I am running to serve as a BART Director for District 4, representing Alameda, Downtown Oakland, Fruitvale and parts of San Leandro. BART is vital to our economy in providing a dependable and reliable regional transportation system, and reduces traffic congestion on our streets and freeways. Bay Area residents rely on BART as one of our options for commuting to jobs, school and recreation.
I want to take the leadership experience that I have gained while serving as an elected official on the Alameda City Council and the Alameda Health Care District Board and apply it to BART as a Director. I can offer my skills and background in balancing budgets during tough times, facilitating collaboration between management and labor interests, and advocating for transit-oriented projects with state and federal legislators.
My practical leadership and governance in the City of Alameda and on the Alameda Hospital Board resulted in taking decisive actions to establish a culture of collaboration with open and honest communication. This will help achieve the objectives I would like to see for BART:
· BART needs to be efficient, dependable and reliable. The region I represent consists of working families that depend on transit, and there are significant impacts when BART stops running.
· BART must have a Board that can work through difficult budgetary times. My service in public office has led to accountability with a history of balancing budgets while respecting workers and the community.
· BART needs an effective and cohesive plan for meeting the Bay Area’s long term transit needs. The economic future of Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro will need improved interconnectivity within BART and with other modes of transit.
I am honored to have the support of the Mayor and my colleagues on the Alameda City Council and other elected officials in District 4 and the Bay Area. I hope to earn your support and vote leading up to the November 2014 election as you learn more about my candidacy.