Thursday, September 15, 2016

StreetsBlogSF: BART Candidates Debate 

Let's give a round of applause to transit journalist Roger Rudick for his report and photos on Monday's BART board forum, organized by the SF Transit Riders Union. Excerpts from his article:

The panel included Gwyneth Borden, Bevin Dufty, and Michael Petrelis, who are running for the open seat in District 9. Streetsblog readers will recall that the District 9 seat, which includes the Mission Street BART stations, plus Glen Park, Civic Center, Powell, and Balboa Park, will soon be vacated by outgoing Board President Tom Radulovich.


Michael Petrelis, a declared Green Party candidate–wearing a green shirt–spoke about cleanliness. “Two years ago, my hand went into pigeon poop at a BART station,” he said. “I queried the incumbent, Tom Radulovich, to get it cleaned up.’ Petrelis described his frustration in getting little response from the current Board President. But he kept at it. “I contacted the Department of Public Health myself and within a month there was regular cleaning…and they added pigeon spikes,” he explained. But the experience left him determined that BART has to do better. “I made a commitment to run against Radulovich.”


Each candidate had areas they focused on. Petrelis, for example, advocated that the region “tax banks and tech companies near stations that benefit from the stations and get them to pony up more money.”

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