Earthquake Safety Program Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC)


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Citizens' Oversight Committee Overview

Contact the Citizens' Oversight Committee

Citizens' Oversight Committee Meetings

Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2017-2019 Citizens' Oversight Committee Members and Alternates  


 

Citizens' Oversight Committee Overview

On November 2, 2004 Bay Area voters passed Regional Measure AA, which authorized BART to issue bonds for $980 million to make earthquake safety improvements to BART facilities in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. The measure also required BART to establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) to verify that bond revenues are spent as promised.

The COC is comprised of five members selected from citizens of BART's districts. COC members may not be elected officials or BART employees or officials. The COC shall be comprised as follows:

  • One member shall have expertise in seismic retrofitting.
  • One member shall have expertise in auditing.
  • One member shall have expertise in engineering.
  • One member shall have expertise in public financing or project management.
  • One member shall represent the community at large.

The duties and responsibilities of the COC are to:

  • Review scheduling and budgeting of projects to be funded by the bond measure.
  • Confirm that work is completed and bond funds are expended in accordance with the bond measure.
  • Inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.

Members will serve a two-year term, without compensation.

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Contact the Citizens' Oversight Committee

You may contact members of the Citizens' Oversight Committee via email at eqcommittee@bart.gov or by phone at (510) 874-7478.

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Citizens' Oversight Committee Meetings

The first Citizens' Oversight Committee meeting of the 2017-2019 term will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

All meeting agendas and minutes, once approved, are available below.

All meetings are held at the following address:

Conference Room 1700
Kaiser Center Tower, 17th Floor
300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612
 

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Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2017-2019 COC Agendas

May 17, 2017

 

2017-2019 COC Minutes

 

2015-2017 COC Agendas

February 8, 2017
November 9, 2016
April 28, 2016
January 21, 2016
September 3, 2015
May 6, 2015

 

2015-2017 Minutes

November 9, 2016
April 28, 2016
January 21, 2016
September 3, 2015
May 6, 2015

 

2013-2015 COC Agendas

November 13, 2014
August 5, 2014
May 6, 2014
February 4, 2014
December 3, 2013
August 6, 2013
May 7, 2013
April 23, 2013
February 26, 2013

 

2013-2015 COC Minutes

August 5, 2014
May 6, 2014
February 4, 2014
December 3, 2013
August 6, 2013
May 7, 2013
February 26, 2013


2010-2012 COC Agendas

October 25, 2011
April 19, 2011
December 21, 2010

2010-2012 COC Minutes

October 25, 2011
April 19, 2011
December 21, 2010


2008-2010 COC Agendas

January 20, 2010
October 13, 2009
July 14, 2009
April 7, 2009
January 6, 2009
October 14, 2008
July 1, 2008
April 1, 2008

2008-2010 COC Minutes

January 20, 2010
October 13, 2009
July 14, 2009
April 7, 2009
January 6, 2009
October 14, 2008
July 1, 2008
April 1, 2008


2006-2008 COC Agendas

September 13, 2007
February 15, 2007
June 8, 2006
April 27, 2006

2006-2008 COC Minutes

September 13, 2007
February 15, 2007
June 8, 2006
April 27, 2006


The Citizens' Oversight Committee also provided a report to the BART Board of Directors on August 28, 2014.

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2017-19 Citizens' Oversight Committee Members:


Members


 

Derek Schaible, Member, Seismic Retrofitting Expertise Seat Derek Schaible

Bio Information Forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ching L. Wu, Member, Public Finance/Project Management Expertise Seat Ching Wu

Ching L. Wu holds the Seismic Retrofitting Expertise Alternate seat on the 2015-2017 BART Earthquake Safety Program Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Ching has a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a registered Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineer in California. Ching’s career consists of more than 40 years of experience in project management and engineering design for complex infrastructural projects requiring interagency coordination, environmental issue resolutions, community outreach and subcontracts management. His expertise includes tunnel design, design criteria development and seismic vulnerability studies, seismic and structural design analysis, road alignment, civil earthwork and utilities, underground facility design, noise and vibration impact analysis and contract specifications. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical papers on seismic analysis and retrofit design, underground structures analysis and design and related topics.

 


COC Member Sang Bak LeeSang Bak Lee,  Member, Public Finance/Project Management Expertise Seat

Sang Bak Lee holds the Project Management Expertise Alternate seat on the 2015-2017 BART Earthquake Safety Program Citizens’ Oversight Committee. He is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lee Intelligence Network Associates (LINA). LINA provides project and construction management consulting services to major engineering and construction companies with regional activity in North America, Asia and the Middle East. Their major clients include Bechtel Corporation in addition to other major engineering and construction firms. Prior to founding LINA, Mr. Lee was the Principal Vice President serving as Country Manager for Bechtel International in Korea. He also has 27 years of engineering and construction experience with Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, 10 years with Hyundai Construction in Seoul, Korea, and 7 years with LINA in Orinda.

 

 

Clinton J. Loftman, Member, Auditing Expertise Seat Clinton J. Loftman

Clint Loftman has over 20 years of experience in real estate development, urban planning, community and economic development, and finance in the public and private sectors. He is currently a Development Program Manager for the Oakland Housing Authority, where he has financed and developed award-winning affordable residential and mixed-use real estate development projects.

He has been active in the Bay Area community including, among others, serving as charter member on the Treasure Island Restoration Advisory Board, on the Boards of Directors of The Development Fund and San Francisco Beautiful, and as a judge for Stanford University’s Social Entrepreneurs Challenge Competitions.

Mr. Loftman has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Certificate in Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a BA from Williams College.

 

Janine De Hart, Member, Community At-Large Seat Janine De Hart

Janine De Hart holds the Community At-Large seat on the 2015-2017 BART Earthquake Safety Program Citizens Oversight Committee.  Ms. De Hart is a career Executive Assistant with over 30 years experience supporting CEOs in and around the Bay Area.  She is currently Senior Executive Assistant at Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco.  Ms. De Hart has trained in disaster preparedness and is a member of the Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Albany, the city where she resides.

 

 


Alternates


 

Karen Varnado, Alternate, Community At-Large Seat Karen Varnado

Karen Varnado is an entrepreneur who has taken risk and converted new ideas into market innovations. Created multiple new businesses, acquiring the resources, developing product, and seizing market opportunities. Ms. Varnado has an excellent track record in planning, organizing and innovating new services, products and business structures.

Ms. Varnado spent 20 years in Silicon Valley in global executive management positions where she honed her cross-industry expertise in consulting, sales, and business development. She served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development for Zelerate Inc., an open source applications company where she helped take the company to a position of prominence in the e-commerce industry. Ms. Varnado was recruited by a Venture Capital firm to join Extensity, a start-up that had a successful IPO. She was also recruited by Oracle. During her eight and a half year tenure at Oracle, Ms. Varnado held various consulting, sales, and business development positions. As a director of Global Alliances, she built and managed worldwide partnerships, strategic business development efforts and sales and marketing programs, including Apple where she crafted and executed Oracle’s first retail agreement. Under her direction Oracle’s Intel platform revenues grew from $25 million to $250 million annually.

Ms. Varnado holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.

 

 

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