Jose Antonio (Tony) Hueso is also the Secretary/Treasurer of an L Street Sacramento lobbyist group, the 501(c)6 Taxicab Paratransit Association of California (TPAC-Ca.org; EIN 237410208). Their direct and indirect political purpose is "To influence legislation for the benefit of taxicab and paratransit operator issues."
Ben Hueso has a long history of benefiting his many family members (wife, children, brothers, cousins) and their many businesses, by obtaining public money.
Martin Stolz, a 2005 U-T staff writer, wrote (Oct 29, 2005):
"Hueso became involved with the family's taxi business, USA Cab. Hueso and two brothers founded a related business, California Paratransit Services, which provided transportation for elderly and disabled people through social service contracts. [bold emphasis added] Hueso said he sold his interest in California Paratransit in 2001.
He has founded a series of other companies, including the nonprofit Inner City Business Association, which Hueso said assists small business owners. He also started the Central Commercial District Revitalization Corp., which has received at least $1.6 million in property taxes to clean and beautify streets in and around an area of Logan Heights where Hueso's family and friends, including National City Mayor Nick Inzunza, Ralph's brother, own property.
The City Council this year gave these nonprofits $40,000 in federal Community Development Block Grants. Hueso said he was never paid by either group.
From 2001 through 2004, Hueso worked for the city's Community and Economic Development Department, where he oversaw the maintenance assessment district that collects property taxes earmarked for the Central Commercial District Revitalization Corp."
But Ben Hueso hands are always clean and his intentions are nothing but 100% honorable. Not to worry, no benefit to HIS family...he's just out to help everybody.
The first ingredient in making these abuses work is the old "independent contractor shuffle", wherein the employer pretends that his employees operate independently. This goes on all the time, in all nooks and crannies of our economy. It avoids having to pay the match on FICA tax, unemployment tax, and workers compensation. The usual "contractor" ends up living hand-to-mouth, fails to pay his/her taxes, and ends up in hot water with both the IRS and EDD. Part of this pattern also means that the employee doesn't report much or anything as net income, hence pays far too little into the social security system, leaving him/her high and dry at age 66. It's a rotten slimy deal, and while illegal, requires massive enforcement to eliminate. That enforcement has been lax for a long time, which is why this keeps growing. Add in all the other twists and turns of taxi licensing plus the lease of the cab and dispatch, and you have a perfect recipe for something close to involuntary servitude, or as one commenter called it, slavery.
Ken Leighton 4:30 p.m., May 28
Bob McPhail 2:30 p.m., May 28
Matt Potter 1:30 p.m., May 28
Ken Harrison 12:30 p.m., May 28
Jeff Smith noon, May 28
Ed Bedford 11 a.m., May 28
Dave Rice 10:30 a.m., May 28
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