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January 9, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.

City Hall,1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place               

Room 400


  1. Call to Order/Roll Call
  2. Presentation on 311 system and possible applications for Taxi Commission [INFORMATION]
  3. Consideration of the Consent Calendar. [ACTION]
  4. Staff Report and Commissioner Announcements [INFORMATION]
  5. Appeal of Executive Director's decision denying the request of Mathew Merrithew, medallion number 887, for a waiver of the driving experience requirement imposed by Section 1121(b) of the Police Code, on the basis of disability; and [ACTION]

a.  Public comment on all matters pertaining to this agenda item.

b.  Possible vote to go into closed session.  [ACTION]


NOTE:  The Commission will go into closed session if necessary to safeguard Mr. Merrithew right to medical privacy under the California Constitution and state and federal law.  If there is testimony pertaining to Mr. Merrithew’s medical condition, review of his medical records, or discussion of his medical condition, the Commission will hear such matters in closed session.  However, all matters not directly pertaining to his medical condition will be heard in open session.


c.  (If the Commission goes into closed session)  Vote whether to disclose closed session discussions.  S.F. Admin. Code §67.12(a).  [ACTION]

  1. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda).
  2. Adjournment




All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Commission and will be acted   upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item.


A.                  Consideration of the Minutes for the December 12, 2006 Taxicab Commission Meeting.


B.                   Recommendation of the Taxi Detail for consideration of Public Passenger Vehicle Driver permit to:


Abdelrahman Moham Ibrahim

Douglas Richard White

Jian Hao Kuang

Robert Joseph Garcia Feliciano

Abdul Lelah Ibrahimi

Ermiyas Kifle

Jima Assefa Dula

Russell Scott Ernst

Ahmed Monir Siam

Essay Tsigehens Fkadu

Jose C. Vasquezfuentes

Sharaf Mohammed Al Nawfi

Ali Abdulilah Hamzah

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr.

Majid Ameen

Simon Shein Xu

Arnont Buawatana

Gabr Nasser Albanna

Mohammad Quresh

Syed Badar Munir Shah

Aung Kyaw Lin

Hafiz T. Mohamed

Muhammad Irfan

Tej P. Upreti

Aung Thu

Hassane Lakrari

Myo Tin Bo Lwin

Tilahun Teshome Defere

Avirmed Erdenebat

Herdy Canono Sundiam

Nedzad Pasic

Tilak Sunar

Beson Kim Wai Chan

Hung Tan Pham

Oliver M. Carpio

Wangchhu Sherpa

Bishnu Prasad Dahal

Igor Goldenberg

Philip N. Lau

Zeid Abdullah Mohamed Abuzeid

Damag Mohamed Algazaly

Iswor Prasad Sapkota

Ramiro Alberto Rodriguez

Zhen H. Yu

David Thang Nguyen

Jawid Abdullah Rahimi

Ramiro Baudilio Vasquez-Maldonado


C.                   Consideration of the Taxi Commission to grant a Color Scheme Change to:


Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Manuel Joseph Fernandez


Arrow Cab to Luxor Cab



D.                  Consideration to Grant a Dispatch Permit to GPS Dispatch.




This is not an agenda item for this meeting, but serves as a public notice.  The following individuals have filed and completed applications for Taxicab Medallion Holder Permits, Ramped Taxicab Medallion Holder Permits or Color Scheme Changes which will be reviewed and considered on the January 23, 2007 hearing.

