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City Attorney Dennis Herrera Seeks Court Orders Requiring Uber and Lyft to Follow the Law

Friday, July 21st, 2017

IMO:

  • I’m not sure if it’s the job of the City Attorney to “strike the right balance” betwixt UBER / Lyft convenience vs. traffic congestion.
  • This Travis Kalanick sentence is the highlight: “I had hoped with the changes to its leadership that Uber had reformed its corporate culture.” Not necessarily sarcastic, but it has a bite nevertheless.
  • If a San Francisco taxi driver tells you to get lost because s/he doesn’t want to take you all the way out to the Sunset (which would make money for the driver, just maybe not as much as expected, or as average) or says, “I don’t take people to the Potrero projects,” well that’s a misdemeanor called Failure to Convey. IDK if is this kind of law applies to UBER Lyfters right now. Anyway, that’s what they’re getting at with the talk of discrimination.
  • Oh, and the reason why UBER started here in the Frisco bay first has to do with longstanding SFMTA policies of taxi regulation. Late night ballers such as Travis K had a bear of a time getting home at night – at 2:00 AM on a weekend night sometimes you’d see hundreds of people within a block of Broadway / Columbus with their arms up trying hail a cab. This had to do with a taxi shortage what valued certain people more than the general taxi riding public.

JMO

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Anyway, just released:

Herrera seeks court orders requiring Uber and Lyft to follow the law – Herrera moves for court to enforce his subpoenas requiring Uber, Lyft to turn over records on safety, disability access and operations

SAN FRANCISCO (July 21, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he is requesting court orders to compel Lyft, Uber and two Uber subsidiaries to comply with subpoenas issued on June 5, 2017.  The subpoenas were issued as part of the City Attorney’s investigation into whether ride-hailing companies are creating a public nuisance in San Francisco.

Herrera today filed petitions in San Francisco Superior Court seeking a court order requiring the companies to comply with the subpoenas. The subpoenas are aimed at ensuring Uber and Lyft’s estimated 45,000 drivers in San Francisco do not create a public nuisance by jeopardizing public safety, discriminating or otherwise violating local and state laws.

The administrative subpoenas seek four years of records in eight categories, including miles and hours logged by drivers, incentives that encourage drivers to “commute” to San Francisco from as far away as Fresno or Los Angeles, driver guidance and training, accessible vehicle information, and the routes taken by these drivers in San Francisco.

Herrera is turning to the courts after giving the companies multiple opportunities to comply with the subpoenas.

“Unfortunately, Uber is doing what it always seems to do: raise obstacles and drag its feet— all while continuing to flout the law,” Herrera said. “To its credit, Lyft was more responsive, but in the end they also raised unreasonable roadblocks. They provided a minimal amount of documents before deciding not to comply with the rest of our request. And they have so far failed to execute a confidentiality agreement that would protect any legitimate trade secrets.  From the beginning, we have been clear that the companies must comply with these subpoenas.  These motions are the next step in protecting the rights of the people who live and work in San Francisco.”

On June 22 Herrera won a court ruling requiring Uber to comply with a separate subpoena from Treasurer José Cisneros to help ensure that Uber drivers have business licenses. The court found Uber’s arguments unpersuasive in that case.

San Franciscans and city leaders alike are concerned with public nuisance, public safety, accessibility, discrimination, compensation and other issues arising from the explosive growth of companies like Uber and Lyft.  Herrera issued his subpoenas as he investigates these issues.  He has also requested information about congestion and environmental impacts.

“The status quo is not working,” Herrera said.  “There’s no question that Uber and Lyft offer convenience.  But convenience for some cannot trump the rights of every San Francisco resident and visitor, including the safe enjoyment of our roads and bike lanes. I’m trying to strike the right balance here.  ”

After the subpoenas were issued, Lyft contacted the City Attorney’s Office and worked with the city to try to craft a confidentiality agreement that complies with the subpoena and with public records law, while also protecting trade secrets from public disclosure.  Lyft ultimately was not willing to move forward with a satisfactory agreement, demanding unreasonable provisions.

Uber objected to the subpoenas and refused to produce any documents or data at all. It waited until the June 20 deadline to send a letter telling the city it was declining to produce the information but would be available to “meet and confer regarding Uber’s concerns.”  After that, Uber representatives were slow to meet, late to respond and then non-committal. They have failed to comply with the subpoena.

“Uber was stalling,” Herrera said.  “I had hoped with the changes to its leadership that Uber had reformed its corporate culture. So far, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Both Uber and Lyft were given ample opportunity to follow the law. They chose not to, so now we’re in court.”

