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State bill seeks to take politics out of VTA governance

Original post made on Feb 22, 2021

Responding to years of complaints about poor governance at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Assemblyman Marc Berman has introduced a bill that would shift the agency's oversight away from elected leaders.

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Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:51 pm

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Thanks to Assemblyman Berman for his well researched efforts to fix the VTA.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 22, 2021 at 4:48 pm

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About time. Now ... how to fix that darn VTA STAFF?
(BTW - write to the Assembly Transportation Committee Chair / powerful / Laura Friedman Capitol Office, Room 6011
PO Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0043
(919) 319-2043. IMO, mail and phone calls are usually answered by real people (staffers).

Their Committee Rules, Bill Management "1) Bills referred to the Committee will be scheduled for a hearing at the discression of the Chair." Most bills are KILLED DEAD by committee chairs / be warned long suffering residents of No. County! So be especially nice to Chair Friedman and her staff!


Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 22, 2021 at 6:26 pm

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Agree with long overdue need to reform VTA, not sure that proposal is the right way to go:
1. The board quality is still at the mercy of politicians.
2. By appointing non elected board members , there is even less accountability (voters pass tax measures but can't remove the board in case of mis-management)
A better and simpler approach might be direct election of the VTA Board by District (as BART does).


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