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Diridon could be on track back to rail board

Original post made on Jan 7, 2011

Rod Diridon is taking his recent dismissal from the California High Speed Rail Authority board of directors with a philosophic generosity toward former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who failed to reappoint him in a last-minute round of appointments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 7, 2011, 8:36 AM

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Posted by Oh noooo
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff]. Too much has happened. CHSRA will never restore its' damaged credibility if he is reappointed. I bristle every time I get off at San Jose "Diridon" station...


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Posted by Fuhget Diridon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

This is the guy who had the hubris to name a Caltrain station after his father, personalizing his stamp on a public entity.

He should never be allowed to hold public office again.


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Posted by downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

No Diridon! Please, email Jerry B & tell him "NO".


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Posted by Fuhget Diridon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

Correction:
I just checked and it appears he didn't name the station after his father. He named it after himself!


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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

Dirdon has reached his dotage. Keep him off the board.

The same applies to Kopp.

" Diridon, 71, describes himself as a "staunch Democrat," "

Translation: I want to play with trains---USING YOUR MONEY!!!!

So where were you when BART was created & why did you not finish the RING SYSTEM that it was supposed to be? That was what the taxpayer wanted and PAID FOR!!!

If you want an example of what a similar situation looks like, you can look at ( Denver, CO ) RTD's West Corridor Project and the history behind it. You may also want to look at how Golden obstructed the completion of the C470 Highway Project. They killed any other upgrade by demanding that the existing highway BE BURIED at an outrageous cost per mile through Golden.

The partial solution is almost comical from a traffic standpoint.

Note: I have been and continue to be a supporter of BART and Light Rail WHEN IT IS IMPLEMENTED PROPERLY!!

When I returned to CA, all I saw were EMPTY VTA TRAINS GOING NOWHERE!

When I see RTD trains when I go to Denver, the cars actually have riders and the station parking lots are always full of cars!

So build a transit system that works and you will get ridership....

BUT that means proper engineering and demographics must be used.


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Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

"in politics nothing is real until it is done" In politics it's sometimes not real even after it's done.


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Posted by downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

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Posted by M.C.
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Father of the light rail failure.

Hopefully next to go will be Kopp.


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Posted by member
a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2011 at 12:21 am

Ever look at how his VTA ridership promises held up in reality? Probably about the same as his HSR ridership promises will stack up. Diridon is a get it built at any cost by figuring out how to skirt the intent of the bond measure if not the law outright. He is an abrasive man without the good sense to recognize it. "High speed rail is coming so get use to it". "Rotten Apples" "It is only twenty noisy people who do all the complaining, otherwise there is broad support and outreach is fantastic" This is the wrong guy to have in a position that is supposed to build public trust.


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Posted by Rod Diridon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2011 at 8:26 am

What one's views may be on high speed rail, I think that it is important to recognize the Rod Diridon is a good man and a visionary in transportation policy for the Bay Area and the state.


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Posted by Helen
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

Diridon didn't name it after himself. Some public entity named it for him. How could he name it for himself if he didn't own the property?


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Posted by Thomas Paine IV
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

Yes, reappoint him. He has great ideas like tinting windows on San Jose's light rail cars black so no can see they are always empty.

Perhaps if we offered to call a covered trench system the "Diridon Ditch" we could get his support?


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