BART board addresses suggestion of impropriety in vote regarding GM Dorothy Dugger 

Confirming what many people already knew, BART’s Board of Directors will fess up and admit that a majority of their members asked General Manager Dorothy Dugger to resign earlier this month.

The motion, supported by a 5-4 count, was immediately tainted by accusations that it violated California’s open-meeting laws, and was therefore rescinded. To address that issue, BART’s Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Thursday morning (before their regularly scheduled one) to announce the Feb. 10 measure, and thus avoid any potential legal ramifications of the vote.

The special meeting will also confirm reports that directors James Fang, Bob Franklin, John McPartland, Tom Radulovich and Robert Raburn were indeed the members who voted for Dugger’s ouster.

The real news from the meeting isn’t necessarily this announcement, but the lack of any notice to the public regarding Dugger’s future.

If the BART Board of Directors takes action on Dugger’s job status Thursday, it would violate state law again (because nothing has been posted in advance about that subject), so it looks like Dugger will continue to stay on as the agency chief for at least another two weeks.

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