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Crosscurrents

Kelly Dessaint on why he left Lyft and Uber to drive a taxi

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Kelly Dessaint

San Francisco taxi driver Kelly Dessaint began his 20-year career in print media publishing zines. Then in 2015, he landed a weekly column in the San Francisco Examiner called I Drive SF, which chronicles his experiences on the road.

"I don't see how people can just drive into San Francisco and think that they can be a taxi cab."

Kelly recently released the fourth volume of his popular Behind the Wheel zine series and he spoke about the growing impact of rideshare companies on the taxi industry and how every day on the road is a potential story.
 

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.