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Plan to Limit Vacation Rentals Held off in San Francisco for Now

San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares this week, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year. The vote by the Board of Supervisors to move …

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects NRA Challenge to San Francisco Gun Law

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a National Rifle Association challenge to a San Francisco law that requires people who store handguns at home to either put them in a lockbox or disable them with a trigger lock. Over two …

Small Quake Shakes San Francisco, No Damage Reported

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area. The USGS says the small quake hit at 3:44 a.m. Friday and was centered about a mile east-southeast of Emerald Lake Hills, California, 30 miles …

Uber Probed by U.S. Judge in San Francisco on Driver Employment Status

A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Jan. 30 about Uber’s bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley’s sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, …

Uber Driver Who Struck and Killed Girl in San Francisco Crosswalk Charged

A driver for Uber Technologies Inc. whose car struck and killed a six-year-old girl crossing a San Francisco street last New Year’s eve was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, a spokesman for the city’s district attorney said. The arrest of …

San Francisco Prosecutor Issues Warning to Lyft, Uber, Sidecar

Lyft Inc., Uber Technologies Inc. and Sidecar Technologies Inc. were warned by San Francisco’s district attorney they would face legal action if the rideshare services don’t change their operations. According to a copy of the letter provided by Sidecar, the …

Crystal & Co. Makes Four Leadership Appointments in California

Crystal & Co. has appointed four executives in the firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Shawn Ram has joined as executive managing director and western region head leading California operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He also has …

Airbnb Alters San Francisco Rental Market, Report Shows

Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco’s already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle commissioned a data harvesting company to analyze …

Firefighter Involved in California Asiana Rescue Files Lawsuit

A San Francisco firefighter accused of accidentally running over a passenger thrown from the wreckage of an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco International Airport is suing the San Francisco Fire Department. Elyse Duckett alleges that she is …

Landlords Who Evicted Tenants For Airbnb Sued by San Francisco

The city of San Francisco has sued two landlords for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City …