Epithets, racist drawings at Tesla factory, ex-employees say

Racist caricatures scribbled on walls and cardboard boxes. Racial epithets directed at black, factory employees. Three former Tesla factory employees charge in a new suit that the environment at the Tesla factory in Fremont is hostile with racial antagonism and unwelcome to African American worers “kjl;adf,” he said. The electric vehicle maker has come under siege from its factory workers ad former employees in recent months, spoiling an effort to boost enthusiasm and worker morale heading into a crucial Model 3 production phase. Tesla has been slapped with another discrimination suit, this time claiming supervisors and workers used racial epithets and drew racist graffiti aimed at three African-American employees. Owen… Read More

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Downtown San Jose project site near Google village draws plentiful buying interest

SAN JOSE — The site of a future tech campus in downtown San Jose being built by by two veteran realty developers has captured the interest of Google’s development ally, a possible hint that Google’s area’s of interest could expand in the urban core of the Bay Area’s largest city. TMG Partners and Valley Oak Partners have crafted a purchase and sales agreement with Mike Akatiff, the principal owner of the parcels, located in an aging industrial district along the banks of the Guadalupe River, near the corner of West Julian Street and Autumn Park. For more Bay Area housing affordability, home sales and other real estate news follow us… Read More

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Major League Baseball launching augmented reality app in 2018

Starting next year, it may not just be peanuts and Cracker Jacks that go with America’s national pastime. It may also be augmented reality. In an attempt to woo new and younger viewers, Major League Baseball is building augmented reality into its live statistics application, which will overlay three-dimensional graphics on top of real-life views. Major League Baseball demonstrated its prototype at a San Francisco Giants game last week in front of a gaggle of reporters. Its plan is to launch AR into its popular “At Bat” app by 2018. Using Apple’s ARKit augmented reality platform, the new app will allow ballpark attendees to point their iPhone and iPad at… Read More

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The future of retail: How brick-and-mortar stores are trying to woo customers

From in-store bars to shops without inventory to new technology, retailers are experimenting with the traditional brick-and-mortar format as e-commerce has left businesses scrambling to figure out how to bring shoppers into their stores. The pattern has signaled a change in how stores look and operate that has reached the Bay Area. “Retail is having to reinvent itself,” said Judge Graham, chief marketing and new business officer for marketing agency Ansira. Graham pointed to Best Buy, which has implemented a variety of demo and service areas in an effort to draw people into its physical stores. In many stores, it has introduced in-store Dyson shops where people can test out… Read More

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If you live in Utah, here are your chances of having economic success

The U.S. economy affects everyone, for better or for worse. While some residents feel prosperous and comfortable, others see themselves at risk and distressed. Axios recently put together a map that shows how various communities in the country are being affected by the economy. “U.S. geographical economic inequality is growing, meaning your economic opportunity is more tied to your location than ever before. A large portion of the country is being left behind by today’s economy,” according to Axios. The fastest-growing cities in the West include Gilbert, Arizona, and Plano, Texas. Tech hubs, like Seattle, San Francisco and Austin, are also dominating the list of cities seeing prosperity. In Axios’… Read More

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California construction workers are among the highest paid in the nation

Construction workers in California are among the highest paid in the nation, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fixr.com, an online website that provides cost guides, comparisons and other information for people looking to do remodeling or repair projects, crunched the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to create a state-by-state ranking of average hourly wages for workers in the industry. California ranked 10th highest California landed 10th on the list of the 10 Highest Wage States, with average hourly earnings of $21.26. Connecticut and Washington ranked just above California with slightly higher pay, and Hawaii and Illinois were tied for the top slot. Construction workers in both… Read More

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About Silicon Valley’s crazy housing situation: One real estate exec deconstructs the market

Co-founder and CEO of the Sereno Group, Chris Trapani is known as a savvy and personable real estate executive. In 2006, its first year of operation, Sereno generated $500 million in sales. This year, it anticipates more than $3.2 billion, most of it in Santa Clara County. We asked Trapani to make sense of the real estate market in the heart of Silicon Valley: the notoriously tight supply of available homes and the persistent demand that keeps driving prices up. How do buyers manage to keep outbidding one another in a county where the median price of a single-family home is $1.1 million — and where, as a consequence, the… Read More

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Housing crisis: See how California lawmakers are putting more teeth — and more money — into reform

Millions, if not billions, in new dollars will flow to housing programs under a host of housing bills adopted in the final hours of the California Legislature. New rules will make it harder for local governments to block developments. Related Articles Early Stage: This app makes renting in Silicon Valley easier, more affordable Bay Area housing: Hardly anything on the market, yet sales rose Townhomes, apartments to replace old South Hayward shopping center Median home prices top $1 million in a dozen East Bay cities Proposed agreement will ensure thousands of new livable wage jobs at Port of Oakland And lawmakers put some teeth into weak, often ignored laws mandating… Read More

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Housing crisis: See how California lawmakers are putting more teeth — and more money — into reform

Millions, if not billions, in new dollars will flow to housing programs under a host of housing bills adopted in the final hours of the California Legislature. New rules will make it harder for local governments to block developments. Related Articles Early Stage: This app makes renting in Silicon Valley easier, more affordable Bay Area housing: Hardly anything on the market, yet sales rose Townhomes, apartments to replace old South Hayward shopping center Median home prices top $1 million in a dozen East Bay cities Proposed agreement will ensure thousands of new livable wage jobs at Port of Oakland And lawmakers put some teeth into weak, often ignored laws mandating… Read More

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