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  • Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting as management turmoil at the ride-hailing company deepens

    03/19/2017 4:28:15 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 62 replies
    Recode ^ | 3-19-17 | KARA SWISHER AND JOHANA BHUIYAN
    Jeff Jones, the president of Uber, is quitting the car-hailing company after less than a year. The move by the No. 2 exec, said sources, is directly related to the multiple controversies there, including explosive charges of sexism and sexual harassment. (UPDATE: Uber confirmed the departure and will be sending a statement. (UPDATE: Jones also confirmed the departure with a blistering assessment of the company. “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president...
  • Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting, Endangering Loans [Bloomberg Link Only]

    01/30/2017 12:25:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] | January 30, 2017 | Polly Mosendz and Shahien Nasiripour
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  • Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

    10/25/2016 12:53:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A package of bills that would establish statewide, uniform regulations and an open market for transportation companies has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Importantly, it would also restrict local governments’ ability to manipulate this market. More than a year ago, the Michigan House passed a bill package related to ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. These companies are operating in some areas in Michigan, but they have been restricted by municipal regulators. The bills would explicitly make it legal for them to operate anywhere in the state, meaning that no matter where you live, you could start earning extra...
  • Know English? For New York Cabdrivers, That’s No Longer Required

    08/20/2016 10:23:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2016 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    Hail a yellow taxi in New York City, and there is a good chance the driver is from another country. Passengers are regularly exposed to a range of languages that span the globe, from Spanish to Bengali to Urdu. It can be charming, but also maddening for riders who feel that drivers do not understand where they want to go. Don’t you have to speak English, some wonder, to drive a taxi here? As of Friday, the answer is no. That is when new rules went into effect eliminating the requirement that taxi drivers take an English proficiency exam. Now,...
  • Move over Europe: Muslims 'raping U.S. women'(Uber drivers)

    03/22/2016 2:09:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 3-22-16 | LEO HOHMANN
    A growing number of drivers working for Uber, Lyft and similar taxi services have been accused of sexually assaulting female passengers. And many of them have Muslim names. Two Uber drivers – Hassan Ibrahim, 48, and Salim Salem, 47 – were charged last week in connection with sexual assaults against female college students at Michigan State University, the Detroit Free Press reported. The two men are accused of using their Uber driver jobs to prey upon college students. Ibrahim faces one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a Feb. 14 incident, according to East Lansing police. He...
  • Despite Opponents' Attacks, Uber is Just What Americans Need

    12/02/2015 4:44:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | Danni Ondraskova
    Editor's Note: This article was co-authored by Danni Ondraskova and Justin Haskins. Many people are already familiar with Uber, the highly lauded and criticized San Francisco-based company that offers its customers a car-share service through an eponymous app. Uber touts its service as a legitimate alternative to city taxis and other transportation services. Its website promises consumers the chance to "share experiences, woo the moment, and create an escape." Uber's opponents—usually controlled-obsessed regulatory zealots or competing taxi companies—question the safety of Uber's business model and point to alleged fluctuations in its service quality as signals of the service's inherent unreliability,...
  • Democrats Caring for the Common Man

    09/27/2015 8:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    One of my favorite political stories comes from my friend Michelle Steel, an Orange County Supervisor and formerly a member of the State Board of Equalization in California (BOE). When on the BOE, which oversees much of the tax structure in California including sales tax, she served with Judy Chu who is now a Congresswoman (D-CA). In the eight years that Steel served on the BOE, she could only remember Chu voting in favor of the taxpayer once. But every time she went out somewhere with Chu, she would tell a story about her support for the taxpayers and tell...
  • VETS DRIVE YELLOW NYC

    02/21/2015 10:55:51 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Vets Drive Yellow NYC ^ | 2/21/2015 | VetsDriveYellowNYC
    VETS DRIVE YELLOW IS A COALITION OF NYC TAXI GARAGE OWNERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO HIRE VETS TO DRIVE YELLOW CABS IN NEW YORK CITY. AS MANY VETERANS RETURN HOME AND DISCHARGE FROM THE MILITARY, OR ARE LOOKING TO MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY WHILE ACTIVE OR ON RESERVES, GARAGE OWNERS ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING NEW DRIVERS. MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. WE ARE HERE TO HELP! VETS DRIVE YELLOW NYC WILL PROVIDE VETERANS ACCESS TO AFFILIATED GARAGES IN THE FIVE BOROUGHS. THESE GARAGES WILL NOT ONLY GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING A HACK LICENSE, BUT THEY WILL...
  • The Million-Dollar New York City Taxi Medallion May Be a Thing of the Past (due to Uber)

    12/02/2014 2:01:45 PM PST · by dennisw · 3 replies
    slate ^ | Dec 1 | Alison Griswold
    Much has been made of the $1 million New York City taxi medallion—the ticket to operating a yellow cab. When a pair of them sold for more than $2.5 million in November 2013, the New York Times declared that the medallion, once "the emblem of a dream achieved for those who work hard enough to afford it," had become "a striking example of how exclusive some corners of New York have become." The dreams of cabdrivers became the fortunes of wealthy "corporate medallion" owners. Despite the still-recent entry of on-demand ride services like Uber and Lyft into the New York...
  • Men Need Not Apply: Morning Joe Digs Idea of Women-Only Taxi Service

    09/09/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Are you an American who's tired of recent-immigrant cab drivers who can't find their way from Grand Central Station to the Empire State Building? Welcome to Ameri-Rides, the new taxi service for Americans only that guarantees you a native-born American driver!" -- apocryphal ad. How do you think that concept would go over on Morning Joe or anywhere else in the MSM? But when Morning Joe today discussed SheRides, a new taxi service that hires only women drivers and accepts only women passengers, all the panel members—Mika, Joe and Willie—dug the idea. The notion is that some women riders feel...
  • Uber Vs. The Status Quo

