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TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi - 2014
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:50:19 AM »
Mr. Friedman said "The government has an obligation to protect us."Uber, with its $17 billion valuation and financial backing from Goldman Sachs, Google and Jeff Bezos, is ready for battle. It hired former operatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, such as Bradley Tusk, who ran the former mayor's 2009 campaign, and Stu Loeser, Mr. Bloomberg's former press secretary. It reportedly tried to woo former Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson to act as the company's global liaison. (Mr. Wolfson was said to have turned down the offer.)"We're in a political campaign, and the candidate is Uber and the opponent is an asshole named taxi," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told a tech audience in May. "Nobody likes him, he's not a nice character, but he's so woven into the political machinery and fabric that a lot of people owe him favors."It is unclear how much Uber is making in New York, although the company claims the median income of its drivers in New York is more than $90,000 per year.

There's no clear path for a startup to come into a city and do something different. I wish there was."TLC Chairwoman Meera Joshi acknowledges that most of the strife arises from regulations written before the advent of smartphones.
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"Rulemaking is a process," she said. "It doesn't work as quickly as an app."

Ms. Joshi, who worked under Mr. Bloomberg as the agency's general counsel, said she is still grappling with how to respond to the influx of innovation. She has personally sampled some of the apps—Uber specifically—and when she does, she rides incognito so she can observe driver behavior. She stressed that none of the upstarts can expect to circumvent regulations."The rules are what the rules are," she said. "And they need to show to us that they are complying with each and every rule."Ms. Joshi said the TLC would step up enforcement against illegal cabs.

We're weighing different ideas," Ms. Joshi said.Supporters of Uber doubt the company would have been able to launch in New York under Mr. de Blasio's administration.

The mayor, though, remains skeptical. "I think there's more work that will be done by the TLC in the months ahead," he said, "trying to make sense of how to approach the Uber issue in a way that's fair to all concerned."
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