I am running for election to a 5th term as AC Transit Director for Ward 2 (Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Piedmont). If re-elected, most of my posts will be devoted to apprising readers of important issues before and decisions by AC Transit and the Transbay Joint Powers Agency, on which I now serve as chair.

From the outset, I want to include how those issues and decisions fit into local, state, and national politics. Eventually, I would like to broaden the discussion into local, California, and national politics in general.

We have to come to grips with the dysfunctionality that has seized national politics, and consider its possible consequences. Other than with respect to judicial appointments, I am not sure that even a Senate takeover by Democrats will much alleviate the seizure. For transportation development, the seizure will be transformative at best and catastrophic at worst; and I fear that other areas of public policy will fare the same.

For the next few weeks though, my mode of transit will be that of floating down the South Fork of the Flathead River through Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. In late August, I plan to start posting. If you are interested in the conversation, please sign up for the ride.

Greg Harper

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