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CVP and Livable California prevail in challenge to BART’s illegal endorsement of SB 50

May 6, 2019

By Bob Silvestri : marinpost – excerpt

On Friday, April 12, 2019, attorney Jason Bezis, representing Livable California and Community Venture Partners, Inc., filed a cease and desist demand letter with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors (BART) to “cure or correct Brown Act Violations” at the BART Board’s March 14, 2019 special meeting to endorse Senate Bill 50.

In their letter, CVP and Livable CA alleged that the BART Board took part in substantial violations of central provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act and Article I, Section 3 of the California Constitution, because BART failed to provide adequate notice to the public, and there was no finding of fact by the BART Board to support their decision to call for a special meeting.

In response, on Friday May 3rd, Matt Burrows, general counsel for BART, issued a letter to the BART Board recommending that “the action taken under item 3 of the Board’s Special Meeting agenda of March 14, 2019” [the board’s endorsement of SB-50] be “vacated.”…(more)

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