I’m ashamed to admit it, but I just love The Love Boat.
I don’t know what it is but I get so excited every time an old episode comes on TV. I really should break down and buy the DVD set but you know, catching an episode by surprise on broadcast TV really kind of makes it all the more sweeter. Like watching it for the very first time again. Silly but true, I feel so guilty…
The thing is, EVERYTHING always works out on The Love Boat, always. No matter what difficult or complicated situations arise, it’s always a happy ending. I love that. I like happy endings.
I’m a child of the Eighties and as far as I’m concerned, it was the golden age of the century. Maybe the Twenties might have compared (or the Sixties…) but I wasn’t alive then so for me, it was the Eighties case closed. I guess everybody feels that way about the decade of their youth but I think that we of the Eighties had it all, movies, music, television, fashion, the economy, everything was golden.
Watching those old episodes is like stepping into a time machine for me, I’m nine years old all over again. TV was big back then, there were only seven channels, if you were really lucky you had Home Box Office. That was it. So, when a new show came on everybody watched the first episode like it was an event or something. The Love Boat was no different. We only had a black and white TV so to watch it now in color on a big screen well, it really is a treat.
The Love Boat had all the contemporary stars too, all of them wanted to do the show. Some of them did the show so many times that they were almost written in as regular characters, like Marion Ross of Happy Days fame. She kept getting invited back so much that she eventually became Captain Stubing’s wife (Emily Haywood to Emily Stubing) and a permanent member of the crew! That was another thing about the show, you had four different stories in one hour, by four different writers that almost never cooperated. The continuity problems just added to the freshness and charm. Makes it hard to find an episode that you really liked though, four different titles for every episode. Not all of the “guest appearances” were contemporary stars, The Love Boat was so popular it was an excellent way to begin a comeback for luminaries of yesteryear. It was great because there was no other show where you might see someone from Vaudeville fame working with a new up and comer. It made for such great chemistry and kept the show fresh.
It wasn’t just slapstick or situation comedy, The Love Boat tackled everything from divorce to crime, alcoholism to broken families and of course love and romance (my favorite). The show was bold and surprisingly so for a context centered around a “pleasure cruise”, you just never knew what they were going to be doing next. I just got finished watching an episode where Loretta Swift of MASH fame was playing a Communist Cruise Director of all things, and it was good too! No matter how silly the premise, you always got sucked in because you so wanted to see the happy ending (although that particular episode ended in tears for her and the Doctor, she wouldn’t defect to stay with him).
The regular cast had a never ending arc as well. One of those arcs that was just a little to much for me though, was when Gopher (Fred Grandy) became all suave and sophisticated near the end. It just didn’t suit the character very well. Another character that I never really warmed up to but was nonetheless good for the show, was Captain Stubing’s (Gavin MacLeod) long lost daughter Vicki (Jill Whelan). I was totally in love with Cruise Director Julie (Lauren Tewes) and resented Vicki stealing her screen time. Jill Whelan’s character did however, expand the show’s dimensions by affording story lines that featured children and young adults but, since I was a kid myself, I couldn’t appreciate that at the time. I so wanted to be older so that one day I could go on The Love Boat too and experience all the adventure and romance myself. I wanted to do what adults liked to do.
Sad, but I recently found out that the Pacific Princess cruise ship used in the opening shot was recently sold for scrap in 2014 to a salvage company in Turkey. It would have been nice to have actually boarded it at least once before it was gone. Actually, the show itself was shot on many different ships as well as land based studio sets too so, I don’t feel too bad about losing the opportunity. In reality, since the time of the show’s run on TV I have actually been on four cruises and seen ships that make The Love Boat look like a relic, but I’m always glad every time I see it. She will always be “top of the line” to me.
One of the most beautiful shots of the show is when the characters are out on deck at night, wow, so pretty. I can’t think of any seascape more mystical and lovely than when on board a ship at night looking out over the water at an endless horizon, in full moonlight. Just to be able to do that with someone you care about is worth the price of a ticket alone. It really does look just like that but the actual experience cannot be compared. The gentle breeze as the ship makes way, a sky full of endless stars, the gentle shimmering of the water in the midst of soothing quiet and the gentle rocking back and forth. If you stand against the railing and look straight out at the horizon, the ship disappears from underneath you and you are magically standing in the middle of the ocean, flying even, ala Kate Winslet in Titanic.