Additional documentation from the case is available on the City Attorney’s website at:https://www.sfcityattorney.org/

Team Herrera Marches on Van Ness Down to City Hall – City Attorney Dennis Herrera at Work While Crew Turns in Signatures

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

[UPDATE: Ah yes, the David Chiu Crew, sans Chiubacca*, is making a beeline over to City Hall right now as well.]

[UPDATE: And oh, here comes Supervisor John Avalos, right on schedule. Who’ll be next to join the 10k Club?]

Well there I was piloting Mom’s Taxi down an area “traffic sewer” or “incomplete street” and what do I see but Team Herrera marching on City Hall.

Thusly:

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I’ll tell you, AFAICS, this campaign and Senator Leland Yee‘s are the big ones, so far anyway:

An enthusiastic vanguard: 

All’s left to do is the counting.

Oh, here they are, at the terminus:

Here are the deets from Dennis Jose:

“Flavia-

I’m just walking out of the Department of Elections with a team of my supporters and I wanted you to be among the first to hear my big news. WE DID IT!

After almost two months of knocking on doors, canvassing street corners and going from neighborhood to neighborhood telling San Franciscans my plan to make this a city that works, my team of outstanding volunteers and I gathered over 10,881 signatures.

As we kickoff the next phase of the campaign, we want you to join our team.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN TEAM HERRERA

Thanks to all of your incredible hard work we not only achieved, but exceeded our goal. This was a grassroots effort from hundreds of supporters like you – hard working dedicated members of Team Herrera who know how important this election is.

On Team Herrera we know that local government can positively impact people’s lives each and every day. With your continued support and help, we will win in November, but it won’t be easy and I need your continued support, will you commit to join me?

Sign up to get involved with our campaign.

Thanks for all that you do,

Dennis Herrera”

Oh, and there’s this too:

Signatures demonstrate campaign’s strength, citywide support

San Francisco – City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s campaign for mayor collected over 10,000 signatures to place his name on the ballot as a candidate for mayor. This grassroots effort, spearheaded by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, demonstrates his deep volunteer base and citywide support. This afternoon at the Department of Elections, Herrera will be joined by a team of supporters and staff who helped him reach this goal as they turn in their signatures together.

“I am immensely proud of the hard work my team of volunteers and supporters put in to make this day a reality,” Herrera said. “It’s just another example of the strength of our campaign, and this is only the beginning. From now until November 8th we will be at every doorstep and in every neighborhood talking to voters about how we’ll make San Francisco a city that works. I’m confident that we’ll be successful on Election Day.”

The signature gathering period began on June 4th and requires that each mayoral candidate gather 10,000 signatures in lieu of paying the $5,048 fee.

In 2001, Herrera became the first Latino ever elected City Attorney of San Francisco, and he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 and 2009. As City Attorney, Herrera has used the power of the office to help protect consumers, defend our civil liberties, and protect the environment and air quality. He is running for Mayor to make San Francisco a city that works – getting back to basics and delivering services that we depend on.”

OK then.

Who’ll be next to make this march before the deadline?

*Oops. Chewy was on the scene after all.

SamSingerWatch: Did “Three Men” Really “Attack” Tatiana the Tiger at the San Francisco Zoo?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from “Master of Disaster” PR Man Sam Singer:

“S.F. Zoo gets Martha the tiger to replace Tiger Shot after attacked by 3 Men Christmas 3 years ago”

Uh, en realidad, we don’t actually know that “3 Men” “attacked” that tiger, do we? Hey, what about the minor who died? He was less than 18, right? Oh, and you’re saying he attacked the tiger along with brothers Dhaliwal, you know that for a fact that all three of them did that, huh? You and the zoo have videotape you’ve been sitting on all these years, maybe…

Is this kind of thing what pays your mortgage, Sam?

[Electronic Cockpit Voice]: “Libel, libel… pull up, pull up.”

A post-Tatiana big cat enclosure at the, frankly, poorly-run, San Francisco Zoo:

And the shrine that got set up at the entrance of the zoo, back in the day:

Potrero Hill’s Potrero Power Plant To Go Offline in Early 2011?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Rebecca Bowe has the story of the coming end of San Francisco’s 362 MW Potrero Power Plant early next year.

Perhaps we should rename the PPP’s iconic red tower “Coit Tower South” and charge tourists admission to take rides to the top?

It’s a landmark now, right?

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Have Your Shyster Try to Opt You Out of SF’s Gang Injunctions, If You Want

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I mean, it’s your right, after all.

All the fresh new deets, and .pdf forms as well, are right here.

