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Eshoo, Simitian to talk high-speed rail (NOTE: Meeting has been canceled)

Original post made on Jul 22, 2009

State Sen. Joe Simitian will join Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at a meeting in Menlo Park on Saturday to discuss the California high-speed rail project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 6:33 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Bob Heinen, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Anna Eshoo and Joe Simitian, Thank you for the opportunity to speak with us about the impact of High Speed Rail on our community. We need an open process and we need to preserve our neighborhoods. The HSR Authority has never listened to the concerns of the local community, preferring to secure dollars for San Jose and predetermining the route of the HSR.

I encourage everyone in Menlo Park and in neighboring towns to attend this town hall meeting and learn more about the HSR process and voice your concern. We do not want a Berlin wall down the middle of our town.

The Cal Train corridor seems to be predetermined. Why is this? The Rail Authority will analyze other routes for other segments in California. Why not analyze other routes for the SJ-SF segment? The Authority's insistence on fast-tracking the review and public participation process is misguided and will only lead to more opposition from local residents.

Posted by WE WILL, a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

AND WE WILL BE there..YES the people the Voted YES for HSR..Stop this silly "BerlinWall" make up horror stories..a railroad already runs thru the towns.The other side of this issue needs heard also not just some ultra-senstive nimbys..remember Prop1a passed everwhere outside of Atherton

Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm

In Council members reports, last evening (7/22/09) it was noted that our City Council members had not been notified of the meeting --- Mayor Robinson remarked he had learned about the meeting only that day and he had not been notified by anyone from Eshoo's office.

As a result, none of Menlo Park's council members will be around -- they all had prior commitments. Not good planning.

I'll not be around either -- I'm quite sure the Authority will be quite happy that I will miss the meeting.

Morris Brown
Stone Pine Lane

Posted by GetGreenNow, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Glad Congresswoman Eshoo is holding this event. I'm interested in hearing the facts and learning more about the project and any job creation that will be attached.

Posted by Spokker, a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 1:10 am

"The Authority's insistence on fast-tracking the review and public participation process is misguided and will only lead to more opposition from local residents."

You may disagree with the final decision to use the Caltrain corridor, but this thing has not been fast-tracked. That much is for sure. It's been studied for over a decade.

Posted by CONFUSED, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

Seems to me that studying something for a long time is not at all the same as planning something, deciding something, or communicating something. The mere passage of time and the quantity of nearly content-free sessions is no substitute for real information.
Assuming the route is set, it still remains unfathomable that we have no information about plans or decisions related to the tracks and their placement.
This is a major project. It should be done right. We can't even comment on the design alternatives or impacts because they have not been revealed. Sure hope this session makes those clear.

Posted by Nick Szegda, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Looks like the meeting has been postponed (or her participation has, at least). See info at Representative Eshoo's web site here (text of the press release below link):
Web Link

--begin quote

** Updated July 23, 2009**

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) received notice today that she must postpone the scheduled meeting in Menlo Park on Saturday, July 25th due to critical votes in Washington, D.C.

As a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee she must remain in Washington over the weekend to vote. Congresswoman Eshoo apologizes for any inconvenience the schedule change may cause and is committed to hosting a meeting in the near future with experts who can answer citizen questions on High Speed Rail. She will inform constituents as soon as possible of the new date and time.

For more information, you can visit her website at Web Link or call our District Office at (650) 323-2984 or (408) 245-2339.

--end quote

Posted by Please Stop, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Hey "We Will", congratulations, we're glad you'll be there. How about asking other questions, while you are there, like: Where is this money coming from? How many jobs is this REALLY going to create, and how did you calculate this number? What is the HSR going to REALLY do for California, other than having VERY expensive bragging rights? I'm not too sure that I like this thing running down the middle of the peninsula and potentially destroying properties and dividing towns, but my real issue is the cost. For some reason, the HSR supporters have no problem with another huge cost, at the expense of continued budget costs for schools, state parks, senior citizens, our infrastructure, etc. How about becoming fiscally prudent, rather than, "wouldn't it be neat to have a really fast train, that would be really neat, but would have to be subsidized for the rest of it's life......."

Posted by Morris Brrown, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

The meeting has been canceled. For more informaation go to the Menlo Park e-mail log.


Posted by I Didn't, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

What I'd really like to hear is that CA HSR is canceled.

Posted by WEWILL, a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

IT WONT with it

Posted by R.GORDON, a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

PLEASE STOP does seem to have a great deal of information and while everyone worries about the looks of a speeding train, it IS the future of America when one comes right down to it.
No airlines
No auto companies
No jobs
And health care postponed as predicted, very much like this failed meeting...DARNED that Washington and its Congressional vacations!
I would love to see Americans working on building cross country high speed trains and all over the map to major cities. This time they do not use Chinese and African American labor for free. This is UNION STUFF! Throw in the Health Care while you're at it! It IS inevitable and people know it deep down.
The next big fear which will enter American thoughts are the words EMINENT DOMAIN which will be paying 10 cents on the dollar for the property needed to keep those train tracks in a straight line in order to hit those 200 MPH speeds.

Posted by Ruth, a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Why does the HSR need 9 million dollars for PR? Probably because they have not been honest with voters from the start. Jobs? Will teachers and firefighters be the first hired to lift that first shovel of dirt?

Posted by Spokker, a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm

"Why does the HSR need 9 million dollars for PR?"

If it were $1 million you'd complain. If it were $500 thousand you'd complain.

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