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High-speed-rail analysis sets stage for more lawsuits

Original post made on Apr 23, 2012

The state agency charged with building California's high-speed rail system approved on Thursday a long-debated environmental analysis for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles line -- a voluminous document that the project's opponents immediately characterized as an invitation to more lawsuits.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has become a parody of itself. These articles are like Onion articles. They should be filed under News of the Weird along with the one about the dog poop thief.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

How much loot did Van Ark walk away with?

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

We don't need this wasteful project, if you want to go to LA take a plane which goes from 3 airports in this area and you can land in several in the LA area. No government money needed and plenty of competition between airlines to keep the ticket price down. I think we have a good chance that there will be a measure on the ballot in November to stop this project. Once the petition is circulated to put the measure on the ballot be sure to add you signature.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I respectfully disagree with the assertion that generating yet another proposition is the best course of action for eliminating this project.

Let's remember, it was a ballot measure that got us into this predicament in the first place. I would go so far as to postulate that the proposition system employed in California is seriously broken and dysfunctional, and actually creates more problems than it solves.

There are good reasons why direct democracy doesn't work well in large populations...what may work well at the townhall level isn't necessarily the best thing for a state as big and diverse as California. Though the original intent of the proposition is noble, its been corrupted to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and prevents a coordinated, long term outlook for the state.

It also hints at a mild form of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result.

For better or for worse, elected officials are there to represent our interests AND couple that with finding the best solutions for the state as a whole. We do our part best by communicating to them what we want, and then holding them accountable for the outcomes they achieve.

The proposition is nothing more than a way to short circuit this way of governance, and effectively removes the responsibility from our elected officials to make good decisions, and puts that burden squarely on us.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

...and I agree HSR should be scrapped.

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Posted by Grossman Woman
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] I hope the current HSR Planned Route is forever changed by the Courts.

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