Hello – passing on the new that's fit to print from the SFTWA.
Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Aaron Peskin's Resolution
urging the State Legislature to amend or oppose AB 650, which would
transfer taxi regulation everywhere but San Francisco to the
California Public Utilities Commission. The vote was 9-2, with
Supervisors Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen voting "no".
It puts the
city on record as opposing the bill unless it is amended to provide
for county regulation of taxis. Thanks to everyone who contacted the
Supervisors to urge them to support the resolution.
yesterday, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted to
approve the bill (AB 650). This was expected, but it still has a long ways to
go. Its next hearing is in August, at the Senate Appropriations
Committee. The city's position should help our chances
A wild card has been thrown into the equation with an
announcement Monday that Governor Brown and some state legislators had
reached a deal to move transportation regulation from the CPUC to the
California State Transportation Agency, which includes the DMV and the
Highway Patrol. But the details of the deal are not clear, and there
appears to be some disagreement between legislators and the governor
about whether the CSTA would take over all transportation regulation,
or if it would only be in charge of permits and enforcement, while the
CPUC would continue to make the rules for transportation
In any event, SFTWA remains opposed to AB 650 unless
it is amended to provide for taxi regulation by counties.
Deregulating taxi fares, allowing companies to self-regulate in other
areas and opening the door to practically anyone who wants to put a
cab on the street are bad ideas, and they could someday spread to San
San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance.