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.