POSTED COURTESY OF WRIGHT ENTERPRISES SAN FRANCISCO~DALLAS COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT~~~
NOTE FROM ORGANIZERS:
Add THOMAS L. BERKLEY's Name to 19th St. Oakland BART Station!
We—as Bay Area residents, riders and financiers of our public BART system—support the addition of THOMAS L. BERKLEY’s name to the 19th Street Oakland train station(s). Mr. Berkley was a great family man and father, human and civil rights advocate, accomplished attorney, founder/publisher of the Post newspapers around the Bay Area, world-renowned athlete as well as a past President during the major expansion of our Port of Oakland. Based on his many contributions, the City of Oakland named 20th Street in its Downtown/Uptown area for him, in 2002. In fact, the two main entrances of the falsely-named “19th Street Station” are on Broadway at Thomas L. Berkley Way (one of the busiest stations and bus transfer points in the entire system), not on 19th Street. We encourage the BART Board to immediately make this change and recognize one of the Bay Area’s great contributors and the first of African American ancestry. Finally, as the station is currently under reconstruction, we ask that the BART Board allocate special funding for public art and information regarding Mr. Berkley’s achievements to be placed inside and around our proposed 19th Street Oakland/Thomas L. Berkley station(s). Thank You!