Peter Seto wakes up at 5:30 a.m., drinks a cup of coffee and makes the 18-minute cross-town commute to San Francisco’s waterfront. There, he hops in the driver’s seat of a 45-foot luxury coach outfitted with tinted windows, plush seats, TVs and wireless Internet to chauffeur a bus full of programmers around the Bay Area.
In the first official trip by a French president to California in 30 years, Francois Hollande sought to convince San Francisco-area companies that he’s making France a better country to invest and pay taxes in.
California’s worsening drought is raising the stakes for a $15 billion plan endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown to build two 30-mile (48-kilometer) water tunnels under an ecologically sensitive river delta east of San Francisco Bay.
California officials said the state’s deepening drought means they won’t be able to deliver any of the water sought by contractors that supply two-thirds of the population and a million acres of farmland.