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, and Ted Lange are the only cast members to appear in every episode of the series, including the last three made-for-TV movies. Fred Grandy was in every episode throughout the run of the series, but was not in the last of the TV movies. MacLeod was not the captain in the first two TV movies, however. However, when MacLeod’s character was introduced, there was mention of him being “the new captain.”
Among the series’ attractions was the casting of well-known actors in guest-starring roles, with many famous film stars of yesteryear making rare television appearances. It was not the first comedy series to use the guest-star cast anthology format—Love, American Style used the formula seven years earlier, but The Love Boat had such success with the formula that future shows in similar style (such as Supertrain and Masquerade) were inevitably compared to The Love Boat. The show was followed on Saturday nights on ABC by Fantasy Island, which was also produced by Aaron Spelling, and had a similar format.
Another man was dead, another man who could not challenge the police report on how he died. The official report in this case said North Charleston, S.C. Police Officer Michael T. Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after Scott attempted to take the officer’s Taser and use it on him.
But a bystander’s video captured the deeply disturbing incident and showed that report to be a blatant fabrication. The whole world has now seen Slager firing eight times at Scott’s back after he began running away. Slager has been charged with murder, but his false story would have gone unchallenged had it not been for the video.
Video images have clearly become a powerful tool in documenting encounters between the public and police. The ACLU of California wants to make it more likely that even more individuals will use their phones to record those incidents, enabling the public to hold officers accountable when they cross the line.
That’s why the ACLU of California is proud to announce the release of Mobile Justice CA, a new smartphone app that allows users to effectively record law enforcement officers. Once the phone stops recording, the app quickly uploads a copy of the video to the local ACLU office. So it doesn’t matter what the officer or anyone does with the phone or to the recording on the phone because the video will already have been transmitted.
The ACLU wants law enforcement to know that the whole world could be watching, just as it was at the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Demonstrators there repeatedly chanted, “The whole world is watching,” as Chicago police brutally broke up their protest. The whole world could watch because there was video of police beating demonstrators with clubs and spraying them with gas.
Chicago became the moment when that chant was seared into the national consciousness. Since then it has become a rallying cry for demonstrators, including those protesting growing economic inequality at Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Students at the University of California at Davis, demonstrating in support of the Occupy movement, also took up the chant as police wantonly pepper sprayed a line of seated, peaceful demonstrators.
The chant is intended to shame and change those who would abuse their power with the threat that their actions will be exposed and judged. Of course, this isn’t always true. Though millions watched the scenes from outside the convention hall on television, Chicago police escaped any consequences for what has been called a “police riot.” But those television images left an indelible imprint on those who saw the footage.
The world has changed a lot since then. The pool of available images has been expanded exponentially beyond what television cameras capture to those recorded on cell phones and disseminated immediately and vividly on social media. The video of the UC Davis pepper spraying quickly went viral and sparked criticism and outrage around the globe. Thanks to the video, the University of California paid out nearly $1 million in damages to the students who were sprayed, and the officer lost his job.
Mobile Justice CA comes at a time when the public is demanding increased transparency and accountability. But law enforcement has been slow to respond. While transparency and accountability are not guaranteed, some departments have begun to equip their officers with body cameras. This reform promises to bring greater clarity to controversial encounters that often end with the only person who can dispute officers’ accounts dead.
But body cameras are only one tool, and some departments seem intent on using them in ways that don’t further accountability and transparency. Los Angeles police officers wearing body cameras were among those who fatally shot a man on skid row in March. The department has refused to release the video, saying it will release it only when it is part of a criminal or civil case. Some police groups have recommended legislation that would exempt all police body camera footage from public records requests — even footage of police shootings.
Likewise, departments that give officers wide discretion to decide when to record or fail to provide sanctions for not using the cameras frustrate the cameras’ purpose. Last year an Albuquerque, N.M. police officer shot Mary Hawkes, an unarmed 19 year old, in the back and killed her. Though equipped with a body camera, the officer didn’t turn his camera on and record the shooting. He was later disciplined for failing to use his camera, but only after he had failed to turn it on five different times.
