From interpreters and journalists to pet sitters, California’s gig economy law has independent contractors fretting

California’s gig economy law, which will take effect Jan. 1, was designed to protect workers from being misclassified as independent contractors. But as a side effect, it leaves millions of independent contractors in California worried about their livelihoods.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Over the coming year, up to 10,000 e-scooters will join the city’s busy traffic-scape. More scooter riders will weave through the cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, bikes and all the other vehicles that uneasily share the city roadways.

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Santa Clara County considers proposed sand mining operation on indigenous sacred land


The San Diego-based investment company Debt Acquisition Company of America gained control over the land’s development rights through their work helping the property transition from bankruptcy to foreclosure after its former owners, Sargent Ranch LLC, put it up for auction. In 2016, DACA proposed a sand and gravel mining quarry on approximately 320 acres of the land for the next 30 years. There is a plan to work towards restoring the land once the project is completed.

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Remembering and rebuilding the Honey Run Covered Bridge after the Camp Fire

The Camp Fire destroyed the beloved Honey Run Covered Bridge. But it didn’t take long for residents to start rebuilding the bridge — using salvaged materials from the original structure.

By Melanie Hogue and Ashlyn Rollins