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Uber report places blame on Dallas interim city manager

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A report commissioned by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings blames interim city manager A.C. Gonzalez for quietly placing an anti-Uber ordinance before the city council.

Rawlings, in the executive summary of the report, said he didn't "hear of or discover any potentially illegal or unethical activity or behavior" that should be further investigated. Rawlings said "several wrong decisions and bad judgments were made throughout this process."

The report was released to the public Wednesday after the council discussed the report's findings in an executive session closed to the public and media.

Rawlings said it was "an overreach" for Gonzalez to put an ordinance on the council agenda that had no public agenda and clearly benefited one business, Yellow Cab, over another business.

Uber is a car service that operates through a smartphone app.

Rawlings also said the use of Yellow Cab's attorneys to draft the ordinance was a poor decision because it created a bad perception, even if it may have been correctly written.

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.

The ordinance itself will be discussed in the council's transportation committee and could be voted on by the end of the year.

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