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  • BART chaos expected to go on indefinitely

    03/17/2016 9:06:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    SFGate ^ | 03/17/2016
    BART service between the Pittsburg-Bay Point and North Concord stations will be shut down indefinitely ó and overall service will suffer for months ó as the transit agency tries to get to the bottom of a baffling track problem crippling trains by the dozens, officials said Thursday. Transit officials warned passengers Thursday afternoon that for the foreseeable future, riders who want to travel between the Contra Costa County stations will have to use a ďbus bridgeĒ arranged by the transit agency through four bus agencies. Those buses will travel on freeways that are sure to be more packed as they...
  • Mystery glitchís return knocks out BART cars, snarls commute

    03/17/2016 9:45:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    sfgate ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | Matier & Ross
    For the second time in a month, a mysterious power surge knocked out numerous BART cars Wednesday ó puzzling agency officials who thought they had the problem under control the first time around, and making life miserable for commuters packed into shortened trains. BART was able to repair some of the 25 or so cars that lost their propulsion systems on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line, but not all of them ó raising the likelihood that many trains will be short of cars for the Thursday morning commute. BART engineers worked into the night trying to find an answer for what...
  • BART Is Not a Homeless Shelter

    03/10/2016 9:29:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 10, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Bay Area Rapid Transit Director Joel Keller wants to pass a bill that would make it illegal for individuals to take up more than one seat on the train. Call it the one-seat-per-butt rule. Keller told the San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Cabanatuan that the measure is not intended to target homeless people; it's really aimed at everyone, including "people with backpacks, with luggage, with other things occupying seats." Fed up commuters are bound to approve. BART is experiencing record ridership -- which makes BART riders cranky and envious of those who can sit and avoid the human crush. But whom...
  • Police investigate fatal shooting on BART train near West Oakland station

    01/09/2016 9:46:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | January 9, 2016.
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened on a BART train near the West Oakland station at 1451 Seventh Street in Oakland. The West Oakland station is closed and emergency responders are on scene, officials said. Witnesses say a passenger was killed by another rider as the San Francisco-bound BART Train pulled into the West Oakland Station. Witnesses say they noticed a disheveled looking man get on the BART train at Rockridge or MacArthur station.
  • Alameda Co. DA Drops Charges Against ‚ÄėBlack Friday 14‚Äô Protesters [Oakland, BLM, blocked BART]

    12/04/2015 6:43:51 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | December 4, 2015
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) ‚Äď The Alameda County District Attorney has dropped charges against 14 Black Lives Matter protesters who disrupted BART service on the day after Thanksgiving in 2014. District Attorney Nancy O‚ÄôMalley‚Äôs office said in a statement that they are not seeking convictions after the protesters participated in a restorative justice process. Among the goals of the process, protests would not interfere with BART service over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. --SNIP-- Protesters, which have been called the ‚ÄúBlack Friday 14,‚ÄĚ chained themselves to trains at the West Oakland station on November 28, 2014, halting service for more than...
  • Feds refuse to reveal cellular kill-switch plan

    08/15/2015 4:52:15 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 81 replies
    Wolrd Net Daily ^ | 08/15/2015 | Bob Unruh
    The federal government has a plan to kill all cell-phone service in certain areas when officials decide itís necessary. But you arenít allowed to see the plan. And the fact that you cannot learn what might justify its use or who has the authority to push the kill button is the focus of a new case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pulling the plug on local cellular service already has been done. In 2011, officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in San Francisco cut off service inside four transit stations for three hours after a BART security officer...
  • Black Friday 14 Demand 'Get Out of Jail Free' Cards

    02/01/2015 6:47:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Many people were inconvenienced by the Montgomery bus boycotts. Do you think Rosa Parks should pay restitution for that?" Mollie Costello hectored the Bay Area Rapid Transit board at a recent hearing. Costello is one of the Black Friday 14 -- 14 protesters arrested Nov. 28 for shutting down the West Oakland BART station and four of five transit lines for three hours to protest the killing of unarmed black men by police officers. Protesters of those arrests, with the slogan "No Business As Usual," have three demands: 1) The BART board drop criminal charges against Costello and her 13...
  • [San Francisco Bay Area] Protesters pack BART meeting to call for end to Black Friday prosecution

