STATEMENT TO THE SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSIT AGENCY
MARCH 30, 2010
by Christopher Fulkerson
My Name is Christopher Fulkerson. I Hold Medallion 43.
In Iraq right now the rank of military major can be bought for $300,000, and it is agreed that Iraq is one of the most corrupt countries on Earth. But Iraq’s problems are not unique; we have done similar things in this country for a long time, often citing the ubiquity of a practice, saying perhaps, “They do it in New York,” to justify our adoption of it.
Medallions are not City property. The drivers create the value of the medallions. A medallion is like a mud pie with a driver’s handprint in it, it doesn’t have the value little Newsom or Heinecke thinks it does, and the City is wrong to sell old handprints back to us. A medallion is a license, not a commodity. Sale of medallions for City benefit is one of the most corrupt sorts of things that can ever be done in government, similar in enormity to Afghan sale of heroin to finance war. Sale of medallions for cab drivers’ benefit is also bad, but it is a lesser and contained evil, like hippies selling enough pot to get by. A lot of human suffering has been caused by the City for allowing Proposition K to be passed and interpreted with no regard for drivers’ welfare, and this seems to be the best plan available. It should be improved upon.
If the money for cab medallions is used for the drivers’ exit plan, then the proposed reforms might just mitigate the situation for them, allowing the drivers to take care of their own, evidently a necessity at this time, like soldiers dressing fallen comrades’ wounds. Any money the City takes for cab medallions is money the City should have raised some other way to satisfy its money addiction.
Copyright 2010 by Christopher Fulkerson
The above text was read at the following pubic meeting, where CF made other statements as well:
STATEMENTS TO THE SF MUNICIPAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY, MARCH 30, 2010 (Weblink to Video)