PUBLIC STATEMENTS, ESSAYS, AND JOURNALISM
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO TAXI INDUSTRY

By or About Christopher Fulkerson

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Christopher Fulkerson Speaks
Simulcast Imagery
CF Speaks against "Peak TIme" medallions
and against SFMTA Misappropriation of funds
Meeting of the SFMTA Board, March 1, 2011
Photograph and Image Title by Ed Healy

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WINDS
by St.-John Perse (Alexis Leger Leger)
from Part II, Canto 6

And you can say to me: Where did you prize that out? Texts passed on in plain language! Versions given in dual aspects! ... You yourself headstone and cornerstone! ... And for your latest deceptions, I muster you to litigation in your reclining chair,
Oh Poet, Oh bilingualist, double-pronged betwixt all things, and you yourself litigation between all things litigious--man molested by god! Man speaking equivocally! ... ah! like a man deceived in a melee of wings and bristles, amidst cockfighting rough-legged buzzards!

And thou, bottommost Sun, ferocity of the Being sans eyelids, just fix your puma's eye on this crust of precious stones! ... Hazardous the enterprise where I have taken the arc of this song ... And there is still suspicious matter. But the Wind, ah! the Wind! Its power is without design and it is in love with itself.
We pass, and our shadows. Great works, page by page, are composed in silence in the lairs of the future, in the blear-eyed blind broodings. There we pick up our new writings, in pages stacked into cleaving schists....

from VENTS, written in 1945
Translation Copyright 2012 by Christopher Fulkerson



Note: Of the public statements published here, these are the texts in full as they were intended to be delivered. In most cases they are spontaneously edited down by CF due to varying time limitations. In some cases, especially the more recent ones, these statements are emailed in to the relevant offices of the SFMTA, including the Board of Directors, and/or delivered in person.

VERIFONE SAYS THERE ARE $30,000 CAB SHIFTS!
AND DRIVERS COULD BE TAXED ACCORDINGLY!

November 2013 Report On the San Francisco Cab Industry

STATEMENT TO THE SFMTA BOARD MEETING OF SEPT. 6, 2011
CF Welcomes the New San Francisco Director of Transportation
And Requests the Taxi Division Be Promoted to Second-Tier Ranking

STATEMENT TO THE SFMTA BOARD
Summer 2011
CF Denouces Tariq Mehmood and Supports the Promotion of Deputy Director Hayashi and Her SFMTA Taxi Division

STATEMENT TO THE SFMTA BOARD MEETING OF JUNE 21, 2011
CF Expresses a Qualified Solidarity:
WITH the Drivers, But AGAINST Their Self-Proclaimed Leader Tariq Mehmood

STATEMENT TO THE SFMTA BOARD MEETING OF MAY 17, 2011
CF Appeals for Customer Interactive Dispatch and
Speaks Out Against Back-Seat Credit Card Terminals

STATEMENT TO THE SFMTA BOARD MEETING OF MAY 3, 2011
CF Speaks Out Against the Taxi Advisory Council

ELEVEN POSITION PAPERS In the Form of a Report on the SF Taxi Industry
A Peer-Reviewed Essay from July 2011

PROPOSED METER RATE INCREASES, May, 2011. For SFMTA "Town Hall" talks.

"'PEAK-TIME' PERMITS STEAL OUR ONLY PROFITABLE TIMES"
One of CF's 3/1/2011 speeches to the SFMTA is quoted by the SF Chronicle on 3/2/2011

TWO STATEMENTS TO THE BOARD OF THE SF MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
CF Speaks out against "Peak Time" medallions and against SFMTA misappropriation of funds
Statements on Agenda Items ## 9 and 11, SFMTA Board Meeting of March 1, 2011
See also next entry, above, in which CF is quoted by the SF Chronicle

"THE CAB INDUSTRY ISN'T YOUR CASH COW!"
A Statement to the Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, January 18, 2011

AGAINST "PEAK TIME" MEDALLIONS
A brief essay giving CF's observations about how the very idea of "peak time" medallions will cause havoc in the industry, and increase safety risk for passengers and drivers alike

CARL MACMURDO'S PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL REGARDING "PEAK TIME"
This is a document presented by a San Francisco cab driver at an MTA meeting open to the public. Click here for a download of this three-page document: I do NOT approve its suggestions, NOR DOES THEIR AUTHOR IN THE FORM PRESENTED HERE; chiefly he acknowledges that there aren't 60 "peak hours" per week. The document is presented here since it's apparently too large a file to send over the internet.

THE WEEKLY CAB BUSINESS CYCLE

HOW TO CATCH A CAB

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GOOD CAB DRIVER

CRUCIAL ASPECTS OF THE POLITICS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CAB INDUSTRY

STATEMENT TO THE SF MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY, MARCH 30, 2010
(Text of Prepared Statement, and Weblink to Video with That and Other Statements

"TAXI MEDALLIONS ARE NOT A COMMODITY!"
A Statement to the Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, January, 2010

TRAPPED IN A CITY OF CYBORGS: A TESTIMONY

"WE'VE GOT TO TRUST EACH OTHER, I'M FROM THE F.B.I.!": A CAB INCIDENT

Driving San Francisco Sane, with Quotes of CF from an Interview with Curt Sanburn
--SF Weekly, June 28-July 5 2005; Volume 24, Number 22, pages 15-21

Of Related Interest (Not by Christopher Fulkerson):

Navigation-Related Structural Change in the Hippocampi of Taxi Drivers
By Maguire, Gadian, Johnsrude, Good, Ashburner, Frackowiac, and Frith
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA

There is a blog about the SF Taxi Industry, written by a driver going by the nom de guerre of CROCKER AMAZON. I recommend this site for those who would like to follow the local cab scene. It tends to be more factually reliable than any other published source.

One entry of Crocker Amazon's blog is especially important because it gives a proper introduction to the individual who is arguably the very most uncollegial person in the entire San Francisco taxi industry. His name is Michael Spain, and you can read about how he treats his colleagues if you CLICK HERE.

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