Thoroughly disrupted by contractor-based ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, 1928- founded Luxor Cabs has filed with the Planning Department to receive benefits reserved for so-called legacy businesses. Socketsite snapped up the news, writing that Planning has recommended Luxor Cabs for approval.

That Legacy Business program, voted into being by Prop J last year, has so far benefited such business as North Beach bar Specs' and SoMa bar The Lone Star Saloon. It incentivizes property owners to extend the leases of legacy businesses with grants — something that doesn't necessarily apply for Luxor since their headquarters isn't what they're trying to save here. Legacy businesses, which must be 30 years or older to qualify for the designation, can also receive grants of up to $500 per full time employee per year. In this case, for cab drivers with expenses to like medallions and commercial insurance to pay for, anything, I suppose, helps.

The Planning Department’s summary of the business and application:

Luxor Cab Co. is an independently-owned cab company providing transportation services to all people, with a special emphasis on senior and disabled residents, since 1928. Its location has changed several times over the years but it has operated 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for 88 years. Its office and garage has been located at 2230 Jerrold Avenue between Toland Street and Napolean Street in the southeast quadrant of the city since 1995.

More than 100 individual taxicab medallion holders are currently affiliated with Luxor and the company prides itself on its providing a living wage to all of its employees and maintaining a fully-insured fleet of 162 cabs. Luxor Cab Co. is the largest provider of ramp taxi service for wheelchair users and the largest provider of paratransit rides, a subsidized taxi transportation service for seniors and disabled people, in the city.

The company is owned by a group of shareholders rather than a single owner and is known for its distinctive shield-like logo on the sides of its taxicabs.

I myself haven't operated in San Francisco for 30 years, but if I had, I would seriously consider sending in an application on behalf of myself as a legacy biz right about now.

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