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  • Hipcamp

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    Hipcamp is an online travel service designed to help people discover and book camping experiences. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 2013 by Alyssa Ravasio and cofounder Eric Bach joined the team later that year. Hipcamp enables users to search for available campsites based on location, natural landscape, activities offered, and amenities. Since its launch, the company has worked toward national expansion and creating an engaged community of campers.

  • Honeycut

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    Honeycut is a San Francisco-based band, part of the Quannum Projects. Its members are Bart Davenport (voice), RV Salters (keys and samples) and Tony Sevener (beats, MPC drum machine). The band was formed in 2003. It released its first album in 2006 (The Day I Turned to Glass) and shortly after received the 17th annual SF Weekly music award in the category Best Soul/Funk Band. Its music has been influenced by rock, indie-pop, soul and funk and their sound is very rich for a three-man band. Bart Davenport and Tony Sevener originate from California, while RV Salters was born in Paris and lived in France until joining the Quannum Projects in 1999. RV Salters displays a unique style of dancing while playing keyboard during their performances. They mostly perform in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example at notable places like "The Independent". A cut-down version of Honeycut's song "Exodus Honey" was used by Apple Inc. for the late-2007 iMac commercial and the welcome video that plays upon installation of Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard. On 4 April 2011, Honeycut released their second album, Comedians, for download only in France from iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store. This is their first release on Discograph records. In February 2012, Honeycut released Comedians in the United States, for download only from iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store.

  • Homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area

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    Homeless person on Church Street in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area comprises nine northern California counties and contains four of the ten most expensive counties in the United States. Strong economic growth has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs, but coupled with severe restrictions on building new housing units, has resulted in an extreme housing shortage which has driven rents to extremely high levels. The Sacramento Bee notes that large cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles both attribute their recent increases in homeless persons to the housing shortage, with the result that homelessness in California overall has increased by 15% from 2015 to 2017. In San Francisco, a minimum wage worker would have to work approximately 4.7 full-time jobs to be able to rent a two-bedroom apartment. While homelessness in the SF Bay Area is significant, "In no state can a full-time minimum wage worker afford a one-bedroom or a two-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent. ...while spending no more than 30% of income on housing costs." San Francisco has several thousand homeless residents, despite extensive efforts by city government to address the issue. The dramatically larger prevalence of visible homelessness in the city (relative to other large US cities) is widely noted by visitors as well as residents, and as of 2018, is starting to impact the city's largest industry, tourism (a $9 billion industry), as one large doctors' group has decided to move their annual convention elsewhere after members' concerns about threatening behavior, mental illness, and assault on one of their board members. The number of the individuals in poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area grew from 573,333 (8.6%) in 2000 to 668,876 (9.7%) in 2006-2010. While poverty rates vary greatly across the SF Bay area, in 2015, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies published that the poverty rate was 11.3%, having a slight downward trend from 12%, however, it was still above the historical average rate of 9%.

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