Governor to speak at Palo Alto's rail meeting

Schwarzenegger will speak at end of meeting of cities concerned about impacts and financing of proposed system

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has invited himself to speak via telephone to a meeting on high-speed rail set up by Palo Alto tonight at the League of California Cities Conference in San Diego.

City Manager James Keene received a call from the governor's office about noon today with a request that Schwarzenegger be allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting. Schwarzenegger, fresh back from visiting a high-speed-rail system in China, is an enthusiastic support of high-speed rail.

But after some "shuttle diplomacy" with a senior policy adviser it was agreed that the governor would speak at the end of the meeting -- after city officials had a chance to discuss their concerns about the planned high-speed-rail project that initially would like San Francisco and Los Angeles, an 800-mile system estimated to cost $43 billion.

Mayor Pat Burt, who will co-chair the session with an official from a Southern California city, said he does not know how many officials might show up for the 90-minute meeting scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m.

Burt said there is a growing number of cities expressing serious concerns about the project, ranging from its financing and business plan and reliability of its ridership projections and other studies to environmental and community impacts.

Meanwhile, Palo Alto officials are scheduled to discuss suing the California High Speed Rail Authority in a closed session at the City Council meeting Monday night, along with continuing a public discussion about the proposed system and its potential impacts on Midpeninsula communities.

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Posted by Terminator
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Is Arnie afraid to show his face in Palo Alto? Why doesn't he come in person?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm

The meeting is being held in San Diego, however, Pat Burt will Chair it and Larry Kline will be there to represent Palo Alto and knock some heads together!!! Way to go Larry!!!

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Posted by Martin
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Good work Pat!! Hopefully it was a two way conversation with the Governor, vs some canned speech.

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Posted by Screw Arnie
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Can't anyone have a free opinion, without some politician worried about his "legacy project" knocking to explain why others shouldn't have an independent thought, or use their noodle. Just sue HSRA and be done with this Union boondoggle, before we pay $120 billion and get a big hole in the ground.

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Posted by ODB
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I wonder whether the Gubernator could find Palo Alto on a map. So is this his next line of work, high-speed rail flack?

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Posted by Jay L. Tulock
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2010 at 2:51 am


Mark your words. You are righter than you know. Or maybe you do know.

Jay Tulock, Vacaville

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Posted by Klein's folly
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

Larry Klein should not be representing PA in this matter. He should recuse himself from any discussion on the HSR and better yet should resign from the council.
It is thanks to him that we are in this mess now. He is working overtime opposing HSR now, but it probably is all a show to compensate for his having helped passed the tax measure for HSR in 2008. Too late, Larry.

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