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Rail directors told to lie low in Midpeninsula

Original post made on Aug 9, 2010

Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors have been advised by agency staff not to participate in public hearings on the Midpeninsula, where residents and elected officials have persistently criticized and occasionally jeered the voter-approved rail project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 9, 2010, 11:32 AM

Comments (17)

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Why should anyone be polite to a pack of thieving oligarchs? Has Quentin Kopp ever done an honest day's work? These people are tax parasites.


Posted by MVFlyer, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

This is going to get held up for years. While I fully agree with the folks in PA/MP/Atherton that running the train through their cities at grade or above will create many problems, I also agree with the HSR commission that the cities need to come up with other suggestions to discuss. And the HSR can't be so dogmatic as to not consider other options. I think there's some pigheadedness on both sides.

I'm not sure that the PA/MP/Atherton contingent has considered the massive construction issues with tunneling, creating a mess in their cities for years. And the HSRC needs to think about quality of life in these cities and others along the way...I still believe that a right of way along 101 is the best way to go--noise and speed aren't issues along the 101 corridor.


Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow, a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Ron Diridon has a lot of gall! The HSR Directors have ignored the desires of the cities along the Peninsula and now he asks for us to be polite. Give me a break!


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

It's a SCAM. Shut it down and get whatever monies have been spent back.


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

When we were move on to better transit options, instead of living in islands. We can't house enought people in the area because nobody wants it, traffic is bad because the roads can't carry it. We add jobs the people still come to. AUGH


Posted by oldabelincoln, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm

It's time to revisit the basic assumptions behind HSR between SJ and SF.

Over the years I've noticed that people are willing to believe in magic as long as it is invoked in an area outside their own field of competency. We who voted for HSR never expected that it would be barrelling through our community at or above grade. We were willing to accept some unspecified magic solution that somehow, in the name of all that is good about the idea of public transit, would make HSR into something other than a massive noise generator.

That will teach us about magic solutions.

The more I look at the proposed HSR implementation, the less I like it, and the more convinced I become that high speed rail is a good idea that unfortunately will not work here.

A better idea whould be to improve local transit to and from our airports, another European idea that would probably work much better here than what's being discussed.


Posted by Wondering, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Yes, we need better transit options. But not this. Finish BART.


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm

USA is a registered user.

Shutting down public communication is the classic symptom of an organization reaching its final days.



Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

USA is a registered user.

"... residents and elected officials have persistently criticized and occasionally jeered the voter-approved rail project."

Lordy, it like that joke floating around about Feinstein coming to life: Web Link


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

USA is a registered user.

OMG, its not a joke. Feinstein actually said that. Here's the CSPAN clip on YouTube: Web Link


Posted by STOP HSR, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 10, 2010 at 6:38 am

This MINDLESS and ABHORRENT waste of our money and our kids money must be stopped.
The only ones pushing it now are the people who get their PAYCHECKS because of HSR. The entire project was based on FALSE ridership estimates so those involved could get your children's money in their paycheck.
They're stealing from our children now.


Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Shut it down... In these days of tough economic times, we don't need the expense, we don't need Govt. telling us what we need, and we don't need friggen politicians saying that we are "rude" because we demand accountability and discourse.

In the words of a carpenter, Diridon and Kopp... Screw You...

George.


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:49 am

USA is a registered user.

Grennady, you made a typo in the headline. There should be a comma between lie and low.


Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 11, 2010 at 2:48 am

Tax parasites, every one of them. Feinstein is the scum of the earth.


Posted by R$odger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

The only solution is to recall this project. We need ideas on how to set recall process in motion, working with the HSR people just wastes time and gives us false hopes


Posted by Chw, a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

This mindset is why there is no BART along the peninsula. Folks along the peninsula need to be more solution-minded about the HS rail, perhaps propose to build it along the 280 corridor.


Posted by "Just Think About It", a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

Two members of the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors have been advised by agency staff not to participate in public hearings on the Mid-Peninsula, where residents and elected officials have persistently criticized and occasionally jeered the voter-approved rail project. This is being paid for with our tax dollars and the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors will not meet with city officials? I thought our city management and elected city officials were to represent its citizens? Maybe we have no say?...........Just think about it. And this is a government "for the people" and "by the people". Wake Up!
..............Just Think About It"...............


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