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As consumers, workers and communities push back against the seemingly boundless power and wealth of big tech companies, they’re starting to find it may be harder than it sounds to quit corporations that provide now-crucial services.
My colleague Kate Conger, who covers privacy, policy and labor for The Times’s Tech team, wrote about a Berkeley City Council proposal to boycott Amazon:
Under state law, no city in California is allowed to share data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But city officials have been left to determine how they’ll comply with the law — and many cities are now scrutinizing the behavior of the tech companies they rely on for city services.
Richmond approved an ordinance in June that will end its contract with Vigilant Solutions, a data analytics company that does business with ICE. Other Bay Area cities, including Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda are weighing similar proposals that, if enacted, could lead the cities to sever ties with tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft.
Berkeley’s City Council is currently weighing a proposal to boycott Amazon in protest against the tech giant’s contracts with ICE and Customs and Border Protection. Given Amazon’s business relationships with these agencies, Berkeley should “commit to finding ethical alternatives,” two City Council members, Kriss Worthington and Cheryl Davila, wrote in a memo. The City Council is also scrutinizing its business with Microsoft and Thompson Reuters over the companies’ ICE contracts.
“We’re subsidizing these deportation policies,” said Brian Hofer, a lawyer who has pushed cities to adopt legislation that limits their business relationships with tech firms that contract with ICE.
The Berkeley City Council is expected to debate the proposed legislation this month. Berkeley, which was at the forefront of the sanctuary city movement, relies on Amazon for a range of web-hosting and infrastructure services. Now, the city is struggling to align its sanctuary traditions with its digital needs.
Dee Williams-Ridley, the city manager, recommended against the boycott because it would be too costly for the city to move off Amazon. “Adoption of the proposed Amazon boycott would have a huge negative impact to the citywide operations,” Ms. Williams-Ridley wrote in a memo reviewed by The New York Times. The city uses Amazon to host housing and mental health programs, do cybersecurity, and to manage city documents. It also relies on other tech companies, such as Airbnb and Nextdoor, which in turn host their services on Amazon servers.
“I sort of despair about what we can do at this local level, frankly,” said Kate Harrison, a member of the City Council. “If we identify a company involved in data brokerage for ICE, and we have an alternative, we should take the alternative. It’s a balancing act.”
