Taxicab Advisory Committee

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors established an Advisory Taxicab Committee in September 1994.
The Committee’s purpose is to provide feedback on taxicab matters destined for Board action; review summaries of administrative hearing officer decisions concerning taxicab owner and driver penalties; resolve taxicab owner’s written grievances; review summaries of complaints concerning taxicab service; review vehicle inspection criteria, process, results, and rankings; review the annual fee schedule; approve taxicab rates of fare for the City of San Diego and the San Diego International Airport; and comment on MTS’s work program concerning taxicab matters.

Meetings are held four to six times a year, and are open to the public.  Meeting dates for 2015:

Thursday, March 26, 2015 10 a.m.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 10 a.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 10 a.m.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 10 a.m.


All meetings are held at the James R. Mills Building, MTS Board of Directors meeting room located at 1255 Imperial Avenue, 10th Floor, San Diego, California.
The Committee has 17 members.  One representative of the MTS Board of Directors, appointed annually by the Board, will be designated to serve as Chair of the Taxicab Committee.  The San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Convention Center, and San Diego Travelers Aid Society, each appoint one representative, and two members are appointed from the hotel-motel industry.  The taxicab owners elect seven owners to represent them, and currently there are three lease driver representatives.
Taxicab Advisory Committee members:
Myrtle Cole, Chair
City of San Diego Councilmember and MTS Board Member
Antonio Hueso
USA Cab LTD., Owner-4 or more

Brian Hilemon

San Diego Tourism Authority


Alex Gebreselassie
Cross Town Transportation LLC,

Owner-4 or more

David Boenitz
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Hushang Nahavandian
ESM Corp., Owner-4 or more
Josh Layne
San Diego Convention Center

Kamran Hamidi
V.I.P Taxi, Owner-3 or fewer

Anthony Palmeri
San Diego Travelers Aid Society

Cameron Haratian
P.B. Cab, Owner-3 or fewer

Namara Mercer
San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association

Akbar Majid
SDYC Holdings, LLC, Owner-3 or fewer

Mike Staples

Catamaran Resort

Berhanu Lemma
Driver Representative

Edna Rains
San Diego County Sheriff's
Licensing Division Nonvoting Member

Reza Solati
Driver Representative

George Abraham
Eritrean Cab Inc., Owner-4 or more
Margo Tanguay
Driver Representative

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