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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Director, District 3San Francisco Bay Area Rapid TransitNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid TransitDirector, District 3

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (316/316).
  • 46,706 ballots counted.

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Bart Board Director
87,369 votes (55.9%)Winning
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  • Keeping BART running reliably and sustainably. In the past four years, we more than doubled the percentage of the capital budget spent on system reinvestment, including new train cars, track repairs, and modernized stations.
  • Making it easier for riders to get to BART by transit, biking, and walking. I’ve advocated for increased secure bike parking at stations and investments in pedestrian infrastructure, and I co-chair the BART/AC Transit Interagency Liaison Committee.
  • Making BART affordable for all. I helped pass BART’s affordable housing policy, which mandates that at least 20% of housing at BART developments be affordable, and I will advocate for reduced fares for low income riders in my next term.
Profession:BART Board Director

I was elected to the BART Board on November 6, 2012. I represent District 3, which includes Albany (partial), Berkeley (partial), Oakland (partial), Piedmont, San Leandro (partial), Unincorporated Alameda County (partial), El Cerrito (partial), Lafayette (partial), Moraga, Orinda and Unincorporated Contra Costa County (partial).

I chair the BART Labor Negotiations Review Committee and the Administration Committee, and co-chair the BART-AC Transit Interagency Liaison Committee. I also serve on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the BART Environmental/Sustainability Committee, and the BART Strategic Finance Committee.

Before I was elected, I spent years as a public transit and policy advocate, coalition builder, grassroots organizer, and manager with local, state, and national issue-based organizations.

I served as Vice-Chair of the Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee from 2011-2013, where I advised the City of Oakland on pedestrian and bicycle policy and infrastructure. In 2011, I received the League of Women Voters of Oakland’s Making Democracy Work Award in recognition of my work and commitment to increasing citizen engagement in local government.

I graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. I live in Oakland with my wife Caitlin, and rely on BART, buses, and walking to get around.

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As your District 3 BART Director, I have worked tirelessly to move BART in a new direction. For the Bay Area to thrive, its public transportation systems need to be built for the realities of the 21st century. I have had three priorities during my term: fiscal and environmental sustainability, accessibility, and equity. 

Environmental and Financial Sustainability

My top priority has been keeping the BART system running reliably and sustainably. BART’s infrastructure is more than 40 years old. In order to ensure BART’s reliability, I have prioritized BART’s spending on fixing the existing system with a “Fix It First” policy. In the past four years, the BART Board more than doubled the percentage of the capital budget spent on system reinvestment, including new train cars, track repairs, and modernized, cleaner stations.

I have worked on improving BART’s environmental sustainability by championing solar projects at stations and maintenance facilities, energy efficient lighting throughout the system, and transitioning to drought tolerant landscaping. A priority for my second term is for the BART Board to adopt a goal to use 100% renewable energy and a plan to reach this goal.

Getting You to BART

BART must focus on making it easier for riders to get to BART by transit, biking, and walking. I have advocated for and supported increased secure bike parking at stations and investments in pedestrian infrastructure. Several projects are planned for or currently under construction at stations in BART District 3, including an improved pedestrian and bicycle path to the Orinda station, a remodel of the Downtown Berkeley BART plaza and entrances to increase access, and a complete modernization of the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station, including bike and pedestrian improvements.

I co-chair the BART-AC Transit Interagency Liaison Committee, which is focused on making the systems work better for riders who use both BART and AC Transit. Together, BART and AC Transit launched increased weekend late night bus service, which runs when BART must do critical repair work on the system. With the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the agencies recently completed a pilot program to offer increased discounts for riders transferring between the systems, and a priority for my second term will be making these discounts permanent.

I have also strongly supported making BART trains and stations accessible for all and will continue to focus on accessibility in my second term.

Making BART Affordable for All

In my first term, I helped pass BART’s affordable housing policy, which mandates that at least 20% of housing at BART developments be affordable and sets a system-wide goal for 30% affordable housing. In BART District 3, a 100% affordable housing development is under construction at the San Leandro BART station, and I am working with the City of El Cerrito on studying a project at the El Cerrito Plaza station, which will include affordable housing, retail, and potentially a public library.