    08/27/2014 6:47:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention. This latest threat -- being met by the authorities with an aggressive public awareness campaign and “sting” operations coupled with hefty fines in excess of $1,000 -- is not drugs, gangs, or illegal immigration. The threat posed the good citizens of Charleston is: Uber! Uber is a fast-growing, popular digital app for smart phones that provides consumers in Charleston and many cities across the country and around the world with an alternative to traditional taxi services....
  • Rideshare Apps Prove to be Economic Boon for National and Local Economies

    07/03/2014 6:25:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    While plenty of ink has been spilled over the controversies in the states surrounding rideshare companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, less attention has been given to the new opportunities that these newly-ubiquitous companies have helped to create. To be sure, rideshare apps are popular with consumers because they offer an innovative twist on an outdated taxi system. But while wildly popular with consumers, these apps also create thousands of jobs and increase revenue for the national and local economies in which they operate. Over the past few years the rideshare boom, pioneered by Lyft and Uber, has taken the country...
  • It Costs Over $1 Million For A Licensed NYC Taxi

    11/19/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 11/19/2013 | Zac Estrada
    Cab fares around Manhattan can be ridiculous, that's expected. But imagine paying more than $1 million just to own a licensed taxi in New York City. That's the reality now.The New York Times reported that the city's first taxi medallion auction since 2008 netted $200 million for the sale of 200 of the licenses, making the average price of entry to legally drive one of the roughly 15,000 yellow cabs is almost double what it was at that last auction. The medallion system goes back to the 1930s and was designed to keep the number of cabs limited to...
  • Free Taxi Cabs

    10/26/2013 8:29:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Until recently the taxi cab business in virtually every city in the country functioned like a medieval guild. And as Adam Smith might have predicted, we consumers are worse off for it. But for me at least, things have changed. Say I need a ride to the airport. I can tap an icon on my cellphone and a car will arrive, usually within five minutes. I normally take whatever vehicle is available; and that's most likely a black town car. But if I have several passengers with me and we have a lot of luggage, I can order a van....
  • Profiling

    07/24/2013 4:34:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    In the wake of the shooting of a Nazi officer, Police Capt. Louis Renault played by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie "Casablanca," ordered his men to "round up the usual suspects." Was Renault engaging in some sort of profiling? He may have been, but what is profiling? Let's look at it. We can think of profiling as a method to economize on information costs by using easily observed physical characteristics as a proxy for some other characteristic more difficult or costlier to observe. For example, say you seek to hire people to manually unload trucks containing heavy merchandise. I'm...
  • Matier & Ross: Airport’s garage now Muslim house of worship

    06/09/2013 11:03:05 AM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Jun 09 2013 at 4:02 am | Matier and Ross
    Here’s a sign of the changing times — Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet before they pray. Under Islamic law, Muslims are required to pray five times a day — a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing. For many cab drivers, that’s meant either lugging bottled water around or using one of the bathrooms inside the terminal to wash — a practice not always welcomed by airport passengers. So Royal Cab driver Hasan Khan, 52, a Pakistani immigrant, collected some 300 signatures from fellow cabbies,...
  • Unhinged Bloomberg to Taxi CEO Who Beat Him in Court: 'I Am Going to DESTROY All you #@$%ing Guys!'

    05/22/2013 9:59:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 May 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I would say 'typical' statist tantrum when denied a fresh power-grab, yet this one is really a bit over the top...  The NY Post (via JWF) is reporting an incident where Mayor Bloomberg confronted a cab fleet operator in a private club over his recent court defeat re. his utopian 'Cab of the Future' program. Hissoner seems to have made quite an ass of himself in fact, threatening at the top of his lungs -with red face- while utilizing the 'F' word twice to underscore his point. And what's he all worked-up about? Seems his cab-replacement program (that was to...
  • Boston's Taxicab Mess--and the Oligopoly Behind It

    04/09/2013 5:48:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    SO THE MAYOR OF BOSTON, channeling his inner Captain Renault, is shocked – shocked! – to find that Boston's taxi industry is a rigged and pitiless racket. Why, until he read about it in the Boston Globe, Tom Menino never had a clue that in the city he has presided over for 20 years, cabbies are commonly treated like serfs, abused by multimillionaire owners who flout the law with impunity. If it hadn't been for the Spotlight team's detailed exposé, the mayor still wouldn't know about all those besieged Boston cab drivers, most of them immigrants, who have to work...
  • Bloomberg Replacing Iconic NYC Taxi Cabs with Hideous Nissan Minivan

    05/05/2011 4:55:29 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 5, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Talkin to me?  The hyperactive administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has seen fit to replace the sixteen different models currently allowed to operate in the Five Burroughs as NYC cabs -including ubiquitous American sedans like the Crown Victoria (soon discontinued by Ford)- with just one centrally-planned choice (this guy used to call himself a Republican?): a Japanese minivan (built in Spain) that looks like it was styled over the telephone- and the designer's dog helped.  It was bad enough when we lost Checker... who needs to see Times Square packed with 200 of these butt-ugly grocery-getters? And although it's hard to deny...
  • 12 taxi drivers, fares killed in Mexican resort (ACAPULCO)

    02/20/2011 5:36:11 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Febuary 20, 2011 | Staff
    ACAPULCO, Mexico – A spate of attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco has left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, police said Sunday, just hours before the Mexican Open tennis tournament is scheduled to start. Acapulco has been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf wars, and taxi drivers have often been targeted for extortion or recruited by the gangs to act as lookouts or transport drugs.