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Square branches out into small business loans

Square branches out into small business loans

San Francisco-based mobile payment company Square is branching out into new territory, saying Thursday that it will offer loans through partner Celtic Bank to the small businesses that use its card reader. "We are now [Read entire story]

BART has enlisted ‘tiger team’ to diagnose electrical problems

BART has enlisted 'tiger team' to diagnose electrical problems

BART officials still don't know what is causing ongoing electrical issues on a part of East Bay track, including a mysterious power surge last week that fried 50 cars and left commuters stranded and frustrated. The [Read entire story]

San Francisco’s cheapest and priciest neighborhoods for renters — mapped

San Francisco's cheapest and priciest neighborhoods for renters — mapped

Real estate data website Zumper has released its latest San Francisco rent map and it paints a revealing portrait of how much people are willing to pay across 45 distinct neighborhoods in the city. The highlights of the [Read entire story]

Oakland coal depot proposal takes a step forward

Oakland coal depot proposal takes a step forward

The plan to ship 9 million tons of coal through Oakland annually is becoming a very possible reality, a state senator warned this week, saying efforts by local officials and regulators to block the project have been [Read entire story]

Merger of Bay Area, Silicon Valley United Ways will result in job losses, new CEO

Merger of Bay Area, Silicon Valley United Ways will result in job losses, new CEO

The United Way of the Bay Area and the United Way of Silicon Valley will merge to form one central, San Francisco-based entity that will serve eight Bay Area counties, the charities said Friday. The merger comes as the [Read entire story]

Williams-Sonoma will cut 5% of roster as sales lag

Williams-Sonoma will cut 5% of roster as sales lag

San Francisco-based retailer Williams-Sonoma said this week it will lay off 5 percent of its workforce, after disappointing earnings for the company last year pushed it to slim down operations and bolster its supply [Read entire story]

Academy of Art unlikely to see all its buildings approved, city says

Academy of Art unlikely to see all its buildings approved, city says

The Academy of Art University is unlikely to see all 33 of its buildings that are currently violating city codes approved by San Francisco's Planning Commission as the institution struggles to come to a resolution with [Read entire story]

BART fix may take months, agency warns

BART fix may take months, agency warns

Fixing the infrastructure meltdown that lead to this week's frustrating BART commuting problems could take months, the transit agency said Thursday, and will require flying in experts to help the system get back on [Read entire story]

Emeryville will legalize marijuana labs, deliveries and one dispensary

Emeryville will legalize marijuana labs, deliveries and one dispensary

The East Bay town of Emeryville is on track to fully legalize marijuana in 30 days, and will allow at least one dispensary within its 640 acres, as its city council called for an immediate urgency ordinance for medical [Read entire story]

SpoonRocket finds buyer in Brazilian startup iFood

SpoonRocket finds buyer in Brazilian startup iFood

SpoonRocket, the on-demand food delivery service that shut down earlier this week, has found a buyer in Brazil-based iFood, the company said late Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Berkeley-based [Read entire story]

BART problems persist for Thursday commute, with bus service only option in some areas

BART problems persist for Thursday commute, with bus service only option in some areas

Problems persisted Thursday morning for Bay Area commuters on BART's Pittsburg/Bay Point line, with only bus service available between Pittsburg and North Concord. For live updates, you can follow BART on its Twitter [Read entire story]

Photos: 40 Under 40 2016 honorees, then and now

Photos: 40 Under 40 2016 honorees, then and now

Want to get to know the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 even better? Then check out the before and after photos we compiled for our special section of these rising young leaders in high school [Read entire story]

Here’s how that proposed gig worker bill could affect your business

Here's how that proposed gig worker bill could affect your business

A new measure being considered by California legislators to allow "gig workers" to collectively bargain over wages and working conditions could have major implications for businesses in the state that use any kind of [Read entire story]

Premier Cru creditors go after Corvette, Ferrari in ‘wine pyramid scheme’ case

Premier Cru creditors go after Corvette, Ferrari in 'wine pyramid scheme' case

Creditors attempting to collect debts from bankrupt wine store owner John Fox are now going after his 2016 Corvette and 2014 Ferrari, after he reportedly failed to make payments on the cars in recent months. The Bay [Read entire story]

Twitter dodges anti-recruitment pact issue as lawsuit continues

Twitter dodges anti-recruitment pact issue as lawsuit continues

A San Francisco state judge tentatively ruled Monday that an engineer who claims she was forced out of Twitter because she was a woman will not be allowed to broaden her case to challenge an anti-recruiting clause [Read entire story]

City cracks down on S.F. landlords leasing industrial space for offices

City cracks down on S.F. landlords leasing industrial space for offices

The San Francisco Planning Department has already launched 21 investigations this year into landlords who lease industrial space to office tenants, a major uptick from recent years as it ups its efforts to crack down, [Read entire story]

Take a peek at Kilroy’s $1 billion Flower Mart plan, which just got a lot bigger

Take a peek at Kilroy's $1 billion Flower Mart plan, which just got a lot bigger

Kilroy Realty Corp.'s proposed revamp of the San Francisco Flower Mart just got a lot bigger, expanding from 1.5 million square feet to 2.1 million square feet after the purchase of a new adjacent site. The new deal [Read entire story]

In latest case, UC Berkeley ousts assistant basketball coach accused of sexual harassment

In latest case, UC Berkeley ousts assistant basketball coach accused of sexual harassment

The University of California, Berkeley, has begun termination proceedings against an assistant basketball coach who has been accused of sexual harassment, its third such high-profile figure to be pushed out after such [Read entire story]

Instacart slashes pay for drivers, after raising customer fees

Instacart slashes pay for drivers, after raising customer fees

San Francisco-based delivery startup Instacart has slashed pay for its couriers, a change that could force some drivers to nearly triple the amount of goods they deliver in order to make the same amount. “We have made [Read entire story]

Shipping container offices hit SoMa, as S.F. startups hunt for space

Shipping container offices hit SoMa, as S.F. startups hunt for space

San Francisco startup Campsyte has begun erecting the first shipping containers as offices in San Francisco, Hoodline reports, in a bid to attract companies that can't quite afford the city's sky-high leases, but need a [Read entire story]