Recently, the BART Board approved the first BART discount program for college students, at San Francisco State University. I also strongly supported a pilot program to provide free or reduced bus and BART fares to middle and high school students, and I voted for it in my capacity as BART’s representative on the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

In my second term, one of my priorities will be offering reduced BART fares for low income riders. We need to make BART affordable to all.

Senior Transportation Engineer
44,498 votes (28.5%)
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  • Fiscal Accountability
  • System Investment
  • Equitable Services
Profession:Senior Transportation Engineer
Senior Transportation Engineer, California Department of Transportation (1988current)
Member, Moraga Town Council — Elected position (20062014)
Member, ,Acalanes Union High School District Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee — Appointed position (20042008)
Board of Director, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County, Inc. — Appointed position (20042007)
Member, Town of Moraga Planning Commission — Appointed position (20032006)
Contracts Manager, TAKENAKA-SATO-MITSUI CONSORTIUM - KLIA (19961997)
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT Certificate, Senior Executives in State and Local Governments Program (2008)
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Master's Certificate, Project Management (2002)
University of Wisconsin at Madison Bachelor of Science (B.S.), civil and environmental engineering (1986)
Director - Transportation, Communication & Public Works Policy Committee, League of California Cities (20082014)
Director, Multi-jurisdictional Central Contra Costa Solid Waste (Smart Recycle) (20122014)

Ken has over 25 Years of Transportation and Government Experience

 Twice Elected to Moraga Town Council - Councilmember: 2006 to 2014, Mayor: 2010 and 2014

  • Senior Project Manager in Private and Public Construction and Transportation Field
  • University of Wisconsin - Civil and Environmental Engineering   
  • Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University
  • Harvard University, KSG - Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program (Full Fellowship)
  • Professional Engineer (P.E., Civil Engineering, California)

It has been a privilege and honor to serve two terms on the Moraga Town Council.  During my tenure as a council member and mayor, I conducted myself based on the following principles:

  1. Serve with honesty and integrity.
  2. Insist on a balanced budget every year by setting priorities which benefit tax payers.   
  3. Respect for the people I represent, including staff members and council colleagues in and out of my constituency.
  4. Promote civility and transparency in the decision-making process.
  5. Maintain accessibility to the constituents and stake holders.
  6. Listen to a variety of perspectives.
  7. Promote accountability and efficiency in all government business practices.
  8. Consult environmental protection before reaching a decision.
  9. Support public safety to preserve and enhance quality of life for all.

If elected as your Director on the BART Board, I will continue to govern myself by these same principles.

During my tenure, I accomplished the following:

  1. Insisted on and achieved a balanced budget for the Town of Moraga from 2006 to 2014.
  2. Provided leadership in improving the relationship between the community and Saint Mary’s College of California.
  3. Spearheaded the construction of a new council chamber equipped with state-of-the-art A/V for live streaming and recording of council meetings to improve government transparency and efficiency.
  4. Negotiated and awarded a new 10-year, $500 million contract in 2014 as a Director of the Joint Powers Authority with RecycleSmart (Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority).
  5. Initiated a successful 1% sales tax measure in 2012 for infrastructure (streets and storm drains) maintenance and renewal.

Ken and his wife have two adult sons, and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988.

