Menlo passes 'no confidence' vote on HSR


The rail authority can look forward to receiving yet another letter expressing "no confidence" in its handling of high-speed rail.

The Menlo Park City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 5, to follow in Palo Alto's footsteps by formally expressing its dismay with the current state of the project and lack of collaboration by the rail authority.

Mayor Rich Cline said he and city staff have some editing to do, particularly of the sections on ridership projections and elevated tracks, but the letter will go out.

The solo dissenting vote came from Councilman John Boyle, who said the city was already taking action via lawsuits, and could find a more diplomatic way to criticize the rail authority.

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Posted by Morris Brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

The council very efficiently last evening debated and approved this no-confidence resolution. Hopefully it will send a message that is read and our legislature will take notice.

For my part, I have always stated the whole project is a "boondoggle" and should be aborted. It is truly amazing how this project seems to be able to endure events and reports that should have shut it down long ago, but somehow it survives.

Hundreds of engineers,consultants and attorneys are feeding at the money trough, while our schools, and other needed activities are being starved for funds.

This project, labeled the "worst planned HSR project ever" by Joe Vranich needs to buried.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

[Post removed. Topic is high speed rail, not earthquakes.]

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Posted by Mark Gilles
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

An elevated railway 60 feet above the ground, the equivalent of a 6 story building, 80 feet wide, as wide as the Bayshore freeway running from San Jose to San Francisco. Only 25% of the funding has been identified and the costs are likely to zoom ahead faster than the trains. How can this be a bad idea?

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Posted by AGREE
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2010 at 9:43 am


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