Uber says, "Please, don't hold us accountable!"
What do Uber, Lyft, Door Dash, Instracart, Postmates all have in common? All are attempting to overturn the State of California Assembly Bill 5 passed in September 2019. Why have they spent over $200 million dollars to pass California State Proposition 22? Are these mega-companies suddenly "good neighbors," now interested in the common good?
No, that doesn't seem to be the case, instead all interested in only protecting their financial bottom line, with Uber once again losing 1.8 billion this most recent quarter, meaning California's designating gig-workers as employees is economic poison for Uber and its ilk, not interested in paying sick leave, overtime and other related benefits.
With less than two weeks left until the election, Uber and company are pleading with California voters to continue providing them with a free ride minus any real governmental control or regulation. Could the majority of Californians be that stupid? Given our nation's recent voting track record, anything is indeed possible, people unable to see beyond their nose. Even my sister in Tehachapi has a vote. I wonder what she will do?
My Court Date is now November 24th
Some might remember I was given a ticket in Bellevue many months ago simply for parking legally in Bellevue, Bellevue having this obscure law forbidding all taxi cabs from parking anywhere on the city streets. Even if you own a house, you are forbidden to park in front of your legal residence, which I why I have always intended to ask both Bellevue's mayor and police chief to tell the court why this is both legal and reasonable? Do I want to take the time and effort to accomplish this? No I don't but how can I let these _______s get away with this kind of discrimination? The answer is simple, I can't.
Crazy speeders in the Hwy 99 tunnel
Am I the only one to notice that drivers are blatantly breaking the 45 MPH speed limit in the north and southbound Highway 99 tunnels? It appears to be true because enforcement is nonexistent, cars flying through at 60,70, 80 mph, making the 1.7 mile journey from one end to the other extremely hazardous. Wednesday afternoon I was southbound mid-tunnel, driving 50 mph, when in the rearview mirror I saw 3 cars bearing down on me at high rates of speed. The third car, speeding between 70-80 mph while appearing not to see me, prompted my gunning of the accelerator in an desperate attempt to avoid being slammed from behind. Thankfully the maneuver worked, my quick reaction allowing some space between tragedy and relief, the car stopping just short of my bumper. Of course none of this should be occurring, a speed camera an obvious deterrent in a narrow tunnel. What did WDOT think would be happening on this stretch of roadway? Compliance!? That's a joke as from day one fools have been endangering me and everyone else, giving little heed to reason and commonsense.
1960s Voting song written 2006 by JoAnne Crabtree
This morning, listening to "This Saturday Tradition" on KCBS 91.3 FM I heard a song harkening back to the 1960s folkie/civil rights days. The song, "What Else Can I Do?," sung by the duo Crabtree & Mills, springs from traditional old-fashioned activism, encouraging us to take up of the battle for societal and cultural justice, telling everyone it's time to vote your heart, your mind, your soul.
Yes, it's that time of year again where excuses don't cut it, it's time to participate in making positive changes through your right to vote for candidates and issues affecting you and me and our entire great country. Being registered in New Mexico this time around, I sent in my absentee ballot over ten days ago. If you haven't voted, please get your "ass in gear" and vote. All of us are depending upon you. Vote!
Here is the song's first and last stanzas and chorus. From the Crabtree & Mills album, "Flight of Fancy"
"What Else Can I Do?"
First Stanza: I have seen the face of anguish
I have heard the voice of pain
In the mother who is marching
And the son who has no name.
So I go and help my neighbor,
"Cause what else can I do?
And then I vote my conscience,
And I hope that you do too.
Chorus: I want to stand for something
I want to ride that freedom train
I want to share my privilege
With those who feel the same
I want to stand together outside the voting booth,
for honor and for truth.
Last Stanza: So I go and help my neighbor
And I hope that you do too
And then I vote my conscience
'Cause nothing less will do.
Stakes are very high this election. Don't think so? Friday the USA had a record 85,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. 225,000 Americans are dead. Some experts believe there will be 400,000 dead by January 1st.
Climate change? California had a record 4 million acres burned, 1million alone in one fire. Colorado is now burning, parts of Rocky Mountain National Park in flames, bark beetle larva surviving winters that once killed them, the adult beetles eating the trees.
Hurricanes? Port Charles, Louisiana has been hit by two huge hurricanes a month apart, the mayor asking "Has America forgotten us?"
Iowa August derecho thunder storm? 20% of Iowa's farm crops are destroyed in a matter of hours, winds 70 to 120 mph wiping out towns, farms and fields.
Did you know that Trump's own wife is still in recovery from COVID-19? During the past 2 weeks, has Trump mentioned any concern for her welfare? Not that I have heard reported.
Vote smartly, vote correctly. Vote!