San Fran: Should Google Be Allowed to provide FREE Bus Rides for Its Employees–or do UNIONS Control All Transportation

The people of San Fran are forced to pay higher taxes and more subsidies to government bus systems because the unions do not like the Free Market providing NON-UNION bus drivers for Google workers. Think about this—if Google and the other tech firms provided their employees with free transportation to and from work, then the government system would not need as many drivers, mechanics and others paying bribes. It would mean government could use tax dollars for the poor—not the special interests.

“The effort to delay the hearing coincides with a State Assembly committee hearing on AB61, a bill which would legalize aspects of the commuter shuttle pilot program statewide. Approval by the committee may add legitimacy to the city attorney’s arguments that the pilot program is allowable, some insiders said.

How vicious are the unions—they are suing because a firm is giving a bus ride as a benefit to employees—without paying THEM for this.

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City Attorney’s office tries to stall Google Bus trial hearing 

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodrigue, SF Examiner, 3/15/15

Petitioners of a lawsuit against San Francisco’s commuter shuttle pilot program last week challenged a motion by the City Attorney’s Office to have more time to respond to the suit.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency created the pilot program last year to study the impact of the so-called Google Buses, private shuttles that transport tech workers to campuses around the region. The buses have attracted ire in San Francisco as symbols of tech-industry gentrification.

The Coalition for Fair Legal and Environmental Transit filed suit last year against Google, Apple, shuttle providers and The City to stall the program, alleging they failed to study impacts of exhaust in the air and stress on the asphalt. They also argue rents skyrocket near the shuttle stops, displacing people with the luck of living near them.

Last Wednesday’s filing came as Superior Court Judge Garrett L. Wong was on vacation. The trial is set for June, but the City Attorney’s Office pressed for a key pre-trial hearing on March 27 to be pushed back.

Wong will hear arguments Monday for rescheduling the hearing.

The effort to delay the hearing coincides with a State Assembly committee hearing on AB61, a bill which would legalize aspects of the commuter shuttle pilot program statewide. Approval by the committee may add legitimacy to the city attorney’s arguments that the pilot program is allowable, some insiders said.

“This is reading a bit too much into the timeline of how a case moves forward,” spokesperson Matt Dorsey said. “The city is confident in its legal position.”

But others contend the bill’s language may in fact aid the petitioners’ case since it acknowledges that aspects of the shuttle pilot program are illegal.

Deputy City Attorney Audrey Williams Pearson explained that The City is arguing that the petitioners’ argument is incomplete and needs to be rewritten.

“In law school, they tell us it’s a pleading that says, ‘So what?’” she told the Examiner. “We filed a ‘so what?’”

The petitioners accused the City Attorney’s Office of trying to stall the clock on the trial.

“The commuter shuttle program is illegal,” said Cynthia Crews, a petitioner in the lawsuit. “The City Attorney’s pattern of delay and procedural roadblocks only shows they know they are not on solid legal ground.”

 

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Comments

  1. Freedom to conduct business, freedom to choose transportation, and the freedom to exist without excessive burdensome government.

    Now there is a concept.

  2. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    How much more nonsense will it require before the ‘Golden GooGoose’ decides to export itself and the economic stimulus of its shuttle passengers OUT OF STATE? After perfecting its aim AT ITS FEET, chasing what it momentarily believes it STANDS FOR, WHAT will the Peoples Republic of SF have left to STAND ON?

  3. Union drivers are the least of our shuttle problems in San Francisco. Shuttles are taking over the streets and parking in our residential neighborhoods. When they park in Muni stops, the Muni bus riders are forced to board in the middle of the street. Complaints come from people living and working near freeway access points, where shuttle riders park to access the buses. Huge buses are crawling all over streets where large vehicles are prohibited. Watching the behemoths navigate the tight turns on the steep hills would be comedic if it weren’t so common and irritating. When you displace and inconvenience a majority of the population in order to privilege a minority group, you will not be welcome. The Art Academy anticipates expanding its fleet of shuttles when it builds new campuses all over town, adding substantially to the number. The shuttle bus program is simply not sustainable.

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