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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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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

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.


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.


This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

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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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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

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...

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

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.