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    Hours after voting to “end ride-sharing industry” – Senator arrested for DUI

    By on August 22, 2014
    Ben-Hueso

    Just hours after he voted against California’s burgeoning ride-share industry, State Senator Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested for driving under the influence.

    According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department inmate log, Hueso was arrested early Friday morning by the California Highway Patrol on two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence. He was booked at 3:27 AM.

    On Thursday, Hueso voted in favor of a bill that one ride-share executive fears “would literally spell the end of the ride-share industry.”

    State Senator Ben Hueso Drunk on the Capitol Balcony

    State Senator Ben Hueso,D-San Diego, and several Senate colleagues drinking in the Capitol several hours before his arrest.

    Assembly Bill 612 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, would require ride-sharing companies to abide by extensive new regulations. Earlier this month, in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul said that the bill could mean the end of the industry that’s helped minimize drunk driving.

    Paul told the Mercury News that the bill was “a burdensome approach that is backed by the taxicab lobby, really, to try and shut us down. If it passes, it is a disaster — it would literally spell the end of the ride-share industry.”

    By late Friday morning, one Capitol observer had coined a new hash tag on Twitter: #HuesoNeedsUber.

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    6. fiftyville

      August 23, 2014 at 2:42 am

      That’s Hueso in the middle at 11PM in the Capitol building following a rather alcoholic dinner with the Latino Caucus. Where the heck is the CHP who provides building security there? The people’s house just ain’t what it used to be.

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