Car-hiring apps hit a snarl
(AP) -- Summoning a taxi or car service with your smartphone feels like the future. City governments around the world can agree on that. But many of them are proposing new rules that would run Uber, one of the most prominent ride-requesting apps, off the road.
At a recent conference here, transportation regulators and car service operators from cities in the United States and Europe met to talk about how smartphone apps were changing the hire-a-car business. Some of these apps are integrated with dispatching systems run by the car companies, while others allow drivers to directly connect with passengers, phone to phone.
While the regulators discussed ways to clarify the legality of these apps, they also proposed guidelines that would effectively force Uber, a San Francisco startup, to cease operations in the U.S. Uber also faces new lawsuits filed by San Francisco cabdrivers and Chicago car service companies, and a $20,000 fine from the California Public Utilities Commission.
Bay Federal announces hires
Bay Federal Credit Union has hired Geoff Caras as the new chief information officer.
A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Caras has worked in information technology for more than 20 years. He was the chief technology officer general manager at The Igneous Group Inc. in Santa Cruz, and has held positions with Monsoon Commerce in Emeryille, XAP Corp. and Shop.com.
Patty Winters is Bay Federal's new assistant vice president of human resources and development. A certified "Professional in Human Resources" she has 20 years of experience in human resources, strategic development, finance and operations at Silicon Valley industries including high-tech and medical devices. She was the vice president of human resources and administration of Vertical Circuits Inc. in Scotts Valley.