The ACLU’s Mobile Justice CA app puts the power to ensure transparency in the hands of the people. With so many people carrying cell phones with cameras, the whole world could be watching with just a touch of the phone’s screen.
And that simple touch could be what makes the difference in holding law enforcement accountable. Police body cams may prove to be effective tools in curbing police abuse. But bystanders’ cameras can be more powerful. Those images are not subject to police control, and like the Scott shooting, the footage they capture is immediately available for the whole world to see.
Villagra is executive director at the ACLU of Southern California. Follow OHectorV
By Eldon James Brown (The All Star Activist)
I’ve been dreading writing this post for such a long time now. I wanted so bad to believe in you. I wanted to believe that there were enough good ones to overtake the bad. I don’t want to add fuel to the fire but I just can’t hold back any longer. Both good cops and bad cops have ultimately failed in their motto to “serve and protect”, an inscription you don’t even see on their cars anymore.
It’s as simple as this. Police departments across the nation have been infiltrated by federally sanctioned Gang Stalkers for at least five decades now. You can replace the words “Gang Stalkers” for “agents” or “federalized” if you like, but the bottom line is that police no longer have the public as priority and have not for quite awhile. They are answering to corrupted unseen handlers, brass and other seditious influences.
Funny thing is, most cops know exactly what has happened to them. That statement then begs the question, “well if you knew you were working for corrupted superiors or agents, then at some point you agreed with it. Why didn’t you protest or quit?” You’ve aided and abetted our destroyers. Shame on you.
The answers you would get from any cop would be well reasoned I’m sure but again, it simply boils down to this;
At some point they sold out and either began preying on the public, or looked the other way. Cared more about themselves than those they were supposed to care for.
Then of course, there are the deviants, psychos and misfits that can’t control themselves and see having a badge as the perfect cover for their sick indulgences.
In my humble opinion, if you were a “good cop” and didn’t agree with what other bad cops were doing, you should have openly protested, arrested them and or quit the job. Thats what Serpico did.
Yes, you may have been killed. Yes, you would have been ostracized by some or by all, but look at the situation you have now. Now the public has had enough and it appears a critical mass is growing.
I know that the global elites have engineered this civil revolt but they wouldn’t have been able to do it without significant officer complicity. Where are you without the good will of the people? In a country called America? I think not.
I hope all you cops out there feel pretty shitty about what is happening now because I sure do. Fuck you guys and girls in blue, for the sake of saving your own asses you’ve abdicated your duty and have facilitated our nation falling to this bullshit. It isn’t completely your fault but you played your part. Damn right I’m mad.
Am I going to participate in this fools errand of civil war? Absolutely not, another witless move that will only aid our captors. My God instructs me to bless those that curse you, be good to those that do evil to you, pray for those who persecute you. I’m a good soldier so I’m trying to do what I’m told, but I’ve experienced enough of your harassment’s and unjust injuries to warrant the profanities above. Unlike you, I didn’t have support to fend off your attacks, nor resources nor money to put myself back together again. I had to suffer all of the losses, injuries, both physical and psychological, that came from you and your shithead Gang Stalker armies alone, much like Romney Wordsworth. When I tried to report the crime, you further victimized me with slander, actually questioning my sanity. I’m still suffering even now to this very day. Thus, we have the conditions present so far. FUBAR.
All that energy and tax payer money wasted, surveilling people like me who have never killed anyone nor very seriously injured them. Some fuckhead Gang Stalker credo that asserts certain people don’t have the right to live, that they can be used and abused with impunity, that’s what too many of you did instead of your actual job descriptions. You idiots are surprised now that the chickens have finally come home to roost? History could have informed you. Stupid, illegal, immoral and cowardly.
I have real bravery, I have true integrity. I’m not hiding behind a badge with a vest and a gun, an army backing me up, yet I still try to do the right thing every day. When you attack me, I get hurt. When you target me, I lose opportunities and money. That however, has always been the goal in your delusional purge of those innocent people whom you deem to be “undesirables”, hasn’t it? To destroy ordinary every day people who are marked unfit by your Satanic handlers and their morals. Who’s undesirable now?
