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FRC STAYING POWER & STRAW POLLS

27 Sep

Staying power, that is a reward for visions that stand the test of time well. The FRC Values Voter is a mainstay of the D.C. political tourism circuit. Like clockwork, every year, the Family Research Council’s annual convention of faith comes together in North West D.C. Next year will be different. No, not in Jerusalem as the prayer goes this time of year, the Jewish new year, but next year across the Potomac, at the Gaylord Hotel in Prince George county Maryland.

Tony Perkin’s F.R.C. annual Summit is a must stop at for presidential contenders in the years of campaigns racing up to the final vote in 2016. This year is no different. The ‘they’, the hopefuls came in crowded race- Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Bobby Jindal. On their day, Friday, the presidential candidate day, they came, they talked and they hoped they conquered, before heading back out on their POTUS trail.

To the regular attendees, there is little that is different. That, the familiarity is what keeps these attendees coming back year after year. The F.R.C. is the faithfuls camp reunion where friends see old friends, meet new friends and catch up on shared friends that have left them.

The 2015 was elevated to an even higher level of patriotism with this years gala dinner honoring every day people who did extraordinary things, the real superstars who stood up for their convictions in faith, of faith- a clerk, a baker, a fireman along with others told their beliefs were no longer valid.

Kim Davis’ defenders were not the party she belonged to foreheads but men and women from across the aisle standing next to her as her moral fibers were being stripped. Kim Davis stood at the dinner, reborn, a republican. Davis was already a Christian. In a world that holds a different benchmark for Hollywood celebrity multiple marriages, Davis a hometown girl was vilified, publicly raked over the coals for her conviction to marry not live with the men outside of the sanctity of marriage.

Perkins provides a safe forum for people of faith to come together in. And leave from. The Duggars, past attendees at after F.R.C.s events were noticeably absent post the disclosures of son Josh. Not to worry. The unscripted reality that ruled television the past weeks was paralyzing as people witnessed employers flip on their employee, voted in by people who knew her faith.

Davis’ employers made her their sacrificial lamb.

The world watched newscast after newscast, streamed video after streamed video showing workplace violence Davis’ employer, the state did not protect her from- people verbally insulting her, verbally offending her. Davis watched as her employer became complicit in hate speech, against her, leaving her to fend for herself.

Until Conservatives crossed the political divide  and stood with Davis.

The voter Summit is showing its years, the A list of radio row were elsewhere. News competition being what it is, pope stalking was more attractive to mediathen men on mounts battling for their win at the White House. The stalwarts stay. Besides, times have changed. No one needs to be anywhere to be there anymore. Live streaming has become a death knoll to events. That said, the Grand Ballroom was packed.

Kudos.

Non profits were in the  exhibit area- faces of conservatism activism over the decades still present in the conversation of freedom and faith. The swag is candies and ‘pray pins drink sweat sleeves, an occasional books. The conversation is easy. The friends are there. Friends of all colors, ages, plus.

Don’t buy the news alleging the Conservative party is vanilla. Not at all. The FRC is proof positive the Conservative party is vanilla, chocolate, cherry, blueberry and cinnamon.

In the main hall, when the POTUS wannabes are gone, speeches are delivered by activists delivering messages of God, and politics. And dinners.

Attendees race to get speakers books signed. The big announcement of the day is, annually, the result of the Straw Poll, announcing its Presidential choice. And the winner live cast on Fox TV is, was, Ted Cruz, followed by Dr. Ben Carson and in 5th place, The Donald.

Interesting.

In a world driven by polls, interesting.

Authors Note: As long as I covered news in DC, a staple at protests and just plain driving up and down the street, have been the protesters with placards and truck sides  embellished with images of dismembered babies and fetal parts. And then, the videos were released. Those videos. Yup.

Point of sharing  is the annual presence of the sandwich truck outside of conservative events, that truck, with larger than man size life images of fetal baby parts, arranged so the head, hands and legs are where they should be almost. The body parts are separated. And across the street is a restaurant wondering what it did wrong to deserve this truck across from the restaurant’s lunchtime and dinner crowd, as people sat eating their salads and such. Just like in the videos that are bringing good people together across a political divide of horror asking, is this how far we have fallen as a culture, or, more correctly, lack of culture and couth, if baby parts can be sold from a menu……

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DC’s SAINT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL’s CAMPUS IS A TESTA-MEMORIAL TO HOW FAR MENTAL HEALTH ATTITUDES HAVE COME

15 Nov

Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital had been on the DCPL roster of things preservationist things to do in DC, a few times. The National Historic Landmark Saint Elizabeths Hospital is located in South East Washington. The DCPL email advising me of a Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony the day after 11.11 intrigued me so much I opted to honor the dead rather than commune with the living. Something about cemeteries brings peace to me. That, and, the residents don’t talk back, don’t put you down, down leave you feeling like you want to climb out of your skin and keep walking. Cemetery residents listen.

Saint Elizabeth’s East Campus was more than just a hospital. In cruel terms, it was a house for the nutters. In military terms, Saint Elizabeth was a hideaway for the ravages of war, today, called PTSD. Back then? There was no fancy term for men, and women, destroyed with struggles of what they had seen or lost or feared or found. It was just Saint Elizabeth’s, a place that in time became a place people got lost in to, like the man who lost 40 years of his life for stealing a $20 necklace. Life beyond the fence became impossible. Once possible, life beyond the fence became imperiled. The world he had known changed. Forty years, four walls, he hadnt changed. He aged.

Preservation is a double edged sword saving sites that one is left struggling to pay upkeep on. A woman I knew from racing told me, confidentially, that had she known the expense reality of preserving horses, she would have never started into preserving Premarin foals. Saving Saint Elizabeth is a heroic theme. Heroic preservation comes with a price tag.

There are over 3000 burials  including Civil War Veterans, both sides, North and South, buried in Saint E. With the Anacostia High School Junior ROTC, DC Preservation League, the African American Civil War Museum, Anacostia Coordinating Council, US Coast Guard the restoration remains possible, although one must giggle, in these days of NSA at the typo uncaught in the Memorial handout…. United Stares Coast Guard, there are some things even God cant plan or avoid. And at the bottom of the list of persons and organizations to thank was named the DC Department of Behavioural Health. Reading that, to me, note to self, partner potential. Crazy is no longer hidden behind closed doors. In current times, it is a psychosis with a diagnosis, maybe no cure, but a community with lifelines. And famous Alumni to call upon.

Saint Elizabeth’s was founded in 1852. Congress had appropriated $100,000 for the construction of a mental hospital in Washington DC. Saint Elizabeths was created to provide care for mentally ill residents of the District of Columbia, of the US Army and US Navy, too.

It seems that in 1873, the powers that be “deemed” the West Campus burying ground to be to capacity. So, Saint Elizabeth East Campus was created under the Civil and Diplomatic Appropriation Act of 1852, opened, growing over the next 120 years, into a nine acre cemetery, with over five thousand residents- over 2,050 military and over 3,000 civilian. The East Campus Cemetery is the final resting place for heroes of multiple conflicts- the war of 182, the Civil war, the War With Mexico, the Indian wars, the Spanish Wars. And World War 1.

