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Cities Outlook 2020
Air pollution is an urban problem Cities Outlook 2020 takes an in-depth look at air pollution. We find that air quality tends to be worse in urban areas. We estimate that just one pollutant, PM2.5, is the cause of more than one in 19 deaths in the UK’s largest cities and towns — even though the UK currently meets legal limits. Research also found that 95 per cent of the monitored roads in the UK that are breaching the legal limits for NO2 are in the UK’s largest cities and towns. Which cities...
Super Bowl 2020: 49ers fans debate whether parade should be in SF or Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- The San Francisco 49ers are less than two weeks away from Super Bowl LIV and already there's debate over where a potential championship parade might be held. San Francisco 49ers fans are still riding the wave of Sunday's win at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. The victory against the Green Bay Packers will send the team to the Super Bowl in Miami. The team will take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2. RELATED: 7 things to know about San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City...
The Lawyers That Win The Most in South Hadley: See The List
Bodie Mono County Once a boomtown of the Gold Rush era, Bodie is now a certified ghost town. The last residents left more than 50 years ago. Some parts of the town have been preserved in "arrested decay," meaning even the inside of businesses look like they did when they were abandoned, shelves stocked with goods and all. You can walk the deserted streets on your own or take a spooky ghost tour. In the winter, the town is usually only accessible by ski, snowshoe or snowmobile, so planning a s...
Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained
Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six source…
Silicon Valley Bank Included in 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
Santa Clara, Calif. – January 21, 2020 – Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, today announced that it is one of 325 companies across 50 industries included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The GEI expanded in 2020 to represent 42 countries and regions, including firms headquartered in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, and Russia for the first time. Companies range from a variety of indus...
Mike Bloomberg says breaking up tech companies ‘is not an answer’
Michael Bloomberg, like some Silicon Valley executives, made billions through his work in the tech sector. It’s that very industry that has taken the brunt of antitrust criticism over the past few years.
Santa Clara—the city nobody wants to name
But you wouldn’t know it watching the NFC Championship game at Levi’s Stadium, where the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 37-20 to qualify for the Super Bowl. The broadcast’s many seemingly non sequitur establishing shots of San Francisco and Oakland caused the city’s name to trend on Twitter for entirely sarcastic reasons, along with grumbling that, despite the 49ers relocating to the South Bay in 2014, neither the NFL nor the networks want to acknowledge the city of Santa Clara itself. Here...
On The Table: A Community Conversation on Environment & Sustainability
Co-hosted by Thrive, Green San Mateo County, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation Share Your Stories on Climate Action Impact and Opportunities for Growth In Burlingame over a delicious Thai dinner, add your voice to a community conversation about building broader public engagement, cross-sector relations, and civic impact. This dinnertime gathering provides space to discuss our community’s influence. Questions: Are we effectively broadening engagement on environmental issues and reaching ...
Bauer-Kahan’s bill proposes to increase jail time for auto burglars
East Bay Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, along with a Southern California Republican, introduced a bill last week that would change the definition of an auto burglary and increase jail time for its offenders. “Every smashed window and every piece of stolen property is both costly and a personal violation of our residents,” Bauer-Kahan said in a statement. “For far too long criminals have been abusing a loophole in current law that requires prosecutors to prove that a car was not unlocked ...
California Dubbed Fourth-Worst State to Drive in: Report
This probably comes as absolutely no surprise to drivers in the Golden State. California has been named the fourth-worst state to drive in, according to WalletHub's 2020 breakdown of the best and worst driving states. In its report released Tuesday, WalletHub compared driving experiences across all 50 states by looking at 31 factors, including time spent in rush hour traffic, car theft rates, average gas prices, road quality and auto maintenance costs. California was found to have the highest...
Powerful 'Willesden Lane' is back in Bay Area
TheatreWorks presents Mona Golabek's Holocaust-themed "Pianist of Willesden Lane," a triumph of storytelling and piano playing.
