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The Bay Area braces for Uber & Lyft IPOs

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On this edition of Your Call, how many millionaires can the Bay Area sustain? When Uber and Lyft go public this year, thousands of employees will become incredibly wealthy overnight. Home prices are expected to go up, making the Bay Area even more unaffordable for working class people.

San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar is calling for a hearing on how IPOs affect housing prices, gentrification, traffic, and inequality. What do you think government officials should do about IPO wealth and growing inequality? 


Gordon Mar, San Francisco District 4 Supervisor

Jason Benlevi, author of Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech

Edward Escobar, a San Francisco Uber/Lyft driver, advocate and organizer for drivers/gig workers, and founder of The Alliance for Independent Workers and #DriversUnite Movement. 


Web Resources:

When Uber and Airbnb Go Public, San Francisco Will Drown in Millionaires--New York Times

Could SF Tax New IPO Wealth? --48 Hills

Finally, some insight on the impact of IPOs on home prices-SF Chronicle

Jason Benlevi


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.