Two-part program: (1) BART Update, with Nick Josefowitz; (2) The Bay Area’s Housing Crisis, with Corey Smith

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nick Josefowitz came to SHARP in September 2014, when he was running for election to the BART Board of Directors. Among other things, he said that BART should be a “world class transportation” system. He won the election. Now he returned to present a progress report.

Josefowitz addressed BART’s operations, budget, expansion plans, and personnel policy, including what many consider the agency’s overly generous pensions. He also addressed the construction of housing at BART-owned sites, something he advocated in his campaign, and Measure RR, the recently passed BART bond issue, which he supported. He suggested that it was too soon to evaluate major initiatives.

Josefowitz represents District 8, a San Francisco district that includes the area north of Kirkham and west of 7th Avenue and Laguna Honda Blvd. (Click on orange district.) Before being elected to the BART Board, Josefowitz founded and ran RenGen, a company that built renewable energy power plants.

Corey Smith, a new staff member at the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), spoke about the housing crisis in the Bay Area—the importance of it, its history, and solutions to it. SFHAC “advocates for the creation of well-designed, well-located housing, at all levels of affordability. . . .”  SHARP is a member of SFHAC.

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