10 Feb 2020

Life In California’s Left-Wing Paradise

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The Nomenklatura live conveniently in Atherton, Portola, or Pacific Heights, but the proletariat get to catch 2:30 AM buses to work from the 110° every day Central Valley. Protocol:

It’s 2:30 a.m. in the Central California farm town of Salida, and the only sound is the tech bus pulling into an unmarked lot surrounded by barbed wire. Men and women in work boots board in the moonlight. Next stop is 11 miles away in Manteca, and then it’s another 55 miles to Fremont on the San Francisco Bay, where — an hour and a half hour later — the 4 a.m. shift at the Tesla factory starts.

Welcome to life on Silicon Valley’s new frontier. When tech companies first introduced private shuttles for their employees more than a decade ago, they served the affluent neighborhoods in San Francisco and the Peninsula. Now the buses reach as far as the almond orchards of Salida and the garlic fields of Gilroy.

Tech companies have grown tight-lipped about the specifics of their shuttle programs in the wake of high-profile protests in San Francisco. But Protocol was able to locate enough stops for company shuttles to confirm that some tech shuttles now drive all the way out to the Central Valley, an agricultural hub once a world away from the tech boom on the coast.

“That just tells you the story of the Bay Area,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of regional think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “We’re going to be in these farther-flung places, and that’s our reality because we’re not going to be able to create affordable housing.”

Tech shuttle sprawl speaks to the unique pressures that the industry has put on the region. High tech salaries have driven up housing prices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the East Bay, forcing white- and blue-collar workers alike to move farther away from their jobs. The crisis is compounded by anti-development politics that make it hard to build new housing and patchwork public transit systems that make it difficult for commuters to get to work without driving.

The mismatch between jobs and housing has become so extreme that Google and Facebook have proposed building thousands of apartments or condos on their own campuses.

In the meantime, those companies — plus Tesla, Apple, Netflix, LinkedIn, Genentech and others — are trying to solve the problem with long-distance buses. They all now offer shuttle service to at least the extended suburbs of the East Bay, according to interviews and reports Protocol consulted. Their longest routes now stretch north across the Golden Gate Bridge, south to the surf town of Santa Cruz, and east to the Central Valley — a total service area approaching 3,000 square miles.

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OneGuy

It is past time for high tech to move out of San Francisco. It “was” a beautiful town that was kinda fun to visit. Between the big money and the Democrat politicians it’s beauty has faded/disappeared and it is no fun to go to or drive through or even have to be near to. I still occasionally drive through SF with a travel trailer because I like old route 1 and a detour around SF is almost impossible. So my game plan is to get close and drive in early on a Sunday morning crossing the Golden Gate Bridge by 9:00 AM. After that if I’m headed South it is heavy traffic, about 20 traffic lights and doesn’t really let up until Half Moon Bay.



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Mike-SMO

As it has always been.

Everyone I knew who worked in SF or NYC made use of the rails or highways. Only the very wealthy or destitute lived in the city. The NYC Corruptocrats block Amazon in NYC since business> jobs> income> “gentrification”. People with the energy and intelligence for a job don’t want Ghetto crime and crap in their hood when they get home. No investor wants to build in a dump under rent control and city hall corruption for a high risk “Gibbs-Me-Dat”,and an “Ex- & current felon” population.

The company bus is a business expense which allows the employees to avoid rubbing elbows with the predator population on the streets, trains and buses downtown.

Only the Corrtuptocrats, who will be loosing their captive voter base, are upset. Andf, of course, the predator class who are dependent on City Hall.

Sounds like a fine solution for the end of traditional mixed neighborhoods. The alternative, Sanctuary, in which the Hispanic gangs drive the black gang-related population into the ‘burbs (see Compton, California) so the core can be profitably redeveloped, has a high body count that can be avoided with the bus service.

Private enterprise finds a solution to the ghetto.



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