Today: High-speed rail meeting in Menlo Park


A presentation on the design of the California high-speed-rail system has been moved from 3:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. The meeting will take place in the Menlo Park City Council chambers.

The earlier meeting time was arranged to allow for more discussion with rail officials, according to Starla Jerome-Robinson, Menlo Park's assistant city manager.

At the meeting, rail officials are expected to present and discuss preliminary information on how high-speed trains could run through Menlo Park and the surrounding area. The rail agency held a similar meeting in Palo Alto on Feb. 9, and is expected to release a formal analysis of the design options for the rail on the Peninsula March 4.

Both Menlo Park and Atherton have asked rail officials for the tracks to run underground, in either a trench or a tunnel.

People from neighboring communities, such as Atherton and Palo Alto, are welcome to attend and ask questions, the city said.

The council chambers are located in the Civic Center complex, between Laurel and Alma streets.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Please make this meeting information available in the Palo Alto Daily News and the Palo Alto Weekly as well.

Thank you.

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Posted by t om h
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

What a scam this rail thing is. This is not the time or the place for such a wastefull undertaking. Keep that crazyness out of our town.

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm

The motivation by these posters to prevent the expansion of business in California reeks of ignorance,and arguments which will have to defy laws of stupidity when basically it amounts to NOISE.......
NOT progress, jobs, or people who make less than $200,000 a year.It is clear those who object are doing it in the name of keeping property values undisturbed even though, with good planning, it could prove a boon.

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Posted by HSR Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I would have liked to be at the city council chambers today to hear the latest. Some of us do have to work at 2:30 in the afternoon. I begin to wonder why they would schedule such a meeting at that hour of the day unless they are trying to avoid the comments of some of us??? What is going on here?

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Posted by no to HSR
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Whatever the strategy may have been, it apparently backfired. I understand that the meeting was packed with residents opposing HSR. The people making the presentation were over their head and unable to provide adequate responses to the thoughtful questions posed by attendees.

R. Gordon, are you aware of the number of high school seniors who will be unable to attend college next year thanks to draconian reductions in class sizes at the UCs and Cal States? That ignorance you so rightly fear is occurring precisely because the state has chosen to mortgage the future of our young adults in favor of promoting 19th century technology.

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