Bogotá Metro Plans Run Off the Track With Mayor Accused of Malfeasance

By: Guest Contributor - Jun 30, 2016, 2:05 pm
Alcalde de Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa y de fondo la ciudad que gobierna (Vimeo)
Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa (Vimeo)

By Julian Villabona

EspañolCongressional Representative for Bogotá German Navas Talero — a member of the Alternative Democratic Pole Party on Colombia’s right — submitted a complaint against the city’s mayor Enrique Peñalosa, the Secretary for Mobility Juan Pablo Bocarejo and the 28 city councilmen to the Attorney General for malfeasance — or proffering a political, judicial or governmental decision that is against the law.

Talero’s complaint is related to the approval of the validity of the city’s metro system despite there not being sufficient evaluations into cost or the benefits of the chosen model.

Additionally, Talero said that during a session in which the metro was approved, the parties said the government of Peñalosa warned that if the vote was upheld, it would be against the law, as both studies and the budget must be agreed upon at the time of the vote.

Talero said that the Inspector Treasury’s Office also sent a note saying that the documentation approving the metro was incomplete.



Talero also said that if someone requests the approval before Disputes Court, they could let there be legal recognition of the decision made by the city council.



The parliament referred to existing studies and said that those were not sufficient and did not coincide with the model that had been proposed by the mayor, since he proposed a metro that is above-ground in many places despite the studies being for below street-level.

Source: W Radio

Uber Strikes Deal With Facebook to Make Ordering Rides Easier

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jun 30, 2016, 11:48 am

EspañolThe Facebook Messenger application can be used to send money and for making video calls, but now it can be used to call an Uber thanks to a new partnership between the two companies. Now, users only have to press "more" while in the Facebook messenger app and then click "transportation." Additionally, if anyone sends an address through the Facebook app, the other person will be able to click on it and automatically order an Uber to that location. To promote the service, Uber announced that it will be offering a free trip (US $20) to all people that order the service through Facebook Messenger. // To use the app, first you have to have an account with Uber. Facebook will then store that data and allow you to make money transactions. This means that it isn't necessary to have the Uber app installed on your phone. Read More: Argentinean Court Orders Uber to Cease Operations in Buenos Aires Read More: Argentina Succumbs to Taxi Lobby, Sends Uber Packing The only problem so far is that the option for Uber Pool, which is cheaper, isn't available yet through Facebook Messenger. The implications of this new way to use Uber mean that some people living in areas where the app is controversial will have an easier time — such as in Colombia, where it was pressured to be banned after protests earlier in June. The users were still able to access the app through Facebook. Source: Tech Insider

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