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At L.A. City Hall, it's the visionary vs. the lawmakers

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on August 18, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Originally published on Los Angeles Times by Emily Alpert Reyes on August 18, 2015. 

When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his plans for Los Angeles in his State of the City address this spring, he welcomed technologies that have transformed the way many people get around town or snag a room for the night.

He declared that companies such as Uber and Lyft, which let customers hail rides through a smartphone app, would be able to pick up passengers at the airport just like taxis. And he said the city would soon forge a deal with Airbnb to collect tourist taxes from those who book rooms or whole homes through its online platform.

But members of the City Council have recently pushed back on both plans, differing with Garcetti about how readily to embrace what is frequently dubbed "the sharing economy."

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