Protesters upset with, among other things, the rising rents due to highly paid tech workers moving into the city have staged demonstrations targeting those buses, blocking their paths as they try to depart for the Valley. On Friday, one of the protests resulted in vandalism, with demonstrators breaking the window of one Google bus in Oakland, according to a report by The New York Times. Neither Google nor Apple immediately responded to requests for comment. We'll update this post if we hear back.
Friday's protest was the second such demonstration in two weeks. The last one involved a bit of performance art, with a man posing as a Googler shouting rage-baiting condemnations of the protest, like, "You can't afford it? Then leave." The video went viral, and though he was a faux tech worker, it speaks to the growing sentiment about the wealth disparity in the Bay Area. Adding to the resentment is the fact that the buses pick up passengers at stops designated for the city's official public transportation without paying the city.
But while the non-Valley public starts to push back against the tech elite, there are signs that the tech elite are feeling isolated themselves. On Thursday evening, TechCrunch reported that tech investor Tim Draper proposed California be split up into six separate states -- including one state specifically cordoned off as Silicon Valley.