Google’s plans for a mega-campus in San Jose lurk behind its recent $1 billion housing pledge

“Glad to do our part to support our future neighbors in San Jose,” CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted to the mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo. But the company’s pledge followed months of tense discussions and protests over rising housing prices in San Jose, where the company is planning a new mega-campus. The San Jose Diridon train station in San Jose, California, U.S., near where Google plans a major expansion. Jerry Strangis, who has worked in San Jose land use for three decades, said he’s supportive of


“Glad to do our part to support our future neighbors in San Jose,” CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted to the mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo. But the company’s pledge followed months of tense discussions and protests over rising housing prices in San Jose, where the company is planning a new mega-campus. The San Jose Diridon train station in San Jose, California, U.S., near where Google plans a major expansion. Jerry Strangis, who has worked in San Jose land use for three decades, said he’s supportive of
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Google's plans for a mega-campus in San Jose lurk behind its recent $1 billion housing pledge

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Last month, when Google said it was investing $1 billion to build 20,000 Bay Area homes over the next decade, it seemed like a generous investment — and compared to what other companies have given, it is. “Glad to do our part to support our future neighbors in San Jose,” CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted to the mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo. But the company’s pledge followed months of tense discussions and protests over rising housing prices in San Jose, where the company is planning a new mega-campus. Now, community members and real estate experts point to the lack of detail in the announcement, and say it may not be as effective as the big round number makes it appear.

Google and other tech companies need space in the Bay Area to accommodate their talent, but there aren’t enough world-changing problems or pay upgrades to sway talent if they can’t find an affordable, safe place to live. This year, Microsoft pledged $500 million to develop affordable housing in and around its hometown of Seattle and Facebook also launched a similar project in the Bay Area. The tale is already playing out in San Francisco, where tech’s burgeoning presence combined with government inaction has led to an average rent of $3,500 for a one-bedroom apartment. Some tech workers recently told the Guardian that they are leaving the Bay Area because of housing costs and safety issues stemming from extreme inequality.

Housing is a hot-button issue in San Jose

Lurking behind Google’s $1 billion housing investment is its plan to build an 8 million square-foot campus for 20,000 employees near San Jose’s downtown — less than 15 miles from its Mountain View headquarters. For more than a year, local residents have expressed concern about rising rents and displacement as Google’s plans move forward. News reports in June 2017 first revealed Google’s interest in building a gigantic tech campus in downtown San Jose near Diridon Station, a major transit hub. Within one week of the news breaking, home prices in a three-mile radius of the site jumped 7%, and condos in the nearby Rose Garden neighborhood jumped $50,000 in a week, according to Brett Jennings, a broker and the founder of Brett Jennings Real Estate Experts. Six months later, nearby housing prices had jumped 25%, he added. “The Google effect,” he said. “We’re feeling it with buyers and sellers, and we’re also seeing it.” (Click image to enlarge.)

Google is planning a new mega-campus in the area near Diridon Station (red square), west of downtown San Jose. Within a week of the news breaking, housing prices in the Rose Garden neighborhood (shaded light grey) and other nearby neighborhoods skyrocketed. CNBC via Google Maps

Since then, several San Jose city council meetings have been disrupted by protesters expressing fear their families — some of which had been there several generations — would be forced to move as housing costs skyrocketed. In November, non-disclosure agreements signed by San Jose city members and Google spurred a lawsuit from organizations Working Partnerships USA and the First Amendment Coalition, alleging “secrecy” and lack of transparency on how the two parties would address community concerns such as housing. Finally, at a meeting in December, after 10 hours of contentious debate, the San Jose city council unanimously voted for the sale of more than $110 million in land to Google, paving the way for a 50-acre campus — essentially its second headquarters.

