The Los Angeles City Council considered challenging a recent state ruling that legalizes ride-sharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar (now dubbed “transportation network companies”) across the state and establishes regulations to that effect. This was done despite a veto threat by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who supports such services. Ultimately, the City Council voted not to appeal the new rules. The city has been under pressure by existing taxicab companies to eliminate these new and innovative services. However, the state Public Utilities Commission makes a clear distinction between services hailed curbside (which is in the purview of municipalities) and those hailed through other means (which is under the jurisdiction of the CPUC). This disparity in enforcement should be fixed at the state legislative level, according to an editorial in the Los Angeles Times.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, however, will have none of that. As with most people and businesses in California who try to thwart progress, Koretz is resorting to the accusation thatthe CPUC violated CEQA, believing that in trotting out rules that ride-sharing services must abide to, the CPUC ignored the environmental impacts of enabling such services, even if they are regulated.