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Published on Dec 9, 2013
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Protesters blocked a private Google shuttle on Valencia street today, decrying private shuttle's use of public bus stops without paying fees or fines.
The group of 20 or so neon-yellow vested ralliers called themselves the "San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency." They noted that despite Google's billions of dollars in worth, they don't pay San Francisco a dime to use the Muni stops -- fines that private auto drivers pay regularly.
The SFMTA has a pilot plan in the works to regulate private use of public bus stops.
Though the private shuttles were the crux of the day's protest, the heart of the fight is over gentrification. As the tech revolution in SF leads to rising rents longtime San Franciscans are being displaced.
The shouter is a union organizer named Max Bell Alper. Our post interviews him and asks why he impersonated a Google employee.