Speaking to a crowd of two to three hundred Tuesday night at the Burleson Yard Beer Garden, Mayor Ivy Taylor, wearing a "Keep Ride Share SA" tee-shirt, gave fans of Uber and Lyft their marching orders,
"Send an email, place a phone call to your council member. Make your voices heard," she said.
The Mayor urged action less than two weeks from a vote that could determine the future of the two companies in San Antonio. The vote is on whether to extend a pilot-program that made fingerprint background checks optional, something current ordinances mandate for Taxi drivers. The companies, which conduct their own background check for employment, suspended operation in San Antonio once for a similar regulation and other rules the companies said were burdensome.
Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology advocacy organization, along with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving sponsored the event and pointed to the drop in alcohol-related crashes and arrests since the Uber and Lyft returned. They called this the real public-safety threat.