Newsom’s taxi permit plan inspires mayoral candidate 

When Mayor Gavin Newsom announced plans to auction off the taxi permits needed to drive a cab – known as medallions – it generated heaps of controversy. So much so that the plan stalled. But it has returned and the Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors will vote Friday on the proposal.

One person who will be there is Harold Miller. The six-year veteran driver – currently driving a cab for Big Dog City Cab – was so fed up with Newsom’s plan and the direction the medallion system seems to be going that he filed to run for mayor on Jan. 6.

“We have a mayor who hasn’t done a damn thing,” Miller said. Miller’s “number one” reason for running was Newsom’s medallion proposal, and he said he made the decision after talking with some cabbie friends who said if he did run they’d back him. “We’re going all the way,” Miller said.

Well, Miller will have some tough competition. Supervisor Bevan Dufty has filed and is raising a hefty war chest. Other candidates said to be mulling over a run include Sen. Leeland Yee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, to name just a few. Voters will decide who will be San Francisco’s next mayor at the polls in November 2011. Newsom is termed out of office.


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