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BART board sinks anti-panhandling ordinance

Original post made on Oct 29, 2019

A five-seat majority on BART's Board of Directors declined to move forward Thursday morning with a request that staff research and draft an ordinance cracking down on panhandlers and performers in the paid areas of the transit system.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 28, 2019, 9:54 PM

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12 people like this
Posted by BART mess
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:41 am

No wonder BART ridership is down and will continue to go into free fall.

The elected Board is incompetent and does not want to address the BART stations and trains being sanctuaries for panhandling, homelessness, drug use and other criminal behavior.


6 people like this
Posted by Reluctant Bart Rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2019 at 10:45 am

Reluctant Bart Rider is a registered user.

I would agree that specifically pan-handling and busking are probably not the TOP priorities and are less of a nuisance.

But the CONSTANT problem of train cars as homeless shelters and mentally-ill and/or drugged-out people in the system, is a significant all day issue with serious implications.

The Bart Board may not want to spend its time on pan-handling ordinances, but it's clear they're also not spending enough time on the homelessness and mental illness problems - which are certainly contributing to reduced ridership. For example, after several bad experiences, I drive to A's games rather than take Bart there with my kids - a waste of what would otherwise be a very convenient public-transportation option.


9 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 30, 2019 at 8:44 pm

“A number of outstanding musicians have started their careers on BART”- isn’t that wonderful!! I wonder how many street thugs have perfected their life of crime on the BART trains, stations and parking lot?? Who are these BART board people and have they ever ridden the trains or taken a stroll thru those stations unaccompanied by security personnel??
Every day I see more direct comparisons with the BART board and those knuckleheads running the PUSD, beginning to think they are one and the same.


6 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Oct 31, 2019 at 11:11 am

James Michael is a registered user.

Livermore should stop pushing for a BART extension...the last thing any community needs is a station in their city. And aren't we lucky, we have two!!


4 people like this
Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Frankie is a registered user.

I don’t take BART to SF anymore unless I drive up to Walnut Creek station. That train does not go through the dicey East Bay stations like Fruitvale, San Leandro, Hayward, and is not the end of the line like Pleasanton which I dread walking to my car alone at night. Being constantly pressured for money and having loud dancing performers doing the same is stressful. Why should I be subject to that subtle harassment? At least the solicitors at the Paris Metro platforms are mostly real artists and musicians, unlike the mentally ill panhandlers and hustlers here. The Bay Area has gotten out of control and people come here from elsewhere to take advantage of our social entitlements.


3 people like this
Posted by Safety
a resident of Avila
on Nov 9, 2019 at 3:05 pm

And another reason why I always carry a firearm.


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