Atherton candidates oppose high-speed rail measure

The election of two members of the Atherton City Council won't make that town's stance any friendlier to the California High Speed Rail initiative. All four candidates said they oppose the plan to send trains through town en route from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The candidates are incumbent Kathy McKeithen, retired former city manager and police chief Richard Moore, architect David Henig and businesswoman Elizabeth Lewis.

Mr. Henig said that while he is opposed to Proposition 1A, a bond measure to fund high-speed rail, he's afraid it will pass. That would be disastrous for Atherton, he said at a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters on Oct. 2.

Ms. Lewis said that while she supports getting cars off the road, she can't support this project.

"Philosophically, I believe high-speed rail is a good idea, but not in our backyard," said Ms. Lewis.

Mr. Moore said that he would like to see San Jose used as the Bay Area hub for the rail line. Once in San Jose, passengers could switch to existing Caltrain service to go to San Francisco, he said.

"I'd push for upgrading Caltrain to electrify," Mr. Moore said. "I'd work with other cities to come up with a plan."

Ms. McKeithen, who voted with the council to have the town lend its name to a lawsuit over the environmental impacts of high-speed rail, also said she'd rather see San Jose as the end of the line.

"High-speed rail is the greatest threat to Atherton's quality of life that is out there today," she said.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm

What is wrong with you people?! This project is going to reduce the impact of the Caltrain running through your town, and even with more tracks it will be quieter and less obtrusive. Mr. Moore, if you knew anything about the project perhaps you would understand that bringing high speed rail through the Caltrain corridor is the fastest route to electrifying Caltrain. Making San Jose the terminus of the line undermines the entire project. You would get from LA to San Jose in 2 hours, and then spend at least an entire hour more getting from SJ to SF, ruining appeal, ridership, and revenue.

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Posted by HSR: the path of destruction
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Oct 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm

I am so tired of you HSR sock puppets coming on these forums and posting messages. I know a lot about HSR, and not only is it financially indefensible, it would create lasting damage to two cities. Obviously, you have never visited the mid-peninsula and have no idea what you are talking about. Plus it takes 23 minutes to get to San Jose on the train--do your homework!

Good luck getting another badly paid job that reflects your dubious integrity. Your handlers aren't going to be sending you any more checks after Tuesday. Props to all four Atherton candidates for taking a community-centric stance.

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Posted by Emily
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Oct 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Someone says something good about the system and they are a "Sock Puppet" and on the payroll? I have done my homework and I know the good this system will bring. I am not on the payroll and I'm nobody's sock puppet. I'm for zero emmissions and smart growth. I'm for jobs and for the economy. I'm for alternatives and for high-speed rail.

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Posted by Atherton against HSR
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Emily, you made some spelling mistakes when you copied the HSR pitch into "your" message. Hope they don't deduct anything from your paycheck for that!

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Posted by Glen
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Do you people have anthing to whine about other than HSR? how about what china set will be placed out for dinner? Ghesss what a bunch of rich crybabies...and yes we are going to come on here when your trying to delay a statewide project.

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Posted by Rich and smiling babe
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm

"Glen," "Emily," "Michael," and friends: no matter what the outcome of this election, you'll still be nattering away in your Inglewood studio by the freeway while we enjoy the well-earned fruits of living in paradise.

HSR is a massive ripoff scheme that's being perpetrated on the California voters. It's not going to happen, not in its currently proposed form anyway. A few people will get rich from the bond money, but you're not going to be among them.

Since you may set the table with the Limoges tonight, and don't forget to wash your hands first!

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Posted by Glen
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2008 at 8:45 am

I live in the CITY with a view of the Bay Bridge..Richey and babie whineessss.!!Well earned ..AND dont worry that 140 year old railroad that built wonderland will just get alittle one will die or be tied to the tracks!!! and your comment about Inglewood has a Racist tone and other comments show your a true snob

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Posted by Michael B.
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2008 at 10:22 am

Consider yourself fortunate living in a 21-st century and benefit the confort of it. Most of freeways are like huge "Parking place in slow motion", at pick traffic. The high speed is the only solution.

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Posted by Top, West
a resident of another community
on Oct 30, 2008 at 8:37 am

"Philosophically, I believe high-speed rail is a good idea, but not in our backyard,"
Good grief, nimbyism in its most literal form!

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