Thursday, September 08, 2016

15 Candidates, Only 1 Attends BART Board Meeting

According to a story by Erin Baldassari of the Bay Area News Group, there are fifteen folks vying for five BART seats this election season. But only one, yours truly, was at this morning's BART board meeting in Oakland.

Additionally, I was the lone member of the general public and urged the directors and managers to hold evening meetings to better engage with BART riders. Such poor attendance by riders at the 9 am, yes, BART meetings are always at the start of the workday, must be addressed.

I used public comment to criticize the current District 9 incumbent, Tom Radulovich, for ignoring the myriad bad public health problems of longstanding at the 16th Street station, for which he is responsible.

Throughout the meeting, and right before the directors and managers went into closed session, I urged general manager Grace Crunican to post her work calendar on BART's site for greater transparency, called on directors to submit written reports of their activities btwn meetings, urged reopening toilets at all stations, requested directors hold meet-and-greets at the stations in their portfolios.

If elected, count on me to make nighttime meetings a top priority. Watch the video of my first time this morning using public comment:

1 comment:

Glenn Ingersoll said...

The terrorists won our toilets!