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New Leadership for High Speed Rail?

Original post made by MOrris Brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Jun 2, 2011

On June 1, the State Senate passed bill SB-517, sponsored by Senator Alan Lowenthal, which if passed by the Assembly and the Governor will lead to a change in the governance of the High Speed Rail Project. The bill passed on a 26 - 12 vote.

This bill, if signed into law, will replace the present Authority Board with new members, who will be professionals, not politicians and developers, and the new appointees will have to be approved by the full Senate. Presently the Governor effectively controls the Authority's board, since he can appoint 5 of the nine members.

There was a lively discussion of the bill on the Senate floor. Senator LaMalfa, an avowed opponent of the project, made the crucial point in his support for the bill. He said "Anything would be better than what we have right now governing the High Speed Rail Authority."

The present project is an utter disaster and at the very least needs a complete restart. That certainly will never happen with the present board. The hearing and vote can be watched on YouTube at:

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Posted by PALLBEAR
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Actually, you are dead wrong.
The plan is going to be completely reworked and the authority looks like it has shifted since you did your research.
A lot of investors are going into this full throtle and understand the entire series of hold ups which have been planned delays.
Ever since the TESLA debacle, there are a lot of people out of jobs and the routing now looks like it is going to involve eminent domain just to get things rolling.
I asked the editor why the bankrupt TESLA has not garnered front pages since it eminated in Menlo Park. That disaster was the last straw for organized corruption in dispensing funds at the worst time possible and you may know some of the heads which will be handing in resignations.
I would open up the history of TESLA before discussing anything about HSR. People do not trust COUNTY government. It is at its lowest ebb.


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