The San Jose Diridon train station in San Jose, California, U.S., near where Google plans a major expansion. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images

The mayor called for a recess after protesters chained themselves to chairs. After a break, the public was forced into an overflow room and asked to watch the rest of the meeting from a TV screen, which fueled criticism the two parties were operating behind closed doors. Since that night, protesters have made scenes outside of Google’s marketing conference in San Jose and teamed up with employees and investors for a protest outside of the company’s annual shareholder meeting. They often carry large printed signs that read “Welcome to Googleville.” Jerry Strangis, who has worked in San Jose land use for three decades, said he’s supportive of Google’s housing commitment. But he believes it was a “clear” response to community pushback, which is the biggest threat to the potential campus. Earlier this year, community upheaval caused Amazon to pull out of plans to expand in New York. “What the city is doing and how Google is reacting to concerns and criticism about displacement with this housing initiative is really a byproduct of making this whole project work,” Strangis said. “They’ve acquired lots of the land but they also need to get the project approved and it’s pretty clear that this announcement will help make way for that.” Kelly Snider is a real estate development and land use consultant who has worked in Silicon Valley for the last 25 years. She believes the billion-dollar announcement was timed in order for the company to spur goodwill with community and to help its case in acquiring more land. She also said the company could potentially reap benefits and tax exceptions if Google’s land is deemed by cities as a “gift.” Google told CNBC it had heard criticism around the timing of the announcement, but that it also recognized that Bay Area housing had reached a crisis point.

The devil’s in the details

While local experts agree Google’s investment is a step in the right direction, they are skeptical the $1 billion figure will make much of a dent, especially since the funds will be spread out among several Bay Area cities. Google said the bulk of the housing commitment — $750 million — will go toward rezoning Google-owned land into land that can be used for housing. Critics claim that figure can be misleading to the average person because Google already agreed to rezone some of its land in areas like Mountain View prior to the announcement. Shortly after Google’s announcement, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., sent CEO Sundar Pichai a letter requesting more details. “I would like to know whether or not Google will use existing land it owns or if it (will) buy up additional commercial or industrial space,” her letter reads. “With respect to Google’s generous donation to homelessness efforts, is there a particular approach that Google is interested in investing in — such as navigation center or broader efforts to focus on comprehensive supportive services?” Nearly one month later, Feinstein hadn’t yet received answers or a formal response from the company, according to a spokesperson. However, the company clarified to CNBC that the company’s pledge will involve existing land. Community members said they are also concerned about the lack of detail on affordable housing. Jefferey Buchanan, director of policy at Silicon Valley non-profit Working Partnerships USA, said the investment probably won’t offset San Jose’s housing crisis. His firm estimates that the company will rely on 8,000 service workers at a future new tech campus. Service workers include food, janitorial and transportation contractors who earn much less money than the average Google employee. “We continue to see Google buying land in downtown and north San Jose and other parts of Silicon Valley, and yet we still have very few details on what affordable housing will entail,” he said. “There was concern around this initially and there continues to be because a blog post is not going to pay anybody’s rent here in Silicon Valley.” Silicon Valley Rising, a San Jose-based equality campaign organization, said its research found that Google needs to build more than 5,000 affordable homes in San Jose alone, not just regionally. The organization called Google’s housing investment a “win” but added “there is clearly still more it needs to do.” Google said it purposely kept the investment open-ended and that it doesn’t yet have a specific plan for affordable housing units yet, saying the individual cities will likely need to determine most of it. The company said it is soliciting applications from Bay Area developers in efforts to find the most efficient building models. In response to Senator Feinstein’s question about Google’s plans to fight homelessness, Google told CNBC it will seek organizations that focus on solutions for homelessness and displacement — similar to a $3 million donation it gave to a newly-opened San Francisco navigation center — but it hasn’t started that process yet. Despite the lack of detail, some local residents are just happy that tech companies are finally paying attention to the housing crisis. “It certainly benefits them to make sure they have places for their employees to live, and to also be a good community member,” said Leslye Corsiglia, co-founder and executive director of Silicon Valley at Home, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing. Corsiglia has worked with Google on its housing plans in Mountain View. “I think you can question whether or not it’s enough, but it’s certainly a lot and something other corporations are not doing.”

