Acting taxi regulator resigns, selection of new director postponed
Tristan Bettencourt resigned as Taxicab Commission Acting Director
last evening amid a firestorm of controversy concerning his criminal
history and personal relationship with Heidi Machen, the former
Taxicab Executive Director who was fired
by the commission
on June 28, 2006.
July 26, 2006
The San Francisco Taxi Commission last night accepted the resignation
of acting Director Tristan Bettencourt.
Bettencourt submitted his resignation to the commission prior
to the Tuesday evening meeting, he said.
Bettencourt's continued service became controversial after revelation
of his criminal record.
Although the commission was expected to reinstate former Director
Heidi Machen upon recommendation by Mayor Newsom, the commission
made no appointment.
Following a lengthy closed door session commission chair Patricia
Breslin made a brief announcement.
"The commission is sending nominees to the mayor for his
review," Breslin announced at 11:48 p.m.