It was in mid-July when the Seattle mayor signed the bill altering the local taxi regulatory landscape forever. Much was spoken at the time of the cooperative nature of the negotiations helping shape the final version. While I for one understood the new bill replacing the council's version was a complete disaster for us, there were others who said it was the best we could expect considering the political climate. Well, at least upon an initial assessment it appears we got nothing at all in return, blotto! zilch! zero! unless you think getting the privilege of wearing your pajamas to work is a fair trade in return for allowing unlimited and unfettered competition into your previously protected operational sphere while remaining capped and stifled and completely beholden to people who hate and disrespect you.
Last night it took calling 911 to convince the Uber driver sitting on the Deca Hotel taxi stand that he had to leave. I told him I would call Craig Leisy and he said go ahead, call Leisy because he knows as well as I do that the City of Seattle is not serous about enforcing anything concerning the taxis. It couldn't be clearer. Where is even one of the promised ten taxi stands even though there have been four, count them, four home University of Washington Husky football home game in a row, with no effort made to accommodate the long-suffering taxis attempting to serve up to 73,000 thousand fans? All we have in the taxi industry are broken and diverted promises leading to nothing whatsoever. None of this will ever be acceptable.
Yes, the mayor's deal is laughable and we undoubtedly have gotten shafted. And what about the verifiable rumor that up to fifty taxis operated for over two weeks from mid-November to just 3 days ago minus real insurance though Seattle regulators had been notified of the situation from the very beginning? What is going on here? Hell! it is obvious what is happening. Tomorrow I am going back up into the Cascades and then into the Eastern Washington high desert country. Good time to stare at the full moon and consider sanity minus deranged taxi! Com' on black bear, com' on friend coyote, shake my hand, I''ll take your paw!