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An Uber-branded vehicle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Flywheel Taxi sues state, says cities should regulate Uber, Lyft

Flywheel Taxi has filed suit against state regulators, claiming the taxi industry…

An Uber-branded vehicle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Despite the difficulty of making ends meet as a San Francisco cab driver, there seems to be an inexplicable lure to continue doing it. (Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner)

No cure for cab driving

I’m a Fusion driver. Besides having the extra power when I need…

Despite the difficulty of making ends meet as a San Francisco cab driver, there seems to be an inexplicable lure to continue doing it. (Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner)
Uber made public a redacted version of its legal filings to the California Public Utilities Commission about it's business practices as part of the CPUC's Phase II Proceedings. (Courtesy photo)

Uber ordered to publicize business practices

Uber has five days to reveal its secrets to the public, state…

Uber made public a redacted version of its legal filings to the California Public Utilities Commission about it's business practices as part of the CPUC's Phase II Proceedings. (Courtesy photo)
California mulling whether uberPOOL and Lyft Line are illegal

California mulling whether uberPOOL and Lyft Line are illegal

Swipe a cellphone touch screen, tap virtual buttons, and a car arrives.…

California mulling whether uberPOOL and Lyft Line are illegal
San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

SFO renews permits for Uber, Lyft after criticizing flighty practices

San Francisco International Airport is granting permits to Uber and Lyft —…

San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft plans to launch 10 music-themed vans for the Outside Lands festival using the new Magic Mode feature in its app. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Lyft to tackle traffic at Outside Lands with music-themed vans

Starting Friday, more than 200,000 concertgoers will flock to the blowout music…

Lyft plans to launch 10 music-themed vans for the Outside Lands festival using the new Magic Mode feature in its app. (Michael Ares/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Yellow Cab is offering a flat-rate fare of $35 for a ride to San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Cabs offer flat $35 rate to SFO airport

It’s no secret that the San Francisco taxi industry is facing overwhelming…

San Francisco Yellow Cab is offering a flat-rate fare of $35 for a ride to San Francisco International Airport. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
On my first night back in a cab, I didn’t even make my gate. I ended up $31 in the hole. I spent most of my shift driving aimlessly through The City, trying to make sense of it all.  Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner

Driving amid heartache and hardships

I don’t know if it’s possible to drive a cab in San…

On my first night back in a cab, I didn’t even make my gate. I ended up $31 in the hole. I spent most of my shift driving aimlessly through The City, trying to make sense of it all.  Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco. Fed up with traditional taxis, city dwellers are tapping their smartphones to hitch rides from strangers using mobile apps that allow riders and drivers to find each other. Internet-enabled ridesharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are expanding rapidly in San Francisco, New York and other U.S. cities, billing themselves as a high-tech, low-cost alternative to cabs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco Uber, Lyft drivers among top rideshare earners in nation, says study

San Francisco Uber and Lyft drivers earn more than most of their…

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco. Fed up with traditional taxis, city dwellers are tapping their smartphones to hitch rides from strangers using mobile apps that allow riders and drivers to find each other. Internet-enabled ridesharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are expanding rapidly in San Francisco, New York and other U.S. cities, billing themselves as a high-tech, low-cost alternative to cabs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Driving empty and looking for a distraction

Driving empty is never a good thing. But when you’re down in…

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
(Eric Risberg/AP)

Uber fined $7M for keeping info from California regulators

Uber picked up a hefty fare Wednesday when a judge fined the…

(Eric Risberg/AP)
You don’t turn down rides. Otherwise, according to cab karma, you’ll end up driving empty for the next two hours.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

When nature calls business picks up

The City is moving. Or so it seems. For once, it feels…

You don’t turn down rides. Otherwise, according to cab karma, you’ll end up driving empty for the next two hours.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP photo)

Uber, Lyft argue new regulations will stifle business models

Innovation is at the heart of the so-called sharing economy, and now…

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP photo)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Uber conformity will steal The City’s soul

On Monday, a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors went on…

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. left, watches as Madison Mayor Paul Soglin speaks out against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal ending residency requirements for public workres statewide on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

U.S. mayors vote down tighter regulations for Uber, Lyft

A large gathering of the nation’s mayors resoundingly voted down proposed stricter…

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. left, watches as Madison Mayor Paul Soglin speaks out against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal ending residency requirements for public workres statewide on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Mayors conference shows Uber support, infuriating San Francisco taxi industry

This week nearly 300 mayors from across the country are joining San…

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Uber appeals California commission ruling saying driver is employee

A ruling in the case of a single Uber driver could have…

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, people go past the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
When everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night. MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER

The most boring conversation in a cab

I go where the night takes me. From one ride to the next,…

When everyone is standing on sidewalks with their heads buried in their smartphones. the taxi meter hardly moves all night. MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER
Michael Areas/Special to the S.F. Examiner

Confessions of a Taxi Shill

Dear reader, it’s time I came clean. I am on the payroll…

Michael Areas/Special to the S.F. Examiner
AP file photoA new report is calling for California to force ride-hail companies to perform comprehensive criminal background checks of potential drivers.

Lax background checks compromise safety of ride-hail apps, study says

It's 2004 in Monroe County, Fla. A vehicle speeds down the Overseas…

AP file photoA new report is calling for California to force ride-hail companies to perform comprehensive criminal background checks of potential drivers.