Santa Monica plans to give money to hundreds of additional seniors to help them with the rent. The city is building on a pilot program it launched last year that offered between $200 and $660 a month in rental assistance to nearly two dozen seniors. “We’d like to expand this program tenfold,” said Santa Monica’s Housing and Economic Development Director Andy Agle. “We’re taking our program from $200,000 to $2 million a year.
Juan Hernandez is trying to eke out a living in the Imperial Valley by driving for Lyft and working at Lowe's. (Amita Sharma/KPBS)WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT CALIFORNIA'S GIG ECONOMY AND THE STATE LAW THAT COULD CHANGE IT.
Sweat lined Lyft driver Juan Hernandez’s upper lip on an oppressively hot morning recently in Imperial County’s El Centro. “Let’s see what the schedule is right now,” said Hernandez as he checked his phone for his next pickup. The 21-year-old accounting student became a Lyft driver only six days earlier. Tens of thousands of Californians, like Hernandez, stitch together a living doing contract work with multiple employers without the benefits of most full-time workers.