Thank You!

I am honored, humbled, and thankful beyond words for our victory this week! As of this morning, I was leading my opponent by a count of 54% to 35%.

This grassroots victory demonstrates that you really have a voice! Together, we confounded pundits and political insiders alike with our win!

I ran this race on substance and results -- particularly my record of accomplishments while serving you on the BART Board. I asked that voters allow me to continue my work putting riders first and expanding affordable, reliable public transportation options for Bay Area residents. And the people responded!

I look forward to continuing to serve you in building a Bay Area public transit system that is the envy of the world. Please continue to stay engaged and help me in my endeavors.

Thank you for your support,



Re-electing Raburn to the BART board is right choice

By Rob Stoker and Eddie Dillard, Oakland Tribune

Not many politicians walk the walk and follow up words with actions. On more than one occasion, Robert Raburn has demonstrated that promises made are promises kept. He deserves our support for re-election to the BART Board of Directors.

He has been a committed advocate for workers in the Oakland community to get jobs on BART-sponsored projects. The Oakland Airport Connector is a prime example of his commitment.

The project hiring goals were 50 percent of labor hours to be provided by local area residents, 25 percent of labor to Oakland residents, 20 percent of apprentices by local area residents and 50 percent of apprentices by Oakland residents.

The project delivered 71 percent of labor to local area residents, 27 percent labor to Oakland residents, approximately 20 percent apprentices to local residents and 69 percent apprentices to Oakland residents.

These workers not only got a paycheck -- which provided food, clothing, rent, etc. -- but the workers also gained valuable job skills as labors, carpenters, operators and various construction trades skills.

Many of these apprentices came from the Oakland-based Cypress Mandela preconstruction apprenticeship program in West Oakland. Small businesses and local women-owned and minority-owned businesses included in the project (48 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms) received more than $38 million.

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East Bay Express Endorses Robert Raburn for BART Board

Vote Yes on Oakland’s Measure Z and No on Berkeley’s Measure R 

East Bay Express, October 22, 2014

We’re also urging “yes” votes on Berkeley Measures S and F, and we’re endorsing Gilmore, Oddie, and Matarrese in Alameda; Eng, Senn, and Almanzor for Oakland school board; and Raburn for the BART board.

Finally, we think the BART board District Four race presents one of the most difficult choices in this year's election. Incumbent Robert Raburn is an environmentalist and transportation wonk, who, like us, opposes transportation projects that spur suburban sprawl. However, he disappointed us last year when he voted to hire union-busting negotiator Thomas Hock — a move that directly led to two BART strikes. Moreover, his challenger, Alameda Councilmember Lena Tam, is much better than he is on labor issues and has strong union backing. But having said that, we're concerned about Tam's dedication to the job — organized labor had to recruit her to run. And Raburn now admits that his vote to hire Hock was a mistake. For that reason, and because he's far more knowledgeable about transportation issues, we're endorsing Raburn for reelection.

Please click here to read the entire article.

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Late Night Bus Service Coming to the Bay Area

There’s just 18 days until the November 4 election, but no campaign is going to stop me from continuing to get things done for BART riders and Bay Area commuters. I’m pleased to announce that a proposal I’ve worked hard on for the past year was passed last week by the BART and AC Transit Boards to expand late night transbay bus service as early as this December!

This victory represents the culmination of my efforts to foster a strong collaborative relationship between BART and AC Transit. These extra buses will provide more frequent and expanded service to those who rely on transit when BART isn't in service. This pilot program is part of a larger effort to seek ways to offer the public more options during the overnight hours.

I want to continue my work on the BART Board of putting riders first and expanding affordable, reliable public transportation options for Bay Area residents. To do that, I need your help!

Please consider contributing $1000, $750, $500, $250, $100, or whatever you can afford today!

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BART, AC Transit directors approve late night bus service and Wires BAY AREA, Calif. — Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Expanded late night transbay bus service could begin as early as December after BART and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit directors voted to approve the service.

BART directors approved the one-year pilot program today and AC Transit directors approved it Wednesday night.

The plan calls for AC Transit to run its existing late-night lines that run from San Francisco to Richmond and Fremont more frequently and add a line to the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station. The routes would also be lengthened in San Francisco to 24th and Mission streets.

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Campaign Filing Deadline Just 5 Days Away!


There are only five days until the next campaign filing deadline on September 30th. It’s critical we make a strong showing this fundraising cycle. Together, we can send a clear message to voters that our work reforming and improving BART has only just begun.

Help us demonstrate our campaign’s strength and broad base of support by contributing today

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Oakland Democrats Endorse Robert Raburn

Robert Raburn speaks at the MGO Candidate Forum.

As a lifelong Democrat I’m especially proud to announce I’ve once again received the endorsement of Oakland’s oldest, and preeminent, Democratic Club: the Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO).

I honor the decades of work of the MGO on behalf of the people of Oakland, and share its commitment to promoting the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party. I thank the MGO for recognizing my commitment to putting these principles to work for BART riders by expanding BART capacity, enshrining BART with good government practices, making BART greener, and making BART work better for everyone. 

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Alameda County Carpenters Endorse Robert Raburn for BART Board

It’s been an incredible week for our campaign! Last Friday we kicked off the Labor Day weekend by announcing the endorsement of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County. This week we’re announcing the support of the Alameda County Carpenters Local 713!

Robert Raburn tours the wheelhouse as new tram cars are tested on the Oakland Airport Connector

This endorsement means a lot to me. For over 100 years, the Alameda County Carpenters Local 713 has worked to strengthen our communities, provide high paying jobs with good benefits, offer education and training for Alameda County carpenters, and ensure a safe and secure work place. I share these goals, and honor the Local 713’s tradition of fighting to make worker’s lives better. These shared values are why we’ve worked so well together while serving the public on the BART Board.

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Construction Union Workers Support Robert Raburn for BART Board

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be more proud to announce that the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County has endorsed my re-election! Standing up for workers, and collaborating with local unions to build a mass transit system that the Bay Area deserves, has been one of my highest priorities on the BART Board.

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BART Gives Public A Look At ‘Fleet Of The Future’ For 1st Time


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Channel Five) – Bay Area Rapid Transit’s fleet of the future pulled up to Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco on Wednesday, the first in a series of events intending to give riders a closer look at the new cars.

The model train will also be shown off throughout the Bay Area over the next several weeks.

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