Taxi drivers beset by the undisputed Boss Tweed of car-hire apps have a new ally in San Francisco politics.
|Supervisor John Avalos|
Or at the very least, they have the ear of a Supervisor who's grown disenchanted with Uber's ideological line.
"I have heard the word DISRUPT 5X today," District 11 Supervisor John Avalos groused, in an exasperated tweet following his meeting with Uber's corporate brass on Thursday. The company seemed steadfastly committed to its free-market credo, Avalos concluded. But it had a problem with the word "fair."
In a phone interview, Avalos described the encounter as a battle of opposing world views. He'd invited two Uber drivers and the company's public policy director, Jordan Condo, into his office to discuss future transit legislation. Avalos says that as soon as he brought up the specter of regulation -- something to make the industry a little more fair to all players involved -- Condo recoiled. More »