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January 27, 1990 | HERMAN WONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was only 2:30 on this Thursday afternoon outside the John Wayne Airport terminal, but the 12 taxicabs parked across the street were idle and empty. To Tony Giannicchi, who mans the Yellow Cab "starter" booth as point man for the lineup of taxis at the airport, the lulls in customers this day seemed longer than usual. Even for Orange County.
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May 9, 2001 | JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The agency that oversees Orange County taxis suspended the operating license Tuesday of A Taxi Cab Co., one of Anaheim's three permitted cab companies. Because the company has not had insurance since April 26, it was ordered to stop operations immediately, according to a letter written by the Orange County Taxicab Authority Program's administrator, Steve Elkins, and delivered Tuesday.
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February 5, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
Under a proposal tentatively approved by the City Council this week, local taxicab operators will now be regulated through a new Orange County Transportation Authority program. The proposal includes adopting regulations of the Orange County Taxi Administration Program, with the goal of increasing public safety, reducing administrative costs and streamlining operating permit procedures.
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April 24, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been almost a year since the bruising battle over providing taxi service at John Wayne Airport resulted in American Taxi winning the county contract, but the scars have yet to fade. Now, with American Taxi having filed for bankruptcy, competitors are in an uproar again, demanding the county toss out the contract. "I'm mad and I'm disgusted at the county," said Hossein Nabati, owner of A Taxi Co.
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January 13, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council this week unanimously approved a request by Orange Coast Yellow Cab to increase taxicab rates for trips originating from the city. Under the new rates, retroactive to Jan. 5, waiting time charges increased by $2, to $22 an hour. The fare for the first one-sixth mile is $1.90 and 30 cents for each additional one-sixth mile. Previously, the fare was $1.90 for the first one-eighth mile and 20 cents for each additional one-eighth mile.
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February 9, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Two new taxicab companies soon will be competing for business in a city that already has two car-for-hire businesses. Despite objections from Yellow Cab of North Orange County, which has been serving Fullerton for more than 50 years, City Council members this week voted 3 to 2 to grant business licenses to California Yellow Taxicab Co. and Coastal City Yellow Cab Co.
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April 24, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been almost a year since the bruising battle over providing taxi service at John Wayne Airport resulted in American Taxi winning the county contract, but the scars have yet to fade. Now, with American Taxi having filed for bankruptcy, competitors are in an uproar again, demanding the county toss out the contract. "I'm mad and I'm disgusted at the county," said Hossein Nabati, owner of A Taxi Co.
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October 30, 2000 | RENEE MOILANEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The agency regulating taxicabs in Orange County is cracking down on companies that may put passengers and other drivers at risk with cars well past their mechanical prime. A proposal by the Orange County Taxi Administration Program would nudge older, more trouble-prone taxis off the road by limiting vehicle age to 10 years. But owners of small cab companies say their wallets will take a big hit with the new regulations.
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April 14, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of speculation by competitors about its financial health, American Taxi, the county's controversial choice to provide taxi service at John Wayne Airport, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has promised to continue service at the airport with no interruptions, an airport spokeswoman said.
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July 22, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A cab driver who may face a vehicular manslaughter charge in the July 4 death of a popular lifeguard was driving without a permit and works for a taxi company that is under increasing fire for permit and insurance violations, according to officials and records. Police recommended Tuesday that Michelle Marchman be charged after tests showed she was driving 80 mph just before she skidded into Adam "A.J." Summers' motorcycle at a Pacific Coast Highway red light in a predawn crash.
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April 14, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of speculation by competitors about its financial health, American Taxi, the county's controversial choice to provide taxi service at John Wayne Airport, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has promised to continue service at the airport with no interruptions, an airport spokeswoman said.
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October 30, 2000 | RENEE MOILANEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The agency regulating taxicabs in Orange County is cracking down on companies that may put passengers and other drivers at risk with cars well past their mechanical prime. A proposal by the Orange County Taxi Administration Program would nudge older, more trouble-prone taxis off the road by limiting vehicle age to 10 years. But owners of small cab companies say their wallets will take a big hit with the new regulations.
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November 28, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At John Wayne Airport, harried travelers may pick among airlines, rental car companies, even shuttle services. But they have a single taxicab company to choose--at least for now. That may soon change, thanks to a recent Board of Supervisors decision. The board voted unanimously last week to order a thorough examination of the benefits and downsides to allowing two taxi companies at John Wayne.
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September 1, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A Huntington Beach cab company owner whose business is being scrutinized for alleged permit and insurance violations was taken into custody Monday by federal agents and may be deported for immigration violations, according to police. Seton Montgomerie, a New Zealand native and owner of the California Yellow Taxi Cab Co., was arrested Monday morning at his office after a police investigation of his company found "immigration irregularities," which were relayed to federal agents, police said.
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July 24, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A troubled Huntington Beach cab company that has been dogged by police and regulators is also defending itself from two lawsuits by former drivers who claim they were injured in separate crashes because of mechanical problems with their cabs, records show. The suits add to a swirl of controversy around the California Yellow Taxi Cab Co.
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July 22, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A cab driver who may face a vehicular manslaughter charge in the July 4 death of a popular lifeguard was driving without a permit and works for a taxi company that is under increasing fire for permit and insurance violations, according to officials and records. Police recommended Tuesday that Michelle Marchman be charged after tests showed she was driving 80 mph just before she skidded into Adam "A.J." Summers' motorcycle at a Pacific Coast Highway red light in a predawn crash.
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August 16, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A-AAA Taxi won't be picking up fares in Orange any time soon. The Orange City Council last week unanimously denied the Santa Ana-based taxi service a license to take fares originating in Orange. City Council members said that Orange already has two licensed taxi companies that provide excellent service and that the addition of a third company would lower profit margins. "We have a limited demand," said Councilman Fred L. Barrera.
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November 28, 1999 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At John Wayne Airport, harried travelers may pick among airlines, rental car companies, even shuttle services. But they have a single taxicab company to choose--at least for now. That may soon change, thanks to a recent Board of Supervisors decision. The board voted unanimously last week to order a thorough examination of the benefits and downsides to allowing two taxi companies at John Wayne.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
Under a proposal tentatively approved by the City Council this week, local taxicab operators will now be regulated through a new Orange County Transportation Authority program. The proposal includes adopting regulations of the Orange County Taxi Administration Program, with the goal of increasing public safety, reducing administrative costs and streamlining operating permit procedures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Two new taxicab companies soon will be competing for business in a city that already has two car-for-hire businesses. Despite objections from Yellow Cab of North Orange County, which has been serving Fullerton for more than 50 years, City Council members this week voted 3 to 2 to grant business licenses to California Yellow Taxicab Co. and Coastal City Yellow Cab Co.
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