Tag Archives: May 2016 election

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We get procedural

Let the autopsy commence!… On election night, David Butts, chief strategist for Our City, Our Safety, Our Choice, said that opponents had overplayed their hand, but he also praised the media for exposing inaccuracies in Proposition 1 advertising. “The press,” he…

Sunday, May 8, 2016 by KUT News

Prop 1 ride-hailing measure is soundly defeated

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft were dealt a stunning blow Saturday, as Austin voters rejected Proposition 1 by a 12-percent margin.The proposition, put on the ballot by a petition circulated by the political action committee backed by Uber and Lyft,…

Friday, April 29, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Are Lyft’s free rides to the polls legal?

When she’s not driving for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, Sara Kaminsky works as a personal trainer. In fact, I exited her Toyota Corolla with a brochure for Shakeology, a weight loss program that helped Kaminsky shed more than 100…

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Updated: Uber threatens to exit Houston over regulations

In what promises to make a huge splash in Austin’s furious discussion of Proposition 1, ride-hailing giant Uber now says it could soon pull out of Houston.In a letter to Houston’s City Council dated today, Uber Houston General Manager Sarfraz…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Adler comes out against Prop 1

Mayor Steve Adler for the first time on Monday urged voters to reject Proposition 1, the ballot question that would rewrite existing regulations on ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.“Today, neither Prop 1 choice is best for Austin because…

Monday, April 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Hi. It’s the Monitor.

Colossal clash of titans on Twitter… Even as the entire city of Austin is deep into the febrile delirium of a bitterly contested election that will determine the fate of several lines of city code, one can usually rely on…

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Ride-hailing meets truth-hailing at Prop 1 presser

City Council members may have been overly optimistic that a 9-year-old’s karaoke machine could carry their comments to reporters. Nonetheless, they pushed on.Armed both with a “singing machine” borrowed from Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo’s daughter and with printed versions…

Friday, April 15, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Current city law not followed by Uber and Lyft drivers

Eduardo Gutierrez picked me up in his Ford Crown Victoria. I knew the make of his car and his license plate, plus I had an idea of what he looked like. But no sticker or emblem on Gutierrez’s car alerted…

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin leaders speak out against Prop 1

With an election less than a month away, the perpetual discussion surrounding proposed regulations for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft continues. On Tuesday, a group of prominent Austinites gathered on the steps of City Hall and came out swinging…

Monday, March 14, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman, Troxclair file brief against city

In its response to a lawsuit seeking to change ballot language for the May 7 election on regulations for transportation network companies, the city of Austin is arguing that the Uber supporter who filed the writ of mandamus last Wednesday…

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

TNC ordinance heads to Austin voters

City Council late Thursday opted not to adopt an ordinance governing transportation network companies that was proposed through a citizens petition, setting the stage for a city-wide vote May 7.Council Member Don Zimmerman abstained from the vote, and Council members Ellen Troxclair…

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