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Facebook Hotel? Social Media Giant Quietly Expands Reach Into Corporate Real Estate, NBC Bay Area
Facebook is quietly expanding its reach into the real estate business, with sights on adding corporate housing for its worker bees as well as the possibility of building a "Facebook hotel." The Silicon Valley social media giant is currently hoping Menlo Park will rezone a swath of land to allow the company to build 1,500 units of housing for its employees at 1 Hacker Way — Facebook's first foray into corporate housing. According to the agreement with the city, only Facebook employees could live there, meaning that spouses who don't work there and children would not be allowed. Read more.
NBA Star Stephen Curry Selling $3.7 Million Bay Area Mansion, Mansion Global
Stephen Curry has been busy making some real estate moves lately, buying and selling multiple homes in California. The Golden State Warriors basketball star, who scored a record 402 three-pointers last season, has just put his Bay Area mansion in Walnut Creek on the market for $3.7 million. This is $500,000 more than what he and his wife, Ayesha, paid for the 7,520-square-foot, five bedroom home just last year. Read more.
Starship Technologies' self-driving robotsCourtesy of Starship Technologies and Mercury News
Self-Driving Delivery Robots May be on the Way, Mercury News
Robots may be coming to downtown Menlo Park. A representative for Starship Technologies, a European company developing self-driving robots that deliver local goods over short distances, Tuesday asked the Menlo Park City Council to let it run a nine- to 12-month pilot on downtown residential streets. If approved, Menlo Park would be just the second U.S. city, after Washington, D.C., to experiment with the robots, which are about as large as a medium-sized dog. The robots, which max out at 4 mph, would get around on sidewalks and be accompanied by human guides. Read more.
After Minimum Wage Changes, Bay Area Workers Push for 'Fair' Scheduling, East Bay Times
As cities all over the state have raised their minimum wages in recent years, labor advocates in the Bay Area are turning to what they see as another piece of the puzzle for improving workers' lives: scheduling. From ensuring workers get the full-time hours they desire, to preventing retaliation against them for turning down last-minute schedule changes, several initiatives are aimed at making employees' schedules more stable and reducing underemployment. Read more.
Record Number of Californians Register to Vote, NBC Bay Area
More than 18.7 million Californians have registered to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election, a state record. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Tuesday that 500,000 people enrolled for the first time or updated their information in the final two days the state accepted registrations. Read more.