Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

Mitch Albom, CWD contributor talk about Silicon Valley, diversity

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Jesse Jackson's on-again, off-again campaign against Silicon Valley for the lack of blacks, Latinos and women in its tech workforce is revving up. This is from a USA Today story this week: "There's no talent shortage. There's an opportunity shortage," he said, calling Silicon Valley "far worse" tha...

Big blow to bullet train: Fresno County supes now oppose project

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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Fresno has long been a hotbed of bipartisan support for the California High-Speed Rail Authority's plans to build a bullet-train network linking Northern and Southern California. The county Board of Supervisors endorsed the project five years ago, the Fresno Bee's liberal editorial page has long bee...

In Silicon Valley, liberal pols look to drive up cost of housing

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The emergence of Silicon Valley as one of the wealthiest places in the world has led to plenty of media coverage that points out how it has become a poster child for income inequality. This is from a March Associated Press story: SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Silicon Valley is entering a fifth year of unfett...

Vergara ruling: Silicon Valley titan KOs teachers unions

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

In 16 pages, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu dealt California's teachers unions an unprecedented defeat. Using unsparing, uncompromising language, Judge Treu ruled that job protections passed at these unions' behest violated the state Constitution by denying equal educational opportu...

Jerry Brown expresses satisfaction with CA’s 24% poverty rate

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

If you live in a state that has by far the highest effective poverty rate in the U.S. -- at just under one-quarter of the population -- you would seem unlikely to express satisfaction with the economics status quo. But if you're the governor of that state, and the media think you're a whiz-bang b...

Death, taxes and state incompetence with computer projects

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

There are fewer sure things in life than the likelihood the California state government will screw up a computer project. We may be home to Silicon Valley and the greatest concentration of information-technology skills in the world, but once a project unfolds in Sacramento, it almost always goes wro...

Shakedown street: Jesse Jackson targets Silicon Valley — again

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

However one feels about the growing fuss over white and Asian dominance of U.S. tech work forces, there are some fundamental facts to consider, starting with: African-American students are less likely to graduate college with degrees in high-tech fields. This is not because of a lack of interest ...

Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Is the present anti-Google, anti-techie agitation in the Bay Area a reflection of anger over how affluent tech workers have driven up rent and reinflated the housing bubble? Or is it a harbinger of broader anger over how California technology firms are disrupting industry after industry? An essay in...

‘Techno-militarization’ seen in CA alarms tech intellectuals

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The NSA scandal and the increasing use of technology to police and monitor all Americans, not just suspected terrorists around the world and in our midst, is a growing worry in Silicon Valley. CEOs fret that U.S. tech firms will suffer fallout overseas because of the vast extent of our government's ...

Why CA’s going to thrive: nanotech, biotech and, in particular, Google

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

I will always remember 2013 as the year that I became a downright-giddy optimist about California's future. Regardless of the massive incompetence and (mostly legal) corruption of its government leaders, the Golden State is going to be saved by its extraordinary tech entrepreneurs and scientific gen...