News - December 22, 2010

Rich Gordon to chair subcommittee overseeing high-speed rail authority

Newly elected state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, has been named chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

He will head the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, his office announced Dec. 15.

Mr. Gordon, who served 13 years as a San Mateo County supervisor, has closely followed the high-speed-rail debate and has called for creation of a new oversight structure for the authority's governing board, with greater transparency and local representation.

Other departments and agencies over which the subcommittee has authority include the state Air Resources Board, the Department of Water Conservation Resources, the Department of Fish & Game, and the Department of Transportation.

Mr. Gordon will also serve on the full Budget Committee, the Budget Subcommittee on Oversight, and the standing committees of Local Governments, Health, and Revenue & Tax Committees.

He was elected in November to represent the 21st Assembly District, which includes Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside, as well as San Carlos, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and the Almaden Valley.

In addition to serving on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Mr. Gordon was president of the California State Association of Counties in 2008-09.

"I am pleased that I will serve on a variety of committees in diverse issue areas, and I will strive to fulfill my pledge to bring better governance to Sacramento and help tackle the state budget problems dominating the state today," Mr. Gordon said of his appointments.


Posted by Murphy, a resident of another community
on Dec 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

The proposed route for hi-speed rail is along the existing Caltrain
right-of-way. This commuter line has been there for over 160 years.
Opposition to use of this route for hi-speed rail comes mostly from
those who have chosen to live relatively close to this line. And most of their complaints center around noise and the aesthetics. Hi-speed rail would require grade seperation at all crossings. No longer would you have trains blaring their horn through crossings as well as the noise of the crossing bells as well. Vehicle traffic would move smoother. As far as the visual, I acknowlege that at first it would seem unsightly, but over time it would not be a thought. Travel around the east coast, you don't notice trains.
Yet they're all around you. Grade seperated. Above you, below you.
Over time it all blends in.

Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community
on Dec 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Just what kind of weight does his elected position carry?
Not much, I understand.
Sort of to get him out of the investigations of the Supervisors office is the gossip.

Posted by stop HSR plans, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Murphy - many of us who oppose the HSR plans do not live close to the Caltrain tracks at all. The main reason everyone should oppose this is a business case that does not make any sense, mainly because the assumptions underlying it are entirely faulty. Further, the state cannot afford to subsidize the train, which would inevitably be required. There are far better uses of federal and state funding such as for greatly-needed local and regional transit, and other social support such as for education. We simply cannot afford all these things and HSR, too.
Last, the HSR proposed does not fit within the footprint of Caltrain and the freight trains. It would totally alter the character of our towns and wipe out a number of businesses and private homes. Alternate routes such as along (or over) highways such as 101 or 280 seem not to have been studied at all.
I am very hopeful that Rich Gordon will bring common sense to this mess.

Posted by REALLY, a resident of another community
on Jan 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Mr. Gordon says so much with so few words.And this topic has not moved since Dec.24.but remain out in front.
I think changes are due and if only two comments have been posted, it could mean nothing, but when in Washington last, a friend of the ex Mayor told a friend of the mayor before him that..Wait...that is all heresay. Let me just say that it isn't over according to some very very annoyed Democrats, of all people.
I think he was a Leo with Saggittarius rising.

Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community
on Jan 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I am having a group of citizens follow all of our elected officials, at no cost, scrutinize MR.GORDON'S work and go over every decision, just as we are going to independently establish private citizens organize to find out what each elected official is doing and what they are costing Californians for how and why we deserve them to represent us.
It is something which was once something which was expected to happen with the jobs where elections were involved.
I am the least powerful voice in a rich and unhappy group of Americans who are going to be an adamant to check that waste of tax payer's money is not spent promoting future elected officials, but to stop any waste and, MOST OF ALL, corruption and the integrity of the salaries paid for work done.
The list of participants who think along the same lines are no longer going to settle for a country run by those who are already beginning to drop out of politics.
There is a way out of this particularly in CALIFORNIA and it will begin in every single person's home, and tax records.Most of you already have 1099 forms for your employees to fill out and going back several years. I am sure Peter Carpenter will stand behind this 100 %.

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