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Almanac

Viewpoint - September 7, 2011

Letter: Stop high-speed rail

Lynn Schenk, vice chairman of the High-Speed Rail Authority board, admitted recently that the authority's previous business plans were really nothing more than sales tools.

"That first business plan was more of a sales and marketing piece than it was in the nature of a proxy," she said in a video that can be viewed on YouTube.

Indeed the voters of California were convinced to vote for the Proposition 1A's $9.95 billion bond measure in 2008 based on a whole series of fraudulent claims.

Construction costs were to be $33 billion, but have now doubled to around $65 billion. Projected ridership of 117 million passengers per year has now fallen to around 40 million and may well go much lower. The price of a ticket was expected to be $55 and has now jumped to $105.

Just equate these sales pitches used by authority board members to the same level as Bernie Madoff used for his $50 billion Ponzi scheme. The only difference is really that right now Madoff lives in prison, but previous and present board members continue to pitch this scheme.

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature could stop this right now, but they simply refuse to listen.

Morris Brown, Stone Pine Lane, Menlo Park

Comments

Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Due to the State's complicity in fraud in the inducement, HSR should be put on the 2012 ballot with truthful information to give the voters a chance to vote on a ballot measure containing truthful information.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

Here's the link to the Youtube video Morris mentioned.
Web Link


Posted by ALMA, a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

NOW IT IS A QUESTION OF JUST ACTING AS IF PEOPLE ACTUALLY PREVENTED A LOCAL CATASTROPHE.
DEARIES...........THE COUNTRY IS DEAD BROKE.
NONE OF YOU PROTECTED WHAT MAY BE SOON A COMMUNITY WITHOUT WATER AND NATURAL DISASTERS.
THE MAIN GOAL OF THIS GOVT. IS TO HAVE HSR AND I AM SO GLAD BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN..........THANKS TO A DEAL WHICH HAS BEEN ON THE FIRE SINCE THEY FOUND OUT WE CANNOT DO THINGS LIKE FIX BRIDGES BY OURSELVES.