Monday, October 24, 2005

Janneke House Didn't Do Her Homework

Mayor Anderson gifted his loyal Yellow Cab Co. to Janneke House as an endorsement. Janneke needs to decide whether she wants the Yellow Cab endorsement or keep her campaign slogan "Equality for All". She can't have both. Yellow Cab is one of three cab companies that enjoy a service monopoly in Salt Lake City. The monopoly is regulated to ensure that affordable service is provided to all residents at all hours. The Salt Lake City Council, particularly Councilman Eric Jergensen, passed a provision to require cab companies to provide a handicapped accessible vehicle option. This provision came after hearing testimony from disabled city residents who have been forced to spend the night at SL International Airport because they arrived too late for any transportation other than the cab monopoly. Yellow Cab's attorney, Don Winder, has aggressively fought this provision, insisting it would be too expensive for the cab monopoly to provide accessible vehicles for disabled residents. A few weeks ago, Don Winder filed a lawsuit in behalf of a medical transport company to block the provision , no doubt understanding that if his lawsuit was successfull, Yellow Cab would not be expected to provide a vehicle for disabled residents. Mercifully for Salt Lake's disabled residents, Don Winder's lawsuit failed and the City Council's provision will be implemented despite Winder's two- front assault on equal transportation options for disabled persons. Perhaps an even more profound slap in the face for disabled transportation than the Yellow Cab endorsement is that Don Winder himself is hosting an open house for Janneke House on November 4th. Whoops.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK wow We all get it, you support Eric so you have focused all your attention on slamming Janneke House. Have you ever bothered to Speak with her on the issues that you have slammed her on or are you just content on hearsay and whatever other personal issues you seem to have towards her. I have had the pleasure to speak with both Eric and Jannkeke. I was impressed with both Jannkeke did not seem to be Rocky's lap dog as you seem to be pushing on here.
Just answer me this question have you ever taken the time to speak to this women or are you just content on wailing on and on without being properly educated on both sides of this race.

10/24/2005 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These posts do sound a bit shillish. Does this guy work for the Jergensen campaign or something?

10/24/2005 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Interesting. I wonder if the District 3 Race could be seen as this: Candidate A who walks in lockstep with the Church Office Building or Candidate B who walks in lockstep with the Mayor?

Which would district 3 rather have?

10/24/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

First, how do three companies share a monopoly? Isn't that contrary to the definition of monopoly?

Second, your implication that Janneke House is insensitive to the disabled community demonstrates that you have not done your homework in regards to her campaign. I was her campaign manager from her announcement as a candidate through the primary. I am still part of her staff. I am also a C-6 to C-7 quadraplegic. I personally find that the person who gives me a job is far more disabled friendly than the person who makes it more convenient for me to get transportation. When I fly to D.C. or anywhere for that matter it usually requires some creative planning or strong bellhops. I find SLC to be very progressive in their available transportation options for the disabled. You will have to trust me on this, 11 years as a quad makes me an expert on the subject.

Third, you are leaving out a large portion of the details on the various legal wranglings going on over this yellow cab issue. UTA provides a great deal of specialized transportation for the disabled. It requires 24 hour notice for flex trans. In the event of an emergency, the specialized companies involved in the lawsuit provide 24 hour disabled transportation. It costs about 3 times as much as a cab, but we are talking about an emergency here. The background for the lawsuit is that the companies that provide a niche service to the disabled will go out of business if cab companies provide the same service for less money. Essentially, a city ordinance would destroy their businesses.

Finally, the cab companies think that the expense of outfitting vans is too expensive. They don't realize that they don't have to have the large, multi-chair accessible transport vehicles of flex-trans. A conversion van with a lift and restraints would cost less than $10,000 on top of the vehicle cost. Also, there are federal grants for making vehicles accessible available even to businesses. Finally, the ordinance gives cab companies the right to hire a third-party provider to fulfill the requirement. Perhaps the solution lies there. Maybe a deal can be worked out for subsidized subcontracting.

My lengthy point is that you seem to be so overzealous in your hatred of Rocky, your love of Eric or a combination of the two that you are willing to attack Janneke for her "slap in the face for disabled transportation" by presenting a small portion of the facts on the single issue. You increasingly reveal how little you know about Janneke, her campaign and even the issues.

10/24/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...


Interesing way to see the race, but I don't see what evidence bears out that profile of Candidate A.

But I think there's a strong case to be made for your profile of Candidate B.

10/24/2005 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Ric and Angela said...

There is a significant difference between the private faith of a careful, sincere, reasonable person and the blind faith of someone who marches lockstep to an outside drummer - whether that drummer be the dominant local organization, or the ideology of an angry mayor.

We have heard Eric Jergensen speak to our community council. He does not come across as anyone’s tool. He does come across as an intelligent, sincere, independent level-headed policymaker.

We don't have anything against Janneke, but we're voting for Eric.

10/24/2005 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric is considered by some to be a "tool" of the church because he is a former stake president who has consistantly voted in line with the LDS Church's wishes. Many are also upset because it seems that either he or people working on his previous campaign used church roles to "encourage" fellow ward members to vote for him.

10/24/2005 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think eric is a tool.

10/24/2005 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, if you think that Janneke doesn't do her homework, then put your money where your mouth week, both Janneke and Eric will be on "The Xavier Hermosilo Show" on AM 630 K-Talk. I heard her on the show this weekend and she was great!

Both Janneke and Eric will be on next Sunday from
7:00 -9:00 pm. The static is bad in some areas, but if you want to use static as an excuse for not hearing her clearly, then listen to it online.....I think that station still has stream audio or something like it.

I like Eric very much, but you should stop picking on one and show both individuals the respect they both have earned. Janneke just may become your next city council woman. That is, if you are lucky enough to live in this great district like the rest of us.

- District 3 resident

10/24/2005 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Ethan, Haven't you got the message, Janneke doesn't want to go out with you.

10/31/2005 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean no disrespect however, someone may want to remind Miss Janeke that the city council election is "nonpartisan". She has party emblems on her literature and signs. If she is so capable and knowledgable shouldn't she already know this? Not to mention the fact that someone keeps placing signs illegaly all over my neighborhood!! Point number one, she claims to be aware of what is going on in my community so she must know about these signs. (By the way how is she so knowledgable? I have never seen her at a community council meeting?) Point two,if she can't ensure her campaign is operating by the rules how should we expect her to handle heavy city issues? Miss Janeke may have alot to offer but I am under the impression she has alot more to learn. Lastly, it seems Miss Janeke likes to play a little rough. Lets play nice shall we.

I look forward to hearing more from Janeke as time goes on but I do not believe she is who I need as a representative at this time.

10/31/2005 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff Lyon is the #1 anonymous.

11/02/2005 03:21:00 PM  
Anonymous republican sinner said...

I would rather be the tool of a church than be the tool of Rocky Anderson. I bet he plays with his tool.

11/02/2005 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger Hoodia said...

Help me Dude, I think I'm lost..... I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him in a car lot yesterday, which is really strange because the last time I saw him was in the supermarket. No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender". He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a San Diego cosmetic surgery doctor ,to fit into those blue suede shoes of yours. But Elvis said in the Ghetto nobody can afford a San Diego plastic surgery doctor. Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger. Then I'm gonna go round and see Michael Jackson and we're gonna watch a waaaay cool make-over show featuring some Tijuana dentists on the TV in the back of my Hummer. And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . . "You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on " Strange day or what? :-)

11/05/2005 06:56:00 PM  

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