For the past four years, five companies have provided taxi service to Santa Monica. The city has tracked their performance. One has received more calls than all of the others combined. Today, because of rideshare and other competitors there is only enough business for one taxi company. Since five companies are dividing a market that can only satisfy one, no one is satisfied. Most drivers are earning less than the minimum wage. For an easy win-win, thank four companies for their service and keep the clear community choice. The remaining company would hire the best drivers from the other four. This would improve the standard of taxi service for Santa Monica and the standard of living for the drivers. If this idea is accepted, the sooner it is acted upon the better.

Garnet Stewart
Santa Monica

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