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Locals meet with high-speed rail officials

Original post made on Jan 23, 2009

Local residents were treated to their first public meetings with officials from the High-Speed Rail Authority on Thursday, Jan. 22, a process that rail officials said would be ongoing.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jan 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm

"That's their myth," he said in an interview, adding that, to his knowledge, the suit has not been mentioned in any of the board's meetings, and that the rail authority is following the same process in its dealings with those two cities as it has with every other city in the county.”
It is not for me to accuse Chairman Kopp of not telling the truth. However, here are the minutes from their October and September Board meetings.

•From the October 1st Minutes of the CHSRA:

Chairman Kopp welcomed Board Members to today’s meeting. Chairman Kopp excused the Board to an adjacent room to convene in closed session with legal counsel regarding: Town of Atherton et al. v. California High Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento Superior Court, Case No. 34-2008-80000022.

Chairman Kopp and the Board returned to open session and informed the
audience there was a discussion of proceedings in regards to Town of Atherton et al. v. California High Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento Superior Court, Case No. 34-2008-80000022 and attorneys were instructed accordingly.

•From the September 3rd Minutes of the CHSRA:

Chairman Kopp referred to Agenda Item 1, a legally permitted closed session to discuss aspects of a lawsuit which was filed by six petitioners. Three are paper organizations, along with the Planning and Conservation League and the City of Atherton as well as the City of Menlo Park. Chairman Kopp reported the lawsuit was filed after the attorney for the petitioners asked the Authority to waive the statute of limitations until after the November election, which the Authority declined. Chairman Kopp noted that the San Mateo County/City Association of Governments took action two weeks prior to the Board meeting to support Proposition 1A unanimously. Chairman Kopp recognized the efforts of Member Diridon and stated he travelled from San Jose to San Mateo County to present to this group. The Cities of Atherton and Menlo Park abstained from this vote.
Rather than accuse anyone of lying, let me just say that I have never, ever, believed one word or one number of any of the statements and claims of the CHSRA. Mr. Kopp and Mr. Diridon each have made many public statements which continue contradict one another. The “information” they provide has been altered on the spur of the moment many times. Their “data” has been amply discredited and documented.

I can only assume that the voters of California who supported the bond issue were swept up by the glizzy videos, and attractive infomercial rhetoric which promised a panacea for all the State’s ills. CalPIRG paid to send thousands of students door to door, promoting the bond issue. Whenever asked substantive questions, none of them could answer a single one.

When the bulldozers and jackhammers finally appear on our door-step, how many of us will scream, “Why did nobody tell us that they would do this?”

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