LA City Council considers penalties for taxi drivers guilty of discrimination

– A Los Angeles City Council committee approved “zero tolerance” penalties Tuesday that would result in the immediate revocation of a taxi driver’s permit to operate at Los Angeles International Airport if he or she were found to have refused rides due to race or other discriminatory reasons.

The tougher rules, which will next be considered by the full City Council, were prompted by a complaint in September by former Major League Baseball player Doug Glanville, who said he was refused a ride by a taxi driver at LAX because he is black.

Currently, permit revocation occurs after the third offense, while the new rules call for immediate revocation of a “driver’s permit to provide taxicab service” if he or she refuses service based on “prejudice against a specific race, nationality, religion, age, disability, sex or gender identity,” according to a report by Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.

Under the proposed new penalties, informal warnings would be eliminated under the new rules.

Refusals of service for other reasons would result in no less than six days suspension from the airport, while discourteous actions could lead to suspensions lasting no less than four days, under the proposed rules.

The revisions to the airport’s penalties for taxi drivers are similar to rules adopted by the Department of Transportation, which issues citywide permits for taxi drivers, according to airport officials.

The stricter penalties received the backing today of the Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee, which is chaired by Councilman Bob Blumenfield.

Blumenfield, who had introduced a motion to look into discrimination by taxi drivers, said today the incident described by Glanville “made my stomach turn.”

City officials do not appear to agree on whether the taxi driver’s actions against Glanville were motivated by race.

The driver who refused Glanville’s ride was initially hit with a one-year revocation of his permit, but this evocation was downgraded to two weeks after the driver appealed to the Department of Transportation saying that he
refused service not because of Glanville’s race, but because the trip was too short and would have result in lower fares.

The revised penalties approved by the committee would replace existing enforcement rules included in an agreement with Authorized Taxicab Supervision, Inc., an outside company that manages taxi dispatch and taxi stands for LAX.

The Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee also requested that airport officials consider similar rules that would apply to the taxi companies themselves — not just the drivers — and for ride-hailing companies.

Airport officials told the panel today they found gaps in their enforcement process while investigating Glanville’s complaint. They also said all taxi drivers at the airport have been instructed to undergo diversity training.

Airport police also conducted an undercover operation in November with two black officers hailing trips from taxi drivers. Out of 25 requests made, they were refused five times, airport officials told the committee.

A couple of the refusals may have been because the trips were too short, but there were some cases in which taxi drivers refused giving rides before knowing the destination, airport officials said.

Blumenfield said he was “shocked” by the refusals, which he said pointed to a problem of racial discrimination among taxi drivers at LAX. Blumenfield spokesman Jason Levin told City News Service he was not sure
if any sting operations using control groups such as white undercover officers had also been done as a comparison.

Additional undercover operations have been conducted since the initial one in November, according to airport officials.

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Should a taxi driver carry a gun?

Do you think a taxi Driver should carry a loaded gun while he/she are on their shift?

Someone pulls a gun on you at 2:30 a.m. in some dark lighted street or alley and you say,
I will shoot him I have a gun. I have a (CWP) Concealed Weapons Permit. Can you use it? Can you kill a person over $50.00?
Well there are two sides to every story, right?
What if, just if, the person you just shot and killed did not have a gun or weapon on them. You were shaking, scared, sweating and they were faking it, is that murder? What if they did not have a gun, and took yours away and shot you, what if, tough guy.

People that are real bad people, you might not want to mess with, and unless you go to the rifle range and unless you have had a lot training and work out every day, and you can hit, fight, be at the top of your game don’t carry a weapon. The person that wants your money, wants cash to buy a fix, some crack, to pay some bills, cookies and milk what does it matter, just give them cash and, and hopefully they are gone out of your life. Look just carry the fake wallet with $ 25.00 bucks of ones in it get it? Your life is worth more than pride here. Just keep a fake wallet and $25 ones in it and give it to them, and you want to cut the bottom out 3/4 the way so you can see money in either up or upside down position save your life and save your money.

Live till the sun comes up if you are lucky.

I had a very bad problem for myself, well one of dozens, however I was packing late one night when this hack packed and if wasn’t for the grace of god and my good luck and my heavy street wise street smarts bull crap I do, It would have gotten dirty fast!

It was about 2:15 A.M. It was busy, we were hustling and the radio was chanting away softly, the sidewalks were hustling with people, I smelled money! I saw in a second the pimps. there cars stashed on the dark side street, the hookers and the drunks they were looking for. I saw the trash man and the store owners closing up shop for the night, as street cleaner roared by doing there water thing while listening to music

I always keep the radio low for my ears only, always alert for my car numbers. Out of the corner of my eyes at a glance I saw a shadow sort of a person, way deep down I knew better, but I live for this rush. I pulled over the guy jumped in back r/s, right side, late night, no one gets behind me nor the front, I need distant between me and my fares.

