Led the effort to develop and pass a first-of-its-kind $3.5bn Infrastructure Bond, and reverse decades of underinvestment to deliver a BART system with safe, reliable and modern infrastructure at its core. So much of San Francisco’s infrastructure needs a similar overhaul.
Founded and ran a successful company building solar energy power plants, providing clean power to thousands of homes and businesses. City Hall could do with more entrepreneurial spirit.
Overhauled BART’s real estate team, and passed policy to deliver over 20,000 new homes adjacent to BART stations, of which 7,000 will be subsidized for working families. There is no better place to build the homes working families need than right next to a BART station.
Put BART on track to be the first transit agency in the country to power itself with 100% Renewable Energy. We must all do what we can to meet the threat posed by Climate change.
Delivered funding to replace all the broken and aging escalators in the downtown San Francisco MUNI/BART stations and on Mission St. We can’t run a modern transit system with escalators that in some cases were decades beyond their useful life.
Passed BART’s first Public Art policy to deliver high quality permanent and temporary installations and performance to BART riders and surrounding communities. More people travel on BART in a week than visit all of the Bay Area’s art museums in a year.
Secured over $140m to start working on building a Second Transbay Tube to double BART’s capacity. San Francisco hasn’t opened a new Subway station in over 37 years, and that’s a problem.
Helped deliver BART’s first comprehensive Strategic Plan, backed by numerical targets, to hold staff and organization accountable for delivering. We need to foster a cultures of accountability throughout government.
Developed and helped pass the ordinance giving middle class homeowners in San Francisco access to discounted financing to help pay for energy and water efficiency upgrades. Reducing utility bills while cleaning the air.
New infrastructure that allows more trains to run faster and closer together, will significantly increase BART’s capacity. Within 7 years, BART will have added a MUNI Metro’s worth of capacity. We need to make all our old systems go further to carry more people.
Passed BART’s first Open Data Policy, opening up data to the public and facilitating internal collaboration. We need to break down organizational silos and open ourselves up to the disinfectant of sunshine before we are ready to tackle our biggest problems.
Helped BART pass its groundbreaking Station Access policy, making it easier and safer for riders to get to and from the station. We’re pioneering new parking technologies and deploying the largest secure bike parking plan in the country.
Developed ordinance requiring solar on all new construction in San Francisco. Ordinance eventually authored and passed by Scott Wiener.This is the type of environmental leadership we expect more of from San Francisco.
Passed ordinance to make BART the first Sanctuary Transit Agency in the country, ensuring that all riders – regardless of their immigration status – are welcome at BART. We all have a duty to contribute to a culture of compassion and inclusion.
Hired BART’s first sustainability director, and passed BART’s first major sustainability policy. Divested BART funds from coal. If you know where to look, you can drastically improve environmental outcomes in every organization.
Helped modernize BART’s customer service experience, and develop the capacity to analyse customer feedback to inform decision making. We should expect the same customer service from government that we get from the private sector.