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San Francisco poised to ban e-cigarettes

by Ben Bradford Jun 25, 2019
The San Francisco board of supervisors is set to vote on Tuesday to ban e-cigarettes.
Christopher Chin blows vapor from an e-cigarette at Gone With the Smoke Vapor Lounge on May 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.
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The man at the center of "The Last Black Man in San Francisco"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 12, 2019
In a new film called, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" Jimmie Fails plays a fictionalized version of himself.
Jimmie Fails stars in A24's "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."
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Marketplace Tech Blogs

How will the tech IPO boom change Bay Area real estate?

by Molly Wood May 2, 2019
If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
People look at a home for sale during an open house on April 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California. In the wake of several tech IPOs, San Francisco is bracing for its already expensive real estate market to get even more expensive.
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Should Big Tech pay more to help the homeless in San Francisco?

by Molly Wood Nov 1, 2018
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff thinks so.
Andrew Loy begs along a sidewalk in downtown San Francisco, California on Tuesday, June, 28, 2016. Homelessness is on the rise in the city irking residents and bringing the problem under a spotlight.
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When your home is towed away

by David Gorn Sep 28, 2018
For thousands of homeless people living in their cars across California, car impoundment can be the tipping point into joblessness and a life on the streets.
Nearly 15,000 cars are used as homes in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Above, a man who lives in his car repairs a bicycle in the city of LA.
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Does free lunch at tech companies hurt local business?

by Molly Wood Aug 1, 2018
A proposed law in San Francisco could keep tech companies from offering free food … will it also help bridge the divide between tech workers and the rest of the city?
An employee sits in the cafeteria of Google's Washington headquarters, Jan. 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 
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Why people of color charge less for Airbnb rentals in San Francisco

by Lizzie O'Leary May 11, 2018
A new study examines the role of race in the home rental economy

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Bay Area restaurants introduce training programs to address their race wage gaps

by Sam Harnett Jan 10, 2018
In the restaurant industry, people of color are more likely to hold lower-paying, back-of-house jobs, but some restaurants are trying to change that.
Cory Woods went through a training program to transition from the kitchen to the front of the house, where he is now earning far more money.
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These blue-collar workers are getting priced out of the cities that need them

by Jana Kasperkevic Apr 13, 2017
Even doctors can't afford San Francisco.
In many U.S. cities, houses are too expensive for teachers and first responders.
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After Uber test drive, Arizona looking to attract more startups

by Adam Allington Dec 28, 2016
Uber has moved its self-driving cars from California.
Pilot models of Uber self-driving cars.
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