DC Taxicab Commission Requires Cabs to Register by 8/15

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If you’ve ever run into the whole ‘I have a CC but no cash for this f***ing DC cab,’ thing, be excited. After a year-long process spearheaded by Mayor Vincent Gray and DC Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton, all 6,500 Washington DC cabs are now required to accept credit cards!

It’s fine with me. I have no problem with it. I’ve been driving a cab for 42 years. A lot of these guys want cash money and don’t want no paper trail. These guys live in Maryland and Virginia and DC can’t tax them. Now they have to rent cabs in DC so DC can tax the company and have more of a clear record. I don’t mind. I’ve been doing the right thing.

– Anonymous OG DC cabbie

Here’s a condensed timeline based on (7) Washington Post articles:

7.10.12

After an 8-month legislative debate, lead sponsor Mary M Cheh (D-Ward 3) feels confident the last loose ends have been wrapped up and a bill requiring DC cabs to offer credit card payment options will pass. Relevant parties include independent cab companies, Uber, larger cab companies and Verifone, whose bid to supply 100% of the proposed credit card POS systems beat out several competitors.

8.22.12

At least (2) cabs in DC are now equipped with the VeriFone meters. Mayor Gray rides in a cab and pays by credit card. Issues regarding automated vs. print receipts and business-expense padding schemes become forefront issues. An injunction against the $35M VeriFone contract is issued by losing bidders.

11.13.12

The latest bump in the DC taxi credit card road was made when former city contracting officer John Dean’s bid analysis and handling of the contract came into question. A judge as well as the city’s Contract Appeals Board ordered to the city to “cancel the VeriFone contract and accept new bids from VeriFone, CMT and RideCharge.”

1.18.13

The idea was to have the credit card machines installed for Inauguration Weekend. And while the VeriFone contract issue remains in litigation, Mayor Gray and the city decide there’s no need for one standard point of sale taxi cab credit card system. They instead will allow cabs to choose their method of taking credit cards, as long as they actually do it. Interactive screens (like the ones in NY cabs), GPS and an emergency button (in case a driver is injured) are requirements as well.

Various credit card system developers are said to be providing the technology free of charge. Which is obviously great for taxpayers, cab companies and drivers alike. Systems are scheduled to be installed by March 30th. Representatives for VeriFone decline to comment… duh.

1.30.13

Now it’s getting pushed back to May…

5.08.13

Now it’s getting pushed back to August 31st… here’s how it affects you financially:

  • Base fare moves from $3 to $3.25
  • There will be a $1 for multiple passengers (not per passenger, $1 total)
  • $0.25 will be added to all rides
  • Baggage fees (and everything else) are gone – except for phone call pick up fees and snow fees

The average annual cost for the new system is estimated to be $970 per vehicle (incl. transaction fees, installation, maintenance and wireless fees). Instead of 1 vendor (VeriFone) there will be up to 9 different service providers. But that doesn’t really affect us.

The cool screens and stuff are required to be installed by December 1st.

7.31.13

DC cab owners who make a ‘bona-fide’ effort to install card readers now have until September 1st to get ‘er done. While city officials admit the plan isn’t moving as quickly as they had hoped, roughly 1,000 cabs in DC should have card readers by August 4th and 3,000 more by August 31st.

If drivers do not affiliate with a payment service provider by August 15th, their vehicles will be impounded come September 1st. Drivers will then be issued letters excusing them from the deadline.

And here’s a list of all the amazing places to go out in DC so you can utilize this new level of awesome :)

The Barstool Blackout Tour

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Barstool Blackout at Echostage

The world’s largest Blacklight Party. Lazers, Fog, Blacklights, Strobes and Everything that Glows right in your eyeball. An absolute orgy of sound and lights for all your senses.

Strawberries & Champagne: 10/11/13 at Barcode

By Garrett Blakeman in Barcode, dc bars, DC Clubs, DC Events, DC Nightlife, DJ Events
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:00am. (Updated: 10/12/13 at 7:53am) Add comments
Panorama Productions and Barcode Present:

Strawberries & Champagne

Friday, October 11, 2013
Barcode • 1101 12th NW • Washington, DC

Strawberries & Champagne

Get your weekend started off right with FREE chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne from 9-11PM at Barcöde! No cover all night!

Inside:

  • 39 types of beer (12 on tap)
  • 12 specialty cocktails
  • Extensive wine & champagne menu
  • Kitchen until midnight
  • Dance/Top 40 hits
  • (2) 72″ Projectors
  • (10) 40″ HDTVs
  • Color-changing marble, LED walls

Outside:

  • Heated Patio
  • Removable indoor/outdoor walls
  • $150 Bottles of Stoli
  • $5 Guiness
  • $3 PBR
  • Hookah

Young Professionals have found a home onFridays in DC at the clean, comfortableBarcöde.

Barcode is what you make it. A low key evening on the patio, a wild one on the dance floor or a night of drinking with the boys.

DJ Saam blends the freshest mashups, popular hip-hop and house music.

DC Nightlife Interviews: Photographers

By Heather in DC Clubs, Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife
Sunday, July 21, 2013, 5:32pm. (Updated: 9/10/13 at 5:26pm) Add comments

Written by: Anna Pineapple

These are the people who never stay in one spot at the club and are usually recognized more for their camera than their face. Here’s what they have to say about photographing DC nightlife:

danilo photographerDanilo Lewis, the house photographer for Lima: Mute|Teka|Fujimar and EDM DC and has been in the game for the past 3 years. “What first drew me into it was the music. I have taken photos at almost every major club in DC and for some of the best promotion companies in the area and what I love most is the constant change and diversity this cities nightlife has to offer.” He hopes one day to be director of media for a major label/artist.

