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July 8, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

City Hall,1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place               

Room 400

  1. Call to Order/Roll Call
  2. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority Taxi Advisory Group [INFORMATION]
  3. Staff Report and Commissioner Announcements [INFORMATION]
  4. 2006 Prop K Audit [INFORMATION]
    SPECIAL ORDER 8:00-8:30 PM
  5. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda)
  6. Consideration of Penalties for Clean Air Taxi Program [ACTION]
  7. Taxi Commission v. Simon Wong: [ACTION]
    • Consideration of Summary Suspension of Medallion # 82, Simon Wong, for violations of MPC §§ 1124 and Rule 4.A.1
  8. Consent Calendar [ACTION]
  9. Consideration of Possible Regulations for Reconsideration of Medallion Applications Made Prior to February 2008 MPC § 1121 [INFORMATION]
  10. Closed Session – Discussion of Robert M. Friedman v. Taxi Commission (San Francisco Board of Appeals, Appeal No. 08-029): Discussion of Potential Settlement Terms [ACTION]

            A.  Public Comment on all matters pertaining to the closed session.

            B.  Vote on whether to hold closed session to confer with legal counsel.  (San Francisco Administrative Code sec. 67.10(d).)  [ACTION ITEM]

            C.  Closed session pursuant to Government Code sec. 54956.9 and San Francisco Administrative Code sec.67.10(d).


            [ACTION ITEM]

Friedman v. Taxi Commission

         San Francisco Board of Appeals, Appeal No. 08-029

         [Commission as defendant]

            D.  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]

       10. Public Comment (Please limit public comment to items NOT on the agenda; also limited to public that did  not speak during Special Order) 

       11. 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 from the June 10, 2008 Taxicab Commission Meeting.

B.                 Consideration of the Minutes from the June 24, 2008 Taxicab Commission Meeting.

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

Permit Applicant:

Medallion #:

Color Scheme:

Medallion Type:

Police Background Check:

1.  Souleiman Ghali*




Not Cleared Yet

2.  Larry Shamis


Black & White Checker


Not Cleared Yet

3.  Austin Peterson


Big Dog City

Alternative Fuel

Not Cleared Yet

4.  Andrew Sinaiko*



Alternative Fuel

Not Cleared Yet

             *Continued to July 22, 2008 Hearing

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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Leonard Howe


DeSoto 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 July 22, 2008 hearing.

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

Medallion Holder Name:

Medallion #:


1.  Chad Rokeach


Metro to B&W Checker

2.  Long V Ngo


Bay to Yellow Cab

3.  Grigory Andarasnik


Luxor to SF Taxi Cab

4.  Armand Moulia

266, 267, 268

Arrow to DeSoto 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 submit an application:

Applicant Name(s)

List #


1.  Parveen Shaikh


MPC §1080(c)(2): Failure to respond and submit an application

2.  Richard Healy


MPC §1080(c)(2): Failure to respond and submit an application

3.  Tadesse Tseggai


MPC §1080(c)(2): Failure to respond and submit an application

4.  Dean Najdawi


MPC §1080(c)(2): Failure to respond and submit an application

5.  John L. Huang


MPC §1080(c)(2): Failure to respond and submit an application

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

Permit Applicant:

List #:

Color Scheme:

Medallion Type:

Police Background Check:

1.  Ashwani K. Aeri


Yellow Cab

Alt. Fuel

Not Cleared Yet

D.            Commission Request to Calendar


Date of Request

Date of Hearing

Vice President Breslin 

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

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

Commissioner Slaughter

Amend rules to allow ED to suspend A card and medallion of drivers who commit offense.

June 10, 2008

311 Reports on Type of Complaint at Each Commission Meeting

June 10, 2008


Adoption of new Taxicab/Ramped Taxi Rules & Regulations


Update on neighborhood taxi stands

July 22, 2008

2008 Color Scheme and Prop K Audits Report

July 22 and August 26, 2008


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).


A meeting is a public forum and broad reign must be given to a speaker’s right to self-expression.  A member of the public has the right to criticize the policy body’s programs, practices, policies and services, as well as its members and staff.  The presiding officer nonetheless may reasonably confine a speaker’s comments to the agenda item being addressed or, for general public comment, to the subject matter jurisdiction of the policy body.

A policy body has the power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations relating to public comment.  Govt. Code Section 54954.3(b); Admin Code Section 67.15(c). The Sunshine Ordinance requires all policy bodies to allow each member of the public to speak once on each calendar item for up to three minutes.  Admin. Code Section 67.15. The policy body may limit public comment on an agenda item to less than three minutes per speaker, based on such factors as the nature of the agenda item, the number of anticipated speakers for that item, and the number and anticipated duration of other agenda items.

Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  The Sunshine Ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro, Interim Administrator by mail to Sunshine Ordinance Task force, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, by phone at (415) 554-7724, by fax at (415) 554-7854 or by e-mail at   

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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