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Billionaire tech investors back ballot initiative to purge homeless people from San Francisco

Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz and angel investor Ron Conway have donated to San Francisco’s Proposition Q: if passed, “the city would give residents of tent encampments 24 hours’ notice to relocate to a shelter or accept a bus ticket out of town.” Other San Francisco ballot initiatives propose to build houses for homeless people, which is literally the only proven way to …

GM’s car sharing company Maven hits the streets of San Francisco

Maven, a car sharing company out of General Motors, is driving its way into San Francisco today. The announcement made late Thursday evening is one part of a continued roll-out in several cities throughout the U.S., which started at the beginning of this year. It’s city based car sharing service called Maven City is now available in nine cities throughout the nation, joining Lyft’s new …

Billionaire tech investors support divisive plan to ban San Francisco’s homeless camps

The debate over what to do about San Francisco’s homeless population has been building for awhile among the many startups and residents here. But now tech billionaires Ron Conway, Michael Moritz and well-to-do hedge fund manager William Oberndorf have each thrown about $50,000 behind a measure to rid San Francisco of its homeless tent cities. Other notable investors, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s husband and venture capitalist …

Wells Fargo whistleblower describes bank's culture of blackballing threats and coerced corruption

On the latest Planet Money podcast (MP3), a former San Francisco Wells Fargo banker describes the bullying and coercion she faced from senior management while working at the bank’s head office, and how the bank forced her out when she blew the whistle on fraud and then blacklisted her with other banks, forcing her out of the sector altogether. “Ashley” was 30 when …

Come see me in Portland, Riverside, LA, and San Francisco

I’ve got a busy couple of weeks coming up! I’m speaking tomorrow at Powell’s in Portland, OR for Banned Books Week; on Wednesday, I’m at UC Riverside speaking to a Philosophy and Science Fiction class; on Friday I’ll be at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, speaking on Canada’s dark decade of policy denial from climate science to digital locks; and then …

Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?

Carl Szabo Crunch Network Contributor Carl Szabo is policy counsel for NetChoice, a trade association working to make the internet more accessible and ubiquitous. How to join the network Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers; Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers; and California takes steps to protect its farmers — because these industries are part of the …

To do in San Francisco: Oct 15 panel on the creation of the Haunted Mansion

To do in San Francisco: Oct 15 panel on the creation of the Haunted Mansion / Boing Boing The storied Walt Disney Family Museum hosts Imagineer Kim Irvine, former Disney lead Twitter writer Ed Squair, and Winchester Mystery House manager Walter Magnuson in a panel on Oct 15, discussing the origins of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion, a subject near and dear to my heart.  …

To do in San Francisco this weekend: the first-ever roguelike celebration

Noah writes, “This weekend a group of roguelike enthusiasts and developers are getting together for the first ever Roguelike Celebration. It’ll feature talks from developers of the game that spawned the genre – rogue – as well as the creators of Dwarf Fortress, Kingdom of Loathing, ADOM, Tracery and lots more. It’ll take place all day on the 17th and will be streamed live …

Banana Republic Pins Hopes on Olivia Palermo

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Banana Republic has announced Olivia Palermo as its first women’s global style ambassador. The appointment is part of the retailer’s efforts to address some of the challenges it has faced in recent years, including falling sales, over-diversified product offerings and increased competition. In choosing Palermo, the company is hoping to cash in on the style influencer’s uncanny ability to convert …

Gap Narrowly Tops Earnings Estimates Amid ‘Signs of Progress’

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Gap Inc. posted second-quarter earnings that narrowly topped analysts’ estimates, giving hope that the largest apparel-focused U.S. retailer can mount a comeback. Earnings were 60 cents a share in the quarter, excluding some items, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company said earlier this month that profit would probably be 58 cent to 59 cents, with …