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on Aug 15, 2010
Well it campaign season again and Jerry Hill is out looking for attention. That could be all well and good, but let us look at what he is saying:
The quote above from Assemblyman Hill:
"As for the alternatives unveiled by the authority last week, Hill said he was confident the authority could reach a solution with the cities.
"The alternatives came from local talks, local issues and local initiatives," Hill said. "It meets the community's standards, the standards of the Bay Area and the standards that we're all accustomed to."
Now I don't know where Hill has gotten the idea that the alternatives "meets community's standards."
Why is Belmont writing a letter to the FRA to deny funding for the project up here. Why are similar letters in the works from Menlo Park, Atherton and Burlingame all expressing the same view.
Just the opposite Assemblyman Hill. What the Authority is proposing here is a disaster; I thought you knew that. Have you been miss-quoted?
Do you really believe that BART to the Airport was done right? That extension has proven to be an embarrassment to Kopp, who spearheaded it, and all who supported it. Way over cost and ridership that is only a fraction of what was promised.
Considering what I thought I heard from you at the Authority's last board meeting, this is a complete flip-flop. Have you been miss-quoted?
Joe says Bus ride was in response to Bay Area Council.
The Authority alternatives do not meet community requirements at all. I am not confident that the Authority negotiate anything but the cheapest route. Doing it right to me means one that will not damage the communities, translation, in a tunnel or a covered trench as a last resort. But my very first preference is correcting the bogus ridership numbers that no doubt will prove that Altamont is the better route.
This project is NOT what the people voted for and it is NOT being followed in accordance with the laws. Why do politians and "pro" rail advocates forget about the law? The last time I looked there is separation of Powers in the government and it doesn't matter what O'Bama wants if the Legislature doesn't want to vote for the appropriations.
If there is money for this project, shouldn't it be the most profitable and the least damaging route?
Enough with you peoples lies and spin the facts statments... the vast majority of the Bay Area over 62% voted for high-speed rail the fact that the high-speed rail runs through towns and the people on the tracks that voted no and still screaming does not make the project unworthy.. if your types were around years ago we would never have the Golden gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge or the freeways or anything because it ran by you or how were you thought in your world leading brains that would not make money or on with some other tactic or lie.
During a time when we are laying off police and fire fighters, struggling to keep schools open, shutting down valuable assistance programs, about to provide medical care for 40 million uninsured people, unable to manage pension liabilities and contemplating significantly higher taxes, I have a great idea.
Let's build a high speed train.
Sounds like a Mel Brooks movie.
Save CalTrain............KILL HSR
Now that the "facts" are quite different from what was shared when we voted, and there also is some information about potential impacts on communities, how about taking another vote of the people?
If there is such great support remaining in cities, there should be no fear of such a vote.
It is deeply offensive to read "stop your fear lies" accusations. Many of us like HSR, even voted for it, but now are appalled by the new information coming out. We did not vote on the project we are hearing about now!To pretend otherwise is laughable if it weren't so frightening.
PLEASE you people did not for it!! and you can stop the empty threats about stopping it because nobody in the State of California outside of your town would shed a tear about Atherton/Menlopark or its ilk.."saveCaltrain" what a joke..thats just what you want to get rid of.
If elevated rail is truly what is being considered, then it would make sense to consider running the train right up the middle of 101 or El Camino. This would eliminate the need for eminent domain fights. I'd prefer having riders looking at the local shps rather than backyards....
If the rail system were designed in a truly artistic way (hire some Disney folks for this, please) and business/transit hubs were considered at the stops along the peninsula, this might help alleviate the concerns of the "Berlin Wall" effect if it were to go up El Camino. I want HSR, but not at the cost of dividing our communities.
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