Tag Archives: tech

Listen Local: The Women’s Building and Feminism in 2017 San Francisco

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. International Women’s Day is coming up and March is Women’s History Month, so Listen Local invited Laura Pereyra, on the Board of the Women’s Building, to talk about why we need the Women’s Building, why we need feminism, and the...

Filmmakers Offer Rides to Strangers Willing to Delete Uber

In light of the recent sexual harassment claims against the rideshare company Uber by former employee Susan Fowler, two local activists offered free rides to users who agreed to delete their Uber accounts. Thousands of riders uninstalled the app and publicly encouraged others to do the same under the #DeleteUber campaign that went viral earlier this month following news of Uber’s ties to the Trump administration. On President’s...

Self Propelling Delivery Robots Testing In the Mission

What’s this? It’s a delivery robot from Dispatch, as its handler must have told a million people today with impressively good humor (it literally says “delivery” right on the side but everyone who saw this little fella trundling down the street still had to ask, including me). The guys whose legs you see in the photo said they thought it might be...

Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at SF Mission Hacker Hostel

Even the most brazen scofflaws can fall prey to San Francisco’s housing market – at least that’s what happened to Troy Do, an undocumented immigrant software engineer who set up a hacker hostel and illegal nightclub above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets. In June of last year, Do, who uses a fake first name, set up a hacker hostel...

Judge Rejects Airbnb’s Objections to SF Homesharing Law

A federal district court judge on Tuesday denied homesharing company Airbnb, Inc. its request for an injunction against a San Francisco law aimed at protecting local rental housing stock from being used as tourist lodging. Further discussions will be held in court, however, about the enforceability of the regulation. The law, authored by District 9 Supervisor David Campos, prohibits homesharing...

New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over a few tumultuous weeks in...

Mission Activists, Newcomers Discuss Ways to Confront Racism in Support of Black Lives Matter

Activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, Mission community organizers and newcomers, many of whom were tech workers, met Wednesday night to discuss ways to confront racial inequality that included collecting data, investing in communities and questioning the diversity within the rank-and-file of tech workers. “What sparked this for me was seeing the number of Facebook posts [following last week’s...

SF Artist Plans a Mural “The Disruption”

San Francisco artist and muralist Sirron Norris has launched a fundraising campaign to redo his first-ever mural – a surreal cityscape intertwined with cartoon characters and machines – to be replaced with one that reflects the city’s current struggles with inequality and police brutality. He wants the “makeover” to reflect and connect to the city’s “current political landscape.” It will...

SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed “Tech Tax”

Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only...

Housing Startup Managed SRO Damaged in Fire

Up until the five-alarm fire damaged the Graywood single room occupancy hotel and left 58 tenants without a place to live, the SRO was managed by a housing startup that matches roommates and manages co-living spaces for young professionals. Under its management, the Graywood’s tenants began to include tech workers and others able to pay up to $1,400 a month...

Tech-Powered Tour of SF Mission Explores Question of Belonging

In a collaboration with local residents and KQED, Detour, a startup offering audio walking tours of 11 San Francisco neighborhoods launched its Mission District tour yesterday. The Mission’s tour offers insight into the lives of six locals and newcomers who share a love for the neighborhood but grapple with the question of belonging. The city package sells for $24.99, and...

Former Google Exec Brings Mediterranean Food to Lower Valencia

A seven-year itch led former Google executive Azhar Hashem to trade her corporate career for her 66-seat dream – a restaurant space at 206 Valencia st., where she will open the Mediterranean eatery “Tawla” on Thursday. Tired after years of working long hours at Google and a daily commute between the Mission and Silicon Valley, Hashem decided it was time...

Uber Drivers Push Back Against Proposed Settlement in Suit

A Federal judge said Thursday that he would deliberate on whether to approve a $100 million settlement that would end a class action suit brought on by Uber drivers who allege the rideshare company has misclassified them. The settlement was reached in April between Uber and the lead attorney representing the drivers, Shannon Liss-Riordon, but was met by opposition from the drivers who...

As Venture Capital Slows, SF Mission Techies Look to the Tedium of Stability

Startups hoping to secure seed funding in 2016 may find it more difficult as investors have become more cautious, but Mission tech workers aren’t expecting a crash and those in start-ups are more sharply focused on sustainability. While venture capital investments reached a record high in 2015, the year was also marked by a plummet in public tech stocks and...

Tenant Advocates Denounce Startup Offering Buyout Services

Rent Masters, a startup offering to help tenants willing to move out of rent-controlled housing figure out what they would be owed in buyout money, came under fire last week by the city’s housing rights community. In a buyout, a tenant agrees to vacate a unit in exchange for a payout by the landlord. Negotiations involved in this process can be lengthy and taxing and...