We have read with great interest about the business saga of Heyride that was recently published in the Austin American-Statesman. For the folks out there who don't know about this excellent business that was set up in Austin, let us tell you. Josh Huck loves SXSW so much, but he had trouble hailing a cab and turned down the ride from a friend. He decided to set up this business through an iPhone app called Heyride. Heyride allows people to catch a ride when they cannot get a cab. Heyride drivers get checked through an advanced screening process.
By late October, the six-person Heyride company was ready to launch its iPhone app. It works like this: Users download the app and register with the company, providing some personal and social networking info. Passengers use the app to solicit rides. If a Heyride user can provide a lift, the driver and passenger negotiate a price. The phones GPS guides them to one another. When the ride is done, money is exchanged through stored credit card info.
This is a great opportunity. But it didn't satisfy the City of Austin. You would think the City of Austin was allegedly a business-friendly community. Folks, you would be absolutely wrong.
City of Austin Transportation Department spokes-liar Karla Taylor Villalon said Heyride, by facilitating paid rides, should have to go through the same steps as its competitors, such as proving to the city that drivers have passed criminal background checks.
Its a public safety issue, Villalon said. Its like the city regulating restaurants for health and safety or regulating construction sites to ensure there are proper protections for the workers.
Karla, what the Huck are you thinking? Seems like to the public at large she is trying to act like Hitler.
After all, Austin, TX, is widely known as the home of the Fourth Reich of America. How many government agencies try to regulate (Facebook) friends who seek taxi rides. Karla, we got an idea: Why don't you allow the city to regulate people like they're supposed to be regulated like your husband and the companies he works for so they don't waste city taxpayer money? Why regulate a business that is doing something useful like providing rides for people who need to get to their medical appointments?
Here's the kicker, folks. Karla's husband is Augusto Villalon, the branch manager for Fresee & Nichols, a civil engineering firm that does lots of work for the city. Before he was hired by F&N, he worked for Atkins, a worldwide engineering firm with offices nationwide & worldwide. This is a conflict of interest because Karla's department works with Freese & Nichols & Atkins Global all the time on various city of Austin projects.
Atkins has the contracts for the Asian American Resource Center and lists the City of Austin as a municipal client. What better way to get the work than to use someone who works for the city like Karla Villalon.
Here's the list of Freese & Nichols projects competed in the City of Austin:
Longhorn Dam Modernization
Great Northern Dam
Upper Brushy Creek Water Control Improvement District Dam Modernization Program
Wells Branch Regional Erosion/Flood Control
Victoria Drive Channel Stabilization/Rehabilitation
Upper Walnut Creek Regional Erosion/Flood Control Facility
MLK Jr. Transit-Oriented Development Drainage Study
Wouldn't these projects need some kind of traffic control plan? Isn't that a conflict of interest in the
Anyway, folks, Karla should talk. After all,the city of Austin is widely known through America as the city that does not review structural engineering aspects of plans per the memo written by City of Austin Public Works Employee Christopher L. Newton. This infamous memo has been seen all over Texas at the various shopping centers and public facilities of great interest to the public. Karla, doesn't this endanger public safety? When it comes to public safety and her husband's firm, she chose her husband? Karla, what the Huck is wrong with you? Karla, are you an idiot? Karla's willing to allow defective structures in the City of Austin because she allegedly want to keep her husband employed as long as possible. For Karla's inconvenience, we have notified lots of interested parties like Moody's and the various insurance companies that do business with Freese & Nichols directly and indirectly. This proves Karla Villalon is willing to do anything for cash!
Karla's so good at math she is willing to throw away monetary savings on the Urban Rail project than to use them. Whose side is Karla really on? The side of her husband and his current former employers, that's who!
It is widely known that Karla Villalon works for a city that participates in unlawful incarceration of
protesting citizens, unlawful incarceration of their employees for requesting past pay stubs for their life-saving medications, retaliation against employees for reporting violations of the Texas Engineers Practices Act, shooting the dogs of innocent pet owners, blacklisting of their former employees, unlawful theft of personal property, economic waste of taxpayer money on municipal projects, and even stealing artwork from 3 year old little Hispanic girls! Remember, at the City of Austin, they didn't invent blacklisting and
fraud, waste & abuse, they just perpetrate it.
The reason Karla is harassing this business is to divert attention from the other City of Austin employees who break the rules they are supposed to enforce like Rudy Garza, Howard Lazarus, Christopher Newton, Alicia Olmstead, Marc Ott, Kenneth Mory, and many others. Let's not forget Karla's hubby Augusto Villalon of Freese & Nichols. We wonder what would happen if a potential company heard about what the city of Austin does to new businesses. So much for them being business friendly like they claim!
Here's one commercial we made for the City of Austin.
Hello, we're the storytellers. No one has time to waste, and that's why at the City of Austin, they've
tailored their harassments to wreck the knowledgeable businessperson's busy life. Every day, they deliver major falsehoods and doctored evidence of their skewed viewpoints. There's no fact-checking. There's lots of fluff. They make sure they ruin their taxpayers while wasting their time and dime. City of Austin, (TX), municipal stupidity you can count on!
Check out the new commercial for the City of Austin. It's great! What do you think?
At the City of Austin, Karla's ready.
Karla's ready to screw you well in advance.
Her most important job is to keep you and your family stupid. That's what she does day by day. She's
constantly thinking up ways to rip off their taxpayers with the schemes she is developing. Harassment of businesspeople for no reason can happen quickly. And in any season, that's what she focuses on most!
Karla Villalon of the city of Austin in the great state of Texas.
She's ready. She's ready to screw you.
That's municipal stupidity you can count on!
This post will be updated when Karla Villalon and the city of Austin quits harassing legitimate businesspeople.