The decision came after a five-hour public hearing at BART headquarters in which more than 70 people - split almost evenly for and against the project - testified. -Rachel Gordon (via SF Chronicle)But how many of those who testified for it were BART staff?Calitics reported Wednesday that BART staff have apparently been running a campaign to lobby the Directors in favor of the OAC. Oakland blogger Rebecca Salzman noticed that an email from the Airport Area Business Association (AABA) in favor of the OAC was essentially a copy of a letter that Kerry Hamill, a BART staffer, sent to the Oakland City Coucil.
Cranking up the smell, Salzman noticed that the sample letter attached to the email, which AABA was encouraging folks to mail to the BART Directors, was actually authored by a BART staffer on a BART-owned computer.
I'm not a fan of the OAC, although it's not highest on my list of priorities. But BART staff using job time to confuse citizens and lobby the Board of Directors is shady as hell.
It seems to have worked, though.