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Bay Area Council spokesman blasts Menlo Park, Atherton for fighting high-speed rail project

 

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."

● See the statement by Joe Arellano of the Bay Area Council.

● Hill hosts high-speed rail bus tour (Bay City News Service story).

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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 11:39 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.

Well,Bay Area Councilman Joe Arrellano more than echoes my sentiments for the past six months or more when nearly all communities on the Peninsula besides Menlo Park and Atherton were so busy speaking out against the future of California.
I was a little more blunt in my opinion by saying IT WILL BE DONE.
IT (HSR) is inevitable.
The other things on the list of inevitables, are going to be the investigations into the lives and practices of those who have been running these communities and the others, as if they were being paid "protection money" which guaranteed no 'outsiders' could do harm to the lifestyle which locals have grown to believe made them untouchable.
This IS the 21ST Century friends. Now, face up to the world outside.


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Posted by Thanks Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Hey Gordo, too bad neither you, nor Joe Arrellano do not own a calculator or have the ability to perform first grade math. I find it amazing that people who don't live in our town, pay our taxes and appreciate what Menlo Park have an opinion about our position. We do not need, nor do the residents of California need, some overpriced, out of control expense budgeted, boondoggle running right down the middle of our town. This guy is an idiot, and has done a poor job representing the Bay Area Council. I'm sure he's being paid well, or is getting something on the back end to start his aggressive posturing. The perfect scenario would be Californians to wake up, realize they've been had, and for this guy to lose his job.


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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I guess this idiot is unaware that the folks in orange county don't want this thing built on there end of the line either.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Sorry, Joe.

You know I don't recall the exact vote count for HSR, but I don't think it was unanimous.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

The best thing Menlo Park and Atherton can do is to do what Orange did and say NO. Who is this Arellano idiot? Let me guess this Bay Area Council is a labor organization.


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Posted by spokker
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

"I guess this idiot is unaware that the folks in orange county don't want this thing built on there end of the line either. "

Well, then the Peninsula should have voted no on 1A like Orange County did. However, Peninsula democrats and independents still want the train to go up the Peninsula.

Web Link

I'm guessing the republicans among you are the most vocal.


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Posted by Dan S.
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2010 at 12:14 am

I Guess "Thanks Joe" and "Big Al" are idiots for opposing the project. See it works the other way around too. How do you guys want it? Kicking and screaming, no problem. HSR is here to stay.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

San Mateo County.........Kill HSR

Joe reports he was with the stakeholders on this little bus ride.
Web Link


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Posted by off the track
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Aug 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

From the above link:

"High-speed rail 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."

And therein lies the problem. CHSR is all about playing king of the hill, and is totally unrelated to serving the needs of Californians in an efficient and prudent manner.

I just returned from a European trip where I rode trains extensively, including high speed rail. My observations:

* The high speed trains not only cost far more than the others, they were almost empty. For those who don't fly, buses (and of course driving) are much less expensive alternatives. I haven't read the financial statements of the European railroads, but it's pretty clear that the subsidies are heavy.

& Fast trains do not travel through backyards; I doubt you can find a route that resembles the San Jose-San Francisco corridor. That the CHSRA is even considering plundering the property of so many thousands of residents says a lot about their lack of respect for the people they allegedly serve.

Throwing away money on a project that is destined to be a perpetual money pit never makes sense, and it makes even less sense now. I love trains and I don't live anywhere near the tracks, but I proud to live in a community that will not succumb to pressure from those who stand to benefit politically and financially from this ridiculous project.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

Sorry Dan S, HSR is NOT here to stay. The public is waking up to the boondoggle they were sold with BS numbers for cost and ridership. They are waking up to the fact that it won't cost what they were promissed and it won't be "self funding." It will require huge subsidies from a state that can ill afford it. When enough folks wake up, the legislature will be forced to kill any funding and HSR will be dead.


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

Sorry Menlo Voter, this is California. The governance in this state is so poor that we are guaranteed that this grossly overpriced, unneeded monument to pseudo-environmentalism and the Church of Unlimited Goverment will be produced, no matter how worthless and wasteful it is as a project.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Kill HSR.


Joe Arellano is a 28 year old kid who just got hired by Bay Area Council less than 90 days ago. "seasoned communications professional"


May 13, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Today, the Bay Area Council announced that Joe Arellano has been hired as Vice President of Communications.
“I'm pleased that Joe Arellano is joining our organization,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “He is a seasoned communications professional who brings valuable experience in local and state government and new media.”
Arellano, 28, has served as a spokesman and Communications Director for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom since 2006. Before that, he served in state government as a District Representative for then State Senator Jackie Speier.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Go HSR!

I voted for it. The majority of people in my town voted for it.

The Menlo Park council doesn't understand that they are there to speak for the people, not the vocal minority.


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Posted by Ca Citizen
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I want the HSR as do most of the people who live in California.
We want jobs and growth and change.
You fact jugglers and complainers about everything from dust to boulders in every issue, have NOT in 8 years even mentioned the wars in the MID East or the deaths of thousands of our American children and fighting men and women.
You just gripe about fences, and fear of eminent domain taking some of your overpriced or about to be foreclosed homes.
Ever dumber, you complain about the possible noise a bullet train will make. You are all really from another planet.
How come the real money people like Jobs, and other billionaires are not speaking out?


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

"How come the real money people like Jobs, and other billionaires are not speaking out?"

It doesn't effect them and they don't care. Those of us that are going to be stuck paying the bill for something that wasn't supposed to cost us anything aren't happy about it. Jobs is in the top tier of taxes. He's not going to see any more money out of his pocket to support this boondoggle. Those of us in the middle class will.


