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February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is testing a new way for its workers in the East Bay to commute across the bay to the company's Mountain View headquarters: by ferry. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry said Google would provide a trial private ferry service for five days between the Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda and the Port of Redwood City. Last month, Google launched a similar pilot program from San Francisco to quiet growing tensions over buses that transport workers from the city to Silicon Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Wayne Phillips did everything but swim as he struggled to get to his tech job in this city's Financial District on Monday morning. His usual smooth ride on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train was derailed by the system's first strike in 16 years. So Phillips drove from the East Bay city of Concord to Oakland. He stood in a "quarter-mile-long" line for a ferry. Then he gave up and jumped on his own boat, a 30-foot Bayliner named Lovin' Life. "I boated to South Beach Harbor and then took MUNI," Phillips said, referring to the local bus, trolley and cable car system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Unionized bus drivers in the Bay Area have voted down a contract proposal, setting the stage once again for a possible strike that could affect thousands of commuters. Roughly 181,000 people who ride the AC Transit bus lines every day could ultimately be affected by the labor dispute. The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 -- which represents drivers, mechanics and dispatchers for the East Bay district -- had averted a strike earlier this month with a tentative deal that included 9.5% pay increases to be phased in over three years.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2009 | Faye Fiore
Pete Stark is sitting in a gilded meeting room in the House of Representatives. It is home to the powerful Ways and Means Committee that the Northern California Democrat might never chair, precisely because of the sort of verbal exchange he is attempting to explain at the moment: "He said to me, 'Don't pee on my leg.' And in a sense I said, 'I won't.' " Stark, nearly 78, is dissecting the latest in a hit parade of outbursts, this one pertaining to the likelihood of California's longest-serving congressman relieving himself on a constituent.
NEWS
May 12, 1989 | From the Associate Press
The Top of the Mark, where tens of thousands of servicemen enjoyed a last drink before going off to fight the Japanese in World War II, celebrated its 50th birthday Thursday. It was there that many a wife or sweetheart went to watch and shed a tear as the troopships and warships sailed out of San Francisco Bay, heading for the Pacific war. "It was THE place to go," said Dorothea Walker, who hosted a radio show from the famous 19th-story saloon in the sky during the '40s. "All the other bars were down below and a little bit dreary."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
With another BART strike in full effect Friday, Bay Area commuters crammed onto extra ferries and buses to get around the lack of rail service. For some, the strike was a minor inconvenience, for others, the frustration of a protracted labor dispute between transit workers and Bay Area Rapid Transit management had taken its toll. One Oakland man was arrested after he tossed a traffic cone at strikers picketing BART's Lake Merritt Station, KTVU-TV reported . PHOTOS: Both sides dig in on BART strike Thousands of commuters were forced to take extra buses or expanded ferry service Friday after labor negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and the leaders of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555  crumbled late Thursday . It sent some early morning commuters fuming on social media as many dealt with longer than usual delays, with expanded use of carpool lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown's intercession kept Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers from striking for a second time, the region's transportation picture took a surprising turn for the worse. At noon Monday, drivers and mechanics at a major East Bay bus district announced that they could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down all service and leaving 181,000 riders in the lurch. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 delivered its strike notification Monday to the AC Transit board of directors, announcing that 1,625 drivers and mechanics could walk off the job over stalled contract negotiations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of BART Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith, who was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search Tuesday, expressed compassion for the shooter and his family in an interview with a local television station. Smith, a 23-year veteran of the Bay Area Rapid Transit force who led the detective unit, was killed accidentally by a partner during what was to be a routine search of the Dublin, Calif., apartment of a robbery suspect already in custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A Bay Area regional transit strike seemed likely late Monday as the clock ticked toward a midnight cutoff of negotiations, with one union leader saying it would take a “Hail Mary” to avert a BART work stoppage. Complicating matters, the union representing workers for the Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District, or AC Transit -- which runs East Bay buses -- issued its own 72-hour strike notice Monday. While options remain to avert or delay the bus strike, if those fail and Bay Area Rapid Transit workers do not accept a deal, the region could face an unprecedented double whammy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
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