Mr. Hofer said that the impact would be stronger as more cities pass similar legislation and that he hoped to bring the initiative statewide. Starting in Silicon Valley is important because of the region’s connection to the technology industry, he added. “It’s symbolic that we’re doing it here; we’re the same people that are creating the technology that’s doing this,” Mr. Hofer said.
“It’s ideological and not necessarily grounded in practicality,” said Susan Wengraf, a City Council member. “It’s Berkeley,” she added with a soft laugh. “What can I tell you?”
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• As a lobbyist, David Bernhardt fought on behalf of California farmers to weaken Endangered Species Act protections for a tiny fish so they could access water. Now, as an official at the Interior Department who’s drawn President Trump’s notice, Mr. Bernhardt is the latest in a line of federal officials hired to regulate industries they once worked for. [The New York Times]
• What’s going on in the struggle to control Pacific Gas and Electric? Here’s the latest. [The New York Times]
• The border wall has taken a back seat in congressional negotiations to another issue that has exploded recently: immigrant detention. Here’s why. [The New York Times]
• A man unleashed a hail of gunfire at a cafe in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood on Wednesday, officials said. The police are investigating whether the shooting, which rattled an L.G.B.T.Q. community already on edge, was a hate crime. No one was hit. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
• Willie McCoy, a 21-year-old rapper known as Willie Bo, was sleeping in his car at a Taco Bell before he was shot and killed by the Vallejo police. Officers said he reached for a handgun in his lap when they told him to show his hands. His family is calling for answers. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
• As a storm borne by an “atmospheric river” drenches the Bay Area, in the Sierra Nevada, meteorologists are warning of “roofalanches.” [The Mercury News]
• A mountain lion that researchers had recently started tracking in the Napa area was shot dead after it preyed on a family’s livestock. Its death led to anger from community members. [The Press Democrat]
More California stories
• A bubble gum pink drive-in movie theater showing a film about fish is one piece of the Desert X art exhibition, which is open at sites around the Coachella Valley through April 21. [The New York Times]
• Activision Blizzard, the Santa Monica-based video game publisher, said it was laying off 800 people this week. But stop blaming Fortnite. [Wired]
• Somehow, Los Angeles doesn’t have the worst traffic in the country, a new report says. (Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago and New York all had it worse during peak commuting hours.) Angelenos, on average, still spent 128 hours stuck on the road last year, though. [Curbed LA]
• Randolph Jewelers, a Placerville shop that opened in the Gold Rush era, is set to close. It’s the oldest continuously operating jewelry store in the state, and shopping there became a kind of rite of passage for locals. [The Sacramento Bee]
And Finally …
