Category: Business

Growing problem: Lightening the carbon footprint of cannabis farms

Consider a typical cannabis farmer, growing an indoor crop. In a protected, controlled environment, they can grow a profitable mix of high-potency, medicinal marijuana and any number of milder strains appealing to a new market. But the venture comes with both a business and social overhead: high energy bills and a heavy, carbon footprint. “It’s a big problem,” said Tim…

California construction workers are among the highest paid in the nation

Construction workers in California are among the highest paid in the nation, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fixr.com, an online website that provides cost guides, comparisons and other information for people looking to do remodeling or repair projects, crunched the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to create a state-by-state ranking of average hourly wages for workers…

About Silicon Valley’s crazy housing situation: One real estate exec deconstructs the market

Co-founder and CEO of the Sereno Group, Chris Trapani is known as a savvy and personable real estate executive. In 2006, its first year of operation, Sereno generated $500 million in sales. This year, it anticipates more than $3.2 billion, most of it in Santa Clara County. We asked Trapani to make sense of the real estate market in the…

Housing crisis: See how California lawmakers are putting more teeth — and more money — into reform

Millions, if not billions, in new dollars will flow to housing programs under a host of housing bills adopted in the final hours of the California Legislature. New rules will make it harder for local governments to block developments. Related Articles Housing woes? This app makes renting in Silicon Valley easier, more affordable Campbell City Council wants another revision for…

NFL players, owners rebuke Trump after his profane comments about protesting athletes

Players in all 14 of Sunday’s National Football League games and most NFL team owners registered their objections Sunday to President Trump’s two days of comments and tweets about NFL players who protest racism and police violence during the pregame national anthem. Dozens of players knelt but virtually all of them locked arms during the national anthem in solidarity against…

John Oliver uses airlines, beer, and eyewear to show why rampant corporate consolidation is bad for you

If you don’t believe that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, watch John Oliver orchestrate politicians of all stripes saying that phrase in sync. “It’s true, ‘small businesses are the backbone of our economy’ is that rare thing that every politician agrees on,” along with “support the troops,” something NSFW about Ted Cruz, and Sen. John Thune’s…

Graham and Cassidy release new health bill draft with more money for Alaska, Maine, Arizona, Kentucky

Senate Republicans and President Trump have not given up on their last-ditch effort to significantly modify Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, which needs to pass this week to avoid a filibuster from Democrats. On Sunday night, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) released a new draft of their Graham-Cassidy bill, designed to win over holdouts in part…