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March 13, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.

City Hall,1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place               

Room 400

  1. Call to Order/Roll Call
  2. Consideration of the Consent Calendar. [ACTION]
  3. Healthcare for Taxi Drivers Working Group  [INFORMATION and ACTION]
  4. Election for a President and Vice President of the San Francisco Taxi Commission. [ACTION] 
  5. Staff Report and Commissioner Announcements [INFORMATION]
  6. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda).
  7. 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 February 27, 2007 Taxicab Commission Meeting.

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


Aaron Lewis Brown

Jaspal Singh

Prakash Shiwakoti

Alberick Jose Mendes Junior

Joseph Sullivan Massey

Rayfield Oran Taylor

Aron Alazar Tesfav

Kasmin Surel

Robel Yosief Teklezghi

Ashwani Kumar Kashyap

Kefyalew Kebede W Silassie

Ronal Alexander Urquiola Bedoya

Asif Raheem

Ken Guo Jian Lin

Ronald Stephen Frender

Benton Chen

Ken Jian Bai Kwan

Ryad Alhakim

Brian Chon Kit Lei

Ketsela Tekle

Saul Roberto Urquiola Bedoya

Colden Struggs

Lucy Q. Davis

Sher N. Khan

Degnaian A. Belay

Matthew Ervin Gruenberger

Tariku Tesfaye Kebede

Eric Cheuk Louie

Nesredin Bahta

Vyachelslav Leonidovoc Pandazi

Filmon T. Elias

Nihad Salah Al Sharif

Win Lyan Maung

Gyan Prasad Rai

Ozark Le

Wiulson R. Barauana

Zarif Omarzi

Xuming Xie

C.            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 #

  Surinder Kumar


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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


Ronald Joseph Brothers


Luxor to Yellow



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 March 27, 2007 hearing.


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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Honorio Lungob Juan


Union Cab to Town Taxi

2.  Octavius Nash


Luxor Cab to Yellow Cab

3.  Faramarz Golshan


Union Cab to Royal Cab

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

 Taxicab Permit Applicant:

List #:

Color Scheme:

1. Raif Dentkas



2. John Russo



3. Guillermo Tovar (Ramp)



C.            Commission Request to Calendar

President Gillespie

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

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.

Would like for the bike coalition to speak to cyclist and taxi cab safety.

April 25 & July 11, 2006

December 2006

Application process for taxi stands with DPT.

April 25, 2006

Request to calendar enforcement of illegal limousines

September 26, 2006

Commissioner Oka

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

Would like a working group to be created to review ramp medallion applicants.

Review of Taxi School curriculum regarding sensitivity of disabled community.

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.

Dispatch company reform

September 26, 2006

February 27, 2007

March 27, 2007

March 27, 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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