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LA City Hall is divided between traditional, franchised cab companies and the RideShare companies, Uber, SideCar and Lyft. All three have smartphone apps that connect passengers with drivers who will take them where they and others want to go—for a negotiated fee. Nine franchised—and highly regulated- cab companies called that unfair competition, and the Department of Transporation issued an order to cease and desist. But the LAPD hasn’t enforced it. Does that have something to do with the new Mayor, Eric Garcetti?

Banner image from Lyft's Facebook Page 

Main Topic Does 'RideShare' Really Mean 'Bandit Cab?' 12 MIN, 4 SEC
As Uber, SideCar and Lyft have taken carpooling high-tech with smart-phone apps that bring drivers and passengers together, the legality of these RideShares has come into question. Nine franchised taxi companies call it unfair competition that’s unregulated and unsafe. The Transportation Department ordered it stopped—until Eric Garcetti was elected Mayor. We’ll hear how he’s given RideSharing a local boost and what the argument means for the nation’s most famously congested streets and freeways.

Guests:
Nick Allen, SideCar
Bill Rouse, Yellow Cab of Los Angeles

Reporter's Notebook Frank Lloyd Wright in the 'Never Built' Spotlight 10 MIN, 21 SEC
After running into some problems in Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright came to Los Angeles—a developing city that provided a sort of open canvas for his grandest ideas. Inspired by an exhibit called “Never Built” at the Architecture and Design Museum in mid-Wilshire, KCRW’s Matt Holtzman found that Frank Lloyd Wright was not a compromiser—with benefactors or bureaucrats.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'Press Play' and 'First Take' (@KCRW_Matt)

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