Another Menlo Park resident on record as opposing high-speed rail has pulled papers to run for City Council. Russell Peterson joins five other potential candidates, although none has yet filed papers to become official candidates.
Mr. Peterson and a Menlo Park business filed a lawsuit in 2009 against the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, asking San Mateo County Superior Court to stop the project until Union Pacific, which retains the right to veto any intercity passenger service other than Caltrain along the corridor, consented to the development. The court dismissed the lawsuit on June 22.
Council incumbents Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson, along with Menlo Park Fire Protection Board President Peter Ohtaki, and Menlo Park residents Chuck Bernstein and Mike Brady have also taken out papers. Interestingly, Mr. Brady was one of the attorneys representing Mr. Peterson in the high-speed rail lawsuit.
The deadline for filing is Aug. 6, but may be extended to Aug. 11 if Councilman John Boyle does not reconsider his decision to retire from the council at the end of his term.