The expansion continues


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How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary

After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. H


After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. H
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How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary

After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. “I have a teaching degree but (teaching) won’t pay the bills for a family of five – it’s just not an option,” she told CNBC. “I thought about nursing, but the biggest drawback was that it required going back to school for two years to get another degree – I didn’t have two years, I have kids and bills to pay.” Despite being a self-confessed technophobe, Lance decided to learn computer coding after a suggestion from her brother-in-law, taking the plunge into an entirely new career path. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. In an interview with CNBC, she shared her tips on achieving success in a new career.

Value your ‘soft skills’

Although a career change can set you back in terms of direct industry experience, Lance urged others not to underestimate the value of basic core capabilities that appeal to employers — like strong communication or leadership skills. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. “(That was) combined with having just coming out of a great program which gave me all the right tech skills.”

Be willing to learn

As well as considering how your skillset could be transferred to a new industry, Lance told CNBC that having the right attitude was a real asset when it came to landing a job with no direct experience. She said she was upfront about what she could and couldn’t do, taking the approach: “I don’t know a lot about it, but I do know a little bit – and I’m willing to learn more.” According to Lance, embracing those knowledge gaps and showcasing a desire for self-improvement could be just as valuable as experience to some employers. “For the job I got, the company was starting a new team that would be using new technology, so we’d all be learning whether they hired somebody with experience or not,” she said. “They wanted people who were capable of learning quickly and who could work and learn under pressure. Going through Coding Dojo proved I had those capabilities and that desire to keep learning.”

Work your own way

Although Lance didn’t feel intellectually limited while learning to code, she said comparing her own pace of work to others’ sometimes led to unnecessary frustration and could impact her confidence. “One challenge was the amount of time it took to get through everything. I don’t think I had trouble with the actual program, but I didn’t have any tech background, so every assignment would take me one and a half times as long as everyone else,” she told CNBC. “Some of the people in my group had played on computers since they were 12 — so the assignments only took 20 to 30 minutes for them to complete.” She said it was important to find your own way to get work done, rather than sticking to the chronological or seemingly “correct” method. Her coding program was organized into three sections, and when she initially attempted to do each assignment in order, Lance found herself falling behind. “I’d have to skip forward and go back again – that’s not a good strategy,” she said. Instead, she got through all of the reading and learning materials for each topic before attempting to complete an assignment. “Make sure you do the reading and homework way before you start struggling with (graded assignments and technical work),” she said. “And make sure you allow yourself enough time outside of class to get stuff done.” Lance also advised those considering a career change not to overestimate their own academic ability. “I was pretty good in school and didn’t have to study a lot,” she said. “I went into Coding Dojo thinking I could get it done quicker, underestimating how much time it would consume. (You have to let it) take as long as it takes.”

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Reservations no longer needed to visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get in

The planet of Batuu is now open to all Disneyland guests, but that doesn’t mean visiting it is going to be easy. The month-long reservation period, which restricted crowd sizes and how long guests could wander around the new land, has come to an end. Starting Monday, anyone who has purchased a ticket to Disney’s California-based theme park will be eligible to enter Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. However, that doesn’t mean everyone will get in. Starting at 7 a.m. PT every morning, Disney will open the


The planet of Batuu is now open to all Disneyland guests, but that doesn’t mean visiting it is going to be easy. The month-long reservation period, which restricted crowd sizes and how long guests could wander around the new land, has come to an end. Starting Monday, anyone who has purchased a ticket to Disney’s California-based theme park will be eligible to enter Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. However, that doesn’t mean everyone will get in. Starting at 7 a.m. PT every morning, Disney will open the
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Reservations no longer needed to visit Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, but that doesn't mean you'll get in

The planet of Batuu is now open to all Disneyland guests, but that doesn’t mean visiting it is going to be easy.

The month-long reservation period, which restricted crowd sizes and how long guests could wander around the new land, has come to an end. Starting Monday, anyone who has purchased a ticket to Disney’s California-based theme park will be eligible to enter Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

However, that doesn’t mean everyone will get in.

Disney has made it clear that Batuu will be subject to capacity limits and, if the land becomes overcrowded, fans will not be guaranteed entrance to the area or to its rides.

While reservations to get into the land aren’t required, if you want to step foot in Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s workshop, you’ll need to enter a virtual queue. Starting at 7 a.m. PT every morning, Disney will open the online reservation system for these experiences.

