Legislative analyst: 'Deny high-speed rail funding' Other Topics, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm
California legislators should deny Gov. Jerry Brown's requests for all but minimal funding for the California High-Speed Rail Authority in the current budget process, the Legislative Analyst's Office recommended Tuesday.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:59 PM
Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm
Letís see. Are there any reasons that the High-Speed Rail Project should be terminated?
Here are a few reasons. Each of these official government agencies have produced highly critical reports detailing all the reasons why this project should not go forward.
1. The State Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing
2. The State Senate Sub-Committee on High-Speed Rail
3. The State Legislative Analystís Office ( at least half a dozen such reports)
4. The State Auditor
5. The State Inspector General (before Governor Brown closed that office)
6. The California High-Speed Rail Authority Peer Review Group
Currently under review by:
1. The Congressional House Oversight Committee
2. The Government Accounting Office
We can expect no enthusiastic support from either of these Federal agencies, since their obligation to do such an analysis is the consequence of possible mis- and mal-feasance by the rail authority.
This article and comments are the result of the most recent LAO Report which is highly critical of the most recent so-called "Business Plan" by the rail authority
Terminating this project is no mere whim on the part of some of us 'decliners," as the Governor chooses to call us. The fact is, there is now a sufficient, indeed overwhelming basis for shutting down the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its project.
I have to ask again, why should we taxpayers support the construction of a luxury train that will be used only by the affluent. Those who persist in supporting this project either don't know, or, inexplicably, don't care that the train tickets will be the most expensive train tickets available.
What kind of a future for California is it to build a fancy train usable only by the rich?
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Apr 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm
People, it's no longer HIGH SPEED rail.
It's now just another train.
Thank goodness the legislative analyst blew the whistle. Let's just hope the idiots in Sacramento are listening (NEVER bet against them making the wrong decision).
My only complaint is that the legislative analyst said they should keep funding the administration just in case things change in the future. NO! It's that attitude that leaves us taxpayers paying for buggywhip commissions for decades after they've outlived their usefulness.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2012 at 7:07 am
It needs to be killed, but I doubt that will happen. Our legislators are beholden to organized labor and they want the jobs and they don't care whether it breaks the state or not. Just so long as they get those jobs.
Posted by Ralph Waldo, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm
It's never SHUT THIS DOWN!! It's always "just give us a little bit more." It ain't over 'til it's over, and it ain't never over. This misbegotten project will rise again, just as soon as the flim flam is a little better.
The slipperiness of politicians who have the bit in their teeth is a wonder to behold.
Posted by YOUNG VOICE, a resident of another community, on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm
ALL of us young people of voting age are totally FOR the high speed railways across the country.
We have plans to protest the "graying of our area" for being so hopelessly naive.
You older people just want to protect your property values.
We are not as dumb as the politicians with special motives which are really based on your thinking you are protecting your kids.
We are not impressed and a lot of us have turned on our parents and the older political types. We all have a future you never dreamt of living without a class system. We are actually just a bunch of lucky rich suburbians compared to us who have had the opportunity to travel and to see the world and know how much money rules. We are almost socialists compared to most parents.
Do any of you talk to us? Very few and when you do, we get threats unless we make grades for Stanford or an Ivy College. Lots of us are going to drop out like Mark and our own hero, Steve Jobs.
Posted by Norman, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2012 at 11:05 am
There is a huge cost that the HSR Authority does not include in their estimates. Its the cost of interest on the debt they incur as HSR is being built. My back-of-the-envelope calculations are that the cost will be 50% higher than whatever they are estimating.
Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm
After having carefully read YOUNG VOICE's thoughtful explanation of why high-speed rail is good for America, I am now totally convinced our nation will be in good hands. It is obvious what an exemplary job our education system has been doing in turning out such bright and rational individuals.
How sensible you are, YV to turn on your parents. I'm certain that they are filled with pride at your insights and your decision. I hope that they have increased your allowance for your independence of thought. YV, the clarity of your language, grammar and thoughts, as revealed to us here, reinforces our confidence that the future is in good hands. Keep up the good work, YV.
By the way, YOUNG VOICE, how young are you? Precocious, I would say!
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Young voice -
Many of the people who want to shut down the poorly conceived and unnecessary HSR project ARE looking out for our children. We don't want them to be saddled with another $100 or $200 billion in debt for a slow train to Los Angeles. No one's trying to deny you or your generation travel to LA. Just go to any of our four major airports (not downtown SF, as with HSR) and you can easily travel to any of about a dozen Southern California airports (not one, as with HSR). The flights take one hour (not three, as with HSR), cost as little as $80 (not $250, as with HSR)... and best of all, they're run by private businesses!
Showing restraint in wasteful, unnecessary government spending is just one way some of us are trying to save our future generations. If we did more of that, perhaps California wouldn't have to charge you so much for tuition.