Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Ms. Johnck favors high-speed rail through Menlo Park. Morris Brown opposes it. I oppose it.
But we all want an answer to the question; What is the city's policy on High-Speed Rail?
This is the same question that my colleague Morris Brown raised in front of the city council this past Tuesday.
Menlo Park's City Council is given to making decisions, pronouncements and resolutions "Ex Cathedra" about high-speed rail. Apparently, a clear, unambiguous policy is a good thing to avoid. It's better to make decisions on the fly. Call it political opportunism.
After all, the opinion of the masses is a messy thing. Better to avoid it. It is much safer, politically, to pursue an agenda of ambiguity, taking a middle road, making accommodations with all sides, protecting one's political behind, as it were.
Siding with Eshoo, Simitian and Gordon is easy and safe. After all; don't they do all their homework, and don't they know best what's good for us?
A little track here, a little track there. Some high-speed rail, but not too much. Nobody gets hurt that way.
You're in good hands with the Menlo Park City Council. See, you can have it both ways.