Hundreds of licensed cab drivers descended on LA City Hall last week to protest Uber and other Internet companies using mobile phone apps to connect passengers with part-time, non-professional drivers. They're cheaper than traditional taxis. Are they unfair competition, or are ridesharing, air bnb and other examples of the sharing economy using digital technology to create a "new normal" in the way business gets done? Also, the new state budget is generous to Governor Brown's bullet train, and Santa Barbara is drying up.
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