Reservations can be made through the Disneyland app or through the park’s website and a deposit will be required.

For Oga’s, a fee of $10 per person must be placed when you book your reservation. However, Disney will only charge you if you do not check in for your time slot. Parkgoers will have 45 minutes in the Cantina and at least one person in the group must be over age 14.


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BMW and Jaguar Land Rover to jointly develop electric car parts

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday said they will jointly develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics, unveiling yet another industry alliance designed to lower the costs of developing electric cars. BMW and Jaguar Land Rover said they will save costs through shared development, production planning and joint purchasing of electric car components. The BMW Jaguar Land Rover pact comes as rivals FiatChrysler and Renault explore a $35 billion tie-up of the Italian-American and F


BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday said they will jointly develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics, unveiling yet another industry alliance designed to lower the costs of developing electric cars. BMW and Jaguar Land Rover said they will save costs through shared development, production planning and joint purchasing of electric car components. The BMW Jaguar Land Rover pact comes as rivals FiatChrysler and Renault explore a $35 billion tie-up of the Italian-American and F
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BMW and Jaguar Land Rover to jointly develop electric car parts

A worker checks the frame of a BMW automobile along the production line at the BMW plant in Munich, Germany.

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover on Wednesday said they will jointly develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics, unveiling yet another industry alliance designed to lower the costs of developing electric cars.

Both carmakers are under pressure to roll out zero-emission vehicles to meet stringent anti-pollution rules, but have struggled to maintain profit margins faced with the rising costs of making electric, connected and autonomous cars.

“Together, we have the opportunity to cater more effectively for customer needs by shortening development time and bringing vehicles and state-of-the-art technologies more rapidly to market,” said BMW board member Klaus Froehlich.

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover said they will save costs through shared development, production planning and joint purchasing of electric car components. Both companies will produce electric drivetrains in their own manufacturing facilities, BMW said.

The BMW Jaguar Land Rover pact comes as rivals FiatChrysler and Renault explore a $35 billion tie-up of the Italian-American and French carmaking groups.

Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering director said, “We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products.”

BMW was in talks with rival Daimler about developing electric car components but was also in discussions with Jaguar Land Rover, a company it once owned, to explore an alliance on engines.

BMW already has a deal to supply an 8 cylinder engine to Jaguar Land Rover.

Carmakers are increasingly open to sharing electric car parts because the technology is expensive and because customers no longer buy a car based on what engine a vehicle has.

“Carmakers are much less precious about sharing electric car technology because it is much harder to create product differentiation with electric car tech. They all accelerate fast, and everybody can do quality and ride and handling,” according to Carl-Peter Forster a former chief executive of Tata Motors and a former BMW executive.

Jaguar Land Rover is still run by former BMW managers, including Ralf Speth the company’s chief executive who spent 20 years at BMW prior to joining JLR, and Wolfgang Ziebart, the engineer who oversaw Jaguar’s iPace electric car program, who is a former head of research and development at BMW.

Jaguar Land Rover said it would redouble efforts to cut costs after it posted a $4 billion loss earlier this year, hit by a downturn in demand for sports utility vehicles in China and a regulatory clampdown on diesel emissions.

BMW bought Britain’s Rover Group, which included the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, for 800 million pounds in 1994 only to sell Jaguar Land Rover to Ford in March 2000 for $2.7 billion. In 2008 India’s Tata Group bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for $2.3 billion.


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Goldman Sachs HR exec: Showing ‘authentic’ emotion in your interview can help you land the job

But Goldman Sachs wants candidates who are in touch with the emotions. Head of Human Capital Management Dane Holmes says that showing genuine emotion and honesty in your interview with the bank can actually improve your chances of being hired. “Failure is a big part of getting to understand how someone operates and what motivates them,” Holmes says. Goldman Sachs’ hiring process is a rigorous and extensive evaluation of a candidate’s entire resume, not just their grades or work experience. Holme


But Goldman Sachs wants candidates who are in touch with the emotions. Head of Human Capital Management Dane Holmes says that showing genuine emotion and honesty in your interview with the bank can actually improve your chances of being hired. “Failure is a big part of getting to understand how someone operates and what motivates them,” Holmes says. Goldman Sachs’ hiring process is a rigorous and extensive evaluation of a candidate’s entire resume, not just their grades or work experience. Holme
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Goldman Sachs HR exec: Showing 'authentic' emotion in your interview can help you land the job

Financial services companies have a reputation for being competitive, often challenging work environments. But Goldman Sachs wants candidates who are in touch with the emotions.

