Nick Josefowitz officially becomes BART director representing SF

District 2 candidate Nick Josefewitz. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner File Photo)

District 2 candidate Nick Josefewitz. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner File Photo)

New BART Director Nick Josefowitz was sworn in to office Thursday during a regular meeting of the agency's board.

Josefowitz represents District 8, which includes parts of the Balboa Park, Embarcadero and Montgomery station coverage areas. The BART board of directors has nine elected members representing different regions BART serves. Josefowitz was sworn in by Supervisor Scott Wiener at Josefowitz's request due to Wiener's political focus on improving regional transit.

In the private sector, Josefowitz launched a solar company called RenGen Energy which built over $100 million worth of solar power plants, according to his public profile on BART's website. Josefowitz is a Democrat appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to San Francisco's Environment Commission.

In the last election, Josefowitz defeated 24-year incumbent James Fang, a Republican. The campaign was widely regarded as particularly nasty, with the politically connected Fang at one point launching a website slamming Josefowitz as a “millionaire carpetbagger.”

In the end, Josefowitz garnered 51 percent of the vote to Fang's 41 percent.

“I fought a tough campaign,” Josefowitz told The San Francisco Examiner. “I'm excited to bring that same level of energy and commitment to solving our toughest transportation challenges.”

Josefowitz was swept into office following promises of new late-night BART service, fixing perpetually broken station escalators and building below-market-rate housing near stations.

“Now,” Josefowitz said, “is when the hard work begins.”

Here's a tweet from the swearing in-

BARTBART Board of DirectorsBay Area NewsNick JosefowitzTransittransportation

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Traffic on 19th Avenue. (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)
Construction on 19th Avenue to begin Monday, traffic delays expected

Officials encourage drivers to take alternate routes, factor in longer travel times

Those who stick around San Francisco on long holiday weekends can enjoy a slower pace, uncrowded streets and beloved institutions like cable cars. <ins>(Kevin Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
These empty San Francisco streets: A holiday dream

We’re here because we can be, and because we have nowhere else to be

Quarterback Nick Mullens is expected to get his third straight start Sunday. Mullens is 46 of 73 for 538 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in his other two starts this season. <ins>(Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner).</ins>
49ers trying to turn season around in Sunday’s prime-time faceoff with the Rams

49ers at Rams When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood TV:… Continue reading

Psilocybin magic mushrooms (Shutterstock)
‘Magic mushrooms’ moving into the mainstream

Efforts to decriminalize psychedelics could follow several different paths

The 2020 Census has concluded taking responses sooner than expected. (Courtesy photo)
What does California have to lose if undocumented immigrants are excluded from the census?

By Kim Bojórquez The Sacramento Bee If The U.S. Supreme Court rules… Continue reading

Most Read