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March 27, 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 Clean Air policy for taxis [INFORMATION and POSSIBLE ACTION]
  3. Healthcare for Taxi Drivers Working Group  [ACTION]
  4. Consideration of the Consent Calendar. [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 March 13, 2007 Taxicab Commission Meeting.



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


Abdulrazak Abdulhafidh Almahbashi

Gurpreet Singh

Mohammed A.M. Hadeed

Almerison De Andrade Silva

Hung Anh Truong

Satnam Singh Chahal

Antonio Carlos Periera Da Silva

Iara Periera Faria

Solomon Tesfe

Befekadu Estiphanos

James Carter Hubbard

Stephen Schott

Bhupinder Singh

James Justin Williams

Tedros Berhane Girmatsion

Brook Tariku Meta

James Rogers Christian

Terry Trieu Nguyen

Camila Mendes Severino

Jasbir Singh Chahal

Travis Tang

Carlton Laroy Raybon

Larry Alan Barlas

Trieu Nick Thanh Le

Christian C. Van Vleck

Lawrence Shuang Zhou

Woldemarim Libsecal Ghebreyesus

Chun Chung Lau

Lev Delany

Xia Yang

Dawit Girma

Mahmoud A. Bukhari

Yonatan Beraki Girmay

Gaith Moncef Benyounes

Majar Singh

Yuk Ming Mau



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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Michael Kipnis


Luxor to B&W Checker

2.  Steven Dale Doherty


American Cab to Regents Cab

3.  Stephen K. Tan


Arrow Cab to Yellow Cab

4.  Honorio Lungob Juan


Union Cab to Town Taxi

5.  Octavius Nash


Luxor Cab to Yellow Cab

6.  Faramarz Golshan


Union Cab to Royal Cab

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

 Taxicab Permit Applicant:

Medallion #:

Color Scheme:

1. Raif Dentkas



2. John Russo



3. Guillermo Tovar (Ramp)





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 April 10, 2007 hearing.


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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  John Vo


Fog City Cab to Delta Cab

2.  Farouk Kallill Khodor


Bay Cab to Delta Cab

3.  George A. Lancia


Union Cab to Worldwide Cab

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 #

  Surinder Kumar

8-920 (Original List# was 6-370)

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.

February 13, 2007



February 13, 2007


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





Commissioner Oneto

Date of Request

Planned Hearing Date

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

November 22, 2006






December 12, 2006


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


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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