Today, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) announced the 11 members appointed to it’s new-founded Citizen Review Board, an intermediary group between the BART system and it’s employees, and the general public when mediation is necessary.
The board was conceived after the callous execution of Oscar Grant III, on January 1, 2009 by BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle. The board will (hopefully) serve to protect the public and the BART employees equally, allowing for safe observation and decisions to be made that reflect the communities they affect.
Over forty people applied to be on the board, but only 11 were eventually chosen. They are:
Benjamin Douglas of Lafayette; Sakara Beshears of Pittsburg; William White and Peter Barnett, both of Oakland; Doug Hambleton of Danville; Les Mensinger of Fremont; Ken Jones of San Francisco and Sharon Kid, George Perezvelez, and Jennifer Scaife, of Berkeley. Also on the board is Sue Angeli, a former Pleasant Hill councilwoman and a nominee as designated by the BART police union board.