News Pix: Airbnb Protests, Late-Night Muni and Albany Bulb Cleanup

Airbnb Airbnb opponents and backers held a pair of rallies at San Francisco’s City Hall on Tuesday, April 29, as city officials consider regulating short-term rentals and the increasingly popular practice of home-sharing. Airbnb, currently valued at about $10 billion, has operated in a legal gray area until now. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

late muni Bay Area residents know that getting home late at night on public transportation can be a challenge. Now Supervisor Scott Weiner is trying to do something about it. He has introduced a resolution that calls for the formation of a working group made up of business owners, nightlife advocates, unions, workers and transit agencies. The goal: A “Late-Night Integrated Transportation Plan.” (Marquis Houghton/Flickr)

Albany bulb cleanup Workers from the city of Albany and Tucker Construction continue removing debris from the Albany Bulb, as some of the last remaining residents move out of the East Bay homeless encampment. Albany agreed to pay $3,000 apiece to 28 Bulb residents in exchange for vacating the 30-acre peninsula so it can be transformed into Sylvia McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. The deal required residents to leave by Friday, April 25, in order to be eligible for the money. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson And NBA Players Press Conference Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, along with several retired players, responds to the NBA’s decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling over racist comments he made. In addition to banning Sterling from the NBA for life, they fined him $2.5 million. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Adler On Sunday, April 27, People’s Park celebrated its 45th anniversary with live music and food. People’s Park is deeply rooted in Berkeley’s history, having been created by community members in the 1960s. It was the scene of a major confrontation between student protesters and police in May 1969. Former Berkeley Barb photographer Harold Adler, who shot the People’s Park riots, brought prints of his photographs to the anniversary event. Today, the park is a daytime sanctuary for Berkeley’s homeless population. Confrontations and crimes are a regular occurrence and there is a constituency, including many local merchants on Telegraph Avenue, that would like to see the area change. (Ted Friedman/Berkeleyside)

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