 

 

As the scene keeps growing, the influx of aspiring nightlife photographers will continue. photographers1Many photographers are extremely frustrated with the amount of amateurs looking to shoot in exchange for an event ticket and press pass. “Too many venues in the city put so little value into great photography, that they settle for just a GWAC (guy/gal with a camera) and not a professional photographer. If your putting so much time, effort and money into your business it would only seem logical that you would want to hire a professional to properly showcase and capture your venue with great photos.” 

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With photography, like many things in life, you get what you pay for.

Producing great photos isn’t the only requirement for a nightlife photographer. A good david photographersattitude and patience is key, especially when the shooting conditions consist of large crowds, drunken people, loud music, and unpredictable lighting. Going with the flow will ensure you do your job well and actually enjoy it! David Nguyen is a freelance photographer who got his start by bringing his camera to house parties. “As far as nightlife goes, communication and people skills are a must. Be engaging and respectful. Proper photo etiquette will go a long way. If you don’t like it, delete it. Overall, have fun!” What is his least favorite part of the job? “Not enough drink tickets.”

 

922738_583239318365940_466762891_nShooting for major EDM artists, Echostage, Made Event NYC, and SoundGarden Hall in Philly, has made Doug Van Sant a household name in EDM photography. Go to any Echostage event, and you’ll likely see Doug walking around with two huge cameras strapped to him and fans clamoring to get a photograph. Watch out though, Doug isn’t afraid of the delete button and chooses his photos wisely. “I’m not a fan of obnoxious people who do stupid stuff on camera. If you flip the bird at my camera, I will delete the photo immediately. Sorry, our nightlife scene is about having fun and that’s what I’m trying to capture.”

 

Being in the right place at the right time is the name of the game when photographing the photographers6constantly changing lighting conditions. “Poor lighting conditions are awful. Once you shoot on stage at Ultra and other major festivals that have over-the-top production, a dark club can be incredibly frustrating. [However] Nothing is more satisfying when kryo is blasting and hands are in the air and you look at your camera and see everything is exposed perfectly. That’s priceless.”

 

 

photographers4For those interested in photographing nightlife or music events, keep shooting. It will help you evolve your craft and also may help you land jobs. “For me, I just did as much shooting for myself as possible before it started to get noticed. Once people saw I knew what I was doing and I took it seriously, the job offers came in.”

Kathy Vitkus has been shooting in the EDM scene for many years and is a testament that you really can do what you love. “My favorite part of the job is being a part of it all, that I still never take it for granted and that I hope I never do. I am often consciously aware of this great party going on while it’s happening and the fact that it’s so open and welcoming and I’m a part of it (participant). I am so grateful for all of these opportunities over the years and it’s still very surreal. To be able to capture the history-in-the-making is a bonus!”

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Check out their photo pages here:

 

Kathy: https://www.facebook.com/EDMforLife

Doug: https://www.facebook.com/dougvansant

David: https://www.facebook.com/ThatPartyLastNight

Danilo: https://www.facebook.com/danilolewisfoto

Donnell Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry)

Donnell Rawlings at Echostage

Michael Blackson
Melanie Camacho
Hosted by: Joe Clair | Music by: DJ Class

Thurs. July 18 7:30pm | Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, Washington, DC

DC Native Donnell Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry), famous from Chappelle’s Show, is set to bring an “Echo of Laffs” to Echostage on Thursday July 18.

Famous for his catchphrase “I’m rich, biaaaaach!” which played at the end of every episode he’s sure to have the audience in an uproar of laughter. Ever ended a sentence with “Son!”? Donnell Rawlings is the reason why. A regular guest on arguably the the greatest sketch comedy show ever, Donnell Rawlings forever marked pop culture with his ridiculous characters, antics and epic catch phrases. The Comedy Central star performs Thursday July 18 at Echostage!

Joining him are Michel Blackson, who found his inspirations from Eddie Murphy, and Melanie Camacho. The event will be hosted by local comedy and radio legend Joe Clair, music will be by DJ Class.

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Carnival: 9.28.13 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in DC Events, Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife, DJ Events, Ultrabar DC
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 11:12pm. (Updated: 10/18/13 at 3:10pm) Add comments
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Drawing inspiration from the biggest party in the world, Panorama and Ultrabar fuse elements of the Brazilian, Portuguese and Caribbean Carnivals as well as New Orleans Mardi Gras into one massive event.

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Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt return for a live performance for Glow at Echostage! May the 4th of July festivities begin!

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No work or school monday, now your summer never has to end! Labor day was created to celebrate the contribution of workers, but we just like to think of it as let’s-party-the-night-before day!

NFL Party: 9/7/13 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in DC Events, DC Nightlife, DJ Events, Ultrabar DC
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 5:58pm. (Updated: 9/15/13 at 3:53am) Add comments
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Pumped that it’s FINALLY football season? Get ready for NFL Sunday wearing your favorite NFL team’s jersey at Ultrabar this Saturday!!

Beach Party: 8/24/13 at Ultrabar

By Garrett Blakeman in DC Events, Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife, Ultrabar DC
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:00am. (Updated: 8/26/13 at 6:44pm) Add comments
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Bummed you havent made it to the beach recently? Don’t worry because we’re bringing the beach to the club baby! Get your suit, sandals, tanks and shades. Then make your way over to Ultrabar!

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