It is not a surprise Saint Elizabeth’s Cemetery is not remembered. It is not on the must-do list of tours to DC. Saint Elizabeth was originally called the Government Hospital for the Insane. Dorothea Dix played a pivotal role in picking where the hospital should be. Dix picked the convergence of where the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers come together. Dix had taken charge. Dix was a mental health reformer back in the 19th Century. The Hospital history handout does not state if Dix’ was personally impacted in her family with mental health. Dorothea said her mission was “to creat the most humane care and enlightened and curative treatment of the insane of the Army and the Navy of the United States and the District of Columbia.”

Dix foraged ahead writing the hospital’s founding legislation, steering Congress through the travails of appropriating funds for a ‘condition’ people preferred to lock away behind closed doors. And forget. Dix kept people remembering. The Statute was passed. Dix steered President Millard Fillmore and Secretary of the Interior, Alexander Stuart to pick Charles Nichols, Saint Elizabeth’s first superintendent for America’s first Federal mental hospital Congress created. The next Federal Hospital was not established for about another fifty years, 1903. The Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians. Canton, South Dakota.

Saint Elizabeth doors closed in 1946, almost ten decades of providing medical care for the mentally ill, locked away, nearby to the ghosts of the Civil war. One can only imagine the two crossed  through walls, after all, in imagination, everything is possible, even love with a phantom, or life with a loved one. Walls do not lock away ones need for companionship, conjured or real. Conjured companionship can be more real than life itself.

It was through Saint Elizabeth that military psychiatry became a military  specialty. Four decades of conflicts passed through this hospitals walls. From Civil War to Second World War, the tortures of battle  were locked away. PTSD was known, just not discussed. It seems.

The original plan for Saint Elizabeth’s cemetery called for eight sections. Twenty years and eight sections later, more room was needed. Saint Elizabeth’s cemetery grew to nine acres and almost five thousand buried, between the years of 1873 and 1983 in Sections 1-11. Sections 1,2, 3, 8 and 9 inter military. Sections 4-7, 10-11 inter civilians, dead at Saint Elizabeth’s hospital, before 1917. Chicklets, grave markers for civilians are mostly unmarked.

Section 12-27, running west to east, are west of the Sexton’s House. Sections 12-14, 16-18 are heroes of conflicts past. Sections 26-27 are forever homes to men and women dead in Saint Elizabeth’s before 1917. Sections 15, 19, 22 and 23 are men only graves. Sections 20, 2, 24 and 25 are for the women. Crazy isn’t it that even in death the pleasure of the other gender’s companionship was denied them. Crazy. Or should I write, insane.

Sections 28-43 are the last legs of insanity’s journeyed. Section 43 has never been used. Sections 28-42 were earmarked for Saint Elizabeth’s non military. Men. Women. The question to be asked is where are the children. Were there children?

The residents of Saint E’s cemetery are nothing to sneeze at. Alumni include an artist, an inventor, Native Americans shuttled over from Hiawatha’s Insane Asylum in SD. Not every story can be told. First, Saint E’s residents must be remembered. Or trying to be. The National Consumer Memorial Project and the Department of Behavioral Health and Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital are making best effort to honor the dead. The default tribute of a memorial Garden, The Gardens At Saint Elizabeth’s- A National Memorial Of Recovered Dignity, is predictable, even though the  moniker is publicized to embrace the hundreds of thousands of patients buried at State Psychiatric facilities across the country.

Earlier this 2011, Daniel Sanders, an estate auctioneer with Virginia based Four Sales, Ltd. came across a gravestone belonging to a Civil War veteran while preparing an estate for auction. Daniel Sanders researched online the history of the stone. The gravestone that came from the cemetery located on the West Campus of Saint Elizabeths Hospital where civilians and white and African American veterans from Union and Confederate forces are buried. It is estimated there were up to 450 military burials and 150 civilian burials between the years of 1856 and 1873. There are about 209 military gravestones in the cemetery. The headstone belonged to Jordan Mann, a nineteen year old volunteer member of the 12th Missouri Cavalry originally from Kentucky, enlisted in the Cavalry in 1863. Mann was transferred to Saint Elizabeths in the spring of 1864 after having been declared insane. Mann was deemed to have gone insane or lost his mind. He was taken by other soldiers to St Elizabeths where he got sick. Mann died September 1864 of typhoid fever.

Mann’s gravestone was returned as part of the General Services Administration’s annual Veteran’s Day observance held at Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Mann’s headstone was found by the family of Guy Schultz from Clinton Maryland. Daniel Sanders president of Four Sales Ltd an Alexandria based estate sales company was called to clean out the Schultz house. The gravemarker was found while Sanders and his team where picking through the house looking for items resellable at auction. The gravemarker was in the garage hidden behind other items. No one who was alive knew how the gravemarker got in to the garage. Sanders, reading the markings on the gravemarker, recognized the stone had historical significance and the gravemarker had been removed without permission from a government facility, the St Elizabeth cemetery. There are 450 known gravesites in the cemetery. Only 250 gravemarkers are left. It was determined some of the missing gravemarkers were made from wood, deteriorating over time. Mann’s headstone will be kept in secure storage until the implementation of a comprehensive conservation program of the entire West Campus Cemetery. The commemorative ceremony was attended by a Federal Protective Service Honor Guard and Coast Guard officials placing flags at each of the military gravestones in the historic cemetery. The GSA laid a wreath. Jordan Mann’s gravemarker is in temporary storage until it will become part of a historic display.

Residents of Saint Elizabeth’s Cemetery, graves marked in stone are, well, surprising. Anonymous enough in this decade and time, once, with instincts, results, undeniable, they were people, too;
Henry Haack, Row 4, Grave 611; Thomas Burke, Row 10, Grave 1685; Ernst Durig, Row 5, Grave 1817-A; Jonathan Jessup, Row 10, Grave 1687; Joseph Noil, Row 3, Grave 535; Harvey Fowler,, Section 6; William Shields, Section 14, Row 2, Grave 200.

Harvey Fowler was a clerk in the Treasury Departments Bureau of Statistics. Fowler patented a Mechanical Hand Motor that gave “motion to machinery or to the driving wheels of a car or carriage.” Fowler advertised in the Washington Post for a partner for his “perpetual motion machine now in operation. Fowler also received a patent for his “hand propeller for Canal Boats.” It was Fowlers perpetual motion invention that drove him crazy, ending him up in Saint Elizabeth’s  November 20, 1881.

William Shields served the Army 20 years before being discharged ending up in Saint Elizabeth, December 24, 1909, dead a year later. Shields was a Seminole Negro Indian Scout.

Jonathan Jessup showed signs of going crazy, notes said, after he marred Elizabeth, March 30, 1854. Military life, notes said, brought Jessup balance, not much of a testament to have gone from the Institution of marriage, in to the Institution of Mental Health. War and Death didnt shake Jessup. Returning back to his wife after war, did. Elizabeth left him taking their youngest child. Their oldest, deaf, was killed by a train.

Joseph Noil, a Canadian from Nova Scotia, enlisted in the US Navy in New York. Noil received a Congressional Medal of Honor after being rescued from falling in to ice cold water. That fall in the water was the peak of Noil’s career, always 1st class and on time, as he is remembered on his tombstone. Sarah Jane, Noil’s wife, could not afford to travel with their two kids to visit Noil in Saint Elizabeth’s. Sarah Jane kept a correspondence going with Superintendent Godding asking as to the health of her husband, telling Godding, ‘poor with two kids’ she could not travel to see her husband. One could only wonder, had she, would he? I guess it doesn’t matter. Noil is inscribed in stone.