Head of Human Capital Management Dane Holmes says that showing genuine emotion and honesty in your interview with the bank can actually improve your chances of being hired. “When we are going to put you in a demanding, high-expectation job, it’s better the more that we understand you, what motivates you, what drives you,” Holmes tells CNBC Make It.

He says candidates have even cried when they were talking about struggles they overcame and experiences that touched them personally. Rather than discounting them for being emotional, he says he and other Goldman recruiters developed a deeper respect for those willing to discuss deeply personal experiences.

Holmes says being upfront about your shortcomings as well as your successes gives your interviewer a wider sense of who you are. Admitting how you bounced back from failure shows your grit and ability to learn from your mistakes.

“Failure is a big part of getting to understand how someone operates and what motivates them,” Holmes says. “Everybody fails. Everybody has their setback — acknowledge it.”

Goldman Sachs’ hiring process is a rigorous and extensive evaluation of a candidate’s entire resume, not just their grades or work experience. The interview process examines a candidate’s behavioral skills, judgment and character in addition to their professional qualifications.

“The whole real point is, ‘Can you be an honest person? Can you be a transparent, authentic person?'” Holmes says.

Holmes says demonstrating your passion and work ethic to your interviewer will also go a long way to winning the job.

“As long as emotion is authentic and direct, and it’s not messing with your perspective or your decision-making, it’s generally a good thing,” says Holmes.

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Review: The Lexus LX 570 is a serious off-road SUV that gives the Range Rover a run for the money

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack HoganToyota’s Land Cruiser SUV has long held a reputation for being the world’s toughest truck. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack HoganThe goodToyota’s Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are both built for off-roading, with four-wheel drive, locking differentials and a low-range gearbox for rock crawling. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack HoganThe badThe LX 570 handles bumps with composure but often responds to inputs in a lumbering manner. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC


The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack HoganToyota’s Land Cruiser SUV has long held a reputation for being the world’s toughest truck. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack HoganThe goodToyota’s Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are both built for off-roading, with four-wheel drive, locking differentials and a low-range gearbox for rock crawling. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack HoganThe badThe LX 570 handles bumps with composure but often responds to inputs in a lumbering manner. The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC
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Review: The Lexus LX 570 is a serious off-road SUV that gives the Range Rover a run for the money

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Toyota’s Land Cruiser SUV has long held a reputation for being the world’s toughest truck. Land Cruisers dot the Australian outback, serve as emergency vehicles in the far reaches of South America and ferry United Nations Peacekeepers to conflict zones around the world. This, the Lexus LX 570, is the Land Cruiser’s luxurious corporate cousin. With a more aggressive design, better interior materials and a new two-row option for a lower price, it’s starting to make sense. It’s not perfect, but the LX 570 two-row is the best competitor Japan has to offer against the Range Rover.

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The good

Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Lexus LX 570 are both built for off-roading, with four-wheel drive, locking differentials and a low-range gearbox for rock crawling. That doesn’t leave a lot of space for the third row to fold, so previous versions of the Toyota twins have featured third-row seats that flip up and to the site. If you wanted a full cargo area, you had to remove the seats. Otherwise, they stayed folded up and looking goofy. Now, you can get an LX 570 with only two rows of seats. This maximizes cargo space and reduces cost, allowing the big Lexus to better compete with Land Rover’s Range Rover and Mercedes’ G-Class, both of which offer only two rows of seats. The LX starts at $87,375 with destination charges, around $5,000 less than the three-row model. Our tester had a sticker price of $88,195.