There are indeed innocents among you and I feel sorry for them, truly I do. I’ve met a few before however, you only have yourselves to blame. You should have taken care of your own backyards first before trying to tend the public’s. How can you be respected when you dish it out to us the public then look the other way when one of your own commits crimes?
I don’t want this to happen and I am grieving for my country right now. Everywhere I go just makes me sad and melancholy. America, I barely knew her and now it would seem that I never will again. You assholes disgust me. Servants and patriots? More like saboteurs and traitors.
Have fun with all the fruits of your labors, I’ll definitely be sitting this one out, a look of pain mixed with disgust on my face. I did all that I could do and have paid a heavy price, I want no parts of the ensuing stupid tragedy apparent.
1) Prohibit police departments from investigating themselves and establish independent citizen review boards comprised of public members chosen at random from every group, rotated regularly, limited to one term of service.
2) Take prosecutorial discretion away from District Attorneys. When it has been determined that enough probable cause exists to justify filing criminal charges, those criminal charges must be filed. As it stands now, District Attorneys are loath to bite the hand that feeds them. Without police cooperation, a DA’s career goes nowhere. Biggest conflict of interest I know of.
3) Make the Officer personally liable for their own actions, not the city or the taxpayer. If a cop kills or injures someone, let the family sue that officer personally in court. As it is now, there is no risk for bad behavior because they have immunity, the money doesn’t come out of their own pockets. The homeowners and businesses of that city pay instead.
4) Require all cops that interact with the public to wear body cameras. Require that the audio and video from those cameras be curated in perpetuity by a separate and impartial entity not connected to the department nor the city in any way. Take control of the body cameras out of the hands of the individual officers, as of now they can just turn them off when about to do something dirty.
Institute these steps as policy across the nation and you will see an end to brutality and misconduct, or at the very least a dramatic reduction. Simple, but not easy to accomplish. Police unions will fight to the death and they wield a formidable amount of political power. It can be done however, if enough people care and stand up.
If you really want to get to the heart of the matter, make community policing just that. Require that every qualified person receive academy training and then rotate the responsibility among every citizen. Training could start in high school. Everyone is a cop then. Israel and Switzerland do it, the model is proven.
What does it mean to “Come to Jesus”? It means agreeing with what the Bible says about Jesus.
Take a look:
If you believe in the Bible, you can believe this:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Acts 4:12“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 16:30-31 “what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
Come to Jesus and live!
The SFPD has been frequently met with criticism, unavoidable due to problems of accountability and corruption that plagued the department early in its inception. In 1937, an investigation, referred to as the “Atherton Report” by District Attorney Matthew Brady found that more than $1 million per year was being pocketed by officers from regular payoffs by prostitution, gambling and other criminal interests. It has also dealt with attacks such as the Preparedness Day Bombing in 1916 and the San Francisco Police Department Park Station bombing in the 1960s by leftist radicals.
Recent examples of controversy include racist and homophobic texts (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-racist-police-text-messages-review-20150317-story.html), police shootings, the reaction to Critical Mass bicycle rides and protests in the Financial District against U.S. foreign policy. Surprisingly the rate of complaints against officers and “excessive force” cases are lower relative to other big-city departments, such as the LAPD, the NYPD, or CPD. Nevertheless, the city retains one of the highest complaint rates; particularly when analyzed on a per-capita basis, factoring in the relatively small population of San Francisco compared to Los Angeles or New York. This could be attributed to several factors, including the dramatic increase of so-called “transient population”, or those coming to visit the city (increasing the population to approximately 1.3 million), or the proactive nature of the Office of Citizen Complaints, or OCC. The OCC, created by San Francisco City Charter, has been known to solicit complaints from people contacted by police, and while the initial complaint volume appears high, the actual volume of sustained complaints against officers is very low for a department of its size.
