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As new, part-time residents of Dana Point, my wife and I enjoyed last weekend’s blues festival very much, and would go again. There was, however, one exception to our enjoyment. We took the shuttle bus from the high school and were dismayed to be dropped off on Dana Point Harbor Boulevard, not even inside the park, let alone at the entrance to the festival. It was a long walk for some elderly and handicapped folks; we even saw a woman pushing a wheelchair all the way up the hill from the festival, to the shuttle. We also noticed taxi cabs queuing up on the street, not allowed in either. But we saw cars going all the way in. We asked a couple of event staff members about this, and were told that the organizers had “made a deal with Uber,” and allowed their drivers in, but not any competition. If true, this is no way to encourage people to use public transportation. It also seems unfair to me in the spirit of fair competition. This needs to be corrected for next year—otherwise, good job.