  • East Bay Times
  • Mark Peterson, Contra Costa County District Attorney
  • Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 2
  • Mary N. Piepho, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 3
  • Federal Glover, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 5
  • Karen Mitchoff, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 4
  • Roy Swearingen, Mayor of City of Pinole
  • Rob Schroder, Mayor, City of Martinez
  • Dan Romero, Mayor, City of Hercules
  • Ursula Reed, Vice Mayor, City of San Leandro
  • Jeff Wieler, Vice Mayor, City of Piedmont
  • Eve Phillips, Vice Mayor, City of Orinda
  • Eduardo Martinez, Vice Mayor, City of Richmond
  • Traci Reilly, Councilmember, City of Lafayette
  • Robert McBain, Councilmember, City of Piedmont
  • Mike Anderson, Councilmember, City of Lafayette
  • Benny Lee, Councilmember, City of San Leandro
  • Carmen Ward-Sullivan, RN, PhD, Former San Leandro Unified School Board Trustee
  • Hendy Huang, Chinese Community of San Leandro
  • Mark Lemkin, Berkeley Resident
  • John Haffner, Moraga Citizen of the Year, 2009
  • Dick Olsen, Retired Corporate Executive, Moraga Citizen of the Year 2013
  • Chet Martine, Orinda Resident
  • Bob Gomez, Oakland Resident
  • Alton Jefferson, San Leandro African American Business Council
What I Will Bring to the BART Board Fiscal Responsibility
As mayor, I know first-hand how consequential fiscal accountability is to taxpayers. I will ensure that BART management will:
  • Streamline BART’s organization and make every new hiring transparent to taxpayers
  • Work with all levels of governments and labor unions proactively and continuously to create solutions preventing disruptive strikes.
Strategic Infrastructure Investments
As a seasoned professional engineer and project controller who understands how public agencies operate, I will work hard to ensure BART leadership focus on delivering quality projects to riders not political agendas for politicians:
  • Strategically invest in stations and infrastructure that will make BART more resilient and more expandable.
  • Consolidate and simplify plans and programs so BART can use its resources to address existing deficiencies and to provide better service to riders without demanding more taxpayers’ money.
Equitable to All Bay Area Communities
As a transportation expert with a multi-cultural and technology background, I will champion for diversity in the overall BART organization:
  • Ensure BART provides better mobility and more economic opportunities equitable to all Bay Area residents and businesses whether they are based in the urban cores or suburbs.
  • Improve BART station and service performance by introducing best practices from other global high performing transit systems such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Process Improvement Consultant
16,432 votes (10.5%)
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Web Programmer
7,299 votes (4.7%)
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  • Reconstruction - To reconstruct the BART system tracks and stations to return BART to a state of good repair immediately and expediently.
  • Transparency - Incorporating neutral transparency as a tenant of BART values, using technology to increase public visibility of BART and encourage citizen engagement
  • Wayfinding/Information hub - making BART a hub of transit information for the Bay Area would increase value for BART and station agents and benefit transit for the whole bay area.
Profession:Web Programmer/Software Engineer
California State University, Fresno Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - Information Systems (2011)

A Sacramento native I didn't have great public transit and still choose not to learn to drive, the light rail and buses facinated me. I went to Fresno State where I changes majors twice and ended with a particularly average GPA. I now work as a Web Programmer in the Bay Area and use my skills in my off time working on transit web projects and helping others to getting around using transit. I've grown to enjoy taking public transit and I've done many trips most don't believe you can do by public transit. A core reason I moved to the bay area was to take advantage of accessibility of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to get me home late at night, to take me to the corners of the Bay and get me and the rest of Bay Area to work.

I'm a business graduate so I believe government could do with inheriting business qualities. To me the Government is a corporation...  It shouldn't one scheming to take advantage of customers while also screwing over employees but it should be one devoted to its shareholders = The Taxpaying Public and one toward supporting its employees, all whom are taxpayer shareholders in their own right. But adopting some business values wouldn't be bad - having checks and balances, always looking for cost savings and cutting expenses, eliminating bad processes are all business values that would benefit our US and local governments. My favorite ideology is Kaizen -  japanese for continuous improvement. I mostly want our government and BART to inherit this trait so that they never lose sight that continuous improvement for the product/service(BART) and creating value for shareholders/taxpayers is the goal. 

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Regional and State Issues Forum — October 10, 2016 League of Women Voters of Piedmont

This forum, presented on October 6, 2016, consisted of 3 sections:

BART District 3 Candidate Forum  7 - 7:45 PM

AC Transit At Large and District 2 Candidate Forum 8 - 8:30 PM

Pros & Cons of selected State Ballot Measure 8:45 - 9:30 PM

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