Friday, January 20, 2012

Message From SFMTA - Town Hall Meetings Schedule - Recommendations For Medallion Reform.

This is to inform you that there will be a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday February 14, from 1:30 to 3:30pm, and from 4:30 to 7:30pm on the subject of the SFMTA staff recommendations on medallion reform.

This meeting is scheduled to follow the February 13, 2012 Taxi Advisory Council meeting, by which time we expect that the TAC will have made its recommendation for medallion reform to the Board of Directors. 

The TAC will be discussing the subject of medallion reform at its meeting of January 30, 2012, which will be held in in the Second Floor Atrium Conference Room at One South Van Ness beginning at 1:00pm (This should actually say 8th Floor Room 8244.  [J. Han]).  The subject may also be continued to the following Taxi Advisory Council meeting scheduled for February 13, 2012 at the same time and location.

The purpose of the February 14 Town Hall meeting is for SFMTA staff to present the proposal for medallion reform that the staff will be advancing to the Board of Directors.  We expect the Board to consider medallion reform proposals at its meeting of March 6, 2012.

To summarize, the meeting schedule for discussion of medallion reform is as follows:

January 30, 2012
Medallion Reform-TAC recommendation
Taxi Advisory Council
One South Van Ness, 2nd Floor Atrium Conference Room
February 13, 2012
Medallion Reform-TAC recommendation (possible)
Taxi Advisory Council
One South Van Ness, 2nd Floor Atrium Conference Room
February 14, 2012
1:30-3:30pm and
Medallion Reform-Taxi Services staff recommendation
Town Hall Meeting (public)
One South Van Ness, 8th Floor, Room 8244
March 6, 2012
Medallion Reform-Board of Directors vote on recommendation
SFMTA Board of Directors
City Hall, Room 400

Here's the agenda for the January 30th, 2012 Taxi Advisory Council meeting.  

 Notice and Agenda 



Monday January 30, 2012 
8nd Floor Room 8244 
One South Van Ness Avenue 

1:00 P.M. 

Ruach Graffis; John Han; Dan Hinds; Tara Housman; Richard Hybels; David Khan; Barry Korengold; Timothy Lapp; John Lazar; Tone Lee; Carl Macmurdo ;William Minikel; William Mounsey; Athan Rebelos; Chris Sweis 

Christiane Hayashi 

Joselyn Caceres 


1. Call to Order 
2. Roll Call 
3. Announcement of prohibition of sound producing devices during the meeting. 
4. Approval of Minutes from December 12, 2011 and January 9, 2012 (Discussion and Action) 
5. Public Comment: 

Members of the public may address the Taxi Advisory Council on matters that are within the Taxi Advisory Council’s jurisdiction and are not on today's calendar. 

6. Report of the Council Liaison (Discussion only) 
a. Staff Update 
b. Regulatory Reform Update 
c. Taxi Medallion Sales Pilot Program Update 


7. TAC discussion and recommendation for medallion distribution program (Discussion and Action) 

8. Council Member requests for information. (Discussion only) 
9. Schedule upcoming calendar items. (Discussion and Action) 
10. General Discussion regarding Taxi Industry (Discussion only) 

Next regular meeting time/location: 
Monday, February 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. 
2nd Floor Atrium Conference Room 
1 South Van Ness Avenue 

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