Professor Ernest Durig was a Swiss, a sculptor who studied under Rodin, a popular sculptor carving busts of the ‘then’ glitterati- Pope Pius, Mussolini, Will Rogers, Knute Rockne, George Eastman, President Truman and others. Durig went insane in the grief washed over him after the deaths of his daughter and wife. Durig entered Saint E June 11, 1959. Durig exited Saint E’ November 4, 1962, only to become controversial in death. Durig was survived, at Saint Elizabeth, by letters and painting and sketches signed by August Rodin. Slated for auction at Sotheby’s, these items were determined to be fakes. June 4, 1965, Life Magazine ran a story calling During a “fake who forged drawings and paintings.”

I can tell you a bit about DC, art, fakes and things that disappear in government institutions. The “Noah’s Ark” painting at the National Zoo, that I looked for? Gone, without a trace. The Leroy Neiman paintings that were stored south of D Street NW? Gone, without a trace. Fakes? That would be interesting to determine. And to locate. Beggaring the question to find answers to, where in the chain of custody of the insane are their possessions, if they die, alone, in Saint E, a Federal hospital, still.

As for Durig, Ernest lives on in the farming community of Greenwood, Wisconsin. Durig had gone to visit family, liked the space so much, he wanted to ‘gift’ back. Durig’s only ‘cost’ to Greenwood, was materials and site prep for the Durig’s sculpture. Not so crazy, for a man locked into a hospital for the insane. A fifteen foot high monument, Durig’s memorial  to gold Star Mothers in memory of the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States, stands, most likely out of lock step with the innovation the world has grown to. October 3, 1937, Durigs memorial was valued at $50,000.

Henry Haack was a shoemaker by trade,  Medal of Honor awardee for his gallantry in the Little Bighorn River Fight.

Thomas Burke, an Irishman, US Navy, Seamen, saved his fellow comrades James Rose and John Russell from drowning in the waters off Eastport, Maine. Burkes tombstone is marked with his Medal of Honor designation.

It is not too far fetched to presume, the nine acres are filled with life at night, more correctly, lives of men and women who did incredible things in a life lost in time. It is not far fetched at all to bring to their world of markers and tombstones, cheer and joy, and thanks, for giving their all. Including their sanity…

There are partners to be brought on board, if one thinks outside the box- The National Board For Certified Counselors, The American Psychological Association, The American Council For Continuing Medical Education. And there are groups like Wreaths Across America to let know this Cemetery survives. Wreaths Across America remember the buried military, on Christmas, placing wreaths on tombstones. Then there are the groups that remember military on Veterans Day, Flag Day. Then there are the Gold Star Moms, that Durig honored. There are Mental Health Advocates like Patrick Kennedy Junior who speaks for Mental Illness. There is the Virginia politician whose son took his own life. There are psychologists with patients needing something to feel good about. The list abounds.

And then there is the something special, a way to read the headstones, names obscured to the naked eye. All in good time. Until then, Wynton, its time…. bring back the Jazzman New Orleans style. Rock it out amidst the headstones.

(Special thank you to Saint Elizabeth’s archivists for their notes keeping Saint E’s insane alive in our crazy world)

WHEN IRELAND IS AS CLOSE AS HOME:

23 Aug

When I was based in Europe, I covered a part of the World Police and Fire Games. It was quite unexpected to see boys from home, there, moreso officers. I always found it amazing that when it comes to Sports, often, differences are set aside. Fairfax county officers too the Gold in Dars at the games in Belfast. No jokes, c’mon. Officers do more than chow down at Dunkin Donuts. They also throw things that prick people.

The 501 doubles beat dart teams from around the world. The guys from Virginny thought they would be out tossed by the locals in Northern Ireland, pub crawls and all but not the case.

The World Police and Fire Games are one of the largest multi sport multi site sport events globally. Sixty men and women from the National Capital Region traveled over for the games, the largest contingency of American competitors, yet. More than 12000 competitors form police, fire and other participated. The Darts were tossed at the Newforge Country Club in south Belfast. That is where PAL, the Police Athletic association of Northern Ireland is located. But that isnt the best of it  A bit of the blarney is coming here in 20155. The 2015 World Police and Fire Games will be held in the Greater Washington area in more than  40 venues. In Virginia, Maryland and DC, hosted by Fairfax County, National Capital Region.

Michael Tucker and Mark Kidd, the Fairfax Golden Boys had moved their station in Dart life up from Bronze. Fairfax’s Sam Gray was bronze in Competition in Indoor Rowing and Mountain Running, running an 8K course in the Mourne Mountains outside of Newcastle in Northern Ireland.

 

The Games, held biennially on odd numbered years, started in California out of the California Police Olympics, in 1967, as a way to give the, wink, old ones a chance to flaunt their six packs publicly (or wish they could). The Games raise funds for selected charities. The 2015 beneficiaries will include the US National Law Enforcement Memorial, the US National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the local Valor Awards scholarships. More than 30,000 visitors are anticipated to come generating a hoped for over $80 million in tourist dollars for the region. The 2017 games will be held in Montreal Canada.

IN DEFENSE OF THE OTA, Office of Tenant Advocate, A LOCAL SOLUTION TO A NATIONAL PROBLEM:

17 Aug

(c) Carrie Devorah

The Office of Tenant Advocate, OTA, asked if I would testify at the DC Budget hearing contemplating reducing OTA’s budget. I said yes.

I believe DC government’s goal for OTA should not be reducing OTA’s budget but giving OTA tools it needs to work effectively. 

I witnessed OTA staff expending precious time playing catch up on renter problems that existed long before I arrived in Washington- unlicensed landlords exploiting city residents and robbing city coffers. I figured out DC doesn’t know who a landlord is until a tenant, with landlord problems, walks through OTA’s door seeking help, leaving hundreds or thousands of landlords to exploit DC renters because the District has no  idea who these landlords are or where to find them.

In process, I learned a legal landlord must have a DC business license to rent in the District- be it a house, room, apartment, condo or couch. No  business license, no landlording; landlords can raise tenant’s rent, once in 12 months, if the increase is DCRA approved. No license, no rent increase; rents must be kept in a DC compliant security deposit escrow account.

DC must take two steps to reduce OTA workloads with speed bumps (1) at the time of the real estate transaction, when the dollar crosses the counter, make realtors responsible to identify to DC, the OTA, potential landlords, owners who may one day use their property for income; (2) implement a mandatory uniform lease for all District rentals, eliminating renter problems from leases not in compliance with DC law.

The District knows every property sold in the District is potential income producing taxable rental property. The District, to identify and reduce the number of  problem landlords must legislate, at the time of property sale, buyers signing a one sheet advisory “Notice of Potential Intention To Rent” the realtor then must file with the OTA, confirming the property owner was advised at the time of purchase if they rent their property after buying it, they must get a DC business license; keep their tenant’s security deposit in a DC compliant escrow account; and comply with DCRA process for approved rent increases, or be penalized for failure to do any of the above. Their Realtor, would be under severe penalty and stand to lose their Real Estate license if the Realtor failed to have this pre-cautionary “Potential Intention To Rent” signed off by the purchaser or not given to the OTA. Property sellers would sign a document stating, with a penalty of fines they did not rent out their property while owning it; had a business license, and paid all taxes on earned rental income.  

