Earthquake Safety Program Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC)


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Citizens' Oversight Committee Overview

Contact the Citizens' Oversight Committee

Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting Scheduled 

Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2013-2015 Citizens' Oversight Committee Members and Alternates  


 

Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting 

The first Citizens' Oversight Committee meeting of the 2015-2017 term was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 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
 

Directions to the BART Board Room

 

The Kaiser Center Tower is located at 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612. 

 

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 Meeting Scheduled

The ninth Citizens' Oversight Committee meeting of the 2013-2015 term was held on Thursday, November 13, 2014. All meeting agendas and minutes, when 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
 

Directions to the BART Board Room

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Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes

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 Minute

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 September 17, 2009.

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2015-17 Citizens' Oversight Committee Members

In May 2015 the BART Board of Directors selected members of the 2015-2017 COC:


Members


COC Member Ralph Mason

Ralph Mason, Public Finance/Project Management Expertise Seat

Ralph Mason held the Project Management Expertise seat on the 2013-2015 BART Earthquake Safety Program Citizens’ Oversight Committee, serviing as Vice Chairperson. Formerly with Bechtel Corporation and Kaiser Engineers, Ralph Mason is now an independent engineering consultant. Mr. Mason has over 45 years of experience in the management, engineering and implementation of rail and mass transit projects in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has managed projects ranging in value from $15 million to over $5 billion. Although a mechanical engineer by training, Mr. Mason has worked with a wide range of engineering and technical disciplines including architects, engineers, planners, contract managers, project schedulers, cost estimators, quality assurance and control specialists, safety and system assurance specialists, construction managers, resident engineers, factory and field inspectors, and many other technical specialists involved in complex project work. He has managed the implementation of new metro, light rail, high-speed rail, and people mover projects as well as the extension, and improvement and renovation, of existing mass transit and rail systems. Mr. Mason has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, is a registered Professional Engineer in California, and has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1981.

 

 

COC Member Ching L WuChing L. Wu, Seismic Retrofitting Expertise Seat

Ching L. Wu holds the Seismic Retrofitting Expertise Alternate seat on the 2013-2015 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 2013-2015 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 SeatClinton 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

 

Bio information forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

 


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. Varnado has an excellent track record in planning, organizing and innovating new services, products and business structures.

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. 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, 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.

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.

 

Derek Schaible, Alternate, Seismic Retrofitting Seat 

Bio information  forthcoming.Derek Schaible

 

 

 

 

 

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