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May 8, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
The United Independent Taxi Drivers will take over for a Burbank-based firm that served the San Fernando Valley before it filed for bankruptcy last year, the Los Angeles City Council decided Tuesday. The transfer was requested by a bankruptcy judge who selected UITD as the winner of a competitive bid process. The taxi company offered to pay $1.4 million for the franchise permit previously owned by Babaeian Transportation Co.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
The United Independent Taxi Drivers will take over for a Burbank-based firm that served the San Fernando Valley before it filed for bankruptcy last year, the Los Angeles City Council decided Tuesday. The transfer was requested by a bankruptcy judge who selected UITD as the winner of a competitive bid process. The taxi company offered to pay $1.4 million for the franchise permit previously owned by Babaeian Transportation Co.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1986
I am writing as president of the Taxi Industry Council and as president of United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc., a member of the council, to respond to Hofland's letter. There is a basic assumption stated in various ways in Hofland's letter to the effect that "no regulation" is better than "regulation." This is, of course, pure nonsense. Deregulation of taxis in San Diego has proved to be a nightmare. The taxi-going public there has no certainty as to fares. The same trip could cost $20 or $40 depending on which cab you take.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1986
I am writing as president of the Taxi Industry Council and as president of United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc., a member of the council, to respond to Hofland's letter. There is a basic assumption stated in various ways in Hofland's letter to the effect that "no regulation" is better than "regulation." This is, of course, pure nonsense. Deregulation of taxis in San Diego has proved to be a nightmare. The taxi-going public there has no certainty as to fares. The same trip could cost $20 or $40 depending on which cab you take.
NEWS
February 7, 1985
Jurors found 21-year-old Alex Edward Duran guilty of first-degree murder in the 1982 stabbing of Los Angeles cab driver Carlos Woll, 50, a crime that at the time prompted calls from the United Independent Taxi Drivers Assn. for more protection from robbers. Prosecutors have been asked that he be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. He will be formally sentenced by Superior Court Judge Henry Nelson on March 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN
An attempt by Los Angeles city transportation officials to revoke the operating franchise of one of two Valley taxi firms may become bogged down in a legal morass. The city Transportation Commission recommended in June that city officials revoke the franchise from the San Fernando Valley Checker Cab Co., citing the firm's failure to provide promised services, such as a computerized dispatching system and seven wheelchair-accessible cabs.
NEWS
August 10, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
About 400 members of United Independent Taxi Drivers snarled downtown traffic this morning as they drove from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to the Civic Center where they circled City Hall, horns blaring, for half an hour to protest proposed new regulations on taxi operations. Many of the cabs had signs in their windows or on their hoods addressed to Mayor Tom Bradley and the City Council, asking them to withdraw support for the proposed system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles city transportation panel recommended Thursday that the operating permit of one of the two taxi companies serving the San Fernando Valley be revoked, citing the firm's repeated failure to provide promised services. But at the request of the financially troubled San Fernando Valley Checker Cab Co.
NEWS
December 3, 1992
Culver City has given four taxicab companies permission to pick up fares within the city but it has raised the annual license fee for each cab to $400 from $75. The approved companies are United Independent Taxi Drivers, Yellow Transit Systems, Independent Taxi Owners Assn. and Beverly Hills Transit. Of the 231 vehicle permits approved by the City Council late last month, more than half are reserved for United, which has been serving the city for the past three months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A half-dozen taxicab companies seeking to secure lucrative franchises from the city of Los Angeles have spent tens of thousands of dollars over the past few months on lobbying activities and campaign contributions to council members, according to city and state records.
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January 10, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following more than three hours of often heated testimony, the Los Angeles Board of Transportation commissioners voted Thursday to delay a decision on who would receive a second taxi franchise for the San Fernando Valley. The commissioners delayed a decision for 30 days to gain more time to study proposals by four taxi companies seeking the franchise--especially to determine whether Babaeian Transportation Co. of Burbank has enough money to provide the service the company promised.
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August 22, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday recommended revoking the operating permit for a taxi company serving the San Fernando Valley and called for an alternative transportation plan for local residents. Babaeian Transportation Co., parent company of the San Fernando Valley Checker Cab Co., should lose its license because the company failed to provide state-of-the-art services as promised, said Councilman Nate Holden, chairman of the council's transportation committee.
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