Janice Li for BART District 8 Board

November 2018 election

The recent passage of California AB 2923, Assemblyman David Chiu’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow BART to develop taller housing on land it owns, heightens the importance of a pro-housing BART Board. This creates the opportunity for nearly 20,000 homes on transit lines — precisely where it’s best for the environment — if the Board decides to assert their role in addressing the housing and congestion crises.

Janice Li and Melanie Nutter were the only two candidates who completed the YIMBY questionnaire and indicated support for AB 2923 (Eva Chao completed it with a vague response on AB 2923). In her SF Green Party questionnaire, Li affirmed support for “higher residential construction along neighborhood transit corridors, which may include raising height limits by two to three stories” while two other candidates — Brian Larkin and Jonathan Lyens — evaded and opposed this, respectively.

Nutter has stated support for transit-oriented development elsewhere, but in her SF Bike Coalition questionnaire hedged this with concern for local zoning control — which routinely blocks critical projects:

Also, while I will strongly advocate for more transit oriented development on BART property that includes affordable housing, I’m sensitive to the needs of the surrounding communities and the desire for local zoning control. I will work to finding innovative ways to repurpose BART land to develop more transit oriented with the communities themselves at the center of the decision making and planning process.

Li demonstrates the needed unequivocal determination to reduce housing scarcity and pollution with transit-oriented development. Vote for her for BART Board.

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Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.

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