Property managers must be penalized harshly if accepting for management property rental agreements without a DC Business License Number; proof of DCRA rent increase approval numbers; and statement of where the security deposit is held.

Paramount to OTA budget reform is teaching DC tenants these rules a legal landlord must comply with. Place them where tenants go to find rentals: on newspaper and internet rental pages; pop ups when words like DC, rent, realtor are typed into Internet real estate sites, pagers and search engines ie Craigslist. The landlord’s Business license number and relevant DC renting codes, must be displayed on “For Rent” street signs where OTA inspectors can spot them driving by, easy to investigate for compliancy.

With addressing tenant issues with landlords before problems begin by mitigating landlord/ tenant problems before they become a problem is the ultimate goal with bringing culpable “partners in crime” on board, making sure realtors risk losing their license if failing to provide a “Notice of Potential Intention To Rent” to landlords and proof of to renters, the needed second step is partnering with tax investigators able to immediately run on the landlord Recorder of Deeds along with tax compliancy, business license and other checks with the operating theorem being a person who is dodgy of the law in one area is usually dodgy of the law in other areas. If there is ever a partner for tenant advocacy agencies to bring on board the moment a landlord’s name crosses the tenant advocacy agencies desk, it is the IRS. While Elliot Ness and the FBI always get their man, it is the IRS and its crack investigators who not only get the man and the woman, they also get their money owed, or, in the alternative, the legal pound of flesh.  Not only will the OTA will work more effectively, at the same time, the IRS and a District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, will aid cities bottom lines by tracking unreported incomes from unlicensed landlords operating, in DC, and across the country.

 

THE BATTLE OF THE FLEETS – Hack Cabs v UBER with its $3.5 Billion Valuation:

2 Aug

photo 5 copyThe DC TC officer who stopped in for a Playboy Girl Vegan Weiner outside Rayburn building made his opinion very clear, the Battle of the Fleets is brewing, in DC- UBER v Licensed Hacks. Its not even going to be a fight once DC cabs are metered, the officer expressed, along with cab drivers themselves. They have the law on their side. As for customers? All they care about is the ability to use credit cards instead of cash. Those days are numbered.

My creds with the DC TC (District of Columbia Taxi Cutie) were solid. He knew of me but didnt know it was me. Thirty days out from the Inauguration, I had connected dots on a security risk in DC, bringing multiple levels of enforcement together resulting in a crackdown on cabs being met BOTH with DC officers and DC TC cops when a cab was pulled over. There are things we do just because, I was taught. That was a “just because” moment to share from time to time and grin, when someone goes “that was you?”

Yup.

In a month, DC cabs will be metered. DC hack drivers reason the gush for Uber is the cabs lack of meters. Not so. It’s a psyche thing. Yet another toy that people are loving to play with, for the moment, maybe. To get a grasp on UBER its important to focus on UBER when it comes to Regs, Compliancy and THE Green, money.

Congress gets a failing grade when it comes to pushing witnesses and lobbying groups on compliance with existing laws. It appears that Congress looks past a proper vetting of hearing witnesses knowledge of the laws they seek to quash in their pursuit of Internet Freedom. The idea of filling a pocket with chump change or more in spare time sounds attractive. It is proving a little less so as areas are cracking their whip at technology to back off and back down.

Tech companies are learning that legislators, with Facebooks and Googles revelations that legislators and constituents lives are being stalked with technology, the green light Legislators gave to startups a few years back, isnt going to be as forthcoming as it was before. Donations or not, legislators are people too and value their privacy AND owning their own Intellectual property something the Internet Association Members seem to have two sets of rules for- protecting their Intellectual Property and gathering customers IP and lives through algorithms and data harvesting.

UBER is one such company. Buried into its pages of TOS, Terms of Service is UBERS position on IP, “Intellectual Property Ownership: The Company alone (and its licensors, where applicable) shall own all right, title and interest, including all related intellectual property rights, in and to the Application and the Service and any suggestions, ideas, enhancement requests, feedback, recommendations or other information provided by you or any other party relating to the Application or the Service. This Agreement is not a sale and does not convey to you any rights of ownership in or related to the Application or the Service, or any intellectual property rights owned by the Company. The Company name, the Company logo, and the product names associated with the Application and Service are trademarks of the Company or third parties, and no right or license is granted to use them.”

To understand, Uber, one of those hot Tech ‘things’ hitting the Hill offices under the wings of the Internet Association, one has to understand The Internet Association, the umbrella organization for multiple of new technologies that pop up big with VC bucks and political clout, with little correlation to what is going on in the ground in check with Regs and Checks, Regs being regulations that help to some degree to keep citizens safe in providing a system of balance and security.

THE INTERNET ASSOCIATION self described as “supporting policies that protect and promote internet freedom- information should flow freely across national borders uninhibited by tariffs regulations and government censorship that are fundamentally inconsistent with the transnational free and decentralized nature of the Internet. To preserve the Internet’s role as a conduit for free expression Internet intermediaries must not be held liable for the speech and activity of Internet users.” (www.internetassociation.org/policy-platform/protecting-internet-freedom/)

The Internet Association is quite public their goal is to quash laws, compliance, tariff regulations et al listed below. One would expect hearing witnesses would be asked out of the chute or meetings or grip & greets would begin with ‘Hi, I am the Legislator. Do you respect, follow and are in compliance with local, state and Federal laws or do you have issues I should know about here and now.’ One would ‘get it’ there would be fewer embarrassing photos for legislators if that homework was done or prepared for. But that isnt the way the things seem to be done as noted below, a simple enough lesson to teach, VETTING 101.

UBER is a member of THE INTERNET ASSOCIATION self described as “supporting policies that protect and promote internet freedom- information should flow freely across national borders uninhibited by tariffs regulations and government censorship that are fundamentally inconsistent with the transnational free and decentralized nature of the Internet. To preserve the Internet’s role as a conduit for free expression Internet intermediaries must not be held liable for the speech and activity of Internet users.” (www.internetassociation.org/policy-platform/protecting-internet-freedom/)

The idea of filling a pocket with chump change or more in spare time sounds attractive. It is proving a little less so as areas are cracking their whip at technology to back off and back down. Tech companies are learning that legislators, with Facebooks and Googles revelations that legislators and constituents lives are being stalked with technology, the green light Legislators gave to startups a few years back, isnt going to be as forthcoming as it was before. Donations or not- legislators are people too and value their privacy AND owning their own Intellectual property something the Internet Association Members seem to have two sets of rules for- protecting their Intellectual Property and gathering customers IP and lives through algorithms and data harvesting.

UBER is one such company. Buried into its pages of TOS, Terms of Service is UBERS position on IP, “Intellectual Property Ownership: The Company alone (and its licensors, where applicable) shall own all right, title and interest, including all related intellectual property rights, in and to the Application and the Service and any suggestions, ideas, enhancement requests, feedback, recommendations or other information provided by you or any other party relating to the Application or the Service. This Agreement is not a sale and does not convey to you any rights of ownership in or related to the Application or the Service, or any intellectual property rights owned by the Company. The Company name, the Company logo, and the product names associated with the Application and Service are trademarks of the Company or third parties, and no right or license is granted to use them.”

