Uber has announced big changes in California to try to get ahead of the state crackdown on classification of drivers as employees or contractors. Some changes will be more visible to passengers than others, such as the ability to “favorite” a driver to to increase chances you’ll get them on future rides. But also behind the scenes, the changes are likely to impact passengers in a big way.
Uber is telling drivers that they “should be able to earn more by providing your customers with great service. Starting today, providing a 5 star trip for your riders will create opportunity for more business later. After a 5-star rating, your rider can now add you as a favorite.”
For now, it appears you will have to schedule a ride for the favorite feature to work. That’s the official word, but there are many mysteries under the hood as to how drivers are matched with passengers, so they certainly may take this data into consideration in undocumented ways.
While you will be able to start picking your favorites today, Uber says it will be early 2020 before they roll out changes to the scheduled ride feature that will take them into consideration.
In a message to drivers, Uber says, “There has been a lot of important debate about flexible work and what it means to drive with Uber in California. With the passage of new laws, we’ve been carefully considering how we could further protect your access and enhance the flexibility and transparency of the Uber platform going forward. It is important for you to know that come January 1, you’ll still be able to earn with Uber when and where you want, as your own boss.”
For Uber to avoid having drivers classified as employees, they basically have had little choice but to change the platform to allow drivers to have more control. These changes are designed to enhance their argument that drivers are autonomous businesspeople.
The biggest change will be that drivers will now see the estimated earnings for the trip along with a passenger’s destination. Currently, a passenger’s destination is kept hidden from a driver until they pick a passenger up. Each ride a driver accepts can be somewhat of a gamble, perhaps going to an unwanted destination or being a short ride when the driver prefers a long ride. Some drivers may choose not to take airport trips while others may be happy to take them.
Uber is now going to let the driver sort out which rides they prefer to take. If there are no drivers nearby, and you are requesting a short trip, it may be harder for you to get a ride. It isn’t yet certain if special event and airport pickups will follow the same system, however Uber did not carve out these exceptions in their announcement.
Uber does say that drivers will continue to be prohibited from discriminating from certain neighborhoods based on race or similar factors.
21 Workers Test Positive for Coronavirus at Rock n Roll Ralphs
HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) — Workers rallied Friday outside a Ralphs store in Hollywood where 21 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The group called on the store to take more aggressive action when staff test positive for the virus, and to ramp up efforts to protect the grocery store employees, who are considered essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
They said they speak for thousands of workers who are afraid they aren’t getting enough protection as the virus continues to spread countywide, infecting more than 24,000 as of Friday.
The Ralphs at 7257 W. Sunset Blvd. has had an outbreak involving several workers who tested positive for the virus, according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which lists businesses and […]
‘Stay Put, Order In’ and Dine With Friends on Zoom, Says Mayor
WEST HOLLYWOOD — WeHo is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and our community members are used to gathering around restaurant tables and enjoying meals together. Now, there’s an opportunity to, instead, gather around kitchen tables at home and enjoy a meal (or many!) while supporting our local restaurants.
“One of the worst things about the Safer At Home directive is being disconnected from friends, neighbors, and the city around us,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “Don’t be alone if you don’t have to be – take advantage of the technology out there and invite a friend to Zoom in for Ziti or share some Farfalle over FaceTime.”
Mealtime is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends, family, and loved ones using virtual teleconferencing technology, while partaking in your favorite delivered or takeout food.
Many West Hollywood restaurants remain open and are offering takeout, curbside, and delivery meals, which are sensitive to social distancing during the emergency. The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer a directory of “Stay Put, Order In” eateries in West Hollywood, which is accessible by visitingwww.weho.org/coronavirus (click the “Stay Put, Order In” link!) or www.wehochamber.com/dinein. This list is updated daily.
“We need to start hanging out together, and talking, and seeing each other again. So, why not plan to #WeHoDinnerConnect this week – maybe Saturday at 8 p.m.? Or Sunday at 7 p.m.? Or even just 15 minutes of screen-to-screen gossip,” said Mayor D’Amico. “And you don’t have to cook a thing… local restaurants have meals and menus tailored to take-away choices and they’re ready to send food over to your house or make arrangements for you to pick it up.”
If picking up food, remember to wear face coverings, which are required to enter essential businesses.
Amoeba Music Won’t Reopen Original Sunset Boulevard Store
HOLLYWOOD (TimeOut) — In a statement posted to its Instagram account on Monday, Amoeba announced that it would not be reopening its nearly two-decade-old flagship on Sunset Boulevard. Instead, the indie record shop will divert all of its resources to opening its new shop on Hollywood Boulevard, which they still hope to have ready in the fall.
“There are so many unknowns and uncertainties for a business like ours right now,” the statement reads. “The only way we can keep Amoeba Hollywood alive in the future is to make this difficult decision now.”
Our original story about the store’s GoFundMe campaign appears below.
It’s become a pit stop on music-lover’s tours of Hollywood, it’s hosted concerts from Patti Smith and Paul McCartney, and it’s weathered the Great Recession and the transition from CDs to MP3s to all things streaming. But with Amoeba Music’s future more uncertain now than ever, the massive independent record store is turning to its devotees for nearly half a million dollars to try to stay afloat.
In an essay on GoFundMe, Amoeba cofounders Dave Prinz and Marc Weinstein recount […]
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- Beverly Grove Man Charged for COVID Relief Loan Fraud
- County Hospitals Receive 300 iPads for Patients to See Family
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- White House Gift Shop Selling Coronavirus Commemorative Coins
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