November 20, 2002: A scandal known as “Fajitagate” occurred when three off-duty police officers—Matthew Tonsing, David Lee, and Alex Fagan Jr.—assaulted two San Francisco residents, Adam Snyder and Jade Santoro, over a bag of fajitas. Alex Fagan Jr. is the son of SFPD Assistant Chief Alex Fagan, who later became Chief. Nine officers and Chief Earl Sanders were involved in a cover up regarding the fight. This incident has led to a grand jury indictment of the parties involved. However, unable to prove that a cover up ever existed, the district attorney dropped the charges against former Chief Earl Sanders. Acting Chief Alex Fagan also resigned. In 2006, a civil jury found former officers Fagan and Tonsing liable for damages suffered in the beating, awarding plaintiffs Snyder and Santoro $41,000 in compensation. In 2011,[when?] the FBI opened an investigation into alleged police misconduct. Public Defender Jeff Adachi released video footage from security cameras that showed different cases of SFPD officers entering apartments without warrants, plain-clothed officers not displaying badges, and officers removing belongings that were never accounted for in police reports and other court documents. The misconduct lead to dismissal of 57 criminal cases.
In 2012, 12 employees (sworn or unsworn) of the department were charged with crimes. Seven were cited for drunk driving, three for theft, one for possession of drug paraphernalia and one for unauthorized access to official databases.
The SFPD has also been criticized for the high salaries received by staff. Due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, SFPD officers starting salary is the highest in the country at $81,380 to $113,282. Greg Suhr, is the highest paid police chief in the country, at $321,577.
I didn’t know very much about this company when I accepted the assignment but found out that it was a cosmetics company. It wasn’t until one of my female co-workers explained to me that Benefit was a cosmetics manufacturer that I got a clue.
We were sent to their new production facility in east Oakland that was near the Coliseum. For all the excitement that my co-worker had displayed, I had expected some sort of glamour or something special that warranted it. Nope, it was just a brand new mostly barren warehouse with a lot of fold out tables, a lot of pallets of materials, a lot of cardboard boxes, a lot of FOB immigrants from all over the world and a tiny industrial mixing machine with a roller conveyor. There was also a break room consisting of the usual microwave, vending machines and a full size fridge flanked by two tables with seats. I was so disappointed.
My lack of enthusiasm was in stark contrast to the immigrant workforce already there. They acted as if they were working for the greatest company in the world. Their bright cheery smiles and passion for what they were doing, packaging small cosmetics tins for shipping, were admirable qualities to be sure, but a sick joke to me in 1980’s America. You have to understand that this was the beginning of Globalism, NAFTA was not even heard of and this was their launch pad for a bright new future, for them. Not for me. All I saw was a steady decline in pay, quality of assignments and co-workers from worlds I knew little about. I couldn’t even talk with them for the most part. The bosses (two white guys) didn’t like me either, they said that I had an attitude problem. I realize now that my female co-workers enthusiasm was for hopes that she could score free, high quality cosmetics and work her way up in the company. I shared none of her aspirations.
One of the nice things about the job was that I was one of the few males working there, I became an item of interest to the females working there. Unfortunately, it also meant that I was abused like a pack animal, I was enlisted for doing all the heavy physical stuff. I unloaded five gallon buckets from pallets, replenished cardboard boxes for the ladies packing, shrink wrapped pallets and other medium duty manual stuff. I quickly learned that ladies from the Latin American regions had absolutely no problem exploiting me, they would come get me for anything that might involve exertion. The shop supervisor was from Asia and she worked just like a man, she would work right along side of you while the latina’s would not. In all fairness, I don’t know whether they were instructed to treat me that way by the other workers or not, but I do know that I was eyed very warily by the few male workers already there, when I first arrived. I think that they might have had a lot to do with my being taken advantage of.
Interestingly, the Chinese supervisor lady fell in love with me (romantically) almost as soon as she laid eyes on me. I soon learned however that she was an absolutely driven woman and my lack of matching zeal for the job soon killed her infatuation. Then, I met Maria.
I wanted to poke Maria so bad, I’ve always had a thing for older latinas, even back then. She actually worked out of the same temporary agency as I did, in fact we were dispatched together. She did not like me at all at first. I would say she was about 30 ish, I was still in my late teens. Maria was slightly overweight but not grossly so, she dressed like a traditional housewife wearing cardigan sweaters, conservative skirts, flats with white knee highs and her hair in a bun. To me she embodied everything comforting and warm, with a fiery temper below the surface. You know, a traditional latina homemaker from the old world. I was in love with her and she treated me like a bothersome boy, which only made me want her all the more.
