Gordon to chair subcommittee on transportation

New assemblyman advocates oversight structure for High-Speed Rail Authority

Newly elected state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, has been named chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee that oversees the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

He will head the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, his office announced Wednesday.

Mr. Gordon, who served 13 years as a San Mateo County supervisor, has closely followed the high-speed-rail debate and has called for creation of a new oversight structure for the authority's governing board, with greater transparency and local representation.

Other departments and agencies over which the subcommittee has authority include the Air Resources Board, the Department of Water Conservation Resources, Department of Fish & Game, and the California Department of Transportation.

Mr. Gordon will also serve on the full Budget Committee, the Budget Subcommittee on Oversight, and the standing committees of Local Governments, Health, and Revenue & Tax Committees.

He was elected in November to represent the 21st Assembly District, including the communities of San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and the Almaden Valley.

In addition to serving on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors,Gordon served as president of the California State Association of Counties in 2008-09.

"I am pleased that I will serve on a variety of committees in diverse issue areas, and I will strive to fulfill my pledge to bring better governance to Sacramento and help tackle the state budget problems dominating the state today," Mr. Gordon said of his appointments.

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Oh great, just what we need to someone beholden to the unions.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Dec 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Think just the opposite........He will drop his pro Union affiliations and plunge directly into having HSR be directed to be built on the ocean before it ever comes NEAR the GOLDEN PENINSULA CORRIDOR and where all of his money backers live in order to keep the cities like WOODSIDE, Menlo, Atherton attempting to be a prototype of what they think of Connecticut West.
He will HAVE to turn on his benefactors and they are not going to take this


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Posted by Ho ho ho
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm

R. Gordon, Welcome back. I've missed your **special** kind of logic. god bless you, and Tiny Tim, too.

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Posted by little interest
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

This sub-committee is of very little interest and little power. The center of influenced lies in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee, and its sub-committee with Lowenthal and Simitian.

They don't give important powerful positions to newbies.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I appreciate your welcome ho ho of hostess fame.
It looks as if you got the cherubic little smiling former Supervisor into a seat that will please all members of your party.
In researching Rich Gordon's running for this office, I was stunned to see how he NEVER mentioned his position once in any of the papers or appearances to get elected to this job which is more of a resume padder now that don't ask don't tell has been overturned in the military (this doesn't affect great politicians like Barney Frank)but it will be more noticeable in California where Gordon has a hefty gay backing along with the big money support team who helped get him elected.The monied group who DO NOT want HSR making noise.
Oddly, I never ONCE hear little Richard mention any of his ideas but did see him on tube films with his husband and friends and those who wanted him in office.
The NY Times Maureen Dowd writes a hilarious piece how the doors are now wide open to having a gay president now that the vote has happened in the military.
I still know how innefectual Gordon was as a Supervisor and how most of his time was spent promoting himself. Still, he ain't no Harvey Milk in the brains and sould department and the amount of people who watched him on the tube films will testify to that.
I personally cannot wait for Gavin Newsom to clear the air once he is our Governor.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I second the welcome back to R.Gordon articulated by "Ho ho ho."

It will be hard to top "special kind of logic."

I want to say, R.Gordon, that you are one of a kind. You are elusive, you are intriguing, a will 'o the wisp with an acute sense of the ideal moment to reappear on this forum with -- I guess have to say it -- your special kind of logic.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Dec 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Post removed. Please take your personal attacks against Rich Gordon elsewhere.

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