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Letter to the editor- Taxi licensing wrong

To the editor:

In regard to the hearing May 31 at City Council Chambers by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, I and the manager of Yellow Sunshine Taxi feel that it was a waste of time, as the decision was made before it even took place. Even though the two major taxi companies opposed Stateline Taxi from getting his license due to the past performance.

1. He was offered to be grandfathered in as the rest of the licensed companies, as I did when the regulations came into play.

2. Using a scanner to steal calls from licensed companies.

3. Hiring drivers who had their taxi permits revoked by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department for either drug or sex crimes.

It took the South Lake Tahoe Police Department three years to finally catch Stateline Taxi after so many complaints that it would be hard to count. If past performances has anything to do with it, you know he will be back to his old ways, as he knows the police department has limited recourses and it will be hard for them to catch him again.

The manager of Yellow Sunshine had a good idea – that Jeffery Lincoln should have been fined the amount of fees he should have paid for the three years, starting with one car and going up to four cars, or to have been denied for the same amount of time that he operated without a license, but the police department chose to take the easy way out and give him a license to steal again.

I feel it is a slap in the face to other legitimate taxi companies that have paid their fees, that Stateline Taxi was granted a license after three years of him not paying any fees.

Russ Rummelt

Manager, Paradise Taxi

Tahoe Paradise

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