The Contra Costa Times is reporting that BART’s Board of Directors voted to ask GM Dorothy Dugger to resign, but was forced to rescind its vote after being informed it was a violation of the Brown Act. The Brown Act is California’s open government law, which dictates a government body, among other requirements, agendize business items.

From the article:

A source close to the events said several board members aired grievances about Dugger’s performance in closed session, and then called for a vote to ask her to resign. The board voted 5-4, with Bob Franklin, Robert Raburn, John McPartland, James Fang and Tom Radulovich in favor of dismissing her. Gail Murray, Lynette Sweet, Thomas Blalock and Joel Keller voted to keep Dugger, according to the source.

Following the vote, BART general counsel was brought into the closed session and alerted the board they cannot take such a vote without agendizing a “notice of discipline, dismissal or release.” The board voted unanimously the rescind its earlier vote. Dugger was then brought into the meeting to discuss board concerns with her job performance, the source said. Full article

The latest BART Quarterly Performance Review shows a slippage in rider satisfaction since 2008.

Report: BART Board Wanted GM Dugger to Resign 11 February,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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