1. Posh restaurants bloom while local institutions close.
As The Verge's Lauren Goode notes, Nobu has opened an outpost in downtown Palo Alto, but a restaurant/beer garden that has been in the region for 60 years is closing because it can't afford the rising rent.
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has had a long running battle over whether he has to provide coastal access through his Half Moon Bay residence. Having lost so far, Khosla now plans to take the battle to the U.S. Supreme Court. He's turning the issue into a battle over a California law that guarantees public access to the state's coast.