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Posted by off the track
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Aug 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

If you want jobs and growth and change then you should be vehemently opposed to HSR It's 19th century technology, barely updated for modern use. The world is moving toward modular and flexible, but trains have high capacity cars and run on fixed tracks.

Jobs? For whom? Track layers? Heavy equipment operators? Train conductors?

If this boondoggle ever comes to fruition, it will be obsolete before it is operational, with millions of taxpayer dollars having disappeared into the pockets of a very small number of individuals. Make no mistake: CHSR isn't about moving people but about transferring wealth. Your money. Their pockets.


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Posted by YOUTH
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

We who want the HSR look to the future.
There were no bullet trains when you were around in the 19th C. and admiring technology.
Automobiles are OVER as an industry.
The reparation of roads and bridges and living the 20th C. life on the roads, will cost about 100 times more than HSR across California and the U.S. and will put 10 times the amount of people back to work.
THAT alone may lift us from number three behind Japan and China as a nation with POWER and less unemployment.
We are playing with monopoly money, and the MIDDLE CLASS does not exist. They are the ones you might call the ones holding on to their mortgages and teetering on foreclosures in a fake atmosphere of unreality.
The super rich are mostly going to be seeing the insides of jails.


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Posted by Voter Citizen
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm

We should stop the HSR project for 5yrs, take those funds and put them back into the infrastructure, improve it, create jobs, help
communities get back on their feet ! Most of us will be dead if this is ever built, knowing the government & politicians, it will no doubt cost probably 10 fold, take 20 yrs to complete, barring earthquakes and mother nature !


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Just when I thought you could not get more irrelevant than the president of the Bay Area Council, I give you Mr. Arellano.

His goal is to contribute marginally to the world by signing up to the board of an organization that recruits people who actually do stuff. Then use those people and companies as if you are one of them.

Millions of these guys in the world.

Ignore him, he is not worth the time.


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Posted by Ms Skeptical
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Mr. Joe A needs a lesson in tack, respect and manners. Slamming elected officials for doing their job and protecting the interests of their constituents isn't a good start to the dialogue. To my knowledge, no one in these cities is saying NO, they are saying, "if you build it, do it right!."


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Posted by Oh, please!
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Hey spokker, way to utilize your liberal spin tactics. Fact is, "democrats and independents" as groups don't want HSR any more than anybody else. The only thing that happened on the Peninsula is that your heroes successfully promoted the issue with lies and distortions, and somehow led the mesmerized lemmings to the polls. Another fact is that the costs are already proving to be multiple times more than first promised, and long term subsidies will be more unsustainable than Obamacare, and the combination of the 2 will turn us into USSR in a heartbeat, and we will crumble just as hard.

Talk to the people who will be most affected--the business owners who are anywhere near the proposed routes, from SSF to SJ--and you will hear your real majority. It will destroy neighborhoods, destroy small businesses, who employ 70% of the people in this country and produce 70% of the revenues (think tax base!), and will drain the State and Federal coffers faster than China can lend it to us--assuming they continue to do so.


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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

R.GORDON is a registered user.

The poor Chinese slaves who built the railways from the East to open up migration of the majority of the people who inhabit the west coast are all too soon forgotten. In case it is not known, the Chinese forced labor brought here and who died of disease and hunger during the time it took to reach, I believe Utah, were savagely treated and their numbers of dead is supposed to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Black slaves and criminals built the part that joined up with them. Now, I do not see how we have changed so much, that those jobs of laying track for the HSR is going to make our unemployed white folks much of an income, since we aren't even very good at tunnels and bridges any more.....eg. Bay Bridge, Caldecott (sp)and Devil's Slide Tunnels,are beyond being a joke.
It is time that people who are unemployed, out of work, and needing to support families, realize that this is not a time for lawyers to prevent progress and that the terminal for the HSR has already begun and pissing and moaning will not take away the fact the HSR is going to be built.....we richer folks will be taxed justly, and that to sit back and worry about baseball lights, restaurant tables blocking the sidewalk, and this M. Antoinette attitude along with Louis', is not going to prevent you from seeing things go differently than you deem as inappropriate.


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Posted by train advocate
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Atherton's opposition to HSR is exactly in the same category as the lawsuit against lights on the Menlo Atherton Football field. NIMBY NIMBY!!!
As for the argument of HSR being 19th century technology what is Caltrain? Except for using obsolete diesels instead of wood or coal fired steam locomotives- no difference. Now we are seeing the starvation of Caltrain because these HSR opposers are killing Caltrain's electrification and grade separation advances that can not be funded without HSR.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

train advocate:

Caltrain is starving due to lack of ridership NOT lack of electrification.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm

If you want to go to Southern California, go to any one of the three Bay Area airports. One will be leaving within the hour. You will arrive at your choice of six Southern California airports in about an hour.

$39, one way.

Please tell me again why we need to spend $50 billion on this?


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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

A 28 year old SA, product of a corrupt San Francisco mayoral administration is telling us what is best for us? Where and what are his credentials, transportation-wise? Sounds like a law school graduate,who majored in Economics at some fly-by-night on line institution. Has he ever held a real job or produced anything of value?


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Dear Lord, he used to work for Jackie Speiers as well. No wonder he is all in favor of this latest boondoggle to direct geysers of taxpayer wealth into the pockets of the politically connected.


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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

At least, he is YOUNG and not an ELITIST who is lost in the past.


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