Google Employee Bus Protested in San Francisco
A Google commuter bus that shuttles employees to and from work was blocked for some 30 minutes by residents who oppose the use of the buses for traffic and economic reasons.A Google commuter bus that whisks employees to and from their San Francisco neighborhoods to their workplace some 34 miles away in Mountain View, Calif., was blocked from proceeding by a group of protestors who oppose the Google buses for traffic and economic reasons. The incident was reported in a story by Reuters, which said that the stoppage highlighted "many residents' growing concern that an influx of affluent technology workers is driving up costs in the city." The dozen protesters carried hand-lettered signs with messages against the use of the buses, according to a separate report by The San Francisco Chronicle. The event was reportedly organized by the San Francisco anti-gentrification group, Heart of the City. The group's slogan on its home page reads: "Tech boom 2.0 is busting the heart of San Francisco. Fight back to save our city refuge & neighborhoods!" The group's Website says that it opposes the use of such commuter buses by companies like Google, Facebook and Apple because they use city streets, tie up traffic and don't pay their share of city costs and fees, according to the site.
"We're stopping the injustice in the city's two-tier system where the public pays and the private corporations gain," the group states on its Website. "Rents and evictions are on the rise. Tech-fueled real estate speculation is the culprit. We say: Enough is Enough! The local government, especially Mayor Lee, has given tech the keys to shape the city to their fancy without the public having any say in it. We say, let's take them back!"