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Rail authority CEO to resign

Original post made on Jan 12, 2012

California's quest to build the nation's first high-speed rail took another unexpected twist Thursday when the the man charged with leading the project announced he will resign in two months. Roelof van Ark, who was appointed to lead the California High-Speed Rail Authority in May 2010, announced his resignation at Thursday's meeting of the rail authority's board of directors.

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Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jan 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

YOu can view a video clip of vanArk's resignation at today's High Speed Rail board meeting on YouTube at:

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Morris Brown

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Posted by just wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

How many dollars did he suck out of the California economy while flogging this overinflated beast of a project for two years?

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 13, 2012 at 6:29 am

It is this big Government can do anything menatality that is burdening future generations of Californians with tax liabilities that will diminish their disposable income resulting in a much lower standard of living the we currently enjoy.

If high speed rail were affordable and did not disrupt the lives of people living close to the corridor that would be one thing. But to uproot people from their homes, impose huge tax burdens on future generations of Californians, and lower the bond rating for those worthwhile projects that have not already been eliminated due to HSR payment obligations is unconscionable.

Yet we have public officials such as Joe Simitian and Rich Gordon lining up at the public trough promoting HSR. They should be held accountable for their fiscally reckless actions. We can not afford HSR. The public was deliberately lied to on the ballot information. It is time to repeal this economic disaster to keep Claifonia from teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

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