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Los Angeles City Council's vote to appeal ride-sharing regulations falls short

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The City of Los Angeles will not challenge the Public Utilities Commission's rules regulating mobile ride-sharing companies after the city council failed to reach the eight vote threshold to pursue the matter. 

The Los Angeles City Council voted 7-6 in closed session Wednesday to appeal the commission's 28 rules that essentially allow ride-sharing companies to operate. Voting in favor of the appeal were council members Bob Blumenfield, Gil Cedillo, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Bernard Parks and Curren Price. The council needed eight votes to OK the appeal.

Supporters were hoping to file the appeal by today's deadline, despite Mayor Eric Garcetti's vow to veto any action aimed at keeping the ride-sharing companies off L.A. streets.   

Instead, Councilman Mike Bonin's Transportation Committee will hold meetings to discuss the ride-sharing companies' insurance, safety and environmental policies. The committee will also examine whether drivers are refusing to serve Angelenos in low-income areas.

"The taxi industry is afraid these ride-sharing apps will be to them what Amazon was to bookstores," Bonin said.  

"That's a possibility. There's also the possibility that these ride-sharing apps could be to the taxi industry what gourmet food trucks are to restaurants: two different types of things that are very similar but [with] different business models that not entirely happily coexist, serving different types of people with different interests."

Absent from today's vote were councilmen Joe Buscaino and Jose Huizar. 

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