Bey did not return SF Weekly's calls. But BART board member Bob Franklin was hopeful the contractor could get his affairs in order by tomorrow's deadline. Since Bey does not possess a contractor's license, Franklin noted, he has put together a joint venture -- and, hopefully, one of the companies he brought in does have a licensed contractor on board. "I think the business license should be pretty straightforward if the joint venture is legitimate," said Franklin. "And then there's bonding."
By the way, Franklin claims that, per BART policies, Bey's problematic past when it comes to handling public money could not have disqualified him from bidding on agency contracts. In fact, even if he does not come through with his paperwork tomorrow and BART loses out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in state money, Franklin still thinks Bey could not be precluded from entering bids on future contracts.
Meanwhile, what will become of the up to $780,000 in state grants set aside for lighting installations at North Berkeley station if Bey drops the ball is anyone's guess. Franklin and BART Board president Thomas Blalock hope some or all of the money can be shunted over to a lighting project at 12th Street Oakland station, and Franklin hopes the state would be amenable to giving BART an extension.
But no one can say for certain that, come Nov. 13, that money won't be whisked away for good.