BART board official’s embarrassing gaffe

John McPartland, the BART board director who once received a concealed weapons permit to protect himself from upset constituents, metaphorically shot himself in the foot after offering cringe-worthy comments to an attorney, who is female. The exchange occurred as the BART Board of Directors was presented with a report for a proposed ban on panhandling … Continue reading BART board official’s embarrassing gaffe

BART revisits license plate readers at station parking lots

The BART Board of Directors may approve Thursday a plan to install hundreds of Automated License Plate Readers at the transit authority's parking lots all over the Bay Area. A staff report released last week says the addition of the reader is intended to promote safety and instill the "confidence of the public while using … Continue reading BART revisits license plate readers at station parking lots

BART Director Blalock will not run for re-election

During his tenure, the Fremont Warm Springs station was built. His departure had been rumored for months

2018 Predictions: With 99% certainty, here’s who will win East Bay races this year

ELECTION 2018Much will happen on the campaign trail this spring and fall leading to the June primary and November General Election. Someone will say something stupid, others won't utter a single interesting thought. However, surprises in the form of candidates who jumped into races (or out, for that matter) can't be known today. For all … Continue reading 2018 Predictions: With 99% certainty, here’s who will win East Bay races this year

BART approves ‘safe transit policy,’ its version of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

BART Board Director Lateefah Simonfirst proposed the transit agency becomea sanctuary for riders in March.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORSA resolution that falls short of declaring BART a so-called sanctuary for undocumented riders, but is instead labeled a "safety transit policy" was nearly unanimously approved by the BART Board of Directors Thursday.The original resolution, first proposed by … Continue reading BART approves ‘safe transit policy,’ its version of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

BART board members propose sanctuary transit agency

BART Board of Directors will discuss the optionof becoming a sanctuary transit agency at anupcoming meeting. PHOTO/WikicommonsBART BOARD OF DIRECTORSBART trains already travel through three major Bay Area sanctuary cities--Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Now, the transit authority, itself, may move to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants using its trains.BART Board Directors Nick Josefowitz … Continue reading BART board members propose sanctuary transit agency

EBCampaign: GLAZER’s anti-union schtick spreads; ALAMEDA renters’ group needs cash; HONDA’s first ad

32 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |State Sen. Steve Glazer's anti-BART strike rhetoric has created a cottage industry in the moderate to conservative Outer East Bay. Nevermind that the issue is more than two years in the rearview mirror and a new contract extension was signed last spring. But like-minded Glazerites running for office in bordering … Continue reading EBCampaign: GLAZER’s anti-union schtick spreads; ALAMEDA renters’ group needs cash; HONDA’s first ad

EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

75 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Is Mary Hayashi making some sort of a comeback? The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the disgraced former East Bay assemblymember who was caught stealing from Neiman Marcus in 2011 was the emcee at a function for Illinois U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Duckworth. Hayashi has rarely been seen in … Continue reading EBCampaign: Look out! Is Mary Hayashi getting back into the game?

A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Glazer's campaign provided seven photos, includingabove, showing BART employees electioneering forSusan Bonilla on BART property.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | For the Democrats Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer, the next stop in their hard-fought State Senate special election is every BART station anywhere along the line from Dublin-Pleasanton to Pittsburg-Bay Point. On Monday, both campaigns … Continue reading A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Police and race relations in Oakland headline an eventful discussion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | It may have been Oakland’s most eventful public meeting in recent memory. Rep. Barbara Lee called for protesters to continue applying pressure toward alleviating social and economic equity and ridding the city of police brutality at a special session of the Oakland City Council. Public officials and stakeholders met to discuss … Continue reading Police and race relations in Oakland headline an eventful discussion

BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

BART's Board of Directors may enact anordinance prohibiting vaping at its stations.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Without a doubt, smoking is banned on BART trains and its station. The use of e-cigarettes may be next.The BART Board of Directors will decide during an evening board meeting Thursday whether to add to its current prohibition of … Continue reading BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

BART Director: ‘Rosa Parks did not shut down an entire transit system for hours’

BART Board Director Rebecca SalztmanBART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | When activist protesting on the West Oakland BART station platform chained themselves to a train the day after Thanksgiving, their civil disobedience shut down service from the East Bay to San Francisco for two hours.The transit agency's police force now wants $70,000 in restitution for the … Continue reading BART Director: ‘Rosa Parks did not shut down an entire transit system for hours’

Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

BART | AC TRANSIT | Incumbents in all four East Bay transportation races cruised to victory Tuesday night.BART District 4 board director Robert Raburn staved off a well-funded bid by Alameda Councilmember Lena Tam for the seat representing the island and parts of Oakland and San Leandro.Raburn's role in the BART strike riled many in … Continue reading Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Lena Tam, left,  is challenging BART Board Director Robert Raburn. A third candidate, Lionel Larry Young, Jr. ran for Oakland mayor four years ago; finishing last. BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | DISTRICT 4 | When a pair of BART strikes brought the Bay Area to a standstill last year, Robert Raburn, one of the transit agency's … Continue reading Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Alameda County Dems Endorse Tam Over Incumbent BART Director Raburn

Lena TamALAMEDA COUNTY | DEMOCRATS | BART Board of Director Robert Raburn often eschews driving automobiles for public transportation and his bicycle. But, when it comes to endorsing his re-election to the board following the divisive BART strike of last year, Alameda County Democrats told him Saturday to take a hike, instead.In the most notable … Continue reading Alameda County Dems Endorse Tam Over Incumbent BART Director Raburn