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.