By Veena Dubal
“I drove you to Harris’ Steak House once. Do you know that I have never eaten there? The best I can do is McDonald’s. And you want to take the happy meals out of the mouths of my children to make yourselves happy!”
–Taxi driver to a SFMTA Board Member during the Taxi Charter Reform Meeting
A few months ago, via the SF Chronicle, Mayor Newsom announced a scheme that would fix part of the City’s Budget Crisis. The City would take medallions (permits that give taxis the right to be on the road) away from working drivers and put them on auction. This, Newsom, surmised, would generate millions of dollars for the City and improve service.
Mayor Newsom has since been called on his bluff. Read the rest of this entry »