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January 8, 2001 | Sharon Nagy, (714) 966-5832
The City Council will consider contracting with three taxi companies at its Tuesday meeting for the city's voucher-based taxi-services program, which will begin Feb. 15. The council approved the program, which offers residents subsidized evening taxi rides within city limits, at its Nov. 21 meeting. The council seeks to reduce congestion throughout the city. Laguna Beach residents will be able to buy one-way ride vouchers at City Hall for $2.
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May 18, 1999 | CRYSTAL CARREON and MICHAEL LUO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a cabdriver in Anaheim, Adam Sonke goes through hot and cold spells. There are days, like Monday, when business is mind-numbingly slow, he says. Then there are the days, especially in the summertime or during huge conventions, when the 45-year-old cabby simply can't keep up. Customers have to wait more than an hour before they can finally clamber into his yellow-and-white vehicle.
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April 28, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the Board of Supervisors, spurred in part by recent allegations of problems with the way John Wayne Airport's new taxi contract was handled, said Thursday he plans to form an oversight committee of lobbyists, architects, engineers and staff members to review how the county awards contracts. "The airport taxi contract wasn't the trigger," said Chairman Chuck Smith, "but it did give us incentive."
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February 14, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles city commission voted 5 to 0 Thursday to recommend that a second cab franchise in the San Fernando Valley be awarded to a Burbank firm even as its members expressed grave misgivings that two cab companies can survive in the Valley. "I do hope sincerely we won't be sorry for what we did," Transportation Commission President Marian Broome ruefully told her colleagues after the vote was cast.
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June 13, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN
The Los Angeles City Transportation Commission has voted to give a Burbank-based taxi firm a three-month extension to begin operating as the San Fernando Valley's second taxi franchise. Under a city franchise approved in March, Babaeian Transportation Inc. was to begin taxi service May 27. But Babaeian representatives asked the commission for a 90-day delay, saying the company is having trouble getting delivery of taxis from the manufacturer.
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August 24, 1991 | JOHN KENDALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The financially strapped city of Los Angeles was ordered Friday to pay a combined total of nearly $11 million to the owners of a cab company for improperly interfering with the firm's operation during a Teamsters Union strike 10 years ago. The Golden State Transit Corp., operator of Yellow Cab, once the largest taxicab company in Los Angeles, subsequently went out of business and sued the city, winning a $4.5 million verdict from a jury last June in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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April 19, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
One of three taxicab companies that operate in the city was given permission to increase fares, but senior citizens, disabled people and students will get a 10% discount. The City Council on Monday approved the rate increase requested by Coast Yellow Cab Cooperative. Councilman Dave Garofalo said that while the cab company volunteered the rate discounts, he wanted the council to formally require them.
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June 19, 1991 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council, lobbied hard by a Burbank taxi firm, took the first step Tuesday toward authorizing a second cab company to operate in the San Fernando Valley. Rejecting advice from the city's transportation bureaucracy, the council voted to seek bids from taxi firms for a Valley franchise. Members argued that competition would improve service. Valley Cab Co. has had a monopoly in the area since 1984.
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