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To reduce traffic, Santa Monica radically reduces number of taxi cabs

November 11, 2010 |  1:58 pm
Taxi drivers protest the awarding of a $250,000 contract to a consultant to help the city develop new regulations without first holding a public hearing.

BLAME THE CABBIE: The Santa Monica City Council has agreed to significantly cut the number of taxi cabs in the city in a bid to reduce downtown traffic. According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, the new taxi franchise agreement caps the number of cabs in the city at 250 (at one point, the city had more than 500 permitted cabs):

City officials felt the number of cabs was too high, creating gridlock downtown while contributing to global warming. They were also concerned that drivers were not able to make a living wage because of too much competition. Some drivers were said to be making only $24,000 annually for working six days a week.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0133f4fedafa970b-piTHEIR BUSINESS IS BUSINESS: Mack Lacter at L.A. Observed reports on a new study ranking Alhambra and Cerritos as among the most business-friendly cities in L.A. County.

OC DOESN'T WANT TO KNOW: Orange County rejects a plan to require lobbyists to register, according to Voice of OC. As a result, Orange County remains "the state's only large county without any kind of registration requirements for lobbyists."

HAIR-RAISING: Health concerns about the Brazilian Blowout. (KTLA).

-- Shelby Grad

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