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City Considers Taxi Industry Overhaul Amid Reports Of Low Wages And Unsafe Cabs

Those facts in the previous post are verified in the study, Driven to Despair: A Survey of San Diego Taxi Drivers (http://onlinecpi.org/reports/driven-t...).

Susan Duerksen
Center on Policy Initiatives

May 24, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Considers Taxi Industry Overhaul Amid Reports Of Low Wages And Unsafe Cabs

Why do taxi drivers prefer you pay in cash?
The dispatch companies usually take 5-10% of all fares and tips paid through the credit card machines, even if the passenger did not come from a dispatch call.

Why might a driver be grumpy if he or she drives a long way to take you a short way?
The drivers pay for the gas and high rates to lease the cars during the time it takes to get to you as well as during your ride and any down time.

Consider this: A lot of drunk people take taxis. When they vomit in the taxi, not only does the driver have to pay for cleaning, but also continues to pay the high lease cost during the many hours before the car is dry and fragrant enough for another passenger.
Same goes for other stinky things spilled in taxis.

Why might your driver be having a cell phone conversation?
They typically must drive 10-12 hours a day or even more to scrape together a living after paying the lease, and they must pay the leases seven days a week. They have families and friends, and almost no time when they're not behind the wheel. If you feel strongly that you want your taxi driver silent throughout your ride, please tip very generously for that extra service.

May 24, 2013 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Carl DeMaio And Marti Emerald Discuss City Contracting Initiative

Excuse me, sdindependent, I'm not Susan Davis. However, I am Susan D. Who are you?

June 17, 2010 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Carl DeMaio And Marti Emerald Discuss City Contracting Initiative

Carl claims the signatures represent the will of the people, but he never told anyone who signed his petition that the initiative abolishes Living Wage. He won't even admit that when asked straight-out.

The initiative also abolishes a lot of other standards on government contractors and imposes direct outsourcing (NOT the managed competition Carl talks about) so those contractors will have a lot more of our tax money. Well, duh, they're paying big bucks for this ballot measure.

For the truth and an exact copy of the initiative highlighting the hidden impacts, go to ProtectLivingWages.org.

AmyGee and jeanb and anyone else who was harassed or misled into signing the thing, please contact me at Susan@SusanD.org.

June 17, 2010 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )