Lawmaker rips plan for 'blended' rail system Other Topics, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Apr 30, 2011 at 10:01 am
A Central Valley assemblywoman came out swinging on Friday against a proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to 'blend' Caltrain with California's proposed high-speed rail, calling the proposal a "Great Train Robbery."
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Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2011 at 10:01 am
High-Speed Rail: it's not about the train, it's about the money!
This just in: In California, one Democrat (Galgiani) from the State Assembly is angry at another Democrat (Simitian) from the State Senate because she thinks he's stealing a billion dollars from a project that includes his district, and that was going to dump this money into her district. Supposedly, he wants it for the local commuter rail instead of high-speed rail. Whatever.
Galgiani's district is in the Central Valley, the only place in California that is currently intended to have and spend construction dollars to build the now famous "Train to Nowhere." Galgiani has been the legislative and political tool of the CHSRA and has constantly produced legislation and support to keep the rail authority in business. The Central Valley is the "lucky" recipient of federal and state bond funds for this initial HSR construction. And, that's what pork and boondoggles are all about.
To his credit, State Senator Simitian has been a persistent critic of the rail authority's mismanagement of the project; his patience is worn thin. He recently made a case to have work suspended on the Bay Area Peninsula until further funding is assured and the needs of the numerous communities on the Peninsula are addressed. However, please note that Simitian is a high-speed rail supporter, just like Galgiani.
As we have pointed out over and over, the rail authority's management has been a text-book disaster. Even those passionate in their support of high-speed rail as a concept have been appalled by the flagrant abuses of this appointed and unregulated agency.
For those of us who so vehemently oppose this project in California, Democrat fighting Democrat, not over transportation issues, but over the earmarked pork dollars, confirms our contention that this project is a totally unnecessary waste of vast resources that should be far better spent on much more urgent needs.
Posted by PoliticalNewbie, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on May 1, 2011 at 1:00 am
Why hasn't ANYONE simply put together a plan to REPEAL this ridiculous BOND? Doesn't anyone have the moxy, charisma and last but not least courage to document all of, but not limited to the "misleading via media, total public disinformation prior to the 2008 vote that was so methodically disguised within the words of the voting materials, making people believe, what now, we learned to be inflated reports, false surveys, EIRs, and the like, by the "powers that be"?!!! Can't we, the people Take away what we gave under false pretense for us here, in the Bay Area? And, IF Ms. Central Valley wants it so bad and believes in it so much, why can't SHE just spread the costs down her way for her people to pay!?! I'll bet she doesn't even live close to the train, and I wonder how often she'll be going to "San Francisco from Los Angelos"? Anyone notice how it was always brought up as "LA to SF"? Or am I just totally too new to be asking questions? Come on people, stand up and speak your words~look what happened in Egypt when the people stood up!!! THINK about it PEOPLE~USE YOUR HEADS~CAN'T YOU SEE THAT ALL OF THESE ANTICS ARE SIMPLY glittering guises and endless "compromises" THAT shatter OUR the illusion of integrity!?
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on May 11, 2011 at 6:54 am
A recent report from the state's independent analyst called for major changes to the HSR project.
"Analysts recommended that lawmakers slow down the project, which is supported with nearly $10 billion in voter-approved bonds, and shift operational and strategic oversight to the state Department of Transportation."
Posted by Pietro, a resident of another community, on May 12, 2011 at 11:53 am
Since Peter Carpenter may as well call this online playground including sandbox and blackboard, why not just rename it THE PETER PRINCIPLE" or something permitting his favoritism because of his hands being found in everyone's pie?
Poor Peter C. does not confuse me, who has an Italian spelling of the same name.
However, I am not quite so puffed up as to be known as an expert from everything from A-Z.
Give this Peter C. permission to use his given name. Otherwise, it becomes really unfair. Even the Carpenter man would permit entry, uless it is possible he has your editor's job as well.
At this point, The Alamanac News information has fallen into satire, anyway.
I have the Weld families in Boston reading it regularly.