As a former Palo Alto mayor who has worked on regional transit policy, Ms. Kishimoto realized early the complicated issues regarding high-speed rail and its impact on the Midpeninsula. She took the lead to create the Peninsula Cities Consortium that consists of representatives of cities in our area most likely to be affected by the rail project.
Ms. Kishimoto is not an anti-high-speed rail activist, nor a knee jerk proponent. As an experienced elected official, she has become an advocate for greater transparency and more public involvement in the planning process.
It is puzzling why the Labor Council has gotten involved in the Democratic Party primary between two well-known and respected elected officials. The flier is the kind of hostile hyperbole that voters have seen before: photos of cars sitting in traffic, text filled with buzz words such as "gridlock, pollution and fewer jobs."
The candidate who received this union's endorsement, Rich Gordon, claims to have known nothing about this hit piece. While there's no reason not to believe Mr. Gordon, I do wonder why the AFL-CIO prefers Mr. Gordon to Ms. Kishimoto?
There are many issues involving high-speed rail that we are learning more about every week. I am thankful for the time Yoriko Kishimoto has donated to her constant scrutiny of this state-wide project.
Voters should think long and hard about this union's involvement in our regional politics. Yoriko Kishimoto is dedicated to viable regional transit and she is looking out for the interests of all Peninsula residents.
Brielle Johnck, Central Avenue, Menlo Park