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BART Director Debora Allen Proposes Ban on Panhandling

by ECT

On Thursday, BART Board of Director Debora Allen proposed an ordinance that would prohibit solicitation for money in the paid areas of BART.

Allen announced the introduction of the item during Board Member Reports

“The directors request that the topic of a new BART ordinance prohibiting solicitation of money or panhandling from Bart riders at any place within the paid areas, be brought to a board meeting by the end of October for consideration by the board. Staff will work with directors to research applicable information related to the topic,” said Allen.

The request was supported by Directors Mark Foley and John McPartland.

Foley supported the item because he wanted to have open communication and a discussion.

“We should be discussing this very important issue as a board here in a board meeting where the public can comment and discuss,” explained Foley. “Not on social media, not in the press, not on digital media. The discussion should happen here where the decision makers can have an honest and open conversation about how to move forward. That is why I supported this motion.”

The item being introduced was expected as Allen took to social media prior to the announcement and on August 18 on Twitter confirmed she would introduce a proposal saying BART should address panhandling.

As far back as August 3, in response to BART removing anti-panhandling signs, she asked via Twitter: Why do @SFBART riders endure constant panhandling on trains? Because some Board Directors oppose prohibiting it. A Board ordinance is all that’s needed and is achievable with only 5 director votes. Who’s in? #FixOurBART.

The ACLU has already submitted a letter claiming its unconstitutional and banning free speech.

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SW Aug 23, 2019 - 8:07 am

I believe this is a no brainer, as we’re talking about an area where you have to have paid to be there.
Furthermore, how different is this from a movie theater from prohibiting someone going around the theater panhandling? Or at an A’s game?
Pathetic that some members of the BART Board of Directors don’t really have an interest in protecting, and making better, their system.

Melanie Aug 23, 2019 - 9:36 am

This is a no brainer. Panhandling is out of control in the Bay Area. Leave the customers alone. That being said, BART is public transportation. You have to keep it in perspective. If you can’t handle all the crap you have to put up with, you’re better off driving. The ACLU is pathetic.

Roland Aug 23, 2019 - 1:24 pm

I wouldn’t be caught dead on a BART train! No freakin’ way!

Greg Aug 23, 2019 - 9:38 pm

Lets ban Bay Area Rapid Transit for being terrible at safety!

Leslie Waters Aug 24, 2019 - 9:23 pm

God spare me from public transportation.

James D Aug 31, 2019 - 10:06 pm

Another brick in the wall. I can’t wait to leave the Bay Area and it’s solipsistic, entitled community. God forbid someone asks for some change. Get over your self-centered, egotistical moral deficit, you’re not that that important. Utterly disgusting, dilapidated and hypocritical all of you.

You don’t persecute undocumented immigrants and allow same sex marriage just so you can feel righteous and justified in washing your hands of all other problems. Homeless and poor people are just gross and uncomfortable to be around you oh so progressive passangers huh, poor little old you to has to deal with them, such an inconvenience to the little world you live in.

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