Marc Benioff picks a new fight with Silicon Valley — to plant one trillion trees
One of tech’s most divisive CEOs thinks his peers need to help plant 1 trillion trees.
Transforming Community Development through Arts and Culture
This article was originally posted on the National Endowment for the Arts blog on January 16, 2020. The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on growth and evolution, as well as a time to set intentions for how to move forward. If there’s one thing we collectively tend to feel during this process, it’s that change is hard. This is just as true professionally as it is personally, and certainly even more true when we think about our organizations and systems. And yet, as agents of cha...
Homelessness Up Nationwide After Spikes in California and Elsewhere – Next City
Also this week, Denver resumes enforcement of an urban camping ban and members of Moms 4 Housing were arrested after eviction from a vacant home.
When America Fell in Love With Light Rail
In an era of austere federal funding for urban public transportation, light rail seemed to make sense. Did the little trains of the 1980s pull their own weight?
Sonos, PopSockets speak out against Big Tech's dominance
In the US House of Representatives' latest antitrust hearing, smaller companies raise many concerns about Google, Amazon and Apple.
5 arrested in $3.2 million California sober living home fraud scheme
Millions of dollars were swindled from an undisclosed insurance company in an alleged scam described as “appalling.”
Bay Area median home price fell 2.3% last year, first annual drop since 2011
The median price paid for an existing, single-family home in the Bay Area fell in 2019 for the first full year since 2011, according to data from the California Association of Realtors. Forces pushing prices up — the region’s booming economy, chronic housing shortage and a hotly anticipated flood of initial public offerings — were offset by negative factors, including strained affordability, outmigration to cheaper locales and shrinking federal tax breaks for homeownership. The association’s ...
Convicted child molester killed in inmate attack at California prison facility
FRESNO, Calif. -- Authorities are investigating a homicide after an inmate attacked two other prisoners, including a convicted child molester, at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran on Thursday. Officials say 41-year-old Jonathan Watson attacked two other inmates with a weapon, causing severe injuries to their heads. As both men were rushed to a local hospital, 48-year-old David Bobb died from his injuries. State prison officials say he was serving a...
Mineta International Airport Expansion Plan
Mineta International Airport Expansion Plan - Milpitas, CA - It seems like the last expansion was just finished, but the City Council is already looking to the future.
Milpitas residents opposed to plans for a new hotel
Plans to build a new La Quinta hotel in Milpitas has been met with strong opposition from neighbors who worry about traffic and their hillside views. The new hotel will be built right off Interstate 680 near the Jacklin Road exit.
'How long do I have?’ A website on cancer survival rates seeks to help
One of the entrepreneurs behind the drug-pricing information site GoodRx wants to make conversations about cancer easier with a new online tool.
California May Require Beverage Makers to Handle Recycling – NBC Bay Area
California lawmakers are considering upending the state’s struggling bottle and can recycling program by requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, similar to one that has been successful in neighboring Oregon.
Housing: California is moving in right direction, but must go faster
Local control over land-use decisions is a tenet of the California experience. However, these days most serious policymakers have come around to the premise that the state needs to take some degree of action to ensure that local governments approve more projects and increase zoning capacity thereby allowing more housing to be built on any given site.
California may require beverage makers to handle recycling cans, bottles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers are considering upending the state's struggling bottle and can recycling program by requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, similar to one that has been successful in neighboring Oregon.A state Senate committee is set to consider the proposal Wednesday as part of a plan that also would add wine and liquor bottles to the program in 2024. California is one of 10 states where consumers must pay a 5- or 1...
Cities outside Silicon Valley begin to get more venture capital investment - Axios
But California still leads by a wide margin.
New study focuses on preventing low income families from becoming homeless in San Jose
Working Partnerships released a new study that focused on how to prevent and help lower-income families who rent from becoming homeless in San Jose.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey fasting diet includes seven meals a week
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has a notorious eating regimen. In a recent interview with Wired, Dorsey acknowledged his unconventional fasting routine.
