Subway Got Too Big. Franchisees Paid a Price.

A Subway in Queens.CreditCreditAn Rong Xu for The New York Times Operators say they’ve lost their stores to conflicted managers over petty infractions, like cucumbers sliced too thick and sabotaged meatball bags. A Subway in Queens.CreditCreditAn Rong Xu for The New York Times Manoj Tripathi couldn’t shake the feeling that someone had a vendetta against […]

Republicans Appear Headed For a Wipeout in Orange County

Photo: Getty The Republican Party in California has been on life support for quite some time. There are no elected Republicans in statewide offices. Democrats have held the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature for the last eight years, and in the 2018 midterms, the party gained supermajorities across the entire legislature. 2018 was […]

Behind the scenes at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s tech extravaganza –

  hearst/templates/premium/article/content/gallery.tpl e hearst/templates/premium/article/content/gallery.tpl It was the week before Dreamforce, the conference extravaganza organized by Salesforce, and the tech company’s design team was listening to a recording of animals chirping and cooing in the woods. “I’m wondering if we could tone down the woodpecker a little,” said Brigitte Donner, chairwoman of Dreamforce, which will fill […]

How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million – The New York Times

On a Monday morning in November, students at Harvard Business School convened in their classroom to find Gwyneth Paltrow. She was sitting at one of their desks, fitting in not at all, using her phone, as they took their seats along with guests they brought to class that day — wives, mothers, boyfriends. Each seat […]

GOP Rep. Rohrabacher Has Thoughts About Housing Discrimination

Photo: Getty California congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who said last week that people should be “open to all points of view” when it comes to the cause of global warming, thinks it’s fine if people looking to sell their homes don’t want to do so to LGBTQ people. The Orange County Register reports that last week, Rohrabacher told […]

Democrats Take Aim at the Gig Economy – Bloomberg

Leading Democrats are proposing a labor law overhaul that could extend collective bargaining rights to huge swaths of the gig economy, the latest sign of gathering blowback for companies committed to maximizing profits by denying workers rights and benefits often associated with regular employment. On Wednesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with […]

San Francisco’s Bizarre Scooter War Shows How Tech Companies Ignore the Law – VICE

A pair of women ride a LimeBike scooter. Photo by the author The Bay Area serves as America’s sandbox. The tech world’s most far-fetched ideas are often sketched and tested here, and if they’re successful, they’ll spread throughout the country. The latest trend to materialize here is motorized scooters you can rent through an app. […]

The L.A. Weekly’s Cheesy Astroturfing Campaign Against Its Former Writers Can’t Stop The Boycott

Illustration: Jim Cooke (GMG) In the four months since a mysterious group of rich people took over the L.A. Weekly, news outlets across the country have continued to experience brutal cuts to newsroom staffs and other harsh austerity measures. More than 50 journalists from the East Bay Times and the San Jose Mercury News were […]

Woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters is identified

A woman opened fire at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., shooting three people with a handgun before taking her own life and causing widespread panic in the technology hub south of San Francisco. A law enforcement source identified the alleged shooter as Nasim Aghdam. Investigators initially believed the shooting was a domestic incident, with […]

Why Cape Town Is Running Out of Water, and the Cities That Are Next

  Cape Town’s main water supply, at the Theewaterskloof Dam, is running dry, and the city may soon have to turn off its taps.   Photograph from AP PUBLISHED February 2, 2018 Editor’s Note: On Monday, February 5, Cape Town officials announced that the city had gotten “a slight reprieve” and that “Day Zero” had […]