Bay Area Protestors Block And Vandalize Tech Buses

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    http://www.ibtimes.com/bay-area-pro...fridays-attack-google-apple-slideshow-1518072

    Tensions are escalating between demonstrators who wish to slow gentrification in parts of San Francisco and Oakland and the tech companies that shuttle thousands of high-paid Silicon Valley employees in private buses through the city. The New York Times reported that on Friday, protestors stopped three of these Silicon Valley shuttle buses – two run by Google and one run by Apple – during the rush-hour morning commute.

    Google employees were on pins and needles when demonstrators smashed a window and slashed the tires of one of the commuter buses. The bus was ferrying Google employees through Oakland when it was stopped.

    “Bus window smashed this morning in protest of Google eating The Bay & picking its teeth with the bones,” Twitter user @OccupyOakland tweeted on Friday, along with a photo of shattered glass in the street.
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    So essentially the protestors are pissed because some people make more money than they do.....?

    Demonstrators protesting the tech industry’s impact on San Francisco say the rising rent prices, spurred in part by an influx of young tech professionals who prefer the city to the suburbs around Silicon Valley, are causing evictions. According to USA Today, the median rent in San Francisco jumped 27 percent in the past two years, to $2,800 per month.
    "We want the ruling class, which is becoming the tech class, to listen to our voices and listen to the voices of folks that are being displaced," said one San Francisco protester.
    Protestors handed out fliers to employees riding the Google buses and the Apple bus that described demonstrators’ reasons for blocking the buses. One employee posted a photo of the flier to Twitter.
    "While you guys live fat as hogs with your free 24/7 buffets, everyone else is scraping the bottom of their wallets, barely existing in this expensive world that you and your chums have helped create," the flier reads. “You are not innocent victims. Without you, the housing prices would not be rising and we would not be facing eviction and foreclosure. You, your employers, and the housing speculators are to blame for this new crisis, so much more awful than the last one.”

    If they already owned their houses (before this influx of cash) why would rising property values cause them to be foreclosed upon?
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    That's not a very kind way of putting it. ;)

    There is no doubt that silicon valley is spreading to SF and Oakland and it's driving up prices quickly which will drive people out from the places many have lived their whole lives or at least a major portion.
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    Down with growth! Keep our neighborhoods the low rent district! No more upscale living here.....
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    Sorry, my wife tells me all the time...."not what I say, it's how I say it". :D

    But it is amusing the "good" paying jobs that we all want are causing some disdain.
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    We might be married to the same person :)

    Those good paying jobs unfortunately are going to people not from those neighborhoods.
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    And that is the problem, we want upscale jobs, until it "costs us" something, those same "rich pigs" (from the article) are spending money where they live and increasing business, as well as adding to the tax base (increased property values and taxes).

    Would they prefer the google money stay in suburbs? I think then they would be complaining about being left out then too.

    Sounds like sour grapes.
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    We see the same thing here in Seattle, although no slashed tires yet. There's a sizable group of 20 somethings who think they have a right to live where they want to live, rather than where they can afford, and they act as if not being able to afford a home in a desirable area is something previous generations of 20 somethings didn't experience.
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    They don't want higher paying jobs... They just want income equality; without actually having to do any work.
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    As Dave wrote, above. Soon, we can imagine "income equality housing districts" where you cannot earn more than 5 times your poorest neighbor's income. Let's not raise what we can do - let's slow down what others are doing. This lack of progress from progressives is from the same line of thinking that brought us unaffordable health care by virtue of the affordable care act.
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    I hate to break it to you, but this took place in San Francisco - the people on either side of this issue are progressives.
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    That's what makes it all the more amusing....
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    Yep, kind of like the boycott of Cracker Barrel over them not selling Duck Dynasty stuff. I hope that beloved bastion of liberalism doesn't suffer for it. Or for that matter the boycott of A&E by the same crowd. What will progressives do without their favorite shows like American Hoggers, Storage Wars (Texas), and Rodeo Girls?
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    Wow... I guess I struck a nerve.
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    Some people always trying to play gotcha...
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    Sixy, I would recommend to them to get the heck out of Silicon Valley. Your talking about the most expensive area of the country.
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    North Dakota, or Sacramento for that matter, is a poor substitute for Silicon Valley...which is kind of the crux of the issue.
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    Not sure I follow you here.
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    Indeed they are...
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    You're saying the solution is for them to move because Silicon Valley is too expensive.
    They're saying that it's unfair that Silicon Valley is too expensive and they have to move.

    If they were willing to move as you suggest they do, this wouldn't be a problem. And honestly it's not a problem until they start doing stupid stuff like blocking shuttles and slashing tires. 20 somethings have been whining about not being able to live in the "cool" part of town since the "cool" part of town was invented.
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