A.                  Consideration of the Taxi Cab Commission to grant a time waiver:


Applicant Name:

List Number:

1. Oliver Loud


2. Leon Le


B.            Consideration of the Taxi Commission to remove the following applicant name(s) from the Taxicab/Ramp Taxi waiting list in accordance with Municipal Police Code Section 1080(c)(2) for failure to respond and/or submit an application:

Applicant Name(s)

List #

1.  William P. O’Brien


2.  Siu K. Lai


3.  John P. Sanchez


C.            Consideration of the Taxi Commission to grant a Taxicab or Ramp Taxicab Medallion Holder Permit to:

 Taxicab Permit Applicant:

List #:

Color Scheme:

Halim Mohammad


 National Cab

D.            Consideration of the Taxi Commission to grant a Color Scheme Change to:

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


 Kan Brothers Inc


United Cab to Fog City

Yezihlem Ketema Joba


Luxor to Yellow Cab


E.             Commission Request to Calendar

President Gillespie

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

PC & N Hearing and Service Hearing

August 8, 2006

February 2007

Vice President Breslin

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

Request to calendar a service hearing regarding courtesy of drivers, cleanliness of cab, and quality of service.

April 25 & July 11, 2006


Application process for taxi stands with DPT.

April 25, 2006


Request to calendar a hearing on Jim Gillespie’s case.

May 23, 2006



Request to calendar consulting with DPT on expediting the process on placing the approved Macy’s Taxi Stand.

September 26, 2006


Request to calendar enforcement of illegal limousines

September 26, 2006


Commissioner Kwok

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

Commissioner Kwok requests to calendar a discussion on color schemes that want to change dispatch service from one company to another, that it be approved by the Commission. Also they must provide enough parking spaces for the cabs to change shifts.

June 13, 2006


Commissioner Paek

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

Request to calendar to work with the Art Commission on approving exterior and interior advertisement designs on taxicabs.

September 26, 2006


Commissioner Heinicke

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

Request to calendar a hearing to discuss recommending to the Board of Supervisors a plan for incentives for purchasing alternative fuel vehicles and an analysis what the savings are for drivers and taxi companies.

September 26, 2006

March 13, 2007

Commissioner Oneto

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

Request to discuss the monitoring & enforcement of gate fees charged to drivers

November 22, 2006


Review & discussion of qualifications for a medallion.  Specifically the test administered to prospective medallion holders.


Discussion & possible action to establish standard administrative penalties for companies that verify false waybills.


Further investigation of Union Cab - Eugene Shu


Hearing on the standards Police use to deny an A-card to a driver based on a criminal background

December 12, 2006


Public Comment may be limited to two minutes for a specific item number depending on the number of speakers.  Copies of the Commission’s “Procedures for Protesting the Prospective Issuance of a Taxicab/Ramped Taxi Permit (Medallion)” are available upon request at the San Francisco Police Taxicab Detail, 850 Bryant Street, Room 458, each Business day from 9am to 4pm (Documents distributed are in parenthesis) Copies of obtainable documents may be viewed or obtained at the San Francisco Police Taxicab Detail, 850 Bryant Street, Room 458.




Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available.


Members of the public who wish to listen to, and/or participate in this meeting but are unable to physically attend, may call the Taxi Commission Bridge Line at (415) 554-9632.  Call after 6:30 pm and a staff person will handle requests to speak at the appropriate times on the agenda. 


Upon request, American Sign Language interpreters and/or sound enhancement systems will be available.  Please contact the Taxi Commission at (415) 503-2180, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.  Late requests will be honored if possible.


Upon request, minutes of meetings are available in alternative formats.  If you require the use of a reader during a meeting, please contact the Taxi Commission at (415) 503-2180, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.  Late request will be honored if possible.


Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities may call the Taxi Commission at (415) 503-2180 to discuss meeting accessibility.  In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.


The closest accessible BART station is located in the Civic Center at Market and Eighth Streets.  Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are Nos. 42 and 90.  For information about MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.


Accessible parking is available at the following locations: two (2) designated blue curb spaces on the southwest corner of McAllister Street at Van Ness Avenue; and the Performing Arts Garage (entrance on Grove Street between Franklin and Gough Streets, immediately behind the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center).




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Citizens interested in obtaining a copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Ms. Adele Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, at




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The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound producing electronic devices.  (San Francisco Administrative Code, sec. 67A.1)



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