Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fw: Municipal Transportation Agency hearing on October 16, 2012

The sfmta board hearing from today is linked below. The public comment
agenda item (3:08:40 - 3:52:20) was delayed for hours. Speakers were
to one minute.
Many of the speakers were either incensed by recent policy developments,
or otherwise passionate about their chosen topic. Most comments regard the
issue that sfmta recently issued 150 - 200 medallions to itself for
subsequent direct leasing to color schemes, as opposed to the long-standing
practice of issuing medallions to waiting list applicants.
On November 20, sfmta plans to make final decisions on future waitlist
policy and other taxi issues.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Medallion Appeal Rejection

Recently, SFMTA issued itself 150 new medallions for direct leasing to qualified color schemes. The United Taxicab Workers (UTW) filed an appeal with city's Appeals Board. The city attorney intervened with the opinion that Proposition A of 2007 allows SFMTA to determine how many new medallions are needed and that the Appeals Board no longer has jurisdiction over this determination, although the Appeals Board does continue to have jurisdiction over permit denials and permit suspensions and revocations. The letter linked below describes the city attorney's opinion. UTW has now exercised its right to convert the appeal into a request for jurisdiction, which the Appeals Board will consider at its October 24 hearing. As stated in the city's letter, that filing does not suspend SFMTA's right to issue the 150 medallions.

Click on this link to view the letter:

Medallion Appeal Rejection Letter