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Independent Committees Changing San Diego Mayoral Race With Big Bucks

Big labor!! Where do they get their funding from??? Lorena and her brother are ruinning a big scam!! Down with all these Labor unions!!!

October 4, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Recall Organizers Pallamary, Corbin Will Combine Efforts

Over 100K signatures in 60 days?? That's an average of 1,600 signatures a day!! And if it all fails, what then??

August 2, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Retiring Assistant Police Chief Reflects On Race, Gangs And The Budget

Outstanding individual who will be missed in our community. I've lived in the City Heights area since 1992 and I've seen the community grow from bad to descent. It is thanks in part to the work McKinney and the San Diego Police Department has done that the community is a livable place to raise children today. Best of luck and a happy retirement to our beloved Chief!!

July 30, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shadow Market For Taxi Permits Lucrative For Some, Hardship For Others

JeanMarc, taxi permits are public property and cannot be bought or sold without public vote. Did you see how many times these permits have been transferred? Do the math and you will see how much money we're actually talking about. Fred is right when he says that the #1 victim is the consumer because the consumer has no clue about the underground economy that cause the rapid increases in meter rates. San Diego is #1 in the nation with meter rates of $3.30/mile. MTS Board is even considering yet another meter increase soon. How much is enough?? Who's interests are they serving??

June 12, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shadow Market For Taxi Permits Lucrative For Some, Hardship For Others

JCortez, I appreciate your feedback about improving customer service and as a driver I take that to heart. As I explained I love my job. I'm not a Somalian or East African. I'm a proud American and I love my country for the rights I enjoy on every day basis. Improvings service starts with proper training. Unfortunately MTS does not provide adequate training. The test that all drivers are required to take in order to be a licensed driver is a complete joke. My 5 year old son can pass that test. When the City of San Diego distributes permits, they should expect the best. They should expect clean and safe vehicles; they should expect professional drivers who can communicate and know their www around. Do we have problems from a driver's perspective? Absolutely! But for every unqualified driver, there's a greedy permit holder who cares less about the things you just mentioned. It's all about the bottom line as it usually is in this business. The renewal fee for taxi permits are a measly $500 a year! It's not redistribution when the permits belong to the public. Lastly, did you know that there are 18 taxi radio service providers of which only 6 or 7 provide calls??? What are the rest doing? Sitting in hotel taxi stands waiting on fares. The City is not adequately served. That's why the rise in towncar limos and shuttles. Taxicab companies are not advertsing. When was the last time you saw or heard advertising for taxi? The majority of current permit holders know very little about business. It's a monkey see, monkey do business (no offense intended). They buy these permits for $150K, buy a salvaged title Crown Victoria and simple stick a couple of drivers in the car from some foreign country to pay them lease. What's so hard about that???

June 12, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shadow Market For Taxi Permits Lucrative For Some, Hardship For Others

Thank you KPBS for this beautiful coverage of the taxi industry. As a taxi driver for the last seven years I am subjected daily to the issues that have been so wonderfully covered by KBPS. I chose this profession because I love to serve the consumers of San Diego. There is nothing better than driving across America’s Finest City greeting people from all across the globe. I love my job, but I hate the circumstances I have to work under. I’m a slave in an industry regulated for my slave masters. If we live in a free market society, then why do I have to buy a permit for $150K in the black market?? Let me serve the City of San Diego responsibly and let me earn a fair wage at the same time. Is that so bad?? It’s about time the public is made aware of all the problems created by bad policies at the hands of MTS.

June 11, 2013 at 5:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )