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UTWSD Victory Updates: Court Ruling Upheld & DBA Success

UTWSD Victory Updates! Court Ruling Upheld: Congratulations!!  Our Lift the Cap campaign has WON!  On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the San Diego Superior Court ruled in favor of the City of San Diego’s near unanimous decision to lift the cap on permits. Through indomitable courage, we faced the Goliath of issues stemming from the archaic permitting system in the taxi industry and WON!!!   Our lead organizers faced abuse and blacklisting for their stalwart efforts for the past six years.  Together, with you as our members and allies, we have created enormous opportunity for our San Diego taxi drivers to own
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Happy One Year Anniversary of Lifting the Cap!

Happy One Year Anniversary Drivers!! One year ago we made history by organizing, standing together and lifting the cap on taxi permits! Almost five years after drivers met at Colina Park to go on strike for a better taxi industry on December 18th, 2009, and with little resources but limitless determination, UTWSD members have been able to make significant impacts in the taxi industry and on the lives of drivers and our community. After decades of abuse, drivers continue to be empowered to bravely stand up to fight for a better life for themselves and their families! Thank you to everyone from drivers
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For Immediate Release: Judge’s Ruling Advances United Taxi Workers Effort to Lift the Cap!

PRESS RELEASE April 29, 2015 For Immediate Release Judge’s Ruling Advances United Taxi Workers Effort to Lift the Cap! United Taxi Workers of San Diego applaud Judge Prager’s ruling to allow the taxi permit process to go forward and understanding that City Council and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) passed this resolution with the best interest of San Diego residents and consumers in mind. Deputy City Attorney Meghan Wharton argued that lease drivers had already advocated for and won the public policy debate in front of City Council and MTS. She further argued that the City of San Diego has
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Taxi Drivers Head to Superior Court to Defend Policy Victory to Lift Cap on Permits

PRESS RELEASE April 27, 2015 For Immediate Release Taxi Drivers Head to Superior Court to Defend Policy Victory to Lift Cap on Permits San Diego, CA – On April 28th United Taxi Workers of San Diego will head to San Diego Superior Court to defend MTS and the City Council’s decision to lift the cap on taxi permits. The hearing will take place at 9a.m. at 330 W. Broadway in front of Judge Prager. The San Diego Transportation Association which includes various taxi permit holders filed a lawsuit to request that the California Superior Court review and reverse the City and MTS’s decision to lift
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Judge rejects injunction request in tentative ruling | UT-San Diego

By David Garrick7:03 P.M.APRIL 27, 2015 DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s controversial plan to deregulate its taxi industry got a boost on Monday when a judge rejected a request to delay deregulation until an environmental lawsuit over the policy change is resolved. In a tentative ruling posted Monday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager rejected the lawsuit’s request for an injunction because, he said, the plaintiffs have a low likelihood of winning the case. Prager said those who filed the suit last month, a small group of taxi-permit owners, provided only “speculative and unsupported evidence” that deregulation would have
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MTS Lawsuit Summary

The San Diego Transportation Association, including Orange Cab, Yellow Cab, USA Cab and other various permit holders (petitioners) are seeking a writ of mandate and damages for inverse condemnation from the San Diego Metropolitan Transit system for amending Ordinance 11 without going through the proper process. A writ of mandate is a request that the California Superior Court review and reverse a final decision or order of an administrative agency (in this case MTS). Damages for inverse condemnation are damages used to compensate individuals when the government takes private property from individuals but fails to pay the compensation required by
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UPDATE: Permit Letters of Intent Available March 2nd

UPDATE: MTS will be releasing a letter of intent for drivers who are interested in obtaining a permit on March 2nd, 2015.  There will be a $50 non-refundable fee that will be credited toward your full permit application. Letters of Intent will be accepted up until March 31, 2015. People who fill out letters of intent will be given priority when permits are released. Applicant Requirements: Provide evidence of at least six months experience of driving a taxicab, transportation network vehicle, charter party carrier service or similar service-oriented transportation business; or managing a demand responsive transportation service or similar service-oriented
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