LADOT works with two citizen commissions appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles and confirmed by the City Council.
The Transportation Commission has a number of duties and responsibilities under the Los Angeles Administrative Code authorized by the City Council:
Review of proposed ordinances regulating city streets (e.g. speed limits)
Oversight of off-street parking facilities
Control of the Special Parking Revenue Fund, subject to City Council approval
Regulation of vehicles for hire (e.g. ambulances) other than taxicabs
School Crossing Guards
Cris Liban (Vice President)
Jazmin Ortega is Deputy Press Secretary at the California Department of Insurance. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Ms. Ortega also serves on Metro’s Citizens Advisory Council.
Mr. Douglas Tohom has 5 years of experience in parking and transit with the Cities of Beverly Hills and Pasadena. He is a Los Angeles native who grew up and still resides in Echo Park. Douglas focuses his work on grant and capital project management and transit operations. His career is focussed on good governance and ensuring that transportation services are distributed equitably. Douglas has hands-on experience with parking, transit, and transportation funding policies. Douglas has an established track record of working with City Councils and City Commissions.
Douglas has a Bachelor's Degree in urban planning from UC San Diego and a Master’s in Planning and Public Administration from USC. Douglas is a resident of CD 13 and is of Central American descent.
Erin Pak serves as the CEO of Kheir (pronounced ‘care’) Clinic, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center, which provides culturally and linguistically appropriate Medical, Dental, Optometry, and Adult Day Health care services to low income, underserved residents of Los Angeles. Under Erin’s leadership, Kheir grew 678% in its annual revenue and over 3000% in total assets. In the recent years, Kheir was honored as the 2022 California Assembly (AD54) Nonprofit of the Year, 2020 Los Angeles Business Journal Community Clinic of the Year, and also recognized by the US Health & Human Services Department as a national leader in its innovative COVID vaccination response. Kheir Clinic remains the only nonprofit health clinic in the nation that delivers full suite of services in English, Bengali, Korean, Spanish and Thai.
Prior to joining Kheir Clinic, Erin held several marketing leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies and set revenue records in new markets. As an education consultant, Erin personally authored and secured $125 million in federal grants for California public schools over a 3-year period. A dedicated community advocate, Erin has volunteered with various organizations to improve public school education and to raise community awareness and engagement levels in many areas, including voter registration, health and cancer screenings, and increased public library hours. For City of Los Angeles, Erin has served on the Ethics Commission, Commission on Community & Family Services, President's Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance, and the Getty House Board of Directors. In 2017, she was appointed to the First 5 California State Commission. Her current activities include Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Board of Directors, SoCalGas Community Advisory Board, and Clinic Mutual Insurance Company Purchasing Group Board of Directors, which provides professional liability insurance exclusively for nonprofit community clinics in the western states.
For her critical work on reducing health disparities in Los Angeles, Erin has been honored by the American Cancer Society, Turbo Air Foundation, the Korean American Health Coalition, and, by the California State Assembly, as part of Women's History Month (Woman of the Year 2010 and 2017). Erin holds a BA and Master of Science degrees from University of Southern California.
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION RECORDS
The Transportation Commission meets at 10 a.m. on the second Thursday of every month. The meetings are held in City Hall, Conference Room 1070, located at 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.
The Taxicab Commission has a number of duties and responsibilities under the Los Angeles Administrative Code authorized by the City Council:
Approves taxicab franchises, subject to City Council approval
Awards and revokes taxi franchise permits
Investigates and disciplines driver and company misconduct
Sets taxicab rates, subject to City Council approval
Sets taxicab operating rules and procedures
Alma Martinez (President)
Mr. Spiegelman is the Sole Practitioner at the Spiegelman Media Law and Consulting. Mr. Spiegelman graduated as Class President from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; J.D.
Andre Colaiace has been with Access Services since 2006 and previously served as the Deputy Executive Director of Planning & Government Affairs.
Prior to joining Access Services, Mr. Colaiace spent 4 years at the Culver City Transportation Department as a Senior Management Analyst. He previously served on the Access Services’ Board of Directors from 2002-2005. He was also the Director of Government Affairs with Foothill Transit and a Committee Administrator for the Transportation and Transit Committee with the Minnesota House of Representatives.
He earned a B.A. in English from Carleton College. He is a member of the 2008 Leadership APTA class.
He is a resident of CD 5.
Section 22.488 (b) of the Administrative Code states: “The Taxicab Commission shall be comprised of five members. Membership qualification shall include, to the extent feasible, that three of the five members of the Commission be selected to provide representation from the tourism industry, senior or disabled citizen advocate groups, the Department of Airports, and/or the taxicab industry.”
As the Executive Director of Access which employs the taxicab industry to fill gaps in Access Services’ mission to provide complementary ADA paratransit services to persons with disabilities, the MOCS transportation team believes that Mr. Colaiace is familiar with the industry and its clientele and understands the need for a healthy taxi industry that is trusted by the public.
We’ve reviewed Mr. Colaiace’s work background with the City Attorney and in their opinion Mr. Colaiace’s nomination does not present a conflict of interest.
Ms. Martinez is a Project Coordinator with Metabolic Studio. She was a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Communication. Ms. Martinez is active in the Los Angeles Bicycle community.
TAXICAB COMMISSION RECORDS
The Taxicab Commission meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month. The meetings are held in City Hall, Conference Room 1070, located at 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.
Green Taxi Regulation