Monday, August 9th, 2010 at 9:07 am in Uncategorized.
Rocky Fernandez, the AC Transit board president, won’t seek re-election in the financially beleaguered public bus system. “It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided not to seek re-election to represent Ward 4 on the board,” Fernandez said in a statement released over the weekend. “Right now, I need to step back on focus on my career.”
He was elected in 2006 in a ward including San Leandro, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, and the part of Hayward east of the Nimitz Freeway.
These are tough times at the agency, which has cut service onoce this year, plans another cut later this month, and has hinted that it may need even more cuts unless it can get cost-cutting concessions from the bus drivers’ union. A judge earlier this month ordered the transit system to switch back to its old labor contract that the board had tried to replace with one it unilaterally imposed on bus drivers.
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