    01/22/2015 10:15:05 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies ^ | 01/22/2015 | David DeBolt
    OAKLAND -- Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement packed a BART board of directors meeting Thursday, demanding the transit agency drop charges and possible fines against 14 protesters arrested after shutting down the West Oakland station in November. ThursdayÔĽŅ's show of support was the latest public action targeting BART's handling of the Nov. 28 protest, and follows a petition calling for BART to drop criminal charges against protesters. On Nov. 28, the group now known as the "Black Friday 14" chained themselves to a train on the West Oakland station platform, delaying transbay service for about three hours. --SNIP--...
  • VIDEO UPDATE: BART Delays Grow After Woman Jumped in Front of Train at Powell Street Station

    01/14/2015 9:36:46 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    KRON4 ^ | 1-14-15 | Brian Shields
    SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) ó Major delays are reported on BART as police investigate the death of a person under a train at the Powell Street station. Authorities say this is a confirmed fatality. KRON 4ís Stanley Roberts reports the San Francisco medical examiner is now on the scene. Sources tell Stanley witnesses reported seeing a woman run and jump in front of a moving train in what appeared to be a suicide.
  • 14 arrested in peaceful protest that disrupts BART

    11/28/2014 5:42:23 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 46 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jill Tucker, Kevin Fagan and Kurtis Alexander
    ďWeíre not here to destroy or harm. Thatís not what this is about,Ē said protester Kharyshi Wiginton, 39. ďThe war on black people is very real. Itís not made up. Itís not on some black people. Itís on all black people.Ē The demonstration, like those earlier in the week, was in reaction to Mondayís grand jury decision not to indict white police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. More than a dozen people chained themselves together and to BART cars, on both platforms of the West Oakland BART Station. BART officials halted...
  • Ex-Transit Cop Cries as He Recalls Fatal Shooting

    06/13/2014 7:49:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ap ^ | PAUL ELIAS
    A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago. Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco that he meant to use his Taser rather than his gun to subdue an already handcuffed Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009. Mehserle was testifying in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Grant's father against Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and other defendants. The shooting occurred as authorities were responding to a chaotic scene on...
  • Mehserle Cries As He Recalls Fatally Shooting Oscar Grant

    06/14/2014 11:54:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jun 13, 2014
    A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago. Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco that he meant to use his Taser rather than his gun to subdue Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009. Mehserle was testifying in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Grant's father against Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and other defendants.
  • Daniel Borenstein: BART contract fiasco far more than a clerical error.

    12/13/2013 3:45:00 PM PST · by SteveH · 2 replies
    CoCo Times ^ | 12/13/2013 | daniel borenstein
    It wasn't just a clerical error. For a month, questions have swirled about how BART negotiators mistakenly signed off on a new benefit worth millions. Last week, officials explained the bungling in detail. They previously blamed a temporary clerical worker for launching this cavalcade of miscues. It turns out that Thomas Hock, the outside lead negotiator hired under a $399,000 contract, unwittingly started it. The clerical worker played a key role in this surreal bureaucratic fiasco. So did Kevin Alexander and Ericka Mitchell, BART labor relations representatives; Rudolph Medina, labor relations manager; Vicki Nuetzel, senior attorney; and Paul Oversier, assistant...
  • Outlook bleak for quick end to BART strike ( San Francisco )

    10/20/2013 6:07:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2013 | Kristen V. Brown
    At least one BART union agreed Saturday to put the transit agency's contract proposal to a vote, but commuters looking for a quick end to the 2-day-old strike should hold off on the celebrations. Speaking from the entrance of the shuttered Pittsburg BART Station, Antonette Bryant, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, said she expects that vote to result in a "resounding no." ... A spokeswoman from Service Employees International Union Local 1021, BART's largest union, declined to say whether that union also would allow a vote on the contract. ... With no negotiations scheduled, both sides said Saturday...
  • Two BART workers killed by train running during strike [Bay Area Rapid Transit, California]

    10/19/2013 3:15:41 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies / San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | Erin Allday and Demian Bulwa
    <p>The two workers, whose names weren't immediately released, died at the scene after they were hit by an eastbound train, sources close to the investigation said.</p>
  • Shutdown: San Francisco rail workers strike after talks break down

    10/18/2013 1:42:18 AM PDT · by granada · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 18, 2013 | Laila Kearney
    (Reuters) - Commuter rail workers in the San Francisco Bay Area went on strike on Friday after talks with management over a new contract broke down, throwing the morning commute into chaos in the traffic-clogged region. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) management and employee unions have been at loggerheads for months over pay and benefits for more than 2,000 train drivers and other union workers who are demanding large pay raises in part to offset being asked to contribute to their pensions and other benefits. On Thursday, union officials said both sides had finally agreed on pay and benefits,...
  • BART strike set for Friday; only 'miracle' could save train service [Bay Area Rapid Transit, Calif.]

