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  • Why Expecting Subway Passengers to Pay Is Racist

    05/22/2017 10:00:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/17 | Michael Shannon
    Regardless of whether government tolerates broken windows or broken turnstiles, it always leads to broken heads in the end Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers discovered what happens when government ignores the Broken Windows theory of policing in favor of the lefts Let It All Hang Out philosophy. Broken Windows, introduced by James Wilson and George Kelling, held that a community starts to deteriorate when political leadership deemphasizes enforcement of quality of life ordinances.
  • Reporters Sleep as 60 Black People Rob a BART Train in Oakland

    04/25/2017 11:15:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    American ^ | April 25, 2017 | Colin Flaherty
    The "weekend cops" beat is not the most glorious job in journalism, but it is the easiest. All you have to do is check into the newsroom, grab a portable scanner, go to breakfast, visit the cop shop, ask a few questions, check the police blotter, eat lunch, scribble a few paragraphs about a car accident, then meet your fellow scribes for an after-work libation. But you do have to do one thing. Always listen to the police scanner. Every newspaper has its own horror story. The one related to me during my first turn on the cop beat in...
  • BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

    04/24/2017 4:42:20 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 145 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 24 Apr 17 | Demian Bulwa and Michael Cabanatuan |
    BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries. The incident the first of its kind in recent memory occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others...
  • BART takeover robbery: 50 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

    04/24/2017 11:56:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 86 replies
    SF Gate ^ | April 24, 2017 | Demian Bulwa
    A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency. The incident the first of its kind in recent memory occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station. According to a police summary, witnesses said 50 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently...
  • BART may designate itself a sanctuary transit system

    02/10/2017 3:28:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2017 | Michael Cabanatuan
    BART, whose trains carry riders between a number of Bay Area sanctuary cities, will consider adopting its own policy protecting undocumented immigrants from the federal government. The BART board decided to consider a measure proposed Thursday by directors Nick Josefowitz of San Francisco and Lateefah Simon of Oakland. Recent studies indicate that there are over 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in the Bay Area. Many of these immigrants ride BART every day, Josefowitz said, adding that they should feel safe aboard BART.
  • Cameras catch BART janitor who made $270,000 in a year spending hours in Powell St. closet

    02/06/2017 5:35:23 PM PST · by DFG · 36 replies
    sfgate ^ | 02/06/2017 | Katie Dowd
    Last November, a nonprofit called Transparent California reported that a BART janitor named Liang Zhao Zhang made $271,000 in a single year over $162,000 of that in the form of overtime. Now, a KTVU investigation into Zhang's hours and pay revealed that he disappears into a storage closet at the Powell St. station, sometimes for hours a day. In order to observe how Zhang spent his sometimes 17-hour work day, KTVU requested surveillance video from BART. On it, they saw Zhang entering a storage closet twice in one day, once for 54 minutes and again for 90 minutes later...
  • Machete attack civic center San Francisco

    01/06/2017 10:55:23 PM PST · by Duke of Milan · 30 replies
    Twitter ^ | 01/07/2017 | Stephan Gray "some guy with a machete just attacked a guy in the civic center @SFBART station by the market & 7th entrance"
  • [San Francisco] Post-Election Wall Of Empathy Goes Up At BART Stations

    11/14/2016 11:35:47 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 41 replies
    CBS SF ^ | November 14, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) San Franciscans will have the opportunity Monday morning to write supportive notes to each other in the wake of Donald Trumps election as U.S. president. The so-called Wall of Empathy will be available above ground at the 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission and Montgomery Street BART stations from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. In the wake of Tuesdays election results, many of us have been experiencing grief and shock in various forms, event organizers Muriel MacDonald, Tamilla Mir and Melissa Goldman said in a statement. The racist, sexist, xenophobic rhetoric that was a hallmark...
  • BART rejects ad for pussy-grabbing-proof underwear

    11/03/2016 3:58:25 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    SFGATE ^ | November 2, 2016 | Michael Cabanatuan
    <p>Ads for a decidedly feminist brand of womens underwear will be arriving soon at a BART station near you, but theyll be missing a billboard for pussy-grabbing-proof panties that has been banned by the transit agency.</p> <p>Thinx, which sells moisture-absorbing underwear, teamed up with the agency that places ads on the BART system for station domination campaigns at the Montgomery and 16th Street-Mission stations in San Francisco later this month.</p>
  • 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 and overall service will suffer for months 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 bus bridge 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 glitchs 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 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 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 ‘Black Friday 14’ 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) – 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’Malley’s 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 “Black Friday 14,” 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 its necessary. But you arent 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. Thursday'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) 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 4s 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
    Were not here to destroy or harm. Thats not what this is about, said protester Kharyshi Wiginton, 39. The war on black people is very real. Its not made up. Its not on some black people. Its on all black people. The demonstration, like those earlier in the week, was in reaction to Mondays 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...