I am not a number, I am a person.
This is a fight the city can't afford. Uber has millions. Uber has lawyers prepping the arguments in every state. They have test cases ready to go and drivers trained to read a particular statements to city enforcement investigators. They'll make it a federal restraint of trade case/interstate commerce case with a single ride to Vancouver and the city won't be able to justify their current ordinances.
They'll have databases of names of city employees and cops to avoid stings. They'll have terms of service in their app usage contract that will mean the city will end up paying them in the event of failed city enforcement actions or falsifications of ride agreements. And most importantly, any enforcement action will make Portlanders aware of the bizarre taxi regs and the guild-like structure of the current taxi system. This city government can't manage to have cops hand out business cards without getting sued (and losing), much less regulate a new sharing-economy transportation industry.
There are worse ways to be hugged by the Portland Police. See: http://blog.oregonlive.com/news_impact/200…
Weird- did the representative from the Police Bureau (4:38 update) just indirectly admit the city is liable for some traffic fatalities due to the status of the street infrastructure? That seems like a foolish thing to say, and I suspect the city attorney's office cringed hearing that. That'll be a nice admission of liability for someone's insurance company to bring up in court. Maybe a reporter should follow up with her and see which fatalities could have been avoided but for the cities infrastructure failures?
The giant Flash-generating explosion (0:54) at S.T.A.R Labs is clearly where O.M.S.I. is. Note the unfinished Tilicum Crossing bridge.
There is a map of Portland at 2:57 (west side of the river is the top of the map) and a nice Fremont Bridge shot at 4:05. They seem to be sticking to Portland for the layout of the city.
The street shots and filming look like Vancouver, which makes sense since they use Vacouver as Starling City in Arrow and film there.
When one elected official (the DA) sends his deputies to meet and consult with the officers of another elected official (the Mayor as Police Commisioner) and together they cross-lobby and plan policy and review stuff in meetings and communications with each other, is there no lobbying notification requirements, open meeting laws, or public record access that would reveal the origins and nature of the resulting policy decision?
500 Groundhog Days of Master Chief
There once was a contest on Blogtown,
To vie for the poetry nerd crown,
Win breakfast with Steve!
But after you leave,
you'll know there's no worse meal around.
[Last rhyme purposely screwed up to avoid accidentally winning any other 'prizes']
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