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Interim Dallas city manager apologizes for handling of Uber ordinance

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Interim Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez apologized Monday to the mayor and city council for how he handled city rules targeting car service Uber.

Gonzalez sent a memo to the council that said he regrets not bringing the issue before city leaders earlier in the process and getting their input. Uber is a car service that operates through a smartphone app.

"Part of having solid character and integrity is admitting mistakes," Gonzalez said in the memo. "Even with 30 years of municipal experience (14 years in Dallas), I made a mistake. Please accept my apology. I regret the approach I took as I tried to address the situation expeditiously."

Uber considers itself a technology service and complained that the city manager was in cahoots with cab companies to shut it down by changing city regulations.

Some council members questioned why the new rules were tacked onto the agenda in August without more open discussion. Council members Scott Griggs and Philip Kingston were among the people who voiced their concerns and their complaints helped trigger an investigation of the ordinance.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and the council will be briefed on the investigation on Wednesday.

Gonzalez is considered to be one of the candidates to become the permanent city manager in Dallas.

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