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That’s just $3,000 more than the last Land Cruiser we tested, which makes the LX easier to justify. It still offers that unbeatable sense of quality and durability with a massive 5.7-liter V-8 and a powerful suite of off-road equipment, but now without the clumsy third row and the extra cost. It may not look the part, but rest assured that the LX is all but unstoppable on a trail. Like all Land Cruisers and LXs before it, the thing is built to handle the worst the world has to offer. It has height-adjustable suspension, hill descent control and a crawl control system that can help the Lexus unstick itself from the worst jams. It can even lock up the inside wheel on a tight bend to help the big truck navigate tight curves in a trail.

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Despite being one of the most capable off-roaders you can buy from a dealership, the LX is still seriously quiet and refined on the road. Road and wind noise are well-filtered, while the engine only makes a ruckus under severe acceleration. Our tester also had the Luxury Package, which includes cooled seats, four-zone climate control and even softer leather seats. Taken as a whole, the interior is a nice place to be, with nice materials and classy design. It won’t blow away Range Rover owners, but a high-quality interior with a nice ride over bumps may sway some who are put off by Land Rover’s reliability woes.

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The bad

The LX 570 handles bumps with composure but often responds to inputs in a lumbering manner. With a tall body lifted up for good ground clearance, the LX heaves forward under braking, squats back when accelerating and leans into corners. It’s easy to imagine this exacerbating car sickness. Lexus also remains incapable of offering a user-friendly infotainment system. The mouse-like remote touch interface is jarring to use, with weird feedback. It’s basically impossible to use on the move, so we tended to set the screen to show a map and our music and leave it be. Luckily, the center console is full of buttons. These handle a lot of core functionality, so you don’t have to use the infotainment as much.

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Fuel economy is also laughably bad. In mostly city driving, we averaged around 13 miles per gallon. Unlike the Land Cruiser, the LX guzzles premium fuel, which means your gas bill will be stratospheric. Finally, the Land Cruiser does exist and is cheaper. If you can deal with the cheaper interior, Toyota badge and clumsy third row, it offers the same quality and unstoppable charm at a lower price.

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How we’d option it

The cheapest Lexus LX 570 you can get is the two-row with no options, which starts at $87,135. We recommend adding the $1,190 luxury package. This also necessitates the $150 heated steering wheel. Believe it or not, those are the only options available. While you can pay for accessories or different wheels, the LX two-row comes equipped with just about everything you’d want. Unfortunately, you can’t get the high-end Mark Levinson audio system without stepping up to the three-row model, but you’re saving enough money that we can forgive it.

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Final thoughts

The Lexus LX is not as sleek or cool as a Range Rover. It also has a worse cabin and worse on-road manners. However, it’s significantly cheaper than a loaded Range Rover and impeccably built. It’s not perfect, but it offers luxury SUV comfort for daily use and insane off-road capability. If you value reliability and quality over a posh cabin and jealous looks, the Lexus LX 570 two-row is the Japanese Range Rover you need.

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 CNBC | Mack Hogan

Rating:

Exterior: 2 stars Interior: 3.5 stars Driving Experience: 3 stars Value: 2.5 star Overall: 2.8 stars *Ratings out of 5.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-26  Authors: mack hogan
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Reservations for Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park snatched up in less than 2 hours

Disneyland began accepting online reservations on Thursday morning from fans who want to be the first park visitors to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. “At this time, the only way to secure a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 is to stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel,” the park’s website said. “Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel on those dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during


Disneyland began accepting online reservations on Thursday morning from fans who want to be the first park visitors to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. “At this time, the only way to secure a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 is to stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel,” the park’s website said. “Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel on those dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during
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Reservations for Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge park snatched up in less than 2 hours

Disneyland began accepting online reservations on Thursday morning from fans who want to be the first park visitors to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Within two hours, all reservation slots had been filled.

The $1 billion expansion, which is set to open May 31, is expected to draw such large crowds that Disney instituted a free reservation process for the first month of its debut.

At 1 p.m. ET, fans were permitted to sign up for 4-hour windows to visit the new land at Disneyland in California. Before 3 p.m., all reservations were closed.

“At this time, the only way to secure a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 is to stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel,” the park’s website said. “Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel on those dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay.”

