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Director, District 7San 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 7

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (117/117).
  • 84,749 ballots counted.

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Nonprofit Foundation Director
40,278 votes (46.2%)Winning
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  • Accountability – Manage public funds openly and responsibly, and ensure training and oversight of BART police
  • Accessibility – Invest in improvements that make it easier and more comfortable to use BART, now and for the future
  • Affordability – Fight for greater affordability at BART, especially for low-income families, seniors, and students
Profession:Nonprofit Foundation Director
President, Akonadi Foundation (2016current)
Trustee, California State University Board of Trustees — Appointed position (2016current)
Program Director, Rosenberg Foundation (20112016)
Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (20082011)
Director of Reentry Services, San Francisco District Attorney's Office (20052008)
Executive Director, Center for Young Women's Development (19972005)
Mills College Bachelor's Degree, Public Policy (2012)

As a legally blind, working mother, I depend on BART everyday to commute to work and pick up my two daughters. I understand the frustrations of working people, seniors, and people with disabilities who rely on BART, but who are stuck with a system that isn’t working despite constant promises to improve.

 

I have a plan to fix BART and an ambitious agenda to make it world-class, while managing public funds responsibly and openly – you can read it at www.lateefahforbart.com.

 

As a candidate, I refuse to accept campaign contributions from private contractors, because I believe we need independent voices on the BART Board who can’t be bought by special interests.

 

For two decades, I’ve led organizations that serve the Bay Area’s working families and underprivileged communities. As Executive Director for the Center for Young Women’s Development, I became the youngest woman to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Award. I then led the creation of San Francisco’s first reentry division under District Attorney Kamala D. Harris. Today, I work at a nonprofit foundation making investments to support change in our communities.

 

Now I am ready to shake up the status quo at BART.


I know we can do better, and I would be honored to have your support.

 

– Lateefah Simon

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • Contra Costa County Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Assemblymember David Chiu
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • Controller Betty Yee
  • Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
  • El Cerrito Mayor Greg Lyman
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • San Francisco City Council President London Breed
  • Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney
  • Richmond Vice Mayor Eduardo Martinez
  • El Cerrito Mayor Pro Tem Janet Abelson
  • Albany City Council Member Nick Pilch
  • Emeryville City Council Member Ruth Atkin
  • SF Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Aaron Peskin, Scott Wiener, and Norman Yee
  • Berkeley City Council Members Jesse Arreguin and Lori Droste
  • Richmond City Council Members Jovanka Beckles, Gayle McLaughlin, and Jael Myrick
  • Oakland City Council Members Annie Campbell Washington, Abel Guillen, and Dan Kalb
  • BART Directors Nick Josefowitz and Rebecca Saltzman
  • Oakland Magazine
  • SF Bay Guardian
  • SF Examiner
  • East Bay Express
  • Building and Construction Trades of Alameda County
  • League of Conservation Voters - SF & East Bay
  • San Francisco Women's Political Committee
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • San Francisco County Labor Council
  • Contra Costa County Labor Council
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • Sierra Club
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • AFSCME Local 3993
  • ATU Local 1555
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • AFSCME Council 57
  • Latino Democratic Club of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Young Democrats
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)
  • TWU Local 250A
  • Operating Engineers Local 3
  • IBEW Local 595
  • Transport Oakland
  • Democracy for America
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE Action)
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coaltion
  • Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
  • Black Young Democrats of San Francisco
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • Wellstone Democratic Club
  • San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters
  • Evolve
  • Congressman George Miller (former)
  • Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (former)
  • CA Democratic Party Chair John Burton
  • State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (former)
  • Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (former)
  • San Pablo Mayor Leonard McNeill (former)
  • Read what community members have to say about Lateefah at tinyurl.com/endorselateefah
1.
Bicyclists on BART

Do you have a strategy to encourage bicyclists to use BART? If so, please describe in detail.

Answer from Lateefah Simon:

I support increased safe and easy bicycle access to BART stations. We need more secure bicycle parking at BART stations, as well as increased investments in safe bicycle routes to and from BART stations. We need to replace BART’s existing aging elevators with larger, modern units and add redundant elevators to our stations so that cyclists can easily access the platforms from the street while not interfering with other patrons. While I don’t ride a bicycle myself, riding a bicycle is among the most efficient transit options for so many people, being healthy, green, and affordable.  

2.
BART's Surveillance Cameras

News outlets have reported that many of BART's surveillance cameras don't work. What steps will you take to ensure that video cameras are functional throughout the system? In your answer please specifically indicate when the cameras will be fully functional. 

No answer provided.

