If you want to say that Red isn't a racist, go ahead, but he's on record saying racist things. In a town like Portland, that's enough to discredit you and your cause.
The problem here, is that no one on the city council or the Private for Hire Transportation Board truly understands how Taxi cab drivers sustain themselves through their work, except for the two representatives who represent drivers and cab companies. There isn't enough business during the week to sustain the drivers from the 5 legitimate cab companies that aren't Radio Cab. That's how it is now, with the current number of permits. Adding 132 new cabs or a new cab company isn't going to create demand for Taxis. It will solve the 2 am on Friday and Saturday problem when there is a glut of people who all wait until the bars push them onto the streets before deciding to go home. There won't be enough business otherwise.
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