The Taxicab Advisory Committee:

  • Provides feed back on taxicab matters destined for Board action
  • Reviews summaries of administrative hearing officer decisions concerning taxicab owner and driver penalties
  • Resolves taxicab owner’s written grievances
  • Reviews summaries of complaints concerning taxicab service
  • Reviews vehicle inspection criteria, process, results, and rankings
  • Reviews the annual fee schedule
  • Approves taxicab rates of fare for the City of San Diego and the San Diego International Airport
  • Comments on MTS’s work program concerning taxicab matters

Meetings are held four to six times a year in the Board Room at the James R. Mills Building and are open to the public.

The Committee has 17 members.  One representative of the MTS Board of Directors, appointed annually by the Board, serves 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.



Lorie Zapf, 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

George Abraham
Eritrean Cab Inc., Owner-4 or more