Tonight: 'No confidence' vote on bullet train?


Those interested in the future of high-speed rail on the Peninsula may want to attend the Menlo Park City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The council may issue a vote of "no confidence" on high-speed rail, or make a formal resolution opposing the project, as Orange County did. Council members can also choose to do nothing.

On Sept. 21 the council voted to join Palo Alto and Atherton in a lawsuit challenging the project's final environmental impact report.

Palo Alto earlier last month also passed a "no confidence" vote, based on the rail authority's flawed ridership projections, estimated $42.6 billion construction cost, and deteriorating community relationships, according to the staff report.

The Menlo Park City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, 700 Laurel St.

● Tri-city lawsuit filed against high-speed rail.

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Posted by That's better
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Little by little, all of the gullible people who were mesmerized by the lies and distortion of the HSR proponents have come out of the ether. Please keep this exercise in mind next time some snake oil salesman puts stars in your eyes, and leads you to believe that there is a Santa Claus. HSR was never a good idea, never would be affordable, could not possibly be self-sustaining, will never get the ridership sold in their bill of goods, and would do nothing but destroy neighborhoods. Vote with your clear thinking minds for some of these propositions, most of which are useless garbage. It will be cheaper and easier to vote against these things in the first place, rather than try to reverse them after the fact.

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Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Oct 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

That's Better -- Very well said. I voted NO the first time around. I smelled the boondoggle.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

HSR will happen. California has no choice.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

HSR will not happen. Even withouot lawsuits it will collapse under teh weight of its own bogus numbers. They can't fund what they want to start now and they won't be able to fund the rest. Progress for progress sake is stupid.

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Posted by That's better
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

R. Gordon--California has no money, either. But we do have a choice, and that is to scrap this stupid idea. It is not progress, rather it is the road to bankruptcy.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Nobody even wonders why our Prez. is making so many trips to this area.
Tracks will be near a lot of mansions when we put Americans...not Chinese or Blacks or Illegal Immigrants (You can see on 60 MINUTES why hundreds of crops are rotting since everyone voted illegals to do the work).......Now, a tomato will cost up to $3.00 each and the ladies in the print dresses will not be growing their own victory garderns....and their spouses will be too busy trying to recoup their losses while wanting to make up losses and paying more taxes.
You may still have money, but GREED is a hard thing to give up..."as in I am down to my last billion" type of thinking that brought the country down.Bernie Madoff is now naming investment groups and even people for whom he made billions.......BEWARE.....even if you only made millions.All of you who thought Obama was house hunting in Woodside, are in for a surprise.

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