UBER is an anomaly for a company that demands disclosure of Customer Data for their purpose. UBERS origin is Unknown on their own website. No about us. No brick adress. Nothing but a lot of Clicks and then some. If you want to learn about UBER, one has to go on to the magic Internet and ask this question of its universe “WHO IS UBER.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, outed them. UBER is a ‘private, transport industry founded March 2009 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, headquartered in San Francisco, in the US provding Vehicles For Hire, uber.com” easy enough but for some reason not for Uber to state.

Uber was born as UBERCAB, a venture startup GPS-based cab-hailing service company, based out of San Francisco. Its an APP to match make drivers of “Luxury Vehicle for Hire’ with passengers in the respective countries of America, Europe, Asia, plus. Speculation is the pickup is for within that same city but, hey, as the site promo says, once someone is in the car, the driver will take them anywhere. Wikipedia continues further that Uber drivers, booked through a passenger’s text or Mobile App, show up in Lincoln Town cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW7 series and Mercedes-Benz S550’s with plans to expand their operations to ridesharing in Non-Taxis. Passengers are kept busy occupying themselves watching their “reserved car’s location.”

Four grad school-mates came up with the notion of UberCab- Garrett Camp, Travis Kalanic, Oscar Salazar and Condrad Whelan. A year later, the start up launched its app on iPhones and Android phones, in San Francisco with their first employee, complete with a CEO and Board Members, just another day in a dorm room project. More cities came on board domestically and then internationally with 25 cities outside the US. Of course, are planned to join on, says the very forward reading “advertisement like” Wikipedia page

UberCab changed name to Uber.com in 2010 after Universal Music Group sold that domain name to the Startup. Uber.com had been owned by a defunct social networking and blogging company.

A Virginia hack with no interest in becoming an UBER driver notated, UBER is a caution waiting to happen. DC licensed cabs offer riders Face ID Licensing and Renewals for compliant drivers. No one is asked about their driving record or insurances. UBER states “Does Uber provide my transportation?

No. Uber is a technology company that allows its users to connect with drivers and request transportation through our apps and mobile website. These drivers are either licensed professional drivers or local drivers who have passed a background check and driving record check. Uber does not own any vehicles or employ any drivers.”

One young woman said she’s not worried about no “vet checks” on Uber drivers each time she gets in one of their cars. She said her dad is a cop. Her dad lives in Calgary Canada. She lives in DC. She was stoked that she can hire a sedan to drive her to and from DC for $35 just from a click of her APP (and a required 20% mandatory surcharge and a $2.00 fee. Uber sites say that fee is $1.00)

Not long after UBER Launched, it secured a Series A round of more than $11.5 million in funding from Silicon Valley “Super Angels” led by Benchmark Capitol http://www.benchmark.com. Investors included Christopher Sacca a former employee of Google Inc who became a venture investor in companies like Twitter, a public speaker and a private equity adviser. Second round of funding brought in over $32 million dollars from Bezos Expeditions, Menlo Ventures and Goldman Sachs. Math time. That is over $49.5 million dollars by 2011 for a company just hitting the roads with no brakes on for local, federal and state regs. Uber is seeking its third round of funding- $150 million to $200 million through another round of funding- valuating its company at $3.5 billion led by TPG Capital, coincidental to its on demand UBER ICE CREAM service launching and UBER HELICOPTER in NY for $3000 flights to and from the Hamptons http://skift.com/2013/07/25/uber-is-raising-new-round-of-funding-at-a-3-5-billion-valuation/ There is talk of further expansion to carpool and ride-share, short notice short rides for the the ride-logistics startup. Congress one would anticipate has done the constituent Job Market math- $3.5 billion divided by number of UBER employees Equals or $3.5 billion divided by the salaries of UBER employees Equals or $3.5 billion divided by investors equals….. wink

Jason Clampet of SKIFT is a bit more… pragmatic… than Congress appears with this UBER member of the Internet Association. Clampet wrote “Unless Uber is going to be focusing on its logistics prowess rather than getting people in cars, this valuation fails to take into account the real-world revenues of the global taxi and limo industry.”

All well and good but not. Authorities outside of the very impressed halls of Congress are dealing with reality checks Congress is overlooking. Local jurisdictions rule. Congress is creating them headaches. San Francisco’s MTA, Metro Transit Authority fired off a cease and desist letter to UBERCAB citing it to be an illegal cab operation. California’s PUC, Public Utilities Commission’s legal notice called the billion dollar rides an ‘unlicensed limousine dispatch. UBERCAB had an answer, it seems. That’s when UBERCAB became UBER.

2012, an UBER cab was impounded for operating as an unlicensed cab. UBER used social networking to cyber bully to hit back at DC, sort of along the lines of Social Networking’s cyber bullying against Congress for SOPA. DC gave in. Mayor Vincent Gray’s agenda wanted high fives for his agenda to make DC a tech capitol in the world, most likely wanting people to forget his ill timed announcement of Millions of Dollars in grants and perks to LIVING SOCIAL the night before the company announced it was laying off thousands of employees. Even Chicago stood up against the UBER money magnet, stating UBER violates Illinois laws “designed to protect safety, consumer protection and fair practices.” New York City’s TLC, Taxi and Limousine Commission, suspended UBER’s taxi service. It is reported that when Hurrican Sandy hit, UBER “surge priced” its fees and fares. http://go.bloomberg.com/tech-blog/2012-10-31-uber-reverses-on-hurricane-sandy-cab-price-hike-in-new-york/ Local regulators in Vancouver challenged UBER. UBER had not applied for a Vancouver license. Toronto city officials had to remind UBER it had to comply with local regulations. UBER didn’t resulting in 25 municipal infractions including unlicensed limo service and unlicensed taxi service.

UBER says “At times of intense demand, our rates change over time to keep vehicles available.” Surge Pricing is effected to maintain Equilibrium of the economic kind. Charge more at certain times brings more drivers on board like in bad weather, flooding streets, Hurricane Sandy and the usuals like Christmas, New Years when prices reportedly when up to 7 times normal rates. Co-founder Travic Kalanick was cited saying riders are just going to have to get used to UBERS new way of doing things different from 70 years of traditional taxicab pricing. With billions of dollars in Venture Capitol rolling in to an idea that failed to define itself in compliance to existing laws on the books and regulations others are bound to, one can afford to be arrogant, cant they or can they……
Traditionally, cab drivers took cash. Companies like in Arlington are taking credit cards, following the New York City model.

Entrepreneurial hack drivers are shelling out for their own mobile credit card machines. Other jurisdictions like DC are coming on board. UBER takes the payment for the UBER driver, tacks on the $2 service fee and a mandatory 20% tip and a booking rate that is 50-75% higher than “traditional cabs.” UBER says the price is set at a premium to compensate for a ride that is comfortable and on time. NOT! Nor does the 20% tip go to the driver. Depends which day, which city the question is asked- half of the 20% goes to UBER- marketing costs they explain when pushed for answers, not an answer that is rolled out to exuberant riders loving this newest tech toy, a hands free way to book a cab without cash- dial the car wanted, position the map pin to the pick up point, hit “set pickup location’ and wait for the driver. Credit card is stored on file. That is worrisome.
DC cab drivers are outfoxing UBER. It is typical to hail and DC cab and see an UBER cell phone mounted on the dash. It is a matter of which call comes first. AND riders are being picked up in DC hoopdies… cars with back seats so sunken in the passenger is practically hitting the floor. Not all cars, but enough cars to initiate the conversation of ‘WHAAAAAT-T-F?’

