Amazon Sparks Hiring Rift in Overlooked Silicon Valley City | WSJ

Amazon Sparks Hiring Rift in Overlooked Silicon Valley City; ;  In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2017-08-11.
Teaser: In East Palo Alto, residents protest tech giant’s proposed workaround to hire-local ordinance

Mentions

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Tesla
  • IKEA
  • Home Depot
  • McDonald’s
  • East Palo Alto “first source hiring policy” ordinance since 2001
    requiring companies put in a “good-faith effort” to hire locally.
  • The “Jobs”
    • Amazon hires cloud-services unit, Amazon web services, and “other teams.”
      requested a variance on first source hiring.
    • Four Seasons requires “high-level of customer service,” & English proficiency.
    • McDonald’s hires workers.
    • Home Depot, ibidem.
    • IKEA, ibidem.
  • Ruben Abrica, city council member, East Palo Alto.
  • Greg Schrock, associate professor of urban studies and planning, Portland State University
    quoted for color, background & verisimiliitude.
    <paraphased>Such policies tend to better cater to jobs in retail, manufacturing and construction.</paraphased>
Commentariat
  • with the map of the region
    provided for the benefit of the home town audience, back in New York.
  • with estimated household income levels
    provided to slake the sullen anger at the petit bourgeoise amongst them.

Actualities

Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble … and What Could Burst It? | Vanity Fair

Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble … and What Could Burst It?; In Vanity Fair; 2015-09-01.
Teaser: With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can’t escape the question. Nick Bilton [opines]

tl;dr → yes. separately noted.

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me About the Road Trip of Tomorrow | The Atlantic

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me About the Road Trip of Tomorrowl; Nate Berg; In The Atlantic; 2014-04-29.
Teaser: A lesson in range anxiety on the country’s emerging Supercharger network.

tl;dr => naysayer runs out of fuelbattery on the road south and has a bad time; AAA refuses to tow; <sarcasm>shows why gas is better</sarcasm>; minimum-viable reporting.

Mentions

  • Britta Gross, [title?]heads the electric vehicle infrastructure program at General Motors.
  • Timothy Lipman, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley.
  • Michael Nicholas of the UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center.
  • Charging Stations

Silicon Valley Vies for Larger Role in National Politics | New York Magazine

Kevin Roose; The Valley Politic; In New York Magazine; 2014-02-09.
Teaser: As the tech sector vies for a larger role in national politics, it has to contend with the libertarian isolationists in its ranks.