How High Speed Rail will affect out local communities
Original post made by morris brown, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Jun 26, 2008
On how local communities will be affected…
Locals would be overridden
I asked Diridon whether one or two local cities, like Atherton and Menlo Park, could stop a 400-plus mile high-speed train system in this state.
If the bond measure passes, the high-speed train system will override local objections, he said. The streets that cross the tracks will have to be lowered to accommodate the high-speed electric trains (similar to the underpass at the Oregon Expressway at Alma in Palo Alto). And the tracks would have sound walls on both sides.
So local control will be lost. We will have no control. The CHSRA will do them and implement what they want.
Diamond exclaims that there is good news:
The good news is the bond measure will pay for the grade separation work.
Diridon said. And since this will be a general obligation bond, residents' taxes will not be raised,
Diridon continually makes this statement "taxes will not be raised.". Now the $10 billion bond will cost the general fund of the state $665 million dollars for each year of the 30 life of the bond. That's a total of almost $20 billion. That's a total of about $2000 for an average family of four!
How he can continue to repeat this falsehood is amazing. Where does the general fund revenues come from? They come from our taxes.