    10/17/2013 8:05:49 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/17/2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    OAKLAND -- Exasperated BART union leaders announced they would shut down trains Friday morning after a breakdown at the bargaining table Thursday, setting the stage for the second Bay Area commute nightmare in three months. A wild round of back-and-forth press conferences at 4 p.m. brought to a live TV audience an outpouring of emotion from sleep-deprived negotiators and the departure of the nation's top mediator. Although union leaders have been threatening strikes for the past week, they sounded much angrier and more direct this time, and talks ended altogether. "Unfortunately, yes -- we are on strike as of midnight,"...
  • Data Center: Current and projected average BART wages

    10/16/2013 6:18:40 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | Oct. 15, 2013 | Daniel J. Willis
    To help you keep track of where both sides stand in the BART contract negotiations, here are our best estimates of current average salaries by bargaining unit based on the 2012 Public Employee Salary Database. This page will be updated as new contracts are proposed. Last updated 5:26 pm Oct. 14 to reflect the latest contract proposal by BART management.
  • Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may shift

    08/17/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT · by thecodont · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 9:36 am, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Bob Egelko
    Until now, the courts and the public have placed the responsibility for Oscar Grant's death entirely on the BART police officer who shot the unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform. But a federal appeals court ruling could shift some of the blame to the officer's supervisor and perhaps the transit system itself. Former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired the shot that killed Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and is also a defendant in the damage suit by Grant's father and four of his friends. While allowing claims against Mehserle to go...
  • Suits can go forward in Oscar Grant case

    08/01/2013 1:35:35 AM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 4:56 pm, Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Lawsuits against BART police officers involved in the 2009 incident that left Oscar Grant shot to death will go forward after a federal appeals court declined Tuesday to grant the officers immunity as law enforcement agents. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco concerned suits brought by Grant's father, who is incarcerated, and by five of his friends, who were detained with Grant at Fruitvale Station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009. Grant had been in a fight on a train. After then-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot him in...
  • The Big Event: Thereís a ďFruitvale StationĒ movie poster at Fruitvale Station

    07/10/2013 8:51:51 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Jul 10 2013 at 11:03 am | Posted By: Peter Hartlaub
    <p>Iím a 10-year regular at BARTís Fruitvale Station, and this morning noticed a movie poster for ďFruitvale StationĒ near the turnstiles inside the station ó not far from the tragic events that inspired the film.</p> <p>ďFruitvale StationĒ was written and directed by Oaklandís Ryan Coogler, and covers the last day of Oscar Grantís life before he was fatally shot by a BART police officer on New Yearís Day 2009. It won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, and is set for wide release this Friday.</p>
  • BART strike slams San Francisco economy

    07/02/2013 8:45:17 AM PDT · by tflabo · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue July 2, 2013 | Josh Levs. Holly Yan and Dave Alsup
    -- The strike that shut down public transit in California's Bay Area is delivering a blow to the economy. As the shutdown enters its second day, a conservative estimate puts the cost at $73 million per day, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute said.
  • San Francisco's Transit Strike Is Creating Insane Traffic

    07/01/2013 9:20:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/01/2013 | ALEX DAVIES
    The Bay Area Rapid Transit system, aka BART, has been shut down by a workers' strike that started at midnight. That means that the system's 400,000 daily riders have to find alternate ways to get to work. Naturally, a lot of them are driving. San Francisco already has some of the worst traffic in the country, and now things have gotten a lot worse. Here's what the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge looked like early this morning: [CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE PHOTO]
  • BART Workers Strike After Failed Contract Talks [San Francisco transit workers strike]

    07/01/2013 6:56:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | July 1, 2013
    AN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) ó Bay Area Rapid Transit workers walked off the job early Monday morning after last-minute negotiations failed to produce a new contract agreement. The strike ensured a nightmarish commute to start the week, leaving about 400,000 BART riders to find another way to get work. The unions were seeking a 5 percent annual raise over the next three years. BART spokesman Rick Rice said the transit agency had rolled out several offers over the course of negotiations, including an 8 percent salary raise over the next four years. But the unions dismissed the proposals as ďsurface...
  • Maybe this is why stories about California's "miraculous around" are lies

