became an unlikely classroom for teaching the grim reality of sea-level rise...

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California drought: Big storm on the way for Northern California // Contra Costa Times

"After the driest January in recorded history, the Bay Area is back in the rain business.

On the August 4th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the transformation of the sharable economy with the explosion of for-profit companies like Airbnb, Lyft, and Task Rabbit? Big investors and venture capitalists are backing these companies. Who’s investing? What is the original mission of the sharing economy and how has it changed? What should a sharing economy look like? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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California regulators gave the go-ahead to ride-share apps last week, making it the first state in the nation to legalize peer-to-peer services connecting riders to drivers who use their own cars.

That's an about-face from a year ago, when the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was handing out cease-and-desist letters to companies like Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber.

Back in December, we ran a story about Uber, the app that matches users to the closest town car or taxicab. Uber gets its money by charging its own rates, which can cost much more than a typical meter.

Listener Mark Gruberg called in to let us know that we missed something: that regular cabs are using apps, without the extra cost.

Hailing a taxi in San Francisco can be nearly impossible if you’re not downtown. Calling ahead isn’t a guarantee either – often, the cab is late and sometimes it never comes.