The Boring Company named finalist for Chicago tunnel system; Kozmo.com returns; and women in tech pressured to return early from parental leave.

The Boring Company Named Finalist for Chicago Tunnel System

Elon Musk’s Hawthorne-based The Boring Company has outlasted all but one of its competitors in its bid to create a downtown Chicago-O’Hare tunnel system, Teslarati reports. The other candidate is O’Hare Xpress LLC, a consortium that includes participants from Meridiam, Antarctica Capital, JLC Infrastructure, Mott MacDonald and First Transit.

Kozmo.com Returns

Kozmo.com, the 90's-era online grocery delivery service brand, is back--thanks to Los Angeles-based Yummy.com, Techcrunch reports. According to Yummy.com, it launched the Kozmo.com online warehouse club on March 21 in Los Angeles, offering up next-day delivery of bulk groceries, saying it will deliver fresh produce, meat and packaged groceries, health and beauty products, beer, wine and liquor through its service, at prices similar to a traditional warehouse club – but without a membership fee. Kozmo.com will charge a $5.99 delivery fee, and a $35 minimum order for its service, according to Yummy.com. Yummy.com is led by CEO Barnaby Montgomery. For now, the service is only available in Los Angeles; Yummy.com said it has plans to expand Kozmo.com to new markets by the end of the year.

Women in Tech Pressured to Return Early from Parental Leave

Tech employers are ahead of the national average in offering paid parental leave, but a new study shows that many women in tech are afraid to use those benefits in full, Record reports. In a survey of 1,005 U.S. women working in the tech sector, 83 percent of respondents who had kids while working for their current companies said they felt pressured to return to their jobs while they were on parental leave. The survey was released March 22 by job-listing site Indeed and reported the following sub-categories of data: 34 percent said they were directly pressured by colleagues or managers, 32 percent feared losing their jobs and 38 percent cited a fear of losing credibility or value.

Technology reporter Eli Horowitz can be reached at ehorowitz@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachhorowitz13 for the latest in L.A. tech news.

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