(January 7, 2014) How Google Become One of America's Biggest Tax Dodgers
Yesterday San Franciscoâ€™s politicians announced that Google, Apple, and other Silicon Valley companies will be charged for the use of the cityâ€™s bus stops.
Until yesterday the private buses, untold numbers of them, enter the city each morning to pick up thousands workers headed for corporate campuses in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to the south.
Each evening they return to drop employees off, and while they clog city streets and impede the movement of the cityâ€™s public buses, the companies havenâ€™t been made to pay a dime for using taxpayer infrastructure.
Private tech company buses are arguably the most conspicuous symbol of inequality and displacement that is tearing Californiaâ€™s Bay Area apart. They hyper-mobility they provide for tech company employees translates into rising rents in the Bay Areaâ€™s urban cores of San Francisco and Oakland and displaces those whose incomes arenâ€™t keeping pace with real estate prices.