San Mateo’s LimeBike, one of a host of controversial free-standing bike and scooter rental services to enter San Diego’s frenzied sidewalk transportation market, has retained the lobbying firm of Rath Miller LLC to help juice its way through the regulatory perils of city hall. Now the company is advertising for freelancers to “collect and juice Lime-S scooters.”
Explains the online posting for the position of Juicer, “Bring them back to your charging spot using your own vehicle. We love pickups, vans, SUVs, and full-sized sedans!” Then, “Charge them overnight! Use our Lime-S power supplies with any standard electrical outlet in your home.” Finally, “Deploy fully charged Lime-S scooters in the morning. We’ll tell you where the drop-off will be for your Lime-S, bright and early for the commuting crowd!”
Though banned from Coronado, the scooters and bikes are so far enjoying an absence of regulation in San Diego, where Rath Miller principals Kimberly Hale Miller and Phil Rath have come up with plenty of political juice, otherwise known as campaign money, for David Alvarez and his Democratic council colleague Myrtle Cole, along with mayor Kevin Faulconer, city attorney Mara Elliott, and council members Chris Cate, Scott Sherman, Barbara Bry, and Chris Ward.