CA: Transit Chief Reappointed at Joint City/County Meeting

Jan. 29--STOCKTON -- City and county officials today decided to reappoint a veteran transit official to the governing board overseeing the San Joaquin Regional Transit District.

In a rare joint meeting with the Stockton City Council and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, the two elected bodies chose Joni Bauer to another four-year term on the transit district's board of directors.

"I really have a genuine interest in transit," she said in a brief public interview with the elected officials. That extends to teaching people how to ride transit in her position as the orientation and mobility specialist for the Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Stockton.

Bauer was first appointed to the board in 2006. The RTD board has five members. The city and the county each appoint two members. But the fifth seat is filled by joint approval by both elected bodies, which they did with a 10-0 vote in favor of Bauer.

The regional transit has a budget of about $31 million and is responsible for Stockton buses and other services that serves parts both inside and out of San Joaquin County.

Bauer was last reappointed in 2010, the last time the Board of Supervisors and City Council held a similar joint meeting. Tuesday's meeting was held at the San Joaquin County Administration Building, before supervisors went on with their regular meeting.

The appointment was the only piece of joint business on the agenda. But it wasn't all business.

Before the city officials left the dais, Councilwoman Dyane Burgos Medina proposed a different sort of meeting in the future.

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to possibly rekindle an old tradition," she said. "I would like to challenge the Board of Supervisors to a game of softball."

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