So I haven’t been following this very closely, but I’m catching up on the Google bus controversy in the Bay Area.
From what I’ve gathered, a growing number of Silicon Valley workers, from Google and other companies, are finding themselves in San Francisco, some 40 miles from San Jose, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View and the other towns that make up the high-tech hub.
Workers are moving to the City By The Bay presumably because they’re drawn to the city’s attractiveness, amenities and dynamism, which the Valley apparently lacks (never been there, so this is totally impressionistic).
In response to this shift, Google and others are orchestrating private buses to transport workers from the City to the Valley, and paying the City of San Francisco good money to use its bus stops. This has prompted protests from SF residents decrying the impact of the Valley workers on affordable housing and in altering the character of the city.