FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2008
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Bill Fulton Elected Chair of Gold Coast Transit Board of Directors
OXNARD, CA – The Board of Directors of Gold Coast Transit has elected Ventura Deputy Mayor Bill Fulton to serve as the Board’s chair for 2008. Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn was selected as the Board’s vice-chair.
Fulton succeeds Joe DeVito who just completed his third term as chair of the transit Board. DeVito will continue to serve on the GCT Board and the Ojai City Council which recently appointed him Mayor Pro Tem. Fulton has served on the GCT Board since 2003. During his tenure he has spearheaded changes to GCT Route 12 that now provides regular service connecting downtown Ventura and the Ventura Harbor, and proposed creation of GCT’s new Day Pass to make it easier for tourists and new local riders to understand transit fares and ride all 15 routes all day without the need to pay multiple fares or use transfers. He has also advocated the purchase of new, quieter buses.
Recently re-elected to a second term on the Ventura City Council, Fulton brings a wealth of experience in urban planning and transit oriented development to the Gold Coast Transit Board. He is a graduate of the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a senior scholar at USC’s School of Planning, Policy and Development. Fulton has authored four landmark books on land use and cities including “The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles,” and “The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl.” His “California Guide to Planning,” is the standard textbook on planning used in college courses throughout California. In addition to his work in elected office, Fulton is president of Solimar Research Group, a Ventura based research and publishing firm that produces the monthly California Planning & Development Report.
John Flynn, Gold Coast Transit’s Vice Chair, is a long-time member of the Ventura County Board Supervisors where he represents District 5. Flynn has served on the GCT Board since 2002 and has been instrumental in obtaining improved public transit service for residents of the unincorporated El Rio and Nyeland Acres neighborhoods. Flynn previously served as GCT’s chair in 2003-04. Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers agency of the Cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and the County of Ventura. GCT provides scheduled bus service on 15 routes in western Ventura County and provides curb-to-curb paratransit service for people with disabilities and senior citizens who cannot use the scheduled bus service. In fiscal year 2006 GCT provided 3.4 million trips to transit passengers.