Well we had only gone about one or two blocks and there I was , I can feel it, I can smell, I just know that I had screwed up big time look out here it comes. The hair on the back of my neck started to raise up, I dropped my left hand down to the side pocket on my Ford Crown Victoria 5 year old ex-police car bought at auction.
I knew that I only had maybe a block left before all hell would brake loose, and it did! Very slowly I laid my AE~ 50 cal Desert Storm on my lap, just then the guy says to me, hey pull over by that corner store, I need some smokes, I eased the car over to the right, no one on this street, store was closed here it comes, I held the steering wheel with my right hand on my weapon grip, she was ready to go, so was I. Just then as he lays the barrel of a 38 on the center top back of passenger seat and turns it towards me pointing it at my head, in that second I knew he did not know weapons, I slowly eased my barrel up and talking to him telling him that I only had a little money in my wallet but I will give you that, right then he saw my gun barrel slide over the center seat as I acted like hey, here is my wallet, take my money, he was wrong and yes it is big and large, but look around you there are big weapons on the street do you think a 22 or 38 is going to kill you, yes perhaps a 50/50 chance, but if I put a cap in you with my EA Desert Storm 50 cal. you do have a problem and I won’t and no tampax made will plug your new hole.

Well anyway he tells me, hey look man I don’t want any problems, I just needed a smoke, a few bucks. I say to him as I looked straight into his eyes, This is great, let’s have a smoke together, look I have this problem here, you don’t have any smokes and I can’t get to mine, let’s do this, you drop your wannabe gun over the seat, just drop it. I will relax a little and I will give you a couple smokes to go or you can stay where you are at and die in the back seat. He did the right thing that night.

It was my Friday that night, I haven’t smoked in 8 years True story~


I also want to say that you will have a gun on you when the police come, I don’t pull a weapon on people that think there tough or threaten, and I have other ways. Sometimes I would say, hey look: here the deal, I will give you my wallet, and money, but I know Jim, or any name and he is not going to like this, make sure you want to this, or leave and I won’t tell him. Two have walked away from my cab. There is a street code!

Did you realize that as fares get in your cab at the airport know, if you’re a nice person or not, so do the bad guys. I believe that cab drivers sometimes just piss people off with their bad attitudes. Sometimes thinking out loud that you are a better person than a drunk will get you in trouble. When you first sense a problem with any one stop it right there. Stop the car at the first light, right away, don’t let it keep going ask them to get out of your car say I am calling you another cab they are only a few blocks from here, please leave. If that don’t work get out of the car take your keys with you walk in front of your car slowly, like you’re thinking go to back of the car and open the back door, tell them to get out of the car, if they do not get out fast, jerk the drunk out of the car fast, slam the door; ( telling him before; during and after to calm them; why you are doing this, tell them the other cab is just 1 minute away, leave! Never turn your back on then, back up slowly get in your car and drive away.
And you have a good night tonight, you hear

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San Francisco’s Yellow Cab files for bankruptcy

SAN FRANCSICO (CNNMoney) —The largest taxi company in San Francisco has filed for bankruptcy. Yellow Cab Cooperative, which is made up of 300 owners and operators with more than 500 cabs, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday.

It’s been a rough few years for traditional taxi companies, as they’ve struggled to keep with ride-hailing startups Uber and Lyft. Yellow Cab appears to be dealing with even more pressing financial issues. In the court filings, Yellow Cab said it is handling around 150 ongoing liability claims stemming from taxi accidents.

The company was found liable for $8 million last June after a Yellow Cab crashed and left a passenger partially paralyzed.

Yellow Cab argued that the driver was entirely responsible for the crash because he was an independent contractor. The argument echoed Uber and Lyft’s own approaches to drivers, though it’s unclear if similar lawsuits would have the same impact on the ride-hailing companies.

A year ago, Yellow Cab of Chicago also filed for bankruptcy because of a crash-related lawsuit. The company was found liable for $26 million after a passenger suffered brain damage in a crash.

San Francisco’s Yellow Cab collective is not stopping service. You’ll still be able to spot, and maybe hail, a Yellow Cab in San Francisco. It says business is still strong and that it averages 15,000 fares a day in the city. The chapter 11 filing will allow it to restructure its debts, it said in a statement.

As ride-hailing startups have gained traction, traditional cabs have tried to imitate their technology. They’ve turned to companies like Flywheel, a ride-hailing app just for taxis that came out three years ago. One of the San Francisco’s oldest cab companies, DeSoto Cabs, rebranded its entire fleet of cars as Flywheel Taxis last year.

Yellow Cab recently released its own ride-hailing app called Yo Taxi.

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