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Harbor Police Meeting

On tickets at the Airport: Chief Bolduc said that the issues regarding ticketing at the Holding Lot have been resolved with ground transportation. Abel says that there have been a lot of issues with ticketing at the Taxi Islands, and points out that many of the violations cited on the tickets have been reduced to warnings on the MTS Taxi Administration Penalty Guidelines. Chief Bolduc says that “Generally, we are not going to work the Island”, but clarifies that it doesn’t mean that they will never be over there, and it doesn’t mean they will not be passing out tickets
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Unite Against Rideshares!

It’s time to Unite! we are beginning to organize against TNC’s here in San Diego (Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, etc.) and we need your help! Stop by the office between 10AM and 4PM on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, We will let you know our plan!
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VOTE 2016

Below is UTWSD Voter Guide for the June 7th Primary! If you’ve already received your mail ballot, sign, date, put a stamp on it and send it in as soon as possible! The below candidates and initiatives have proven to be good for workers and our communities, most importantly our very own Sarah Saez for District 9 City Council! YOUR VOTE MATTERS! 
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Congratulations New TAC Members!

We would like to congratulate and welcome the new members of MTS’s Taxi Advisory Committee! Congratulations Mr. Alfed Banks, Mohamed Omar, Abel Seifu and Tarik Afifi! These lease drivers have step up to represent YOU lease drivers and owner-operators to improve the taxi industry for all of us. UTWSD will be helping to prepare and guide our new representative to move the discussions forward toward policy reforms that will benefit drivers, consumers and San Diego. All four representatives are more than qualified to lead with a combined decades worth of experience driving and engaging in the taxi business. Please keep
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Permit Holder TAC Elections

OWNER-OPERATOR TAC ELECTIONS VOTE ABEBE ANTALLO Attn. Owner-operators: After speaking with MTS we have been updated that each owner-operator vote is determined by the number of permits you have. So if you have 1 permit, you have 1 vote. Since many of the new owner-operators only have one permit we are asking everyone to support our Brother Abebe Antallo! Abebe has fought day in and day out for drivers rights for many years now. It is very important that you only put one permit holder name on your ballot if you own one permit or your ballot will be disqualified.
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2016 Taxi Advisory Lease Driver Elections!

Attention All Lease Drivers:  TAXICAB ADVISORY COMMITTEE ELECTIONS Monday April 25 – Wednesday April 27 9am – 4pm Taxicab Administration Office 1501 National Avenue, San Diego, California 92113 Taxi Advisory Committee Elections Start Tomorrow! Show up and make your vote count!  There are 5 seats available and four union drivers nominated. Cast a vote for each one of them. You do not need to vote for all 5 positions. VOTE UNION DRIVERS that will stand up for your rights and be there to listen to your issues and ideas to make the industry better. ** We have clarified with MTS and
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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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