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Atherton continues high-speed rail litigation

 

The fight goes on: Atherton will "continue with legal remedies" to force the state's high-speed rail agency to address the town's concerns in the high-speed rail project's contested environmental impact report (EIR), according to Eileen Wilkerson, the town's assistant city manager.

The City Council voted unanimously this morning (Sept. 20) to move forward with two lawsuits the town has joined against the California High-Speed Rail Authority over its program EIR, which focuses on the potential impacts of the rail line's planned Bay Area-to-Central Valley route.

The authority was forced to de-certify and revise the document last year because of a court order prompted by a lawsuit from Atherton, Menlo Park, and a coalition of nonprofit groups. The agency recently recertified the report, but the litigating groups still have concerns with the revised document.

For example, the new EIR doesn't address widespread criticism of the rail authority's ridership projections, which the authority has admitted were flawed. The agency used these projections to justify its choice of the Pacheco Pass route, which would traverse the Peninsula, as the preferred alternative for the rail line, as opposed to the Altamont Pass in the East Bay, which the plaintiffs support.

Ms. Wilkerson said that Stuart Flashman, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, recommended that the town continue fighting the rail authority when he spoke to the council at its special Sept. 20 meeting, which began at 8 a.m.

The town hopes to have its legal costs covered through private funding, Ms. Wilkerson said, noting that Julie Quinlan of the Community Coalition on High-Speed Rail told the council that her group was successful with fundraising for the first lawsuit, and would do what it can this time as well to cover the costs.

● Palo Alto to sue high-speed rail authority.

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Posted by Jay Tulock
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I am heartened that towns throughout the state are waking to the truth that you cannot "work with" the High Speed Authority. You can only smash them. Opposing this corrupt entity and their army of taxpayer-teet suckling contractors, politicians and consultants is noble and has nothing to do with not supporting a real rail project for California that could be quite beneficial. That is if started from the ground up based on need, travel patterns and sane economics, rather than corruption, politics and greed.

Smash High Speed Authority. Smash.

Jay Tulock, Vacaville.


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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Okay, I'll bite, Mr. Tulock. Can you highlight a few key specific examples of how the "quite beneficial ... real rail project" you have in mind differs with the HSRA's current plan?


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Posted by ANTIHSRTROLL
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Good to hear from you again Jay- let the voice of sanity be heard loud and clear- HSR is a get rich scam for the fat kitties who want to get even fatter off of our tax dollars, and denying this scandalous project is something that must be done- smash HSR!
Take a stand against fat cat greed and an illplanned train system that simply doesn't meet the needs of the people of california- if were going to spend billions on such a project it must be done the right way- and the current plan is not beneficial to the hard working taxpayers who will be providing the majority of the funding.
More power to you Jay and other like minded folks!


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Posted by VOICEOFSANITY??
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Sep 21, 2010 at 7:08 am

"voice of sanity"!!!! dream on...NO this is just plain "trolling" PEROID..when someone floods the internet with the same rants all the time with no facts just personal opinion then it only sane in their mind


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Posted by alice Hansen
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm

High speed rail is for the elite. My niece lives in Philadelphia, owns a business; her husband is a professor at the University of PA. She cannot afford to ride high speed rail to NYC because it cost too much. She takes a bus instead. We need transportation for all classes of people. Lets hope the Obama administration will come to its senses and realize that.


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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Alice.....that post makes no sense.


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Posted by alice Hansen
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

The problem we seem to have is that it makes no sense to the HSR decision makers either.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Don't worry Alice, not much makes sense to Mr. Gordon.


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Posted by Chris Vaughan
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

The rail line should only go to San Jose. There is no reason for it to go up the peninsula. We already have Cal-Train. There could easily be an express Cal Train that would allow people to get relatively quickly up to SF from the high speed train.

In addition, are we going to lose Cal Train because of the high speed rail using the same right of way? If so, that is a terrible bargain.


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Posted by R.GORDON
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:10 am

R.GORDON is a registered user.

Alice
It is WHEN things begin to make sense from you egotistical citizens of paranoia and fear, that you should worry about my replies.
As for the Vaughn comment.....study the figures and the facts.

Meanwhile, think about legalizing pot.


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Posted by alice Hansen
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm

It is Interesting that when some people don't agree with others they resort to name calling?
Seems like symptoms of a closed mind?


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Posted by fair view
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

can some one advise:

1. How frequent/day is high speed rail if it passes thru Atherton.

2. What's the noise level compared to existing Caltrain.

3. How much "widening" of the track corridor will be, when high speed rail added together with Caltrain.


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on Sep 3, 2017 at 12:43 am

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