    06/15/2013 2:13:52 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/15/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A short, mind-boggling video about a fired California public transit worker (fired for poor work habits)earning over $300,000 per year AFTER she had been fired! And yes, at taxpayer expense. Anyone still wonder why California is going broke?
  • Yeiner Perez, BART's Naked Acrobat, Facing Deportation

    06/14/2013 9:46:23 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    SF Weekly (blog) ^ | Jun. 13 2013 | Erin Sherbert
    There are so many unanswered questions surrounding the May 10 incident in which 24-year-old Yeiner Perez stripped naked and attacked commuters at the 16th and Mission BART Station. Among them: Why was this man subsequently released from police custody and back into the world? According to BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow, Perez was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery; he had a psych evaluation and then he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- which is now in the process of trying to deport Perez back to his native country. ICE officials would not reveal which country...
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working

    06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Bay Area News Group ^ | 06/09/2013 | Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis
    BART's top-paid worker of 2012 never worked a day With a gross salary of more than $333,000, BART's highest-paid employee last year wasn't its general manager, police chief or a worker who racked up gobs of overtime scrubbing grime from filthy train seats. It was someone who did no work at all for BART in 2012: Dorothy Dugger, the agency's former general manager who resigned under pressure more than two years ago. Under a lucrative retirement scheme, Dugger, 57, quietly stayed on the books, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more...
  • Mehserle asks appeals court for new trial

    05/09/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/9/12 | Eric Kurhi
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant III on the Fruitvale BART platform in 2009 it was a mistake and a tragedy, his attorney said Wednesday, but it wasn't a case of gross negligence that would justify his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Dylan Schaffer, who is representing Mehserle in his appeal to have his 2010 conviction overturned, said he's looked at similar cases and found manslaughter convictions only for incidents involving "extraordinary imprudence" -- a man pointing a loaded gun at someone's head, or handing a pistol muzzle-first to a drunk spouse, or an old gambling den...
  • Bill would allow BART to keep out those who repeatedly break law

    09/19/2011 2:13:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/19/11 | Dennis Cuff
    BART would get authority to ban those who repeatedly break the law -- fare cheats, vandals or protesters disrupting train service -- from entering its stations, under a bill passed by state lawmakers and sent to the governor's desk. Assembly Bill 716 would give BART and the Sacramento and Fresno public transit systems the authority to bar someone cited on three separate occasion over 60 days for infractions on a train, bus, station, or stop.
  • Vandals damage BART station after protest arrests

    09/09/2011 12:32:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/9/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Vandals damaged vending machines at BART's Glen Park Station in San Francisco on Thursday night, hours after at least two dozen people were arrested during a protest at the Powell Street Station. About eight to 12 men dressed in black hoodies came into the Glen Park Station and used hammers to smash fare gates, eight Clipper Card readers and ticket vending machines at about 10 p.m.,
  • BART protesters arrested - Powell station closed

    09/08/2011 6:57:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/8/11 | Justin Berton, Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writers
    A crowd of chanting protesters converged on the Powell Street BART Station Thursday night and confronted police in riot gear who formed a wall to block them from approaching the pay gates and then drove them outside as they closed the station. At least 50 protesters chanted "no justice, no peace" confronted officers and several of them fought with police as they were arrested in yet another case of commuting delays and havoc on the besieged system. The demonstrators, who dubbed themselves "No Justice No BART," had promised to lie down in front of the turnstiles at the downtown San...
  • BART protests cost the agency $300,000 so far

    09/07/2011 3:27:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 9/7/11 | Will Reisman
    The recent protests against BART have cost the agency $300,000, and with another event planned for Thursday, that tab is likely to increase. Since July 3, when BART police officers shot and killed 45-year-old transient Charles Hill at the Civic Center Station, the transit agency has been besieged by a series of protest events aimed at disrupting the evening commute. The protests increased in frequency after Aug. 11, when the agency shut down cell phone service in its downtown stations to prevent a planned gathering. So far, the bill for dealing with those protests has cost BART $300,000, with most...
  • BART protest organizers: Stay off the platforms

    08/29/2011 3:04:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/29/11 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Organizers affiliated with Anonymous, the loose-knit group behind the recent protests against BART police in San Francisco, are asking demonstrators to take a less disruptive approach when they assemble at 5 p.m. today by staying off train platforms and out of busy Market Street. One message, distributed by "AnonyOps" on Twitter, expressed concern about how the protests - which have prompted BART to shut down stations and have angered many commuters - are being received by the public. The communique suggests an activist group in the throes of a mid-strife crisis. The message told demonstrators to gather outside Civic Center...
  • BART warns protests may force closures

