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More HSR Nonsense

Original post made by Paul Losch, Community Center, on Feb 9, 2012

US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, formerly a Republican Congress Member from Illnois, is in California this week, promoting the High Speed Rail project in this state.

His "pitch" in an event in Fresno the other day was this was a job creating project, and that CA HSR would be a model for how HSR can work in the rest of the country.

My understanding is the the Kern County supervisors voted to oppose breaking ground on the HSR project, which is scheduled to take place within the next year.

I have spent time in DC for business, pleasure and to deal with US government officials over the years. I kept my straw at home, and never drank the Potomoc River water.

I am simply appalled that LaHood came out here and acted like a cheerleader for such a flawed project. Emphasis on "cheer," not "leader."

And Anna Eshoo is not doing a good job of getting this thing killed. Nor is cheapskate Jerry Brown. Boxer and Feinstein-AWOL.

I have expressed on numerous postings my thoughts about this matter. What I don't get is how out of touch a fine person like LaHood seems to be about how flawed this particular HSR concept is.

Got a straw? I have some excellent Potomoc drinking water that you will enjoy tremendously. And it will help you with your judgment.

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Posted by nimby
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

Sounds like more NIMBY whining to me.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

Paul

I have said all along that rail is in the future of this state, but not necessarily this particular project which is expensive and already outdated.

I would prefer to see another route than the peninsula and another system, perhaps a single rail system.

Don't be so negative. Our grandchildren need to have modern infrastructure in place because they will not be the same people as us, or our grandparents.


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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

Paul,

There is something that you ,and everybody else, who opposes HSR, can do:

Sign the petition to put it back on the ballot. A real grassroots thing. We don't need to try and twist arms of politicians...we simply take it to the people.

Here is the link...it is easy to download the petition and circulate, as you see fit.

Web Link

Perhaps you can ask our current city council members to sign, since they now claim to be against HSR.

Regards,

Craig