BART deserves a leader, who has two decades of experience bringing unlikely allies to the table to solve problems, has dedicated her life to helping the Bay Area’s underprivileged communities and working families, and will work tirelessly with riders, labor, government, business, and local communities to create a clean and dependable BART system.

Learn more about LAteefah and her plan to fix BART at www.lateefahforbart.com.

 

 

 

 

— November 1, 2016 Lateefah Simon for BART Board Director, District 7 2016

Lateefah Simon has a plan to fix BART for Bay Area workers and families.  

 

— November 1, 2016 Lateefah Simon for BART Board Director, District 7 2016

As a legally blind, single mother, Lateefah Simon depends on BART and will be a voice for riders, not contractors.

Bart Director
25,000 votes (28.7%)
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  • wBART (System expansion in West Contra Costa County): The Interstate 80 corridor is, and has been, the most-congested corridor of the region. I will continue my effort to bring BART north of Richmond.
  • Fiscally Responsible Leadership: BART customer satisfaction is at its lowest point ever due to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. Rather than investing in sidebar initiatives that some Directors have prioritized, we need to get basics in order.
  • Equitable Fares: BART's fare structure is outdated, complex, and inequitable with people traveling similar distances paying very different fares. It needs to be restructured to be more equitable and simplistic.
Profession:City/Transportation Planner
University of California, Berkeley Master's, City/Transportation Planning (2012)
Stanford University Bachelor's, Urban Studies (2009)
West Valley College Associate's, Communication Studies; Philosophy (2007)

Zakhary Mallett was elected to the BART Board at the age of 25, making him the youngest Director to ever serve.

Growing up in the California foster care system, Zakhary had to learn how to utilize our public transportation system as a viable travel option.  His transit dependency helped him identify his career passion – figuring out how to make public transit a competitive travel alternative to driving and a practical choice for everyone.  Zakhary pursued an education that prepared him to become a transportation professional and shares both a passion as well as training for the issues confronting a BART Director.

Zakhary began his college career at West Valley College in Saratoga before being accepted into Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in urban studies.  He later earned his master of city planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in transportation planning.

Apart from his work as a BART Director, Zakhary is an independent transportation and land-use consultant and reside in West Contra Costa County where, in his spare time, he enjoys nature and the outdoors.

  • East Bay Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Alameda County Building Trades Council
  • Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
  • Carpenters Union Local 713
  • Laborers' International Union of North America Local 304
  • Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 104
  • John George Democratic Club
  • South Beach District 6 Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Supervisor (Former) Sophenia "Sophie" Maxwell
  • San Pablo Mayor/City Councilmember (Former) Sharon Brown
  • Elaine Brown, Oakland
  • George Burtt – Vice President, West Oakland Commerce Association
  • Steve Lowe – Vice President, Jack London District Association; Vice President, West Oakland Commerce Association
  • Owen L. Martin, Richmond
  • Jeff Rubin – President, Concerned Citizens of Pinole
  • Rita Xavier – Member, San Pablo Planning Commission
  • Carpenters Union Local 152
  • Richmond City Councilmember (Former) Jim Rogers
  • Richmond Mayor Tom Butt
  • State Senator James "Jim" Beall (D-15)
  • State Senator Steve Glazer (D-07)
  • State Senator (Former) Quentin L. Kopp
  • AC Transit Director Greg Harper
  • BART Director Tom Blalock
  • BART Director (Former) Carole Ward Allen
  • East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) Director Lesa McIntosh
  • Hercules Vice Mayor Myrna de Vera
  • Hercules City Councilmember Chris Kelley
  • Pinole Mayor Roy Swearingen
  • Pinole Mayor Pro Tem Debbie Long
  • Pinole City Councilmember Timothy Banuelos
  • Pinole City Councilmember Pete Murray
  • Pinole City Councilmember Maureen Toms
  • Pleasant Hill Councilmember (Former) Jack Weir
1.
Bicyclists on BART

Do you have a strategy to encourage bicyclists to use BART? If so, please describe in detail.

Answer from Zakhary Mallett:

 

BART trains are overcrowded during the commute periods – one of the key factors that have led to BART's customer satisfaction rating reaching its lowest point ever.  When the BART Board of Directors lifted the commute period ban on bicycles, it was with the strong encouragement that bicyclists only bring their bicycles on trains as a last resort in order to minimize the impact of their taking up valuable space on trains and impeding the in-flow and outflow from trains.  In surveys that BART has conducted, many bicyclists that bring their bicycles on BART trains say that they do so because of a lack of secure bicycle parking options at their origin BART station.

