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Bay Area Council opposes HSR fund freeze

 

A Bay Area public policy organization announced its opposition to federal legislation introduced Friday that would freeze federal funding for California's high-speed rail.

The legislation, sponsored by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and nine other California Republican congressmen, would freeze funding on the project while auditors gather evidence about the project's feasibility, according to McCarthy's office.

"With all the current examples of taxpayer money being squandered on politically correct projects that have little chance of success, we should absolutely not be wasting even more money on a very expensive high-speed train from nowhere to nowhere," co-sponsor Congressman John Campbell said in a statement.

The Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored public policy advocacy organization, opposed the proposed legislation, saying that building high-speed rail from Los Angeles to San Francisco would create jobs and provide a clean and efficient solution to manage growth.

"California has prospered and become a world leader across so many industries and disciplines because we have dared to look to the future, to be bold in our thinking and confident in our actions," council president Jim Wunderman said in a statement Friday.

"Many questions remain to be answered about how we will implement a project as large and complex as high-speed rail, but the Council believes that the question of whether it's the right thing to do for California's future has already been answered when voters approved almost $10 billion in bonds to build the system," he said.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

The HSR, as I have mentioned many times and had them magically disappear, or made virtually impossible to have the verification code accepted..........then called names,and met with typical insults from the mighty daily older set.

That message was and still is that THE HSR is almost a "go" no matter what happens in the elections of 2012 with the sad candidates who would make most of you proud even though the winner will never be president.
I want to thank Steve Jobs and all of those visionaries who had a hand in guaranteeing that the HSR is going to be responsible for getting California out of the toilet.
Now, go at me.



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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

but the Council believes that the question of whether it's the right thing to do for California's future has already been answered when voters approved almost $10 billion in bonds to build the system," he said.

In other words, when the voter were sold a bill of goods they voted for it. But now that the truth is coming out the majority of voters would vote against it. They voted for $10 billion and current cost estimates are at what, $60 billion? Where's that money coming from for a system that will NEVER be self sustaining and will be a net economic DRAIN on our economy for years to come?


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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

I KNOW what you are trying to hint at MENLO VOTER.
My simple and declared answer is that HSR is going to happen no matter what the elitists do to prevent its success; for the most selfish of reasons.
You may know people and I may know people in government.Who I may know and where you get your "facts" are no longer viable in these times.
I find it sad, that in our democracy, that we are not even able to save billions of dollars worth of crops because of our attitude towards illegal aliens, instead of working out an issue like even feeding the people, an impossible task.
As I have mentioned in the past, when the PENINSULA was a place for people of riches and "questionable character" who were often accused of being "Gangsters" during the days when mansions were built as weekend retreats both here and in the wine country; the local governments ran smoothly, people lived luxuriosly, and were actually nice to strangers.
Today, there is a scene to be made over issues which would have never made Herb Caen in San Francisco Chronicle.....Issues like night lights hurting old people's eyes, or writing about every mountain lion which is spotted.
THOSE were the days indeed when we dressed for dinner after playing tennis at the club.
When the area grew, we bought houses in Europe and Spain...those of us with questionable banking money or whatever.
Today, a lot of people with 'new' money are against the HSR and for the progress which is needed to sustain growth and jobs for reasons which range from being "noisy" or unattractive.
Please. You are behaving like an old cliche. Most citizens here are anxious to see the HSR.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

"Most citizens here are anxious to see the HSR"

That is no longer true. The majority of people are figuring out they were scammed.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

R. Gordon,

You have always said that HSR is going to happen no matter what the elitists do to prevent its success. I appreciate the fact that you have never wavered on this position.

I personally want it stopped as soon as possible. I know many people on both sides more on the stop it side, but that doesn't matter. I think the voters were tricked the first time and won't be the next time.


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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

SHOW ME THE MONEY!


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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Do you know how to spell: U-N-F-U-N-D-E-D M-A-N-D-A-T-E ?


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm

@R. Gordon -- are you going to be around to hear "I told you it was a waste of money?" and "I told you so."

Not sure who you're talking to to arrive at "most citizens". The majority of people I talk to think it's another boondoggle that will be way over budget and then need substantial subsidy to run.


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