Taxis

Film festival organizers call for safer San Francisco streets

August 18, 2014
Editor’s Note: Aug. 19 marks the Bay Area Global Health Film Festival, hosted by the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology. The theme of this...

Why I drive a taxi

 By Beth Powder OPINION I left a 17-year career in film to become a taxi driver. I just wanted to be here full time,...

Citizen Agnos comes on strong for Proposition B in support of his Athenian oath

June 2, 2014
By Bruce B. Brugmann  (with the complete  text of Art Agnos speech  to the  May 21 dinner of San Francisco Tomorrow) When Art...

Agnos offers waterfront development history lesson during SFT speech

May 27, 2014
I am delighted to speak to the members and friends of SFT about the waterfront tonight…and a special shout out to Jane Morrison...

Uber vs. SFO: Will Mayor Lee take sides?

NOTE: This post has been updated from an earlier version. Police at the San Francisco International Airport have been cracking down lately on unauthorized drivers...

Dear United States: #Jessicastux discrimination shows SF inequality

Dear United States,Yes,  you've found San Francisco out. You've got us. Our city is not the bastion of equality we claim it to be. It's...

Waiting for transit

People with disabilities find it increasingly difficult to catch a train, bus, or taxi in the Bay Area

Taxi drivers protest rideshares as government mulls new regulations

Car horns honked and tempers flared as around 30 taxi cabs circled around the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday , protesting what the cabbies...

State may require rideshare companies to own fleet of wheelchair accessible cars

As cabbies flee the taxi industry to drive for so-called rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, specially made taxis for the disabled...

Uber neighborhood pricing surge charges Marina most

Uber charges the Marina and Pacific Heights districts up to three times as much for a ride as the rest of the city in...

Broken bodies, broken lives

Lax rideshare regulations put drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk

Mayor Lee addresses Google bus controversy

At a press conference on affordable housing today, the Guardian asked Mayor Ed Lee about San Francisco’s favorite pinata: tech buses. The monstrous private...

The other thing Chelsea Manning said, and more updates

August 22, 2013
By now, we all now that Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years on Aug. 21 for leaking classified U.S. government documents,...

The Selector: August 14 – 20, 2013

August 13, 2013
 WEDNESDAY 14SPF6 Long before SF became hospitable to starts-up and high tech biz, it fostered dance innovation. No one in the city boasts this...

Shareable, smearable

After writing critically about problems in the business models of so-called "shareable economy" companies in last week's issue — including our cover story on...

Taxis reinvent themselves to be more like Lyft

August 9, 2013
For all the (justified) grumbling about the business models of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber, the so-called ridesharing revolution may prove to be...

Lawsuit over injury from airborne fire hydrant tests Uber’s insurance practices

Uber's policy on insuring its drivers will soon be taken for a test drive, as the company that runs the mobile app-based ride requesting...

Driven to take risks

Lyft has infuriated the taxi industry, but its drivers are also hurt by difficulties getting insurance coverage

The ride-share parasites

A cab driver makes the case against deregulation

Faux cabs: A tourism industry perspective

April 15, 2013
I got a fascinating letter from a person who's worked in the tourism business in San Francisco for many years, and he's very worried...

Dealing with the faux cabs

April 11, 2013
Lots of comments on my article outlining the problems with the fake cabs that are riding around town without medallions or proper screening. The...

What cabs really do

Don't deregulate cabs out of being the essential city service that they are

The cost of fake cabs

Start-ups could put the city $300 million in the hole

Time to enforce the law

Airbnb owes the city some money -- will we ever collect?