The drivers have noticed a drop in their ability to make their living. They are as spitting mad as the DC-TC cops who regulate Cab Drivers to protect District passengers. The young lady who cited her Dad in Canada will protect her from an UBER driver was nonplussed when asked if UBER’s drivers being unvetted worried her. She said no. Her ride was in her credit card information, assuring she would be found. Her credit card was on file with UBER and not with the driver, she said, she had nothing to worry over….. got to wonder but there was no explaining to her what DC cab drivers and DCTC cops explain very well. No one asked the drivers to provide a background check, proof of insurance or a driving record at that- just sign up, hook up to bank accounts and they were good to go. UBER drivers are reporting a bump in their earnings. New toy time still. Novelties do wear off as economic realities thin.

Drivers exclaim at their receiving the IRS notices they do. UBER, it appears, is turning their information over to the IRS, weekly if not daily. They are getting paid but less than they anticipated or was explained. It seems the drivers ride info sum totals goes to the IRS before the driver not that it bothers them just that the organization never clearly properly told them, they say. But UBER did. Sort of. As with all new ideas that germinate from dorm rooms, wake-up call of competition is hitting UBER fast motivating UBER to expand to keep the VC funding valuations up- Lyft, Taxi Professional and SIDECAR compete at price points. Lyft asks for “voluntary donations” in lieu of fares. And then there is SLUGS- people that walk with Destination Signs in their hands waiting for a similar destined driver to come along. Do people not recall Ted Bundy.

The pushbacks they are-a-coming.

UBER thought it prepared for such a day, citing protection under Safe Harbor. More correctly, UBER is UBER Technologies Inc. It cites that it is compliant with U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor framework and the U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from European Union member countries and Switzerland. http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/. Interesting enough despite the age demographics using UBER are loudly outspoken against NSA data collection, despite the site clearly states that “If you are located anywhere outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect, including, Personal Information, will be transferred to, processed and stored in the United States” they continue to use UBER in droves. Text messages that confirm driver arrival are stored and read by NSA along with issued receipts. Cab riders, on the other hand, using cash are, technically, NSA free. UBER Community managers around the world, assure foreign data is returned to UBER in the United States- New Zealand, Dubai, Bangkok and more.

“Limitation of Liability…THE COMPANY MAY INTRODUCE YOU TO THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION. WE WILL NOT ASSESS THE SUITABILITY, LEGALITY OR ABILITY OF ANY THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS AND YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE AND RELEASE THE COMPANY FROM ANY AND ALL ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION SERVICES REQUESTED THROUGH UBERX MAY OFFER RIDESHARING OR PEER-TO-PEER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND MAY NOT BE PROFESSIONALLY LICENSED OR PERMITTED. THE COMPANY WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO DISPUTES, NEGOTIATIONS OF DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND ANY THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS. WE CANNOT AND WILL NOT PLAY ANY ROLE IN MANAGING PAYMENTS BETWEEN YOU AND THE THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE REGARDING SERVICES OFFERED VIA THE APPLICATION OR SERVICE (WITH ALL ITS IMPLICATIONS) RESTS SOLELY WITH YOU. WE WILL NOT ASSESS THE SUITABILITY, LEGALITY OR ABILITY OF ANY SUCH THIRD PARTIES AND YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE AND RELEASE THE COMPANY FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE APPLICATION OR SERVICE, OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE THIRD PARTIES INTRODUCED TO YOU BY THE APPLICATION OR SERVICE. YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE AND RELEASE ANY AND ALL RIGHTS AND BENEFITS UNDER SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA (OR ANY ANALOGOUS LAW OF ANY OTHER STATE), WHICH READS AS FOLLOWS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH, IF KNOWN BY HIM, MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
THE QUALITY OF THE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES SCHEDULED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR APPLICATION IS ENTIRELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE THIRD PARTY PROVIDER WHO ULTIMATELY PROVIDES SUCH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO YOU. YOU UNDERSTAND, THEREFORE, THAT BY USING THE APPLICATION AND THE SERVICE, YOU MAY BE EXPOSED TO TRANSPORTATION THAT IS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS, OFFENSIVE, HARMFUL TO MINORS, UNSAFE OR OTHERWISE OBJECTIONABLE, AND THAT YOU USE THE APPLICATION AND THE SERVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK.”

Claim damages are limited to $75,000 citing compliance with Abitrators but no recitation of compliance with local or governing jurisdictions. To be clear, a driver licensed through RED TOP cannot use his Red Top license claiming to be licensed to drive for UBER. UBER must have its own regulatory compliant license.California Public Utilities Commission threatened Uber with $20,000 fine for ignoring insurance regulations. The PUC is writing ride sharing rules to adress UBER and its mimics. UBER got hit with a ti-skimming suit in Boston.There is a state law that says “no employer or other person” may take any portion of a worker’s tip referencing UBERS own paperwork citing “We will automatically deposit the metered fare + 10% tip to your bank account each week.” UBERS FAQs states “Should I tip my driver?

With UberBLACK, UberSUV, and uberX there is no need to tip. With uberTAXI we’ll automatically add 20% gratuity for the driver by default, and you’ll see it reflected on your receipt. We charge your credit card directly, so there’s no need to hand any payment to the driver.” Uber rider Caren Ehret filed a class-action lawsuit arguing UBERs taking part of the “gratuity” charge defrauded her into thinking the metered fare was actually lower. Cab drivers in San Francisco filed a class action suit against UBER stating the dispatched cars are not licensed therefore taking income and passengers away from legally sanctioned cabs.

UBER makes effort to skirt local, state and federal laws by stating on their TOS, Terms of Service for drivers and riders, “By signing up I agree to the Privacy Policy and understand that Uber is a request tool not a transportation carrier.” No no no. Definition of Request is request “ /riˈkwest/ [ noun ] An act of asking politely or formally for something [ verb ] Politely or formally ask for” Definition of Transport is” /transˈpôrt/ [ verb ] Take or carry (people or goods) from one place to another by means of a vehicle, aircraft, or ship [ noun ] A system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place by means of a vehicle, aircraft, or ship.” If it walks like a duck, it talks like a duck, it’s an UBER.

UBERs Terms OF Services finds it necessary to type the following disclaimer in Caps “THE COMPANY DOES NOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, AND THE COMPANY IS NOT A TRANSPORTATION CARRIER. IT IS UP TO THE THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER, DRIVER OR VEHICLE OPERATOR TO OFFER TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WHICH MAY BE SCHEDULED THROUGH USE OF THE APPLICATION OR SERVICE. THE COMPANY OFFERS INFORMATION AND A METHOD TO OBTAIN SUCH THIRD PARTY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, BUT DOES NOT AND DOES NOT INTEND TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OR ACT IN ANY WAY AS A TRANSPORTATION CARRIER, AND HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY SUCH THIRD PARTIES.” It is a shame people and legislators don’t read the fine print.

