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The three video out takes here are from a conference which I'm assuming was at the International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference held in Chicago in September of 2010. Deputy Director of SMTA Taxi Services, Christiane Hayashi summarizes the history and facts of the San Francisco Medallion Sales Pilot Program. The third video includes explanations of electronic waybills.
This speech is re-published here as it may provide useful insight to anyone wishing to know more about the SFMTA's Medallion Sales Pilot Program - the program's purposes, its origins, how it evolved, and the controversy between Prop A and Prop K. It is summarized here by the SFMTA itself. The information published here is intended for educational use. The content here should not necessarily be new to anyone who has faithfully attended town hall meetings and Taxi Advisory Council meetings since their inception.
One comment that I'd like to add though, is that in Part 1 (meaning the 1st video) Hayashi explains how Prop A, a Muni reform measure passed in 2008, caused the dissolution of the SF Taxi Commission and brought the City's taxi industry under regulatory jurisdiction of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) (see 12:35 [minutes/seconds] on the video counter).
On this matter, I'd like to insert views expressed by Brad Newsham in an essay he wrote titled, "Why The Taxi Turmoil?". This is to offer a contrasting view, or perhaps an expanded view of the industry, with respects to some of the controversy stirred within the industry as a result of the passing of Prop A. An excerpt...
"BUT IN 2007, a group of City Hall and taxicab industry insiders pulled off a fast one. The principals have never admitted their roles, but here’s how the deal went down:
2007 was an “off-year” election (no headliner contests on the ballot) and it was understood that voter turnout would be feather-light. Deep within the fine-print legalese of a mind-numbing, ten-page ballot proposal (“Transit Reform, Parking Regulation and Emissions Reductions”) the insiders hid a bomb -- three devastating sentences designed to abolish the San Francisco Taxicab Commission and place the cab industry under control of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Most cunningly, the bill specified that all previous taxicab legislation would be nullified, and henceforth any decree from the SFMTA would automatically be law in the taxicab industry. The measure squeaked through with the “yes” votes of a mere 15% of the electorate, who had no idea they’d just sabotaged the City’s 7,000 cab drivers." (Excerpt from, "Why the Taxi Turmoil?" By Brad Newsham, 2010)
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(Part 2 is a continuation of the summary.)
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(Part 3 addresses electronic waybills.)
Beginning at 00:45 seconds on the video counter, Director Hayashi answers a question explaining that one of the motives for the electronic waybill tracking was to accurately document drivers' incomes. This seemed to pertain to knowing how to set a fixed price for medallion sales, in addition to addressing industry needs overall.
However, this video is from 2010, before 2011 protests and town hall meetings looked at electronic waybills more closely with respects to addressing privacy issues.