Mayor Newsom swears-in new members to the San Francisco Taxi
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
29 June 2006
Mayor Newsom today swore-in new members to the San Francisco
I am pleased to appoint Tom Oneto and Malcolm Heinicke,
as new additions to the Taxicab Commission. Both Tom and Malcolm
bring valuable expertise to their new post and share my commitment
to reforming San Francisco's taxi industry.
Malcolm Heinicke is a partner in the San Francisco office
of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Mr. Heinicke joined the firm
in 1998 and was elected to the partnership in the end of 2003.
His practice focuses on labor and employment litigation and counseling
as well as complex commercial litigation.
Specifically, much of his litigation practice focuses on wage/hour,
discrimination and consumer class actions. In addition, Mr. Heinicke
works on collective bargaining negotiations and disputes. Mr.
Heinicke is a native Californian and resides in San Francisco.
Tom Oneto is Business Representative for Teamsters Local
490. Mr. Oneto is a third generation San Franciscan and resides
in San Franciscos Excelsior District.
In addition, Mayor Newsom reappointed the following individuals:
Min Paek has served on the Taxicab Commission as the General
Public representative since April 2003. In 1986, Ms. Paek founded
Korean American Women Artists and Writers Association (KAWAWA)
and since has been working as an Executive Director. In 1993,
she co-founded Korean/African American KAWAWA Intercultural Youth
Program with Mr. Lefty Gordon. In addition, she is a moderator
of online Korean Studies Discussion List, PhD candidate in Korean
Studies Program at Hamburg University, Germany. Ms. Paek holds
an M.A. in Inter Art and B.A. in Conceptual Art from San Francisco
Paul Gillespie has served on the Taxicab Commission, as
the Driver Representative since 1999. Mr. Gillespie moved to San
Francisco in 1979.
Mr. Gillespie, an active Yellow Cab driver, since 1986, is extremely
civic-minded. He is involved with Project Read as an adult literacy
tutor. He was a member of the Energy and Parks, and Open Space
committees, the group that drafted the San Francisco Sustainability
Plan of 1996. In addition, Mr. Gillespie is a member of the Program
Committee of the Environment and Natural Resources Section of
the Commonwealth Club of California and also a member of SPUR.
He attended the University of Wisconsin and San Francisco State
About the Taxicab Commission
The "Mission" of the San Francisco Taxicab Commission
is to insure the provision of prompt, safe, honest, efficient,
and courteous taxi service to the residents and visitors of San
Francisco; to enact and enforce just and equitable rules concerning
drivers, medallion holders and companies; and to provide an open
forum for debate and discussion of all issues concerning public
vehicle for hire services in San Francisco.