At the temp agency, Maria was so very enthusiastic and excited to be there, I was fascinated and thought it cute. Were I to try to talk to her or even ask a question, she would snap at me with irritation. I kept trying to break through but to no avail, Maria wanted nothing to do with me and would insult me with her broken english. None of it deterred. When we settled at the warehouse she kind of lightened up around the other females but there was still an aloofness there. All of us new people started off working side by side at one table before they figured out where we would eventually go. Our first day on the job was to form two person teams and pack shipping boxes together. I was ever so happy to be assigned to Maria by the supervisor, which she hated. Maria did not want to work with me.
I wasn’t making passes, hitting on her or saying anything lewd, I just tried to be nice but she was having none of it. I tried really hard to be nice but it was hopeless. The straw that broke the camel’s back and made me give up on her was when I put a tin in backwards and Maria snatched it back out, got close in my face and brutally chastised me like a child. For the first time she looked ugly to me. Feelings hurt, I watched her rush away from me in disgust when the shift was over. The next day she was working at a different table full of all latina’s, chatting and laughing, happy as could be, didn’t even look my way. I was crushed.
As the following day passed she began to change, became nice and talkative, almost girlish to my great surprise which I found really enticing. At first I couldn’t believe that she was actually being nice to me, had she actually started to flirt? At this point we had been there for about two weeks so I can only guess that she had begun to relax. I tested her and tried to speak to her again, she was all smiles and giggles. The only time I had a chance to talk to her was quitting time and I would make a bee line for her. The first time I did that she seemed a little irritated but the next day she was very receptive. I suppose that the other ladies she worked with must have made favorable comments because her attitude completely changed. She began to make a big show of our little rendezvous at the end of each work day, I’m sure it was just for bragging rights among her co-workers but I didn’t care, I got to talk to her.
Then one day I sensed a change, I saw the real her for the first time. She laughed and cackled as usual but this time there was something else, she seemed a little more serious in a reserved kind of way. She never had given me a straight answer about whether she was married or not, she just laughed those questions away. I loved to see her laugh so I let the question go. She had children but they were back with her family in Mexico and it seemed to make her sad so I didn’t press there either. This day was different though, I knew that something had changed.
As we got close to the exit she seemed to get anxious, not like there was a problem but I could tell she really wanted to say something to me and was having a hard time. She stopped and kind of faced me, fidgeted with her hands close to her chest and asked about the Chinese supervisor whom I had long forgotten about. Surprised I answered her question but she acted like she didn’t hear me. I wondered if she was having trouble with the language since her English was broken (something else I found appealing) but that didn’t seem to be the case. As more workers left I began to worry that something was really wrong but she wouldn’t answer, just stood there in front of me looking worried. It bothered me the rest of the night. To this day I don’t know what is was.
The next day it was back to normal, I headed straight for her as soon as the shift was over like always. She seemed to have forgotten about the previous day and was even more flirty than usual. As I walked her out I made up my mind that the next day I was going to ask for her phone number or a date or something, I wanted her so bad.
And then I got reassigned. The next day never came and I never saw Maria again.
allstaractivist note: First off, I don’t know much about Uber nor any of the other clones out there. This is one of the few times that you will catch me slippin on my research. What I do know is this; Uber & friends are crack and the dealer slinging it is the United Nations, New World Order implementation of Agenda 21. The goal is to get you out of your car and become dependent on driver-less cars for travel. Guess who will be in charge of those? Private car ownership will be regulated out of existence for all but the wealthy and everything will be done under the moral banner of “environmentalism”. Have you seen what’s happened to Market Street here in San Francisco? Imagine streets everywhere that prohibited private cars. If you drive for Uber or any of the clones, you are facilitating your own extinction. Get it?
