Simon wins seat on BART board

Lateefah Simon appears to have defeated incumbent Zakhary Mallett and three other candidates for a seat on the BART Board of Directors representing District 7, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties — in particular, the southwestern portion of The City, including the Bayview.

In a September forum with the San Francisco Transit Riders group, Simon touted her vision of more than 30,000 units of affordable housing she wishes to see built on available BART land.

In an interview with the San Francisco Examiner, she also said she’s wary of the BART Police Department’s role in dealing with homeless people in BART stations. Instead, she said, she would propose safety monitors hired from the community to deal with quality of life issues on BART.

Simon also said access for people with disabilities should be expanded on BART, and chastised the district for its frequently inoperable elevators that leave wheelchair users stranded, among others.

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