Parkgoers will be able to visit the new land after June 23 without a reservation. However, if crowds get too big, Disney said some experiences in the land will be restricted or unavailable. A second Galaxy’s Edge will open in Orlando, Florida, in August.

The new land is set on Batuu, a planet not yet seen on film. It’s a thriving port filled with rogue traders, droids and unique alien species.

Disney park guests will be able to explore the planet’s Black Spire Outpost and shops as well as pilot the Millennium Falcon on the Smugglers Run ride and take part in an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance on the Rise of the Resistance ride.

Shops and restaurants will offer an array of unique merchandise and food and beverages not available in any other location.

The excitement from guests is a good sign for Disney. The park is likely to draw massive crowds eager to spend money on food and special merchandise only available at Galaxy’s Edge. Disney’s theme parks and resorts took in more than $20 billion in revenue for its 2018 fiscal year and earned $4.5 billion in operating profit.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-02  Authors: sarah whitten
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The 15 states where you’re most likely to land a work-from-home job

For two-fifths of American employees, the workplace looks a little different to what we typically assume. There might not be a desk, the uniform may include pajamas, and a cat may be the only office mate. From 2012 to 2017, the share of American employees opting to work remotely rose 5 percentage points, from 39% to 43%. The trend is likely to continue as a little over half of American employees feeling like their ideal work spot lies outside the traditional confines of an office. Below are the


For two-fifths of American employees, the workplace looks a little different to what we typically assume. There might not be a desk, the uniform may include pajamas, and a cat may be the only office mate. From 2012 to 2017, the share of American employees opting to work remotely rose 5 percentage points, from 39% to 43%. The trend is likely to continue as a little over half of American employees feeling like their ideal work spot lies outside the traditional confines of an office. Below are the
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-01  Authors: kerri anne renzulli
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The 15 states where you're most likely to land a work-from-home job

For two-fifths of American employees, the workplace looks a little different to what we typically assume. There might not be a desk, the uniform may include pajamas, and a cat may be the only office mate.

And that’s because these employees are working remotely, a report by U.S. market research firm Gallup found.

From 2012 to 2017, the share of American employees opting to work remotely rose 5 percentage points, from 39% to 43%. The trend is likely to continue as a little over half of American employees feeling like their ideal work spot lies outside the traditional confines of an office.

According to a recent survey from OnePoll, in conjunction with GoToMeeting, 43% of people say they’d clock in from their homes if they could. If you’re not in that happy percentage that gets to skip frustrating commutes and distracting coworkers, and you want to be, your location might be the problem.

Certain states offer far more opportunities for remote gigs than others. FlexJobs analyzed the number of state-based remote job listings posted in 2018. (Many companies limit the “remoteness” of their employees to living within the same state for tax and compliance reasons as well as easier scheduling of in-person meetings, according to FlexJobs.)

Below are the 15 states that had the highest number of remote job listings in 2018, as well as the top industries and companies hiring for those remote workers in each state.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-01  Authors: kerri anne renzulli
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Jaguar Land Rover to let drivers earn cryptocurrency by sharing data

The automaker announced Monday that its “smart wallet” technology will let drivers earn the IOTA coin that can be used to pay for everyday costs such as coffee, parking, or charging electric vehicles. Owners of cars made by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will be able to earn cryptocurrency as they drive by enabling their vehicles to report “useful” data. Smart wallet users will also be able to top up their credit using conventional payment methods. JLR expects 75 billion devices to be connected to the


The automaker announced Monday that its “smart wallet” technology will let drivers earn the IOTA coin that can be used to pay for everyday costs such as coffee, parking, or charging electric vehicles. Owners of cars made by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will be able to earn cryptocurrency as they drive by enabling their vehicles to report “useful” data. Smart wallet users will also be able to top up their credit using conventional payment methods. JLR expects 75 billion devices to be connected to the
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-29  Authors: chloe taylor
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Jaguar Land Rover to let drivers earn cryptocurrency by sharing data

The automaker announced Monday that its “smart wallet” technology will let drivers earn the IOTA coin that can be used to pay for everyday costs such as coffee, parking, or charging electric vehicles. According to Reuters , IOTA’s cryptocurrency is worth around 27 U.S. cents per token.

