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April 8, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

City Hall,1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place               

Room 400

  1. Call to Order/Roll Call
  2. Closed Session On Litigation:
    1. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to the closed session.
    2. Vote on whether to hold closed session to confer with legal counsel.  (San Francisco Administrative Code sec. 67.10(d).)  [ACTION]
    3. Closed session pursuant to Government Code sec. 54956.9 and San Francisco Administrative Code sec. 67.10(d).
    4. Conference With Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation [Action]

(a)     Slone v. Taxi Commission;

               U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal. No. C 07 335 EDL

               [City as defendant]

(b)     United Taxicab Workers v. Yellow Cab Cooperative;

               San Francisco Superior Court No. 457-561

               [City as intervenor-plaintiff]

(c)     Breall v. Taxi Commission;

               San Francisco Superior Court Nos. 460-436, 505-798

               [City as defendant]       

(d)     Basada v. City and County of San Francisco;

               U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal. No. C 07 4149

               [City as defendant]

(e)     Yuen v. Taxi Commission;

               San Francisco Superior Court No. 505-920

               [City as defendant]       

 (f)     Cohen v. Taxi Commission;

               San Francisco Superior Court No. 505-919

               [City as defendant]       

(g)     Wong v. Taxi Commission;

               San Francisco Superior Court No. 506-103

               [City as defendant]       

(h)     Hollis v. Taxi Commission;

               San Francisco Superior Court No. 471-116

               [City as defendant]       

                    e.   Reconvene in open session:

(a)      Possible report on action taken in closed session.  (Government Code sec. 54957.1(a)(2) and San Francisco Administrative Code sec. 67.12(b)(2).)  [ACTION ITEM]

(b)      Vote to elect whether to disclose any or all discussions held in closed session.  (San Francisco Administrative Code sec. 67.12(a).)  [ACTION ITEM]

  1. The Proposed SFMTA/Taxi Commission Merger [INFORMATION]
  2. Staff Report and Commissioner Announcements [INFORMATION]
  3. Consideration of FY 2009 Taxi Commission Budget [DISCUSSION and ACTION]

SPECIAL ORDER 8:30 – 9:00 PM

  1. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda)
  2. Consent Calendar [ACTION]
  3. Consideration of Hearing Officer’s Recommendations in Taxi Commission v. Douglas Wong: [ACTION]

·         Douglas Wong: Consideration of Hearing Officer’s decision regarding continuation of summary suspension of P-44 Permit # 050561 and P-16 Permit # 180, issued pursuant to San Francisco Municipal Police Code Section §1090(c) for alleged violations of Penal Code §§ 12020(a)(4) (carrying concealed dirk or dagger); 12025(a) (carrying a concealed firearm), and 12031(a)(1) (carrying a loaded firearm by carrying it in a public place or public street).

  1. Consideration of Hearing Officer’s Recommendations in Taxi Commission v. Bay Cab: [ACTION]

·         Bay Cab: Consideration of Hearing Officer’s decision regarding failure to provide worker’s compensation and violation of Rules 5.A.3, 5.H.2, 5.H.3, 5.K.2, 5.H.16.

  1. Consideration of Recommended Amendments to Taxicab/Ramped Taxi Rules & Regulations 4.A.7, 4.B.1, 4.B.3, AND 5.G.2.a. [ACTION]
  2. Consideration of Resolution to Support Senate Bill 1519  [ACTION]
  3. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda; also limited to public that did not speak during Special Order) 
  4. 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 25, 2008 Taxicab Commission Meeting.

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

  • Mustafa Abo
  • Bruno Invernizzi Camara Faria
  • Kefyalew Woldemariam
  • Oliver Joseph Slyvester II
  • Abdella Sifaf
  • Chernet Shoarega
  • Kevin San
  • Oliver Lee
  • Abdul Khaliq
  • Eduardo Lauder
  • Lawrence Miller
  • Omar J Wooten
  • Ahmad Farid Ahmadi
  • Fitsum Asres
  • Louay Faissal
  • Ousseynou Diop
  • Ali Hachani
  • Fitsum Okbayes
  • Magda Harris
  • Remy Pages
  • Angad Singh
  • Gilson Ferreira Araujo
  • Marcus Lee
  • Saief Oran
  • Arif Borou
  • Henry Gock
  • Maung Soe
  • Sam Saleh
  • Arshad Mahmood
  • Ivan Nguyenvu
  • Miguel Qureshi
  • Samir Elsaidi
  • Ashish Adhikari
  • James Lee
  • Muslim Alhakim
  • Sergio Silva
  • Assefaw Matiwos
  • Jasbir Sond
  • Nagi Y Elhag
  • Steven Burkhart
  • Aung Kyaw Zin
  • Joao Alves Da Silva
  • Nghia Dihn
  • Tak Wei Yu
  • Aung Nay Linn
  • John Hau Kan
  • Ngoc V Nguyen
  • Tawfig Alghazali
  • Brice Robert Glenn



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

Taxicab Permit Applicant:

Medallion #:

Color Scheme:

Medallion Type:

Criminal Background Check:

1.  Melaku Girma


DeSoto Cab


Clearance Not Confirmed

2.  Marcos Mora


Regents Cab


Clearance Not Confirmed

3.  Papinder Singh


Luxor Cab


Clearance Not Confirmed

4.  Manoch Amirehsani


Yellow Cab


Clearance Not Confirmed

5.  Demian Volynsky


Black & White





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 22, 2008 hearing.

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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Teresa Callau


Bay Cab to Luxor Cab

2.  Philip Henry Welch IV


Regents to Green Cab

B.            Commission Request to Calendar


Date of Request

Date of Hearing

President Gillespie

Vice President Breslin

Information on Taxi Wrap fund

February 12, 2008


Would like an MTA update

February 26, 2008


Update on Peter Witt/summary suspensions

February 26, 2008

Commissioner Paek

Request to calendar to work with the Art Commission on approving exterior and interior advertisement designs on taxicabs and what images are appropriate inside and outside of taxis

September 26, 2006

Health Care for drivers

March 25, 2008

Centralized Dispatch

March 25, 2008

Commissioner Oneto

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

November 22, 2006


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

December 12, 2006


Discussion on legality of long term leasing

March 25, 2008

Commissioner Benjamin

Discussion on flag drop or meter increase

March 25, 2008


Taxicab Safety Camera Program


Final Adoption of new Taxicab/Ramped Taxi Rules & Regulations

5/27/8 and 6/10/8

Update on neighborhood taxi stands


Public Comment may be limited to less than three 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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