UBER is using the mantra cited by freemarket proponents alleging their stand is against monopolies. San Francisco Cab driver association president Barry Korengold gave it back to UBER challenging their thinking having $50 million in backing from Venture Capitalist is giving UBER the right to break the laws. Seems to have been working so far but the reality that Cab drivers support local economy and industry while UBER cannot be pinpointed down on so many fronts while cities are clawing for dollars to get by on need that money or as UBER cab drivers wrote on the banners they protested UBERs San Francisco home base… signs that read STOP STEALING OUR TIPS!
Uber brings on affiliate drivers https://partners.uber.com/‎ easy enough to do by going on line and filling in the blanks, below is all there is to it, contrasting to pages or Terms of Service and Contracts and Violations and such- 6 boxes to fill in.

“No Signup Fee: Joining Uber is free. Pay a small commission on the metered fare: Easy Payments: Payments deposited directly into your bank account

Calling all: Taxi Drivers
Name

Email
Password
Washington D.C.
Taxi Company / Radio Assoc.
Mobile
__________ Face ID
Expiration
Month
2015 “

So, here is where the rubber meets the road….. who would you put your daughter in a car with… a driver filling out 6 boxes for an UBER matchmaking made in VC haven by a $3.5 billion transport OR “YO-CAB” hailing a driver operating under an oversight governing authority (sampling below) that gives back to local jurisdictions needing cash to survive in a world gone Free Internet of Monopolies Wild ….. do you even have to think about that one?

Just in case you do, here are some stats:
There are more than 6500 cabs in DC
The average cost in DC of a Cab ride is $10 – $12
There were over 21 million rides in DC Cabs last year
The ‘best’ is yet to come. DC cabs are going after the NY model of TVs hosting ads in cabs for more income to the Commission. What ever happened to quiet time
Complaints and an Operating Authority governed by http://dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/TitleHome.aspx?TitleNumber=31
31-1
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TAXICAB COMMISSION: RULES OF ORGANIZATION
31-2
PANEL ON RATES AND RULES: RULES OF ORGANIZATION AND RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR RATEMAKING
31-3
PANEL ON ADJUDICATION: RULES OF ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE
31-4
HEARING PROCEDURES APPLICABLE TO NOTICES OF INFRACTIONS
31-5
TAXICAB COMPANIES, ASSOCIATIONS AND FLEETS
31-6
TAXICAB PARTS AND EQUIPMENT
31-7
COMPLAINTS AGAINST TAXICAB OWNERS OR OPERATORS
31-8
OPERATION OF TAXICABS
31-9
INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
31-10
PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE
31-11
PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE CONSUMER SERVICE FUND
31-12
LUXURY SERVICES – OWNERS, OPERATORS, AND VEHICLES
31-13
LICENSING AND OPERATIONS OF TAXI METER COMPANIES
31-15
LICENSING AND OPERATIONS OF DOME LIGHT INSTALLATION COMPANIES
• Chapter: 31-8
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OPERATION OF TAXICABS
Title: 31 TAXICABS AND PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE

Click on a Rule Number to browse the Rule Home.
Click on a table header to re-sort the results.
Press Ctrl-F to search by text.
Total Records: 30
Rule Number
Rule Heading
Latest Version Effective Date

31-800
APPLICATION AND SCOPE
8/17/2012
31-801
PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
6/22/2012
31-802
[REPEALED]

31-803
RECEIPTS FOR TAXICAB SERVICE
8/17/2012
31-804
SNOW EMERGENCY FARES
4/20/2012
31-805
DISPOSITION OF DISPUTED SNOW EMERGENCY FARES
8/17/2012
31-806
CARRYING AND MAKING CHANGE
8/17/2012
31-807
SMOKING PROHIBITED/CELL PHONE USE
8/17/2012
31-808
GROUP RIDING AND SHARED RIDING
6/22/2012
31-809
DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

31-810
DISPLAY OF SIGNS

31-811
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF TAXICAB

31-812
FILING OF LEASE AGREEMENT

31-813
[RESERVED]

31-814
DISPLAY OF IDENTIFICATION
8/17/2012
31-815
MESSAGE DELIVERY AND PARCEL PICK-UP

31-816
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT; UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES PROHIBITED
8/17/2012
31-817
THREATENING, HARASSING, OR ABUSIVE CONDUCT PROHIBITED
8/17/2012
31-818
DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED
8/17/2012
31-819
CONSUMER SERVICE AND PASSENGER RELATIONS
8/17/2012
31-820
ON-CALL AND OFF-DUTY SIGNS

31-821
TAXICAB STANDS
8/17/2012
31-822
OPERATION OF PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE
8/17/2012
31-823
MANIFEST RECORD
8/17/2012
31-824
SANCTIONS AND PENALTIES
8/17/2012
31-825
TABLE OF CIVIL FINES AND PENALTIES
8/17/2012
31-826
FILING OF COMPLAINTS
8/17/2012
31-827
PUBLIC VEHICLE FOR HIRE OPERATOR AND VEHICLE FEES
8/17/2012
31-828
RECIPROCITY WITH SURROUNDING JURISDICTIONS
8/17/2012
31-899
DEFINITIONS
8/17/2012
• Notice ID: 2801474
DC Taxicab Commission publishes Final Rules on operation of taxicab and public vehicles for hire
Register Category: Final Rulemaking
Title: 31 TAXICABS AND PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE

Chapter: 31-8 OPERATION OF TAXICABS

Section: 31-800 APPLICATION AND SCOPE
31-801 PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
31-803 RECEIPTS FOR TAXICAB SERVICE
31-805 DISPOSITION OF DISPUTED SNOW EMERGENCY FARES
31-806 CARRYING AND MAKING CHANGE
31-807 SMOKING PROHIBITED
31-807 SMOKING PROHIBITED/CELL PHONE USE
31-808 GROUP RIDING AND SHARED RIDING
31-814 DISPLAY OF IDENTIFICATION
31-816 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT; UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES PROHIBITED
31-817 THREATENING, HARASSING, OR ABUSIVE CONDUCT
PROHIBITED
31-818 DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED
31-819 CONSUMER SERVICE AND PASSENGER RELATIONS
31-821 TAXICAB STANDS
31-822 OPERATION OF PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE
31-823 MANIFEST RECORD
31-824 SANCTIONS AND PENALTIES
31-825 TABLE OF CIVIL FINES AND PENALTIES
31-825 CIVIL FINES FOR TAXICAB INFRACTIONS
31-826 FILING OF COMPLAINTS
31-827 PUBLIC VEHICLE FOR HIRE OPERATOR AND VEHICLE FEES
31-828 RECIPROCITY WITH SURROUNDING JURISDICTIONS
31-899 DEFINITIONS

Agency Name: Taxicab Commission,DC

Notice Files:

Register Issue: 8/17/2012 Vol 59/33

Publish Date: 8/17/2012
How to Link to this Notice: http://dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?NoticeID=2801474

• Rule: 31-801
PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
Title: 31 TAXICABS AND PUBLIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE

Chapter: 31-8 OPERATION OF TAXICABS

Latest version of the final adopted rule presented in D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR)