I’m going to keep this short and sweet (like me). I first knew that there was something evil about Uber when I discovered that they were allowed to operate without buying taxi medallions from the city. Is anyone reading this old enough to remember “Gypsy Cabs”? The term was popularly used to describe an unlicensed cab operating in a city without holding that city’s taxi medallion. Typically, people who were already cab drivers would outfit a private vehicle with taxi cab regalia and hang out near centers of activity, like the airport or downtown. Basically it was a way for someone to make a little extra money. You had to be careful though, if medallion holders caught you they would report you.
The cost of a taxi medallion usually ranged from a quarter of a million to half a million dollars, per taxi. That’s right, to operate a cab legally in any city, you may as well have made one out of a Bently. Competition was fierce and the medallions generated revenue for the cities.
In steps Uber. Now put your thinking cap on for a minute and try to figure out why cities all across America would almost instantly let go of all that taxi medallion revenue while simultaneously losing taxi company tax revenue, just for one company called Uber? Uber drivers pay no money to the cities they operate in other than traffic fines here and there, a far cry from what the taxi cab companies used to provide. Why oh why would the cities do that?
The cities have agreed to allow Uber due to the money behind it. It’s said that George Sorros is one of the largest investors. Politicians are being compensated somehow. Investment funds are gobbling up their slice of the pie too. There are still a few places around the world where Uber is being fought by the established taxi industries there, but it would appear to be a losing battle.
Agenda 21 is the reason Uber has so much influence in addition to the money backing it. Controlling peoples movement and ability to travel is a key component in any fascist’s dream, justify doing it by using environmental concerns is icing on the cake. Not only will they be able to control where you go and when, they will be able to control all of life’s other basic necessities too, like water and air. Sustainable this, renewable that, recycle, recycle, smart, smart, smart… Yeah, smart if you’re a dunce to begin with. The environmental movement has been hijacked people, by those who wish to gain total control of you and the world around you. That’s what Agenda 21 is all about. Whenever you hear any of the aforementioned catch phrases you should immediately envision yourself in shackles.
Uber has now partnered with a company developing driver-less vehicles. I can only imagine what will come next. Environmental groups will start to petition cities to prohibit travel by private car except for Uber/Google driver-less cars. They may even run on corporate sponsored private or toll roads. Auto manufacturers won’t mind either. Hell, they are in on the scam too with their fudged vehicle emissions numbers. That’s right, Volkswagen isn’t the only emissions cheater, they all fudge their emissions numbers purposely. Auto manufacturers have all done this so at the right time all private cars can be vilified and driver-less electrics mandated to save the day. They don’t lose, you and I do. We lose our freedom of travel and you will have actually helped them do it.
I personally have never used Uber and I never will. I care about our freedoms, do you?
Put the Uber crack pipe down and learn how to drive, yourself.
For the first time, San Francisco is going to require the 37,000 Lyft and Uber drivers who work in the city seven or more days a year to obtain a business license.
City Treasurer Jose Cisneros wouldn’t fully explain why he is now requiring the license, which will cost drivers $91 annually, when the companies started operations years ago. But one reason, he said, is that the city launched its online business registration system in March — before, registrants had to go to City Hall to apply in person.
The move ups the political tension between the city and Uber and Lyft. When faced with class-action lawsuits from drivers seeking status as employees, the companies have vigorously maintained that the drivers are independent contractors. Cisneros is in essence turning that argument back on them and saying: If that’s the case, the drivers have to register as independent contractors for a business license.
The license will cost drivers $91 a year if they earn $100,000 or less in gross receipts. If they have been driving for multiple years, they will have to pay a registration fee for the years in which they didn’t register.
Cisneros’ letter, which will be sent in three batches — on Friday, Monday and Tuesday — states that the recipient has been identified as a driver for a transportation network company and therefore must obtain a business registration certificate within 30 days.
“Failure to respond to this letter may result in penalties and payment obligations,” the letter states.
“We have a very broad and comprehensive business registration requirement,” Ciseneros said. “This has been a law that has been around for many years. It’s very clearly spelled out on our website — the law here in San Francisco requires you to register your business with the city. If they missed that requirement, they are still obligated to do that.”
In response to the news, Uber struck a conciliatory tone and indicated it would not challenge the city.
“Uber partners with entrepreneurial drivers and as independent contractors, they are responsible for following appropriate local requirements,” Uber spokeswoman Laura Zapata wrote in an email.
Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson said the company is opposed to the plan.
“We have serious concerns with the city’s plan to collect and display Lyft drivers’ personal information in a publicly available database,” she said in an email. “People in San Francisco, who are choosing to drive with Lyft to help make ends meet, shouldn’t have to compromise their privacy in order to share a ride.”
Cisneros has aggressively gone after companies that profit from the gig economy, sometimes clashing with Mayor Ed Lee in the process.
In 2012, over Lee’s objections, Cisneros ruled that Airbnb owed back taxes, which city officials estimated at $25 million. The mayor wanted Cisneros to hold off on the decision until a broader tax overhaul could be rolled out. Airbnb acquiesced last year and paid the taxes.
Lee was not involved in Cisneros’ decision to require the Uber and Lyft drivers to register with the city.
Christine Falvey, Lee’s spokeswoman, neither endorsed nor opposed the move. “The mayor defers questions about the definition of independent contractor and interpretation of requirements under city law to the treasurer,” Falvey said.
Cisneros said he doesn’t expect that all 37,018 drivers who receive the letter are still drivers. But if they are and they register, it will generate $3.37 million a year for the city. An unknown number of drivers already have the license.
It is also unclear to what extent Cisneros will be able to enforce the business registration requirement. He said San Francisco law requires firms to display a registration certificate in their place of business — including their car — and drivers could be cited for failing to do so.
Both Lyft and Uber have faced class-action lawsuits over the past year over whether its drivers are employees or independent contractors. Plaintiffs say they should be classified as employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses as well as the rights and benefits of employees.
Lyft attempted to settle such a lawsuit in January, agreeing to pay $12.25 million to drivers, although not classifying them as employees. A San Francisco federal judge rejected that proposed settlement this month, saying the $12.25 million shortchanged the drivers. A similar lawsuit against Uber is still in the courts.
“It’s incredibly important to Lyft and Uber’s business model that the drivers be independent contractors,” said UC Hastings law Professor Reuel Schiller. “They are not really interested in compromise. This sounds to me like the city of San Francisco is attempting to play hardball in return.”
allstaractivist note: The death of any industry starts with regulation, even though this was never true entrepreneurship to begin with. Free and loose in the beginning to get everyone hooked (the first hit is always free), then when you fienden real hard, it starts to cost. All those little Uber drivers out there are slowly but surely going to get regulated right out of business, only to be replaced by “Johnny Cab” driverless electric vehicles that the auto manufacturers will only be too happy to provide. This is just the identification phase. Once that program is going nice and strong (despite any objectors), the environmentalists will be ushered in with their junk science to proclaim that banning everyone’s private cars will save the planet, everyone but the rich that is. Presto, your mobility will now be in the control of bureaucrats and dictators. This was the plan all along.
Gee, do ya think they may have crashed the economy on purpose as well, to make people financially desperate enough so that they could get away with shit like this? The timing seems just a little too…
San Francisco waited to start regulating Uber drivers until they had finished killing off Yellow Cab et al and had driven them into bankruptcy. Now, Uber and friends stand unopposed. It’s your turn next human Uber driver’s, they are going to kill you off just like you were stupid enough to do for them with the cab companies. Fake Uber drivers sponsored by both the “state” and the company itself, are going to start raping and pillaging their “customers” big time to give human drivers a bad name. With an electric vehicle sans human driver, you don’t have to worry about that. Driving off a bridge maybe, but a car ain’t going to rape you or beat you up.
As a mental exercise, who would you blame for a driverless car driving off a bridge? The mechanic? The programmer? The manufacturer? The list of potential defendants could be endless. Isn’t it wonderful, there won’t be any single human to blame at all, it was simply a glitch in the machinery! No one will then be accountable for your horrible death because technology sometimes malfunctions right? Never mind that you may have been targeted by a government sponsored hacker because you just happened to have attended a protest or something. Maybe your landlord wants to sell his or her property to developers but can’t because you have rent control. They simply hire a black hat hacker and direct your driverless Uber car to go screaming off a cliff. Wonderful! Whoever thought murder would get so high tech too?
You people are going to drown by looking up at the rain with your mouths wide open…