S.F.'s Former Chief Building Inspector Accused of Defrauding CityRodrigo Santos was once the president of the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission. Now he's in some hot water. His firm has been accused of submitting bogus documents and plans for work on three homes. Julie Watts reports. (9-20-19)
Gilroy Garlic Producer Supports Trump Tariffs on ChinaGilroy's Christopher Ranch is one of the largest garlic companies in the country and their owner says he fully supports the imposition of a tariff on imported Chinese garlic. Len Ramirez reports. (9-19-18)
Cab Drivers Demand Relief from High-Price S.F. Taxi MedallionsCab drivers in San Francisco are struggling to compete with Lyft and Uber while the city requires them to have medallions, which cost up to a quarter million dollars. Now, the city is trying to sell drivers on possible medallion reforms. Wilson Walker reports. (9-13-18)
Berkeley’s Pacific Steel Casting, Founded in 1934, Closes ShopOne of Berkeley's last remaining industrial businesses is closing its doors. Pacific Steel Casting is shutting down after more than eight decades in business. Don Ford reports. (9-7-18)
Growers Face Worker Shortage as Wine Harvest BeginsNorthern California wineries are gearing up for the harvest. The grapes are there but, in many cases, the workers aren't. John Ramos reports. (9-3-18)
Eatery, Cannabis Dispensary Sharing Same Name Confound CustomersThe owner of Fume Bistro & Bar in Napa is fuming. He says a cannabis dispensary with a similar name "Napa Valley Fume" just started selling and delivering marijuana products to Napa county and he wants to clear up customers' confusion. Mary Lee reports. (9-3-18)
Businesses Band Together to Lure Locals to Fisherman's WharfNot many people in San Francisco make it a priority to visit Fisherman's Wharf but, as KPIX 5's Susie Steimle reports, luring locals is part of the new business plan. (8-31-18)
Electric Scooters Set to Roll Back Onto S.F. StreetsOn Thursday San Francisco awarded its first official permits for electric scooters but, as KPIX 5's Andrea Nakano reports, some of the biggest players in the game -- are being shut out. (8-30-18)
Bay Area Company Builds Prototype of Next-Gen Autonomous AutoA Bay Area startup called Zoox is putting a new spin on self-driving cars. Instead of building the technology around the car, they're doing it the other way around. Betty Yu reports. (8-17-18)
Redwood City Residents Oppose Coffee Stand's Bikini-Clad BaristasA Peninsula neighborhood is trying to shut down plans to open a new drive-through coffee operation where customers are served by scantily-clad baristas. Opponents say they’re not anti-business but argue the baristas wearing bikinis at Pink Pantherz Espresso are too hot to handle. Maria Medina reports. (8-17-18)
SF Small Business Calls Out City's Needle Exchange PolicyS.F. mayor London Breed is sending a message that more needs to be done to help small businesses. But one business is firing back, suggesting the drug problem is out of control. Susie Steimle reports. (8-15-18)
At Issue: Techs and The CityKPIX 5's Phil Matier talks with San Francisco supervisor Aaron Peskin about the impact of insular technology companies and their workforce on the city's culture and economy. (7-29-18)
Salesforce Faces Backlash Over Contract with Federal Immigration AgencySalesforce has a contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and now, as KPIX 5's Joe Vazquez learned, one local company has decided to turn its back on the tech giant and its business. (7-26-18)
Patrons Donate Big to Palo Alto Restaurant That Trains Special Needs WorkersThe folks at Ada's Cafe in Palo Alto go out of their way to hire developmentally disabled employees but the restaurant has been going through tough times. Now, as KPIX 5's Kiet Do explains, public generosity has created new reason for hope. (7-26-18)
Landmark S.F. Restaurant, Closed Since 2007, Struggles to ReopenJulius' Castle on Telegraph Hill has won city approval to reopen but neighbors are opposed. Wilson Walker spoke with the owner about the battle that's been dragging on for years. (7-20-18)
Muni Tunnel Construction Hammers West Portal BusinessesWork on the Twin Peaks tunnel is scaring away customers along West Portal Avenue in San Francisco. Mary Lee reports. (7-19-18)
St. Helena Winery Sues Google Over Lewd Reviews OnlineA tiny Napa Valley winery sued Google in small claims court for not removing reviews of its business which included obscene language. Emily Turner reports. (7-12-18)
Pacifica Man Launches Craft DistilleryWhat started out as a side hustle is quickly turning into big business for one Bay Area entrepreneur. Julie Watts reports on how Jason Tripp's love of craft spirits is paying off. (7-6-18)
ConsumerWatch Weekend: Social Media in the WorkplaceSaturday marks the ninth annual Social Media Day. While social media may be great for sharing selfies and cute cat pictures it has also become an important tool for building brands and even your career. Julie Watts talked with Mehak Vohra, founder of Jamocha Media, a digital marketing company in San Francisco. (6-30-18)
New 'Rideshare for Yachts' Lets Landlubbers Lease Bay SailboatsFirst there was rideshare, then bike share. Now people can sign up for boat share. Betty Yu got a taste of sea air and salt spray thanks to a new service called SailTime San Francisco Bay. (6-29-18)
Beloved Oakland Restaurant Closes After 91 YearsMexicali Rose has been serving up food to devoted diners for more than nine decades. On Friday evening it will serve its last meal. Julie Watts reports. (6-29-18)
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Hires Young Teens to Handle Summer RushThe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has hired about 60 14-year-olds to help fill 1,700 summer positions. Management says it has been hard to find enough seasonal employees. Len Ramirez reports. (6-22-18)
California Pot Vendors Scramble to Unload Inventory Before New Rules Take EffectA big shakeup is coming to California's multi-billion-dollar recreational marijuana industry. Retailers are facing a major deadline which could cause a pot shortage. Peter Daut reports. (6-21-18)
San Jose Goes Easy on Electric ScootersWhile San Francisco has recently cracked down on electric scooters, San Jose is -- so far -- taking a much different approach. Devin Fehely reports. (6-21-18)

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