Rail advocates, critics to face off in Palo Alto Elections, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Nov 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Top officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority will join some of the rail project's toughest critics in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon for a public discussion of the controversial, voter-approved rail line.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 1:00 PM
Posted by gcoladon, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Nov 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm gcoladon is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Yes, I noticed that too, @Greg. :) If HSR existed, maybe I could have used it to get to the meeting on time :P
So I watched the webcast. Wow! I had no idea how deeply this project is disliked down in Bakersfield, for the way in which it cuts through their town ("wholesale destruction of the city"). The public comments seemed to fall into three buckets: union representatives who unsurprisingly like the idea of more construction jobs, people who like high speed rail but are strongly opposed to the bait-and-switch that has occurred regarding the cost estimates for this project, and people who think the existing business plan is a terrible plan because of one or another reason.