…[Los Angeles] sent near-identical cease and desist letters to Uber, SideCar, and Lyft demanding that each cease operating an “automobile-for-hire” business without a permit.

Earlier this year, Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft each entered into agreements with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granting them permission to “operate while the CPUC’s ridesharing rulemaking is underway.”

“We were surpised by the news, in light of our agreement with the CPUC,” Sidecar co-founder Nick Allen said today when reached by telephone.