The Consent Calendar for the June 24 City Council has revised Rail Policy Change that seems to weaken the "Equal treatment for all of Palo Alto" language.
After repeated observations of the City selling out the protections for South Palo Alto, I am alarmed by the following being DELETED from the Palo Alto Rail Policy:
From the consent agenda:
"Deleted: <#>All neighborhoods in Palo Alto affected by HSR/Caltrain should be treated with equal consideration with respect to vertical alignment impacts.¶"
True, there is substitute language that sounds like protection, but the end result is that the Rail Committee, which has no South Palo Alto representation, seems to abandon the "One City, one Policy -- One for all, all for One," policy, and substitutes language that would allow the weighing of other mitigating factors in weighing the above ground and below ground High Speed Rail options.
More directly stated: the policy is being changed to allow a political justification for going underground in the north and implementing the highly divisive and neighborhood wrecking above-ground option in the South.
This is Trojan horse language that will allow the North to be protected with an underground solution and the South to be sacrificed in the case where budgetary constraints will allow a solution for only half of the City.
This is deceptively placed on the consent calendar for the Monday June 24 City Council so that it can pass without any public discussion.
One for all and all for one is the only acceptable policy, and we must demand an "all or nothing" underground route for any future rail configurations.
Timothy Gray 650 493-3000