Criticism greets new high-speed rail CEO Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on May 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Jeff Morales, the newly hired CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, has been hailed as "exactly the right person to take the helm at this pivotal time." But some critics charge that Morales' work for Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm that has been spearheading the beleaguered rail project, should disqualify him from the post. Related story:
[Web Link High-Speed Rail Authority names new CEO]
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Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on May 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Greed, graft, corruption, conflict of interest, fraud, arrogance, ignorance, boondoggle; all sadly describe the CA High Speed Rail project and their actions. This appointment is exactly what CAHSR does best, flaunt their fraudulent practices for everyone to see, because the Democrats in Sacramento have their backs. This is another shameful moment for Gov Brown and his yes men in Sacramento, all eagerly awaiting their payback (campaign contributions) from all the unions waiting to build the CA train to nowhere. Truly pathetic.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 8:42 am
Anyone who has been in charge at Caltrain doesn't seem to be the right person for running any type of passenger rail system! Caltrain has been mismanaged and needs to be completely overhauled to make it run to its full potential!
Posted by senor blodder, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Does Elizabeth Alexis want to be CEO of the HSR?
Don't Worry - They wouldn't have her, as a housewife and an economist, She isn"t qualified.
As for Elaine Howie,- Her recommendations were to turn over the entire management of the project to, of all folks, CALTRANS, an organization who hasn't managed a rail project in their entire existence.
So much for responsible reporting. Whose funding all this opposition to HSR?
Posted by Naysayers, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm
I don't know whether that person is qualified or not.
What I know is that people who are dead set against the project will never like anyone running the project. They want the project killed because they mostly bought houses near the tracks (knowing full well that they were paying a lower price near a railroad track with a right of way and potential for improvement).
So, they'll never be happy with anyone trying to build HSR no matter what.
Posted by Barry, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Naysayers seems to choose to be willfully ignorant of the HSR project. I don't think the only people opposed to the HSR project live near the tracks. If that were the case, you could almost count the opponents on one hand. That's an exaggeration, but the reality is that opposition to HSR is from all over the state. Even communities no where near the tracks are opposed, I believe that Monterey County officially opposes the HSR project. The facts are that this project is a fiscal disaster for the state. Home owners near the tracks might see the impact immediately, but the fact is that when the principal and interest from the bond debt are paid, along with the estimated $2B annual subsidy required just to keep the trains rolling, each citizen, not just tax payer, but each of the 37 million citizens of this state will be on the hook for close to $10,000 to pay for this train. Think of what else you can do with that money. Is a train to nowhere anywhere on that list? I didn't think so.
Posted by Marie, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm Marie is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I live on Alma in Palo Alto across from the tracks and am in favor of high speed rail done right - which I don't think is possible under the current management. I am a big supporter of CARRD who have done so much work to show how bad this management is. I don't see anyone saying CARRD doesn't support HSR - because they do!!!
In particular, I think it is critical that CALTRAIN be electrified and the intersections at E. Meadow and Charleston be grade-separated. This will negatively impact my quality of life doing construction and I still support it!!!!! I am sick of being accused of being a NIMBY simply because I oppose a poorly conceived, badly managed project. Bring us HSR done right and I'll be out there supporting it.
Posted by Steve Ly, a resident of Los Altos, on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm
We need to kill high speed rail project, which numerous impartial observers like the state auditor, the LAO and UC Berkeley's ITS have faulted. At the very least it needs to go back to voters. The California High Speed Rail Authority is mismanaged and in bed with the consultants and unions.
Money wasted on high speed rail could be better spend on deficit reduction. We should be given another chance to vote on high speed rail because the project now under discussion is not the project voters approved in 2008. Since HSR is not on the ballot, I plan to send a message to Governor Moonbeam by voting "NO" on his tax increases.