    08/29/2011 12:21:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/29/11 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    BART officials are again warning commuters that they may close stations in downtown San Francisco or alter service in response to a demonstration planned for 5 p.m. tonight at Civic Center Station. This is the third consecutive Monday that activists plan to rally against BART . . .
  • BART protests: Patrons, police losing patience

    08/25/2011 9:53:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/25/11 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco -- As far as the online activist movement Anonymous is concerned, its Monday afternoon BART disruptions have been rousing successes. Thousands of inconvenienced commuters disagree. So does San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr. "I don't want this to be construed as delivering a threat," Suhr said, "but enough is enough. They made their point, and they are now losing in the court of public opinion. We don't feel that we took appropriate action at the appropriate pace (on Monday). The next response will be quicker." Good. Fun's fun, but the reality is, this is not a widespread protest....
  • Hacker group posts explicit photos it says are of BART spokesman

    08/24/2011 9:39:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/24/11 | Dennis Cuff
    The hacker group Anonymous stepped up its BART attack Wednesday, posting a partially nude photo of a man they say is the transit agency's chief media spokesman, Linton Johnson. Anonymous has been calling for the resignation of Johnson, who suggested that BART officials turn off cellphone service at underground stations earlier this month to thwart a protest against transit agency police. The posting of the photo occurred as the BART board agreed to become the first public transit system in America to develop a policy regulating when to block cellphone service to protect public safety. It will take two to...
  • Leah Garchik { Whispering sweet nothings of protest }

    08/22/2011 12:28:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/22/11 | Leah Garchik
    The Chronicle's Will Kane, one of the reporters covering last week's BART demonstrations, overheard more or less - the longer quotes in the following aren't verbatim, but approximations of what was said, says Kane - the following exchange: Angry older male protester to officer: "You cop, you're a pig. You bitch. You're a bitch. That's all." Angry older female protester to angry older male protester: "Excuse me, sir, can you please not use a derogatory term for females, even when you're insulting a cop." Angry older male: "Oh, OK. I am sorry. You're right." African American male cop, at whom...
  • Hackers post BART cops' personal information

    08/17/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/17/11 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    OAKLAND -- Hackers carried out the second cyber-attack on BART within the past week today, breaking into the website of the union that represents the transit system's rank-and-file police and releasing a roster of 102 officers along with their home addresses, e-mail account addresses and passwords for the site. The roster was published on a separate website, where the hackers wrote, "Yet another success." Hackers have said they will strike back at BART for temporarily shutting down underground cellular and wi-fi service Thursday, a move BART made to try to quell a planned antipolice protest in downtown San Francisco. The...
  • Taming the Mob--Are social media and civil liberties on a collision course?

    08/16/2011 4:41:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Aug 16th, 2011 | Arnold Ahlert
    In the midst of the uprisings known as the Arab Spring, one of the recurring tactics used by repressive regimes to prevent widespread demonstrations was to cut off cell phone service and shut down social media sites. Thus, there is more than a hint of irony surrounding the decision last Thursday by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials to cut off underground cell phone service at several train stations. The reason for the cutoff? To disrupt the coordination of a flash mob aiming to interrupt train service as a protest for the killing of a 45-year-old man by BART transit...
  • BART protest at Civic Center Station (Live feed from SF) (LINK ONLY)

    08/15/2011 6:29:32 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 31 replies
    LINK ONLY view live news feed of protest:
  • SF cell shutdown: Safety issue, or hint of Orwell?

    08/13/2011 4:02:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 13/8/11 | Terry Collins
    SAN FRANCISCO -An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers' safety from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute? The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials' decision to cut off underground cell phone service for a few hours at some stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to the city's main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police. Two days later, the...
  • Officials interrupt cell phone reception in San Francisco stations to disrupt planned protest

    08/12/2011 7:28:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/12/11 | Staff
    San Francisco - Transit officials said Friday they blocked cell phone reception in San Francisco stations for three hours to disrupt a planned demonstrations over a police shooting. Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said they turned off the electricity to cell phone towers in four stations from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The move was made after BART learned that protesters planned to use mobile devices to coordinate a demonstration on train platforms. (Snip) The statement noted that itís illegal to demonstrate on the platform or aboard the trains. BART said it
  • To defuse 'flash' protest, BART cuts riders' cell service. Is that legal?

