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Lawmaker rips plan for 'blended' rail system

Original post made on Apr 30, 2011

A Central Valley assemblywoman came out swinging on Friday against a proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to 'blend' Caltrain with California's proposed high-speed rail, calling the proposal a "Great Train Robbery."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 30, 2011, 9:08 AM

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Apr 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

High-Speed Rail: it's not about the train, it's about the money!

This just in: In California, one Democrat (Galgiani) from the State Assembly is angry at another Democrat (Simitian) from the State Senate because she thinks he's stealing a billion dollars from a project that includes his district, and that was going to dump this money into her district. Supposedly, he wants it for the local commuter rail instead of high-speed rail. Whatever.

Galgiani's district is in the Central Valley, the only place in California that is currently intended to have and spend construction dollars to build the now famous "Train to Nowhere." Galgiani has been the legislative and political tool of the CHSRA and has constantly produced legislation and support to keep the rail authority in business. The Central Valley is the "lucky" recipient of federal and state bond funds for this initial HSR construction. And, that's what pork and boondoggles are all about.

To his credit, State Senator Simitian has been a persistent critic of the rail authority's mismanagement of the project; his patience is worn thin. He recently made a case to have work suspended on the Bay Area Peninsula until further funding is assured and the needs of the numerous communities on the Peninsula are addressed. However, please note that Simitian is a high-speed rail supporter, just like Galgiani.

As we have pointed out over and over, the rail authority's management has been a text-book disaster. Even those passionate in their support of high-speed rail as a concept have been appalled by the flagrant abuses of this appointed and unregulated agency.

For those of us who so vehemently oppose this project in California, Democrat fighting Democrat, not over transportation issues, but over the earmarked pork dollars, confirms our contention that this project is a totally unnecessary waste of vast resources that should be far better spent on much more urgent needs.

Thanks, guys. Keep up the fight.

Web Link

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

Maybe they should just build a big circular HSR in the valley and anyone ho wants to could just go ride it round and round.

Posted by PoliticalNewbie
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 1, 2011 at 1:00 am

Why hasn't ANYONE simply put together a plan to REPEAL this ridiculous BOND? Doesn't anyone have the moxy, charisma and last but not least courage to document all of, but not limited to the "misleading via media, total public disinformation prior to the 2008 vote that was so methodically disguised within the words of the voting materials, making people believe, what now, we learned to be inflated reports, false surveys, EIRs, and the like, by the "powers that be"?!!! Can't we, the people Take away what we gave under false pretense for us here, in the Bay Area? And, IF Ms. Central Valley wants it so bad and believes in it so much, why can't SHE just spread the costs down her way for her people to pay!?! I'll bet she doesn't even live close to the train, and I wonder how often she'll be going to "San Francisco from Los Angelos"? Anyone notice how it was always brought up as "LA to SF"? Or am I just totally too new to be asking questions? Come on people, stand up and speak your words~look what happened in Egypt when the people stood up!!! THINK about it PEOPLE~USE YOUR HEADS~CAN'T YOU SEE THAT ALL OF THESE ANTICS ARE SIMPLY glittering guises and endless "compromises" THAT shatter OUR the illusion of integrity!?

Posted by Observer
a resident of Woodside High School
on May 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

would it violate the bond language to have HSR run to the Bay Area, but stop in the largest city, San Jose?

Posted by peter c.
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

[Post removed. Please use a name other than "peter c.," which is too easy to confuse with a frequent poster, Peter Carpenter. I assume this is not Peter Carpenter and that he would use his full name.]

Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thank you, editors.

This kind of deception needs to be nipped in the bud.

Posted by peter carter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Why do you continue to delete my posts? I have never said I am "Peter Carpenter." I have no idea who he is. Are you saying that there can only be one person named Peter on this forum?

My question again, does PoliticalNewbie know if any efforts to start a repeal have been made?

Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on May 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Interesting article posted on this subject tonight on Bay Area News (SJ Mercury) by Mike Rosenberg. I don't know how to post a link but you can go online and will probably be in paper tomorrow.

Posted by WAKEUP
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

It already happened two years ago.

Posted by peter carter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on May 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

The article Reader mentions is in today's San Jose Mercury News.

Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

The link to the San Jose Mercury article referenced above by "Reader" is:

Web Link

That article has plenty of flaws.

One should really be aware, that this new proposal from Simitian/Eshoo/Gordon would seem to indicate that electrification is all that is needed to make this work, but that is hardly the case.

There are numerous grade crossings that will have to be constructed and other elements (more by-pass tracks).

The implied price tag of $1.5 billion would just be the start. A much more realistic price of the needed upgrade will be $5-7 billion
(and this for 2 tracks). Please note also, that the UPRR has rights on the tracks also, and makes for even more problems.

Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

A recent report from the state's independent analyst called for major changes to the HSR project.

"Analysts recommended that lawmakers slow down the project, which is supported with nearly $10 billion in voter-approved bonds, and shift operational and strategic oversight to the state Department of Transportation."

Web Link

Personally, I think HSR will be the boondoggle of boondoggles. Besides, we have no money.

Posted by Poster
a resident of another community
on May 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

Report: Strip power from California rail authority Web Link

Posted by Pietro
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

Since Peter Carpenter may as well call this online playground including sandbox and blackboard, why not just rename it THE PETER PRINCIPLE" or something permitting his favoritism because of his hands being found in everyone's pie?
Poor Peter C. does not confuse me, who has an Italian spelling of the same name.
However, I am not quite so puffed up as to be known as an expert from everything from A-Z.
Give this Peter C. permission to use his given name. Otherwise, it becomes really unfair. Even the Carpenter man would permit entry, uless it is possible he has your editor's job as well.
At this point, The Alamanac News information has fallen into satire, anyway.
I have the Weld families in Boston reading it regularly.

Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Pietro = R. Gordon

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