Taxi lawsuits challenging legalization of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are dead
 
Posted: 26 Nov 2014, 6:02 pm
Two lawsuits filed by taxi interests challenging the California Public Utilities Commission's decision last September that legalized and regulated new smartphone ride booking applications like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar are dead. Both the California Supreme Court and the Third Appellate District Court of Appeal in Sacramento refused to take up the complaints filed last May by the Taxicab Paratransit Association of California. The CPUC designated services that enable mobile device booking of rides?

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N.Y. investors snap up San Francisco's sprawling Parkmerced complex
 
Posted: 26 Nov 2014, 5:53 pm
A group of New York investors has purchased a majority stake in Parkmerced, the sprawling housing complex on San Francisco's West Side that is slated for a multibillion-dollar revitalization, in a deal that values the property at more than $1.3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. A group of investors led by developer Mark Karasick purchased the majority interest in the 152-acre rental complex in San Francisco's Outer Sunset District from private-equity firms Fortress Investment Group and?

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Lyft and Flywheel claim usage bump in wake of Uber's bad PR week
 
Posted: 26 Nov 2014, 5:51 pm
Two of Uber Technologies' competitors say they have seen business rise in the wake of a Nov. 18 BuzzFeed story about an Uber executive who mused about digging up dirt about critical journalists and reports that company officials tracked the movements of some journalists and an entrepreneur without permission. Lyft spokeswoman Katie Dally would not provide specific numbers, but said the company would confirm that "last week was Lyft's biggest week ever in terms of ride volume." Like Uber's UberX?

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Proposed state law would mandate double pay on Thanksgiving, Christmas
 
Posted: 26 Nov 2014, 5:09 pm
Every California worker would receive double pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas under legislation to be proposed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. The bill takes aim at big-box stores and restaurants that are expanding holiday hours but also would apply to workers in other industries. Gonzales, a San Diego Democrat, roused the ire of business groups this year by successfully pushing a law to mandate that every employer provide three days of paid sick leave each year. The holiday pay bill, which?

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