A series of missteps and controversial decisions has provoked pointed criticism of BART in recent weeks, prompting questions about who is actually in charge of the agency as it faces international scrutiny. Read More
Tasers, the stun-gun weapons central to the controversial death of an unarmed BART passenger in 2009, could soon be issued to every single officer on the agency’s police force. On New Year’s Day, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was fatally shot by Johannes Mehserle III, a BART police officer. Mehserle, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year, claimed that he mistakenly thought he was firing his Taser during the incident. Read More
Under pressure from her agency’s board despite presiding over a budget surplus of up to $28 million, BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger resigned Wednesday — a development that will cost the agency nearly $1 million in severance pay. Read More
Five BART directors from an array of political leanings voted to ask General Manager Dorothy Dugger to resign last week, but the unifying grievance among the group remains unclear.
In a surprise development Feb. 10 in closed session, five of BART’s nine directors asked Dugger to resign. The vote was rescinded after members raised concerns the board may have violated the state’s open-meetings law by failing to provide proper public notice. Read More