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Menlo attorney fighting high-speed rail Central Valley project's launch

Original post made on Mar 5, 2013

==B (An expanded version of an earlier-published story.)== Peninsula cities lost a legal battle last week against the state's high-speed rail project, but another active lawsuit is being prepared for a May 31 court date, with support from Atherton and other local players.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:47 AM

Comments

Posted by Kinte, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

CA HSR is a swindle for sure, and the CAHSR Authority is doing everything they can to keep your tax dollars flowing into their agency and then on to the big labor unions in the state. It's payback for helping get Jerry re-elected. That the terms of Prop 1a have largely been ignored, and Sacramento couldn't seem to care less is nothing sort of the Governors office flaunting the law.

Some recent articles on the swindle in progress:

EDITORIAL: Put the brakes on high-speed rail plan
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Financing for California high-speed rail still shaky
Web Link

Valley high-speed rail hiring policy adds to concern

Read more here: Web Link
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Posted by Flight, a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

As a Menlo Park resident, I hope the city stays clear of this frivolous lawsuit. Pretend it's a battle of good vs. evil / bloated / union / giant etc., but it's really NIMBYism at it's most self indulgent.


Posted by Howard, a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 6, 2013 at 3:18 am

Let's use the 10 K from Atherton to cater a ground breaking ceremony.


Posted by Jordan DeStaebler, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

This lawsuit is absolutely absurd. As stated earlier, NIMBYism at its worst. A waste of taxpayer money all around. Can hardly wait to be riding the CASHR down the Peninsula to more enlightened destinations.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Jordan:

you're going to have a looooong wait.


Posted by voter and taxpayer, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

What is happening with HSR was not what the majority of voters approved. I am glad this lawsuit is in play. The project has become a boondoggle. There is no viable business plan, as required before construction can begin.
Those who want HSR at all costs seem willing to believe their desired end justifies any means to get there. That's a criminal attitude.


Posted by Sue, a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

On behalf of all taxpayers, small business owners, local farmers and ranchers, in what use to be the Great State of California, thank you for standing up to the Goliath thugs!


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

Reuter's news reported today that there's a new report that MSR will cost California taxpayers between $124 and $373 MILLION each year in operating subsidies.

As I've said, taxpayers need to put on their seat belts. Passengers don't have to - with the new track configuration, it's no longer HIGH speed rail.

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Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Hmmmm. since it was sold on not requiring subsidies, I wonder what the HSR Authority will have to say? Not that it will be anything meaningfull, just more of their BS. But it will be interesting anyway.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Do you know how you can tell when the HSR Authority is lying?

Yeah, me too.

Unfortunately, the taxpayers of California will foot the bill...