JLR has partnered with German non-profit the IOTA Foundation, which helps businesses establish digital protocols, to provide the currency and help handle payments using its disrupted ledger technology — a system like the blockchain that enables cryptocurrency transactions.

Drivers will be able to earn digital currency by enabling tech in connected vehicles to report road condition data — such as traffic or potholes — to navigation providers and local authorities. Once the data is received, other connected vehicles can be warned to take alternative routes.

Owners of cars made by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will be able to earn cryptocurrency as they drive by enabling their vehicles to report “useful” data.

Smart wallet users will also be able to top up their credit using conventional payment methods. JLR expects 75 billion devices to be connected to the smart wallet network by 2025.

The technology is currently being trialed at the JLR software engineering base in Shannon, in the Republic of Ireland, where several vehicle models — including the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar — have been equipped with the smart wallet.

“In the future an autonomous car could drive itself to a charging station, recharge and pay, while its owner could choose to participate in the sharing economy — earning rewards from sharing useful data such as warning other cars of traffic jams,” Russell Vickers, a JLR software architect, said in a press release on Monday.

“Our Shannon software development centre is advancing the use of cryptocurrency to make people’s lives better, by allowing drivers to safely share data and make payments from their vehicle,” added Nick Rogers, JLR’s executive director of product engineering.

Dominik Schiener, IOTA co-founder, told Reuters on Friday that there would be a universal coin that could be used by all new vehicles to enable the machine economy of the future.

Jaguar Land Rover has faced financial pressure in recent months, announcing earlier this year that it would cut 10% of its workforce. At the end of March, S&P downgraded its credit rating on the company, and put it on review for a potential further downgrade amid risks of a no-deal Brexit and U.S. import tariffs.

On Sunday, reports emerged that JLR was considering a bid for taxi firm Addison Lee in an effort to compete with digital rivals and establish itself in the self-driving vehicle space. Addison Lee is currently owned by U.S. private equity firm the Carlyle Group, which is hoping to raise £300 million from the sale, The Telegraph reported.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-29  Authors: chloe taylor
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Land Rover’s new lineup has some of the world’s fastest SUVs, including the new Range Rover Velar

Odds are it will take you longer to say “Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition” than it takes for the new SUV to hit 60. Luckily for buyers, the Land Rover lineup also happens to include some of the market’s fastest and most powerful SUVs. The Velar SVA Dynamic, as company folks are inclined to call it, is a perfect example with its 550 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine capable of launching to 60 in a mere 4.3 seconds. Parent Land Rover has been on something of a tear lat


Odds are it will take you longer to say “Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition” than it takes for the new SUV to hit 60. Luckily for buyers, the Land Rover lineup also happens to include some of the market’s fastest and most powerful SUVs. The Velar SVA Dynamic, as company folks are inclined to call it, is a perfect example with its 550 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine capable of launching to 60 in a mere 4.3 seconds. Parent Land Rover has been on something of a tear lat
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-18  Authors: paul a eisenstein, adam jeffery
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Land Rover's new lineup has some of the world's fastest SUVs, including the new Range Rover Velar

Odds are it will take you longer to say “Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition” than it takes for the new SUV to hit 60.

The folks at the British automaker have a propensity for long-winded model names. Luckily for buyers, the Land Rover lineup also happens to include some of the market’s fastest and most powerful SUVs. The Velar SVA Dynamic, as company folks are inclined to call it, is a perfect example with its 550 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine capable of launching to 60 in a mere 4.3 seconds.

Parent Land Rover has been on something of a tear lately, taking advantage of the massive shift from conventional passenger cars to SUVs and crossovers. It has created what U.S. CEO Joe Eberhardt describes as a “three-pillar strategy,” starting with familiar models like the Discovery. A rugged off-road pillar will be anchored by the reborn Defender coming later this year. Then there’s the high-luxury pillar filled by various Range Rover models, such as the newly updated Evoque, and niche variants like the Velar SVA Dynamic.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-04-18  Authors: paul a eisenstein, adam jeffery
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