To aid in mitigating the impact of bicycles on trains while still allowing them, I sponsored BART installing straps to the bars near the bicycle space on trains as a way to compactly secure bicycles on trains.  In addition, Bay Area Bike Share is expanding to the East Bay while, at the same time, BART has been investing in increased secure bicycle storage at its stations.  By offering safe and secure ways for bicycles to be stored at BART stations and alternatives to bicyclists’ using their personal bicycles, we will be able to support bicyclists’ use of BART in ways that can simultaneously minimize the volume that must come on-board trains.

2.
BART's Surveillance Cameras

News outlets have reported that many of BART's surveillance cameras don't work. What steps will you take to ensure that video cameras are functional throughout the system? In your answer please specifically indicate when the cameras will be fully functional. 

Answer from Zakhary Mallett:

BART's Fleet of the Future will be fully equipped with functional security cameras and are due to debut in service in 2017.  With this investment that is already underway/in production, the situation of there being faulty security cameras on-board BART trains will be corrected.  A total of 775 new cars will be delivered over the course of five (5) years starting in 2017.  In the interim, the Board of Directors authorized spending millions of dollars to outfit the entire existing fleet with functional cameras.  However, cameras are not a guaranteed security against criminal activity and it is my opinion that the existing layout of cameras on our existing fleet fulfills its purpose: they are randomly distributed and anyone intending to commit an illicit act must think twice before doing so, as they are subject to being recorded.

What I consider far more of a security concern is the lack of cameras in several BART parking lots/garages and the substandard nature of cameras in other parking lots/garages (e.g., some do not record).  Addressing this requires advocacy and making the investment a financial priority -- something that I have been a voice for doing and will continue to be.

Zakhary is committed to being an independent leader.  He listens to and considers all perspectives, but refrains from being beholden to any one person or group.  He believes that doing so places those individuals or groups above the public he is elected to serve.

— October 26, 2016 Mallett For BART 2016

As BART's District 7 Director, Zakhary Mallett has moved the effort to bring BART to San Pablo, Pinole, and Hercules further in the past two years than happened in the twenty years prior! Re-Elect BART Director Zhttp://candidates.votersedge.org/candidatesakhary Mallett to keep the extension on track! Learn more at www.MallettForBART.com.  Endorsed by East Bay Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

(Map image for illustrative purposes only.  Alternative alignment shown in video "Progress B.")

— October 27, 2016 Mallett For BART 2016

At BART, every dollar spent on nonessential agendas is a dollar less for making the system safer, cleaner, and more reliable for BART riders. Re-elect BART Director Zakhary Mallett. Learn more at www.MallettForBART.com.  Endorsed by East Bay Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Engineer/Entrepreneur/Father
16,573 votes (19%)
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  • Begin the process of planning the worlds best transit system.
  • Bring a BART station within walking distance of most of the Bay Area residents.
  • Make BART fares cover the cost of its operations and maintenance.
Profession:Engineer
1.
Bicyclists on BART

Do you have a strategy to encourage bicyclists to use BART? If so, please describe in detail.

Answer from Will Roscoe:

YES. I bike everywhere so this issue is important to me.

At stations ramps should be istalled to the level of the tracks. 

Security cameras should be installed around all bicycle parking to deter thefts. 

The straps (being prototyped now) to hold hold bikes upright should put on all cars.  

Bikes should be allowed up escalators. 

Bike gutters should be installed on all existing and new stair cases. 

 

2.
BART's Surveillance Cameras

News outlets have reported that many of BART's surveillance cameras don't work. What steps will you take to ensure that video cameras are functional throughout the system? In your answer please specifically indicate when the cameras will be fully functional. 

Answer from Will Roscoe:

30% of existing trains have cameras and all the stations have cameras. The new trains to be in operation by 2017-18 will all have cameras.

I don't support the action to install cameras on the old trains at a massive cost, when they are going to be scrapped only months or years after the cameras are installed. 

Office Services Supervisor
4,957 votes (5.7%)
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  • Make BART a cutting edge transit system again by focusing on maintenance and upgrades to the core system and push for a second Transbay Tube.
  • Upgrade and clean up all the stations. Open the bathrooms.
  • Get a real BART commuter pass for the central stations.
Profession:Facilities Manager-Nonprofit
UCONN MFA, Acting (1985)
1.
Bicyclists on BART

Do you have a strategy to encourage bicyclists to use BART? If so, please describe in detail.

Answer from Roland Emerson:

BART should follow Caltrain and have one car (the last car?) be a bike only car. No seats just poles for handhold. It just makes sense.

2.
BART's Surveillance Cameras

News outlets have reported that many of BART's surveillance cameras don't work. What steps will you take to ensure that video cameras are functional throughout the system? In your answer please specifically indicate when the cameras will be fully functional. 

Answer from Roland Emerson:

All cameras should be REAL and working, on all tran cars and in the stations.

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