“City Attorney Herrera has obtained civil injunctions against five violent street gangs that have long plagued San Francisco neighborhoods with their criminal and nuisance conduct.  Named in the gang injunctions so far issued by the San Francisco Superior Court are the following:

  • The Bayview/Hunters Point-based Oakdale Mob
  • The Mission-based Norteño gang
  • The Western Addition-based Chopper City gang
  • The Western Addition-based Eddy Rock gang
  • The Western Addition-based Knock Out Posse gang

Herrera is currently pursuing a new injunction against two more gangs:

  • The Visitacion Valley-based Down Below Gangsters
  • The Visitacion Valley-based Towerside Gang”

It Begins: San Francisco’s First Post-Injunction Bike Lane Goes In, As Scheduled

Monday, August 9th, 2010

See? Right on schedule:

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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has all the deets and here’s what the Mayor had to say after his “self-congratulatory press conference,”  after the jump

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Post-Injunction S.F. Gets Moving: New Bike Lane on Townsend Today at 1:00 PM

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Erin Sherbert has the story of today’s ceremony honoring the recent lifting of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan injunction.

(Leave us remember that the four-year-injunction was 100% not the fault of Judge Busch.)

Anyway, look for something like this to go down on Townsend today at 1:00 PM, somewhere near Fourth Street in the SoMA:

 

But this event will probably push some over the edge. Like the snarky people at Enough, we say, enough:

OK, we get it, now the city can paint some stripes on the road and call them ‘bike lanes.’ Stop shitting yourself.”

How wude!

Oh well…

San Francisco Bicycle Plan Injunction Finally Lifted by Judge Peter Busch

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Here’s the news from the office of City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera: The Bicycle Plan injunction has beeen lifted.

Judge Busch finds that City has complied with CEQA, grants City’s request to allow remaining safety, usability improvements

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 6, 2010) — San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter J. Busch issued an order late this afternoon finding San Francisco in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, in seeking to implement its Bicycle Plan citywide. The ruling effectively dissolves an injunction that continued to prohibit City engineers from moving forward on some planned bicycle route improvements intended to enhance the safety and usability of streets for bicyclists. A previous order from Nov. 2009 lifted significant portions of the original 2006 injunction, but left limited restrictions intact while the adequacy of environmental review for certain projects was adjudicated.

“I am very gratified by the ruling from Judge Busch, who carefully considered an enormous amount of evidence in this case, and found that the City met its environmental review requirements,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Today’s decision clears an important hurdle toward making San Francisco safer for bicyclists, and healthier for all of us. I am very thankful to the many dedicated public servants involved in this policy initiative and meeting the stringent legal requirements to fulfill it, including Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors, the Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Planning Department.”

The case is: Coalition for Adequate Review et al. v. City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Superior Court No. 505-509, filed July 28, 2005

So there you have it. “Crazy”* Rob Anderson has driven his dead-bang winner of a lawsuit, one that put him on the front page of the Wall Street Journal…

…and made the City and County** look like a bunch of fools, into the ground. He didn’t know when to quit. (The time to quit would have been when the City finally complied with the requirements of CEQA.)

Who knows, maybe he’ll come up with another beautiful lawsuit idea, another slam dunk, but don’t count on it.

Sic Transit Gloria Anderson

*That’s what they called him, out of frustration, back when they had to pay attention to him.

**”Hey remember when we said we were going to start working on those reports earlier and go faster? Forget all that. Actually, we’re going to start later and go slower. We were going to tell you sooner but…”

[UPDATE: The Mayor would like to add a few words. See them after the jump.]

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Hundreds Attend Swearing-In Ceremony for City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

At this point, you might consider three-term City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera the solid front-runner in the race to become mayor in 2011. He sure seemed to have a lot of well-wishers today, anyway, in City Hall, where hundreds were on hand to see him get sworn in by California Assemblyman and Speaker-Elect John A. Pérez.

But eight-year-old Declan Herrera stole the show with his reading of New Year’s wishes in English and Mandarin Chinese:

It was standing room only in the North Light Court of City Hall this afternoon:

Congratulations to Dennis Jose Herrera!

City Attorney’s Swearing-in Ceremony

WHEN:
TODAY, Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:
City Hall’s North Light Court
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco

WHO:
* City Attorney Dennis Herrera and family
* California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
* California Assemblymember John A. Pérez
* Elected officials and community leaders

Mirant’s Potrero Generating Plant is Always With Us – When Will It Go Away?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

See the tower of the Potrero Generating Plant down Seventh Street on a recent rainy day?

Will it be here a year from now?

Who knows. But, on it goes, day in and day out:

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