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Kathryn Marinello takes the wheel at Hertz

Jan 2, 2017
There have been a lot of management changes happening at car-rental companies.
A Hertz car-rental agency in Manhattan.
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Uber testing the rules in California on self-driving cars

Dec 20, 2016
Uber is continuing to operate self-driving cars in San Francisco without a permit to test autonomous vehicles, despite a DMV order to stop.  Uber’s refusal to get a permit could be a play to change the laws for autonomous cars. Many companies have a permit to test self-driving cars in California, among them Tesla, Honda […]
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The pros and cons of privatizing airport security

Aug 11, 2016
For some facilities, it's about reducing long lines and passenger complaints.
A San Francisco police officer and police dog patrol San Francisco International Airport.
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Struggling California city hopes Tesla rival can help

Jul 18, 2016
Formerly bankrupt Vallejo is a possible home for electric car maker Faraday Future.
A man plays his guitar in front of a cafe on Georgia Street in the historic section of Downtown Vallejo in Vallejo, California. 
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San Francisco homeless shelter inspires copycats

Jun 8, 2016
The city is gathering data to showcase the success of its new program.
The Navigation Center in San Francisco.
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Instacart workers feel sting of pay restructure

May 11, 2016
Recent pay changes have left some Instacart workers rethinking the gig economy
Fernando Elvira loves delivering for Instacart but he hopes to someday get hired as an actual employee.
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San Francisco leases old hotel to house the homeless

May 6, 2016
The city is renovating a former SRO hotel to create innovative, supportive housing.
The old Henry Hotel in San Francisco has been converted into housing for the homeless. 
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Companies offer small startups a way to outsource jobs

Feb 22, 2016
In the world of startups, some tech companies say full-time employees are too expensive.
New tech companies at the RocketSpace co-working office use the gig economy to outsource jobs.
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NBA goes to Toronto seeking international fans

Feb 12, 2016
For the first time, the NBA's all-star game will be outside of the United States.
(L-R) Stephen Curry #30, Draymond Green #23 and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors hold up their respective All-Star jerseys before their game against the Houston Rockets at ORACLE Arena on February 9, 2016 in Oakland, California.
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