We Keep Us Safe: Official Book Launch
In his first book, Norris shares that we, the community, keep each other safe. For 200 years, fear has been used to distract and divide our communities through discrimination and punishment. Yet, despite the United States’ long-standing tradition of aggressive policing and imprisonment, we still don’t feel safe. It’s clear that our current approaches to justice aren’t working. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away fro...
Tech company utilizes cars to measure air quality across Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's clear that automobiles are a key contributor to air pollution in the Bay Area.But now air quality officials are hoping cars can help attack the problem as well."This is the first time an environmental sensor network of this scale has been deployed across an entire metropolitan region," said Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima.On Tuesday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced that it's partnering with Aclima, to launch a fleet of mobile air quality testing ...
Stockton's 29% rent jump in five years topped a national ranking
STOCKTON, Calif. — While Stockton rents aren't close to being the highest in the country, they were the fastest growing, according to a study by Apartment List. On a national ranking, Stockton's 29% rent jump over the past five years beat out other ranked cities in Colorado, Arizona, Florida and Texas. Sacramento and Anaheim were two other California cities to crack the top 10, ranking 9th and 10th, respectively. For comparison, the national rent index grew by 11.3% over the same 5-year pe...
Community input considered in new 5-year plan to end homelessness in South Bay
Ending homelessness is a critical part of Building a Better Bay Area. On Thursday night, Santa Clara County community leaders and members met to create a new five-year plan to end homelessness.
Bloomberg plans to make a secret pitch to Silicon Valley billionaires, showing he’s not afraid to schmooze Big Tech
Tech leaders like Ron Conway are set to meet with Bloomberg on Thursday.
California moves toward single water tunnel under delta
California is moving forward with its biggest water project in decades, a single tunnel beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that will help move Northern California water south to cities and farms, state water officials said Wednesday. The proposal piggybacks on plans by former Gov. Jerry Brown, who wanted to build a pair of 30-mile-long tunnels through the delta but was stymied by funding shortfalls and controversy. The project shares the same vision as Brown’s: to halt deteriorati...
San Jose Police Department sees recruitment success
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- While cities in the Bay Area struggle to recruit and retain police officers, the San Jose Police Department is finding success.ABC7 News was granted an inside look as the 48 members of Academy Class 36 underwent final inspections Wednesday morning after more than six months of training."You're going to have the support of your city leaders, you're going to have the support of your community, and you're going to have the support of your rank and file in your police de...
The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here. And It’s a Nightmare.
Vanessa Bain was less than a year into her gig as an Instacart shopper when the company announced it would no longer allow tipping on its app. Instacart instead began imposing a 10 percent “service fee” that replaced the previous default tip of 10 percent. The change had no impact on customers, who could be forgiven for assuming that the new fee would still go to the workers who shopped for their groceries and delivered them to their homes. “It was deceptive to customers,” Bain said. “They th...
Police Investigate Fatal Shooting in East San Jose – NBC Bay Area
Police are on the scene of a shooting that happened in San Jose Thursday morning.
Bay Area megaprojects fail to deliver on big housing promises
Three projects — the San Francisco Shipyard, Treasure Island and Parkmerced — represent about 35% of San Francisco’s housing pipeline. But nearly decade after they were approved, these megaprojects have languished, underscoring the problem of relying on massive redevelopments to address the region’s housing crisis.
WorkBoard triples again in 2019, raises $30M from a16z to celebrate
WorkBoard, a SaaS startup that provides goal setting and management software to other companies, announced today that it has closed a $30 million Series C. The new capital comes less than a year after the startup raised a $23 million Series B. WorkBoard has raised $66.6 million to date, according to
She left California to find an affordable place to live — and became a homeowner
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s state-to-state migration data, about 691,000 people left California for another state in 2018.