It’s Valentine’s Day. Maybe rethink the roses and read a tiny California love story instead. Here’s a funny, sweet one from Hilary Burg:
We first saw each other at Peet’s on Lakeshore in Oakland. Then he rescued a dog. We frequented the same dog park in Piedmont. One time, his dog jumped on me. I told him to get his dog trained. He turned from me in a huff. I joked another day about his dog’s drool. He looked mad. He does NOT like me at all, I thought to myself. Still, I ALWAYS stopped at the dog park if I saw his red Nissan. Turns out he loved me and I loved him back. We’ve been together with various dogs for 20 years.
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东方心经ad报“【咳】【咳】。。” “【那】【倒】【不】【至】【于】【啦】，【泽】【村】【君】。” 【似】【是】【被】【荣】【纯】【的】【话】【语】【呛】【到】，【东】【条】【的】【脸】【上】【都】【是】【流】【露】【出】【一】【抹】【无】【奈】【神】【色】，【然】【后】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】【说】【道】。 “【荣】【纯】【君】，【那】【样】【的】【行】【为】【可】【是】【犯】【规】【的】。” “【泽】【村】。。。” “【白】【痴】！【你】【就】【不】【会】【好】【好】【动】【动】【脑】【子】【么】?” “【泽】【村】，【你】【小】【子】【脑】【子】【进】【水】【了】【吧】？” 【坐】【在】【泽】【村】【旁】【侧】【的】
【见】【我】【收】【走】【了】【一】【颗】【灵】【果】，【尘】【非】【却】【无】【可】【奈】【何】，【自】【身】【实】【力】【摆】【放】【在】【这】【里】。 【我】【收】【走】【了】【灵】【果】【之】【后】，【并】【没】【有】【查】【看】【灵】【果】【里】【面】【的】【灵】【气】【波】【动】，【如】【今】【得】【到】【了】【两】【颗】【灵】【果】【已】【是】【不】【错】。 【忍】【不】【住】【朝】【着】【月】【城】【公】【子】【这】【边】【看】【了】【一】【眼】，【光】【是】【看】【着】【他】【的】【出】【手】，【我】【心】【里】【面】【不】【由】【一】【惊】。 【压】【根】【看】【不】【见】【他】【是】【如】【何】【出】【手】，【但】【这】【些】【灵】【果】【却】【消】【失】【不】【见】。 【见】【状】，【我】【还】【是】【落】【下】【来】【为】
【这】【时】，【林】【薇】【薇】【从】【楼】【上】【跑】【了】【下】【来】，【看】【到】【帕】【蒂】，【她】【哇】【了】【一】【声】，【叫】【道】：“【好】【漂】【亮】【的】【小】【姐】【姐】！”【然】【后】【她】【就】【蹦】【到】【帕】【蒂】【跟】【前】，【嚷】【嚷】：“【我】【们】【一】【起】【玩】【吧】！” 【唐】【兜】【兜】【面】【色】【一】【沉】：“【薇】【薇】！” “【啊】？！【怎】【么】【啦】？”【林】【薇】【薇】【一】【脸】【茫】【然】【地】【说】【道】。 【唐】【兜】【兜】【立】【刻】【送】【过】【来】【一】【个】【眼】【神】：【这】【个】【不】【知】【道】【从】【哪】【里】【跑】【来】【的】【女】【孩】【貌】【似】【要】【住】【进】【咱】【们】【家】【啊】，【冯】
“【好】【重】！” 【在】【中】【拳】【的】【瞬】【间】，【小】【鲁】【伊】【兹】【只】【有】【这】【一】【个】【念】【头】，【然】【后】【整】【个】【人】【完】【全】【陷】【入】【了】【黑】【暗】【之】【中】。 “【嘭】！” 【小】【鲁】【伊】【兹】【重】【重】【地】【倒】【在】【了】【拳】【台】【上】，【发】【出】【沉】【重】【的】【撞】【击】【声】【音】。 【这】【声】【音】，【通】【过】【音】【响】【的】【放】【大】，【再】【度】【将】【所】【有】【人】【人】【吓】【了】【一】【跳】，【全】【身】【都】【是】【一】【激】【零】。 “【嚯】……【嚯】……” 【赵】【烈】【急】【喘】【两】【下】，【一】【边】【看】【着】【已】【经】【陷】【入】【昏】【迷】【的】东方心经ad报“【大】【姐】【啊】，【你】【还】【真】【是】【让】【我】【大】【开】【眼】【界】【呢】，【这】【内】【院】【也】【都】【快】【要】【成】【筛】【子】【了】！” “【这】【件】【事】【情】【绝】【不】【善】【罢】【甘】【休】！” 【云】【青】【虹】【此】【时】【也】【已】【经】【陷】【入】【了】【暴】【怒】【之】【中】。 【怎】【么】【能】【发】【生】【这】【样】【的】【事】【情】，【怎】【么】【可】【能】【发】【生】【这】【样】【的】【事】【情】？ 【在】【云】【家】【堡】【的】【腹】【心】【之】【地】，【竟】【然】【还】【有】【叛】【徒】，【在】【这】【样】【的】【地】【方】，【竟】【然】【有】【炸】【药】，【还】【有】***，【这】【实】【在】【是】【太】【可】【怕】【了】。
【奉】【伽】【绮】【的】【这】【番】【推】【论】【说】【起】【来】【头】【头】【是】【道】，【李】【正】【尧】【听】【后】【也】【不】【由】【笑】【着】【问】：“【那】【按】【照】【你】【这】【么】【说】，【老】【林】【的】【女】【朋】【友】【不】【更】【应】【该】【是】【曺】【社】【长】【吗】？” 【在】【真】【正】【和】【林】【深】【时】【有】【关】【的】【那】【些】【女】【性】【当】【中】，【曺】【诗】【京】【是】【同】【他】【在】【工】【作】【关】【系】【上】【最】【为】【接】【近】【的】【人】，【两】【个】【人】【同】【为】HArt【公】【司】【的】****【者】，【理】【应】【正】【好】【符】【合】【奉】【伽】【绮】【的】【猜】【测】【才】【对】。 【只】【是】【奉】【伽】【绮】【对】【此】【仍】【然】【摇】
【此】【话】【一】【出】，【众】【人】【瞬】【间】【哗】【然】。 “【什】【么】！？【居】【然】【是】【阴】【花】【门】【干】【的】？” “【阴】【花】【门】【的】【人】【怎】【么】【会】【来】【暗】【杀】【楚】【宗】【主】？” “【难】【不】【成】【阴】【花】【门】【也】【和】【妖】【兽】【有】【什】【么】【勾】【结】【不】【成】？” 【许】【楼】【观】【的】【话】【甚】【至】【让】【楚】【黎】【榭】【都】【大】【为】【惊】【讶】。【他】【原】【本】【的】【计】【划】【是】【亮】【出】【这】【些】【暗】【卫】【的】【尸】【首】，【最】【好】【能】【让】【这】【些】【人】【怀】【疑】【神】【霄】【宗】。【却】【没】【想】【到】【居】【然】【还】【引】【出】【了】