Effective Date: 6/22/2012
Authority: The Chairperson of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission (Commission), pursuant to the authority set
forth in section 6(a) and (d) of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Establishment Act of 1985, effective
March 25, 1986 (D.C. Law 6-97; D.C. Official Code § 50-305(a) and (d)) (2009 Repl.)); section 105 of the 2005
District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2023; D.C. Official Code
§ 50-381(a) (2011 Supp.)); Mayor’s Order 2007-231, dated October 17, 2007; Mayor’s Order 2009-104, dated
June 15, 2009; and Mayor’s Order 2011-116, dated July 11, 2011.
Source: Final Rulemaking published at 37 DCR 3595, 3611 (6/1/90); amended by Final Rulemaking published at 53 DCR
854 (2/10/06); amended by Final Rulemaking published at 55 DCR 3831 (4/11/08); amended by Final
Rulemaking published at 55 DCR 9738 (9/12/08); amended by Final Rulemaking published at 57 DCR 9734
(10/15/10); amended by Final Rulemaking published at 58 DCR 9046 (10/21/11); amended by Final Rulemaking
published at 59 DCR 3154 (4/20/12); amended by Final Rulemaking published at 59 DCR 7504 (6/22/12).
Editor’s Note:
Rulemaking notices presented in D.C. Register(DCR) and Rule versions presented in D.C. Municipal Regulations (DCMR)
Total Records: 28
ID
Register Category / Adoption
Heading
Notice /
Adoption Publish Date

4474724
Final Rulemaking Updates Chapter 8 to fully implement the modern taximeter system (MTS).
7/26/2013
Vol 60/32

4382574
Emergency and
Proposed Amends Chapter 8 to update the regulatory framework to implement the Modern
Taximeter System (MTS).
6/7/2013
Vol 60/25

4340282
Final Rulemaking Amends Chapter 8 to include adjustments in the passenger rates and charges for
taxicab service consistent with the implementation of the Modern Taximeter
System (MTS).
5/17/2013
Vol 60/21

4265204
Proposed Rulemaking Amendments to Chapter 8 of Title 31 relating to Modern Taximeter Systems.
4/5/2013
Vol 60/15

3698724
Emergency and
Proposed Second Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking to amend 31 DCMR 800
10/5/2012
Vol 59/40

3990209
Adopted Rule PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
Effective:
8/17/2012
2801474
Final Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission publishes Final Rules on operation of taxicab and public
vehicles for hire
8/17/2012
Vol 59/33

3941903
Adopted Rule PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
Effective:
6/22/2012
2638126
Final Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission Publishes Final Rules to Allow Shared Riding at Nationals
Park
6/22/2012
Vol 59/25

2639484
Proposed Rulemaking Taxicab Commission Republishes Proposed Clarifications to the Regulations on
Operation of Taxicabs
6/22/2012
Vol 59/25

3921048
Adopted Rule PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
Effective:
4/20/2012
2274667
Final Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission publishes Final Rulemaking Adjusting Taxi Fares
4/20/2012
Vol 59/16

2004134
Emergency
Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission Extends the Emergency Fuel Surcharge.
3/2/2012
Vol 59/9

1933421
Emergency and
Proposed Emergency and Proposed rulemaking to add shared riding at Nationals Park
2/17/2012
Vol 59/7

1934876
Proposed Rulemaking Republication of Propsoed Rulemaking on Taxicab Fare Adjustments
2/17/2012
Vol 59/7

1232014
Proposed Rulemaking Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Amend Chapter 8 of Title 31 to adjust taxicab
fare rates and eliminate certain other fees
12/23/2011
Vol 58/51

1804120
Emergency
Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission Extends Fuel Surcharge
11/11/2011
Vol 58/45

3826085
Adopted Rule PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
Effective:
10/21/2011
1775117
Final Rulemaking Notice of Final Rulemaking to lift the $19 taxicab fare cap
10/21/2011
Vol 58/42

1749606
Proposed Rulemaking Notice of Proposed rulemaking to eliminate the $19 cap on taxi fares in the
District of Columbia
9/30/2011
Vol 58/39

1483341
Proposed Rulemaking Taxicab Commission Re-publishes Proposed amendments to Chapter 8 Operation
of Taxicabs
8/12/2011
Vol 58/32

1365874
Emergency
Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission Extends Fuel Surcharge
7/29/2011
Vol 58/30

999117
Proposed Rulemaking Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend Chapter 8 (Operation of Taxicabs) of
Title 31 (Taxicabs and Public Vehicles for Hire) of the District of Columbia
Municipal Regulations (“DCMR”).
4/29/2011
Vol 58/17

888634
Emergency
Rulemaking DC Taxicab Commission imposes emergency fuel surcharge.
4/1/2011
Vol 58/13

3672631
Adopted Rule PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES
Effective:
10/15/2010
554372
Final Rulemaking Amendment of Section 801.5 to clarify that the $19 fare cap applies only to one
way trips and discusses enroute stops.
10/15/2010
Vol 57/42

462998
Emergency and
Proposed Round Trip Fare Limit
7/30/2010
Vol 57/31

16507
Adopted Rule PASSENGER RATES AND CHARGES

Translate those billions into your cities and districts uber is moving in to. Do the UBER math…. # of cabs x licensing revenues…. versus UBER billions divided by …. Hmmm …. There us no equation here is there- try this 3.4 billion vuation divided by the 25 cities UBER is currently in equals…. The impact of technology on your constituents fiscal well being. Love numbers. They make the visual Fast Talking Slick Willies slip past people being impressed.

DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE BALDWIN BROTHER W TWITTER TOURRETTES:

11 Jul

Yes that one is now behind bringing Yoga to the Smithsonian. Alec Baldwin & Hilaria are chairing a YOGA exhibit at the Smithsonians Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M Sackler Gallery. The Baldwins crowdfunded a campaign raising more than ire as Alecs spontaneous outbursts tend to do. Alec raised $174K for the exhibit that will run from October 19 through January 26 2014. Baldwins interest in Yoga is inspired by wife’s lead there. BUT there is no disagreement Hilaria is dropping the ball with hubby Alec in that YO-GA /yo-ge/ is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific …. Lets define that ONE MORE TIME ALEC (wikipedia) “Yoga, Sanskrit, is a commonly known generic term for the physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace”… “union with the divine”… so all together now ALEC… step away from the twitter and go OMMMMM

BORNE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY:

30 Jun

 The jolliest journey, always, is the road back and forth from the Capitol to Mount Vernon.Trees, green, pastoral… always, ending up in a loop around the round-about in front of George Washington’s home. There is never a need to drive fast. There is always the tendency to drive slow, after all, one is transversing history. And dont you forget that. Once upon a century, this journey made in minutes, maybe thirty of them by car, was a journey people walked or rode by horse even carriage. Today, one passes tour buses, bikers, walkers, runners, a tempting marina to pull over at. However one is getting where they are going to, they are walking on hallowed ground in historic footsteps.

 Mount Vernon has become a tour place- a must see- on a trip to DC moreso on the 4th of July.

Independence day in the 1700’s was a day of politicking, decorated with the red, white and blue of parades and picnics, politicians culminating in displays of fireworks exploding o’er the nation’s skies.

George Washington spent his last July 4th in his favorite pub in Alexandria. The Spring Gardens Tavern was enroute back to Mount Vernon from Washington DC. George and his friends supped, sang, tossing back their drinks while watching the militia parade by.

History has a way of moving forward and backwards. George Washington and history passed forward. The red brick tavern built in and around the 1780’s became a ½ acre technologically updated 4,296 sq feet historic Old Town wooden floored green shuttered 4 bedroom private home on the market, complete with woodwork, cabinets and molding, guest room, game rooms with the original brick walls, exposed beams in the kitchen, pond, flagstone paths, pool and pond priced at a paltry $4.2 million.

 That is the value of the 4th on 2013’s July….