    08/12/2011 6:21:11 PM PDT · by tje · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 12, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson
    The decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to cut off cellphone service Thursday evening Ė to forestall a planned protest Ė raises a fundamental question: Do Americans have a basic right to digital free speech or to digitally organized assembly? Because July protests against BART police shootings had turned violent, BART officials took the unusual step to protect public safety, they said. The tactic may have worked: No protests took place Thursday night at BART stations. Temporarily shutting down cell service and beefing up police patrols were "great tool[s] to utilize for this specific purpose," BART police Lt. Andy...
  • BART admits halting cell service to stop protesters

    08/12/2011 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/12/11 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    BART officials acknowledged this afternoon that they shut down cell phone and wireless data service in its downtown San Francisco stations to disrupt a planned protest. Their announcement sparked denunciations from civil libertarians and the apparent threat of a cyber-attack on the BART website. A statement posted on the transit agency's website said the communications blackout was ordered in the interest of public safety: "Organizers planning to disrupt BART service on August 11, 2011 stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police," the statement reads. "A civil...
  • Lawsuit filed on behalf of 150 people arrested at Mehserle protest

    06/13/2011 8:24:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/13/11 | Bay City News
    A class action lawsuit was filed against the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriffís Office on Monday alleging that they violated the rights of 150 people who were arrested after former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced last Nov. 5. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court only hours after Mesherle, 29, was released from the Los Angeles County Menís Central Jail at about 12:30 a.m. Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Hayward man who was unarmed, after Mehserle and other officers responded to reports that there was a fight on a train. Mehserle...
  • {Former BART cop} Mehserle released from custody

    06/13/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/13/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was released from a Los Angeles jail early today after completing his time for involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed passenger on New Year's Day 2009. E-mail and phone notifications made at 12:01 a.m. today said Mehserle had been released, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's online inmate locator also said he had been released as of that time. Officials have declined to discuss specifics about Mehserle's release. Mehserle, 29, was sentenced to two years for shooting Oscar Grant in the back while the 22-year-old Hayward man lay face down on the...
  • Oscar Grant protesters marching down International Boulevard

    06/12/2011 5:06:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/12/11 | Harry Harris
    More than 150 people, many carrying signs critical of police, are marching down International Boulevard in Oakland en route to a rally protesting the prison release of the officer who killed Hayward resident Oscar Grant two years ago. The crowd has been chanting ``We are all Oscar Grant,'' and ``The people united will never be defeated.'' They are also carrying a mock casket to symbolize Grant's death at the hands of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, 29. The protest has been peaceful so far and the crowd was heeding the words of Keith Muhammad of the Nation of Islam....
  • The Birth of BART: Photos from the 1960s and 70s : The Poop

    05/19/2011 3:16:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | May 19 2011 at 06:13 AM | Peter Hartlaub
    Since we started the Let's Go to the Morgue! series, the most frequent request has been BART photos. I've received separate suggestions to search the archives for Transbay Tube assembly images, photos of construction on Market Street and confirmation of the legend that Richard Nixon once rode on BART during a campaign stop. You can see all of the above in this week's special Let's Go to the Morgue! extended BART edition -- the perfect way to kill 19 minutes while you wait for the next Dublin/Pleasanton train! Thanks to Chronicle photo editor Rick Romagosa for cleaning up the photos...
  • Oakland wins judgment against two arrested in violence that followed Mehserle verdict

    04/13/2011 9:15:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/13/11 | Sean Maher
    OAKLAND -- Two men arrested on suspicion of looting following a downtown rally after the verdict in the Oscar Grant slaying were ordered to pay $25,000 each to the owner of a jewelry store that was robbed, city officials announced Wednesday. The city filed a lawsuit in October against Terry Williams, 33, of Oakland, and Gerald Dugas, 20, of Castro Valley. They were at the scene of a July 8 rally to protest the verdict of involuntary manslaughter returned against former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot and killed Grant on a train platform early of the morning of...
  • Bart Stupak Ďaccostedí in airports one year after healthcare reform

    03/24/2011 11:11:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/24/11 | Madeleine Joelson
    One year later, former Congressman Bart Stupak is still feeling the effects of the critical role he played in healthcare reform. In an interview with ĎThe Atlantic,í Stupak said he still gets ďaccostedĒ by angry citizens. Stupak, a pro-life Democrat from Michigan who led early opposition to the Healthcare Reform Bill based on its abortion language, eventually reached a compromise with the White House that garnered pro-life support and led to the billís passage. ďSomeone will come out and just bitch me out,Ē said Stupak, who received a death threat the day after Obama signed the bill into law. ďItís...