Lesbian BART board member Rebecca Saltzman is making good on a campaign pledge she promised during her race last year.
Next Thursday, May 23 the oversight body for the Bay Area’s regional transit system will hold its first nighttime meeting. The board voted in April to switch two of its meeting times from morning to evening at the urging of freshmen directors Saltzman and Zahkary Mallett, who represents parts of San Francisco and Alameda County.
Getting the agency to schedule its board get-togethers at times when working people could attend was part of Saltzman’s platform as a candidate for BART’s District 3 seat representing parts of Oakland, Berkeley, and a section of Contra Costa County.
“I’m excited to share that as part of fulfilling my campaign goal of making BART’s decision-making process more accessible, the BART board will be holding two evening meetings in the coming weeks,” wrote Saltzman in an email to her supporters this week. “Our board meetings are usually held at 9 a.m. on Thursdays, so it is difficult for working people and students to attend and provide input.”
Both the May 23rd and Thursday, June 13th BART board meetings will begin at 6 p.m. in the BART boardroom, Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, Third Floor, 344 20th Street, Oakland. (It is two blocks from the 19th Street BART station.)
The board will then assess how the two meetings went to determine if more evening times should be added to the schedule.
“ Please join us at these evening meetings. Your input is important, because at these meetings we will be discussing vital issues including BART’s budget, bike policy, and late-night service,” wrote Saltzman.