Bay Area Council vice president and spokesman Joe Arellano issued a statement Friday singling out Menlo Park and Atherton for standing in the way of plans to build the high-speed rail system.
"We refuse to stand by and let two small cities de-rail this historic multi-billion dollar project," Mr. Arellano said in an online post. "By slowing the environmental process down, Menlo Park and Atherton are trying to run out the clock on high-speed rail."
High-speed rail, he said, is "the perfect opportunity to execute a bold, statewide vision to prove to the people of California that we are still capable of accomplishing big things. However, doing big things takes big people."
The statement was issued following a bus tour of the Peninsula high-speed rail route hosted by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. Business and public officials participated in the tour.
The Bay Area Council defines itself as a "business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area."
● Hill hosts high-speed rail bus tour (Bay City News Service story).