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Special District

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid TransitCandidate for Director, District 8

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Janice Li

Director, Transportation Nonprofit
39,997 votes (32.05%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure BART stations are clean, safe and welcoming by increasing BART agents, prioritizing downtown SF stations for cleaning and staffing, and expanding the elevator attendant program.
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility by holding BART management accountable to their timelines of delivering critical maintenance and upgrades as part of Measure RR ($3.5 billion bond approved by voters in 2016), and pushing for transparency in budgeting.
  • Work to ensure affordability and accessibility by working to expand low-income fare programs and identifying sustainable and diverse funding sources so these programs can survive.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Advocacy Director for SF Bicycle Coalition
Advocacy Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (2013–current)
Co-Chair, Water Working Front Group for the Port of San Francisco (2016–current)
Task Force Member, Mayor Lee's Transportation Task Force 2045 (2017–2017)

Biography

I was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States at a young age. I grew up in Buffalo, New York and went to college at New York University. After graduating, I moved back to Buffalo where I worked for People United for Sustainable Housing, a community-based nonprofit that develops affordable housing and develops neighborhood leaders that gain community control over local development and planning.

I now live in the Outer Sunset, just blocks from Ocean Beach. Moving to San Francisco was a way to connect with my roots, but it was also a desire for me to find community as a queer woman of color.

I’m currently the Advocacy Director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, where I lead organizing and policy work for one of the city’s largest membership-based advocacy organizations. I’ve won countless of campaigns for better bike infrastructure, more funding for transit and policies that encourage sustainable transportation.

 

Having served on Mayor Lee’s Transportation Task Force 2045 to create a transportation investment plan over the next two decades, I have an intimate knowledge of how we fund transportation. I also serve as co-chair for the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Working Group, where I led a 33-member advisory committee to develop over 100+ policy recommendations on land use, transportation and resilience.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (21)

  • San Francisco Examiner
  • Sing Tao Daily
  • Bay Area Reporter
  • Broke-Ass Stuart
  • Equality California PAC
  • YIMBY Action
  • San Francisco Women's Political Committee
  • San Francisco Sierra Club
  • Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
  • Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco
  • New Avenues Democratic Club
  • Richmond District Democratic Club
  • Rose Park Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Berniecrats
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • San Francisco for Democracy
  • San Francisco District 11 Democratic Club
  • Community Tenants Association
  • San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
  • San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters
  • San Francisco Green Party

Elected Officials (14)

  • Assemblymember David Chiu
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Former BART Board Director Tom Radulovich
  • Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu
  • San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
  • San Francisco District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin
  • San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang
  • San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown
  • San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim
  • BART Board Director Bevan Dufty
  • BART Board Director Nick Josefowitz
  • BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman
  • Former San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Former City Administrator Rudy Nothenberg

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My vision for BART is simple: A safe, reliable transit system that puts people first. That’s why my top three issues are safety, fiscal responsibility, and affordability.

Here are some ideas I have on these issues and what I would fight for to tackle each. What are your thoughts? Email me at info@janice.li with your ideas.

Safety

We need to make BART stations clean, safe and welcoming. The recent deaths of Nia Wilson and Jessica St. Louis are a tragic and very real reminder that BART is facing serious problems and is unable to keep our stations safe. I am committed to being on the ground and bringing the resources needed to San Francisco’s BART stations. The status quo is not acceptable and I would direct resources to prioritize downtown San Francisco stations for cleaning and staffing.

Fiscal Responsibility
  • Focus on BART’s core system rather than advocate for new, unfunded expansions

  • Ensure BART’s budget is accessible and easy to understand for the public

  • Hold BART management accountable to delivering on 2016’s BART bond dollars, with a focus on the $350 million in station access improvements (e.g. elevator and escalator replacement)

  • Regularly attend BART Bond Oversight Committee meetings

  • Diversify revenue sources and increase revenues through efforts like Transportation Task Force 2045 and supporting measures like the TNC Tax (AB 1184)

Many west siders do not depend on BART as part of their daily commute but they still pay into the system. I would hold BART accountable to their timelines of delivering critical maintenance and upgrades as part of Measure RR ($3.5 billion bond approved by voters in 2016) and push for transparency in how BART’s budget is developed.

Given my experience serving on San Francisco’s Transportation Task Force 2045 and being a leader in the Transit Justice Coalition, I have a strong understanding of transportation funding and have been actively leading advocacy to push for progressive revenue measures to fund needs like Free Muni for Youth and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

Affordability
  • Expand discounted/free fare programs for low-income BART riders, including students, seniors, and people with disabilities

  • Support AB 2923 (Chiu) and push for highest levels of affordable housing on BART property to meet previously approved guidelines of building 20,000 units of housing on BART property by 2040

  • Establish a equitable fare policy so that BART serves the widest possible ridership, which should include:

    • Exploring implementing fare integration between BART and Muni

    • Reestablishing BART + Muni FastPass in San Francisco

    • Creating a monthly pass for BART

It is imperative that BART see itself as a regional agency that impacts people and communities, rather than just a service that operates trains. I believe that mobility is a human right, and we have work to do to make sure everyone can get around in ways that are truly affordable and accessible. I’m ready to fight for that on the BART Board.

 

Through my time at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, I’ve participated in a wide range of conversations from regional fare policy to financial justice. I’ve consistently advocated to establish low-income fare programs and have worked to identify sustainable funding so these programs can survive. Lastly, I’ve worked at the local, regional and state level to push for and win legislation that prioritizes transit and sustainable transportation. I’ve developed strong relationships with our state legislators and have actively worked on, supported, and won a wide range of state bills, including AB 1184 (Ting), which was recently signed by Gov. Brown.

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