Measure RR Bond Oversight Committee
Measure RR Bond Oversight Committee Overview
The Measure RR Bond Oversight Committee publishes an annual report that outlines the infrastructure rebuilding projects supported by the voter-approved bond measure. You can read the RR Annual Reports here:
In November 2016, voters passed Measure RR, which authorized BART to issue bonds for $3.5 billion to rebuild the aging BART system. The overall goal of the Better BART rebuilding program is to make the system safer and more reliable and to reduce traffic. Measure RR required BART to establish an independent Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) to verify BART spends the bond revenues as promised. The BOC is comprised of seven members who represent a diversity of expertise, geography and demographic characteristics. Members serve two-year terms and are eligible to serve up to six years total. They are appointed by the BART Board of Directors as follows:
- One member nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers, or its successor organization, who has expertise in civil engineering management and oversight
- One member nominated by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, or its successor organization who has expertise in electrical engineering management and oversight
- One member nominated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or its successor organization, who has expertise in audit or financial oversight
- One member nominated by the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management section of the American Society for Public Administration, or its successor section or organization, who has expertise in municipal finance
- One member nominated by the Project Management Institute, or its successor organization, who has expertise in construction project management;
- Two members nominated by the League of Women Voters, Bay Area, or its successor organization or chapter
The duties and responsibilities of the BOC are to:
- Provide diligent, independent and public oversight over the expenditure of funds from the sale of District general obligation bonds
- Assess how bond proceeds are spent to ensure that all spending is authorized by the ballot measure
- Assess whether projects funded by bond proceeds are completed in a timely, cost-effective and quality manner consistent with the best interest of BART riders and District residents
- Publish an annual report that includes a detailed account of the Committee’s activities including its expenditures
The full text of the duties and responsibilities of the BOC are found in Section 11 of the resolution that established the BOC.
Current Committee Members:
Association of Budgeting & Financial Management Seat
Currently retired, Marian Breitbart worked for 20 years as a Financial Advisor to public entities, working with them in the development of a plan of finance, analysis of bonding capacity and financing alternatives; continuing disclosure for bond issues; and development and review of legal documents associated with debt issuance.
Prior to that she worked at the County Administrator’s Office of Alameda County in budget analysis and management of their long-term debt.
Ms. Breitbart holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from SUNY Stony Brook.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Seat
Vinit Shrawagi currently serves as the Director of Peer Review for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) where he oversees the administration of the peer review program for California, Arizona, and Alaska. He has 16 years of experience in finance and audit serving as a credit analyst for firms such as Silicon Valley Bank and Stanford Federal Credit Union and a staff auditor/technical reviewer for firms such as Deloitte (Formerly Deloitte & Touche); Burr, Pilger & Mayer; and CalCPA. Mr. Shrawagi earned both a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree and a Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency from Santa Clara University.
League of Women Voters of the Bay Area Seat
Cindy Simon Rosenthal has a long and rich history of public service with an emphasis on public transit. Before retiring to Berkeley, California, Dr. Rosenthal served 12 years on the city council in Norman, Oklahoma, including being elected city-wide for three terms (nine years) as mayor. During her tenure as mayor, she was deeply engaged in bringing a regional transit authority to the metro area and leading negotiations to create the Regional Transportation Authority of Central Oklahoma.
Dr. Rosenthal has also served on numerous boards, associations and committees including as an alternate on the Berkeley Independent Redistricting Commission; board member of the Park Hills (Berkeley, CA) Homeowners Association; member of the Berkeley-Albany-Emeryville League of Women Voters; vice-president of the Oklahoma Municipal League; board member of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments; and president of the Norman Public Library Board.
Dr. Rosenthal graduated with a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and earned her M.A. in Urban Studies at Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Political Science. As a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Rosenthal authored three books, 12 book chapters, and is the lead author or co-author of 37 other publications.
Civil Engineering Management and Oversight Seat
Daren Gee is a transportation engineering manager at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, a state transit agency covering Silicon Valley and adjacent communities. Better known as VTA, the agency is a transit operator as well as a traffic relief solutions provider. Mr. Gee is currently overseeing construction of a transit center in Milpitas, which will allow easy transitions between heavy commuter rail, light rail, highway, pedestrian and bicycle travel. Daren also serves on VTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He has served as director at American Society of Civil Engineers, and president of Transportation Agency Engineers and Architects Union.
Prior to VTA, Mr. Gee was a designer for DES Architects and Engineers, an architecture firm in the Bay Area. DES partners with commercial developers and government agencies to build new campuses. Just prior his work at DES, Mr. Gee received a Bachelor's of Science in civil engineering locally from San Jose State University. And while pursuing his degree, he was a designer at Nolte and Associates, a civil engineering consulting firm. Prior to Nolte, he performed complex maintenance at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center as a mechanical technician.
Mr. Gee is a product of the Bay Area and resides in Pleasanton.
MICHAEL R. MCGILL -- Chairperson of the Committee
American Institute of Electrical Engineers Seat
Michael McGill currently serves as the president and principal civil engineer for MMS Design Associates (MMS).
MMS is a consulting firm that has provided development-based services to cities, public agencies and private sector clients for more than 35 years.
Mr. McGill’s firm specializes in large, complex projects involving major infrastructure analysis, funding, financing, long-range planning and design, construction and contract administration.
As a civil engineer, Mr. McGill has designed and managed a variety of public works and other municipal projects and has overseen infrastructure projects totaling in excess of $1 billion.
Mr. McGill has served as both the president and a board member of the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District.
He has also served as a commissioner for the Contra Costa County Local Agency Formation Commission as well as the president of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association.
CATHERINE NEWMAN -- Vice Chairperson of the Committee
League of Women Voters of the Bay Area Seat
Catherine Newman, PhD, works as an industrial product designer and developer. Dr. Newman earned her PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a specialty in design theory and methods. She currently teaches product design and design thinking at the university level and consults for Bay Area and Silicon Valley organizations.
Project Management Institute Seat
Ms. Sonja Stewart has twenty years of experience in the field. She has project managed the business side of several multi-million and multi-billion dollar capital projects in both the public and private sectors including at Chevron, PG&E, the Port of Oakland and Survey Monkey. Ms. Stewart is an expert in project success assurance, communications, cost/schedule control, change management, risk, and stakeholder management. Ms. Stewart was born and raised in Oakland. She graduated California State University East Bay with a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance. She earned her Project Management Professional certification from the University of California at Berkeley Extension and Project Management Institute. She was also accepted Stanford's Advanced Project Management program.
The Measure RR Bond Oversight Committee meetings are currently open to the public via videoconference. The public will once again be able to attend committee meetings in person once it's deemed safe to do so by public health officials. The committee typically meets on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December from 9:30 am until 12:00 pm. The information about a meeting, including times and locations, is provided in the committee agenda below. Agendas are typically posted at least three days prior to the meeting.
Agenda and Minutes
9/17/21 Agenda and Packet