â€śThis may well be the beginning of tech firms deciding that they need to help solve this crisis,â€ť said Brian Hanlon, California Yimbyâ€™s founder. â€śThey donâ€™t have a viable business model in California if the housing crisis continues unabated.â€ť
Stripeâ€™s donation could end up being controversial. The so-called Yimby movement â€” whose platform is to cut back zoning and other regulations so that housing is easier to build â€” has been criticized by tenantsâ€™ groups for its connections to the tech industry and accused of being insufficiently worried about the concerns of poorer renters. Nevertheless, there is little debate among economists that Californiaâ€™s crisis will persist until housing is more plentiful.
â€śWe can sit back and sort of watch this unfold around us and abstain from taking any action or stance because we think that there might be some blowback that might be unpleasant for us,â€ť Mr. Collison said. â€śBut given just how severe the issue is, I really think that would be mistaken.â€ť
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â€˘ A caravan of Central American migrants that trekked to the California border must now convince an immigration judge that they belong to a social group in order to gain asylum. Some recent cases reflect inconsistencies in this policy. [The New York Times]
â€˘ The first death in the nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has been reported in California. [The New York Times]
â€˘ Costa Mesa became the latest Orange County city to oppose the so-called sanctuary state law that expands protection for undocumented immigrants. [The Los Angeles Times]
â€˘ Nearly 40 million people now call the Golden State home, according to a new report. California added about 309,000 new residents in 2017. [NBC Bay Area]
â€˘ A State Senate bill could expand marijuana delivery in California, where a patchwork of local laws have created â€śpot deserts.â€ť And Senator Dianne Feinstein has dropped her opposition to legalized marijuana, saying the federal government should not interfere in the stateâ€™s market. [The Sacramento Bee]
â€˘ The political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica said it would file for bankruptcy, two months after it became embroiled in a Facebook data-harvesting scandal. [The New York Times]
â€˘ Tesla lost nearly $800 million in the first quarter of the year, the company reported on Wednesday. But Elon Musk, the chief executive, said the electric-car maker would become profitable later in the year if it met its Model 3 production goals. [The New York Times]
â€˘ A major housing bill was killed last month after it was opposed by the low-income residents it aimed to help. Here are some of the main reasons. [The Los Angeles Times]
â€˘ The city of Oakland had a â€śmandatory dutyâ€ť to ensure safety at the Ghost Ship, an Alameda County judge has ruled. A fire killed 36 people at the warehouse in 2016. [The Mercury News]
â€˘ The average price of gas in California is predicted to reach $4 a gallon this summer. It is already above $3.50 in every major city in the state. [USA Today]
â€˘ Our chief film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, have some suggestions for Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Netflix and others in the movie industry. [The New York Times]
â€˘ Marcia Hafif, a Southern California native who was best known for her monochromatic paintings that experimented with color, has died at 89. [The New York Times]
â€˘ â€śIt was a crime to be a Filipino in California,â€ť the poet and labor organizer Carlos Bulosan wrote in 1943. Now Elaine Castilloâ€™s debut novel, â€śAmerica Is Not the Heart,â€ť traces the Filipino immigrant experience in the state. [The New York Times]
â€˘ An Op-Ed contributor argues that a closer relationship between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon is good for industry and for national security. [The New York Times | Op-Ed]
They want to sit next to each other, elbow to elbow, controller to controller. They want the lighting to be cool, the snacks to be Hot Pockets, and they want a full bar because they are not teenagers anymore.
As professional esports leagues grow, Americaâ€™s 150 million gamers want to gather.
At the pre-opening party of Oaklandâ€™s new Esports Arena, the line stretched down the block in the heart of Jack London Square. Nearly 4,000 people had jammed into the former parking structure, which is now an industrial-looking space equipped with more than a hundred TVs and computers.
â€śItâ€™s amazing,â€ť said one gamer, who said the space was a nice change from the sweaty back rooms of video stores where he used to play. â€śThereâ€™s so much room.â€ť
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