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Old 12-12-2014, 03:55 PM
 
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If city council doesn't represent the voters, then what are they for?
They represent their district but they vote with their own free will. If you don't think their personal ideology or unmidigated financial influences play a greater role in their decision making, well, you're naive or you're playing dumb for the sake of it.

Bottom line, since you need things dumbed down to a 3rd grade level.

What a group of elected officials does with their own free will is not indicative of the greater populace. No more than our ****ty congress in DC is indicative of the US.
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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They represent their district but they vote with their own free will. If you don't think their personal ideology or unmidigated financial influences play a greater role in their decision making, well, you're naive or you're playing dumb for the sake of it.

Bottom line, since you need things dumbed down to a 3rd grade level.

What a group of elected officials does with their own free will is not indicative of the greater populace. No more than our ****ty congress in DC is indicative of the US.
You are just being insulting now. I can't continue to discuss this with a truculent person.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:35 AM
 
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This is a defeat for the citizens of San Antonio. I know as fact that Uber reduced drunken driving and improved service to residents who had little or no reasonably reliable service form the taxi cabs. Taxis are great if you are at a major hotel downtown or the airport.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:47 AM
 
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I have a friend who uses Uber in Boston. The Uber app on her phone shows her where the cars are and she chooses one. They send her a picture of the car and a picture of the driver. If she doesn't like what she sees she declines and chooses another one.
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:12 PM
 
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just finished using Uber earlier today. love the service and will continue using it

this female doesn't feel threatened in the least. most of the bad press on uber is sensationalized crap anyway. yellow cab in this city is dirty and deserves none of my business
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:11 PM
 
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Default Uber may be finished in SA....

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio City Council members have been put on notice — if they don’t wholly repeal, or significantly relax regulations for transportation-network companies, Uber will shut down operations here on March 1.
Chris Nakutis, Uber’s general manager for Texas, wrote a letter Wednesday to Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, chairwoman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, informing her and the entire council that the technology firm has comprehensively reviewed San Antonio’s ordinance and cannot work within it.
“We have spent the past month examining how these pending regulations will impact our ability to do business in San Antonio when they are implemented on March 1. After much consideration, it is clear that these regulations will cripple Uber’s ability to serve drivers and riders in San Antonio,” Nakutis wrote. “A vote in support of these regulations was a vote against ride-sharing, and if the rules remain unchanged, Uber will have no choice but to leave San Antonio.”



Uber to San Antonio: Change new regulations or we'll hit the road - San Antonio Express-News
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:19 AM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio City Council members have been put on notice — if they don’t wholly repeal, or significantly relax regulations for transportation-network companies, Uber will shut down operations here on March 1.
Chris Nakutis, Uber’s general manager for Texas, wrote a letter Wednesday to Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, chairwoman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, informing her and the entire council that the technology firm has comprehensively reviewed San Antonio’s ordinance and cannot work within it.
“We have spent the past month examining how these pending regulations will impact our ability to do business in San Antonio when they are implemented on March 1. After much consideration, it is clear that these regulations will cripple Uber’s ability to serve drivers and riders in San Antonio,” Nakutis wrote. “A vote in support of these regulations was a vote against ride-sharing, and if the rules remain unchanged, Uber will have no choice but to leave San Antonio.”



Uber to San Antonio: Change new regulations or we'll hit the road - San Antonio Express-News

I really don't like Uber's threats... the more they say, the harder it gets to support their position. I believe ride-sharing can work in SA, but I can't understand why people feel we must genuflect before a multi-billion dollar company (this goes for city leaders' fascination with celebrating a new Walmart as well).

The rules adopted ARE a bit extreme and SHOULD be adjusted, but what is so onerous about requiring proper insurance (that USAA is starting to offer) or background checks (that your neighborhood barber needs)?
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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I can't understand why people feel we must genuflect before a multi-billion dollar company
Are you talking about Uber or the established taxi companies? Because those are the two sides of the battle.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:05 AM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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Are you talking about Uber or the established taxi companies? Because those are the two sides of the battle.
I'm specifically talking about Uber.

I don't think there needs to BE two sides of the battle. There IS middle ground to be found, but it doesn't appear that Uber is willing to accept it - they believe they should be entitled to operate however they want. I also believe that the taxi industry is over regulated as well, and would welcome loosening some of their rules as well.

I WANT ride-sharing in San Antonio, but I also want assurances that they have proper insurance in case of an accident. Currently, that doesn't appear to exist... but could when USAA and others rollout their plans.

All that said, I will freely admit that I do NOT know what the critical tipping point is for Uber. I have read their letter to the city, and I wished they would have expressly detailed what they would agree to.